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Why Rose Haldane lives in Southfields

It’s simple really, when Rose first came into being as that writing exercise, I lived in Wimbledon and my nearest tube station was Southfields. So that’s where Rose lived too. I would walk down the hill towards Wimbledon Park, then along Wimbledon Park Road to choose a coffee shop to write in for the afternoon. Sometimes I sat in Southfields Library, sometimes on a bench in the park. So Rose’s surroundings were very real to me. That’s where the first chapters became Finding Rose, which finally evolved into Ignoring Gravity. I imagined Rose living in a flat, upstairs, in a house like this. This is her library, where she borrows the books for her ‘adoption fest’ weekend. Wimbledon Park Road, with the Lawn Tennis Club in one direction and the tube station in the other, is a quiet offshoot of Wimbledon which comes to life in June every year when the whole area is festooned with parking cones and blue and purple bunting. This is the context in which Rose lives, when she discovers at the age of 35 that she is adopted.   To read what readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here. Don’t miss the next book
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Categories: Book Love and On Writing.

‘Ignoring Gravity’ and the oak tree

This is the oak tree on Wimbledon Common which inspired the design of Ignoring Gravity’s front cover. The tree stands alone on a quiet part of the common, tall and spreading. It must be hundreds of years old, oak trees can live in excess of 1000 years. Its canopy spreads wide and offers shelter from rain and sun. One day, as I sheltered from the rain, I noticed the pleasing effect of leaves against the sky. Next time you look at an oak tree, remember my front cover design! To read what other readers are saying about Ignoring Gravity, click here.   ‘Ignoring Gravity’ by Sandra Danby [UK: Beulah Press] Buy now And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: A #tree on the front cover: IGNORING GRAVITY #books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-Y9 via @SandraDanby
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Categories: My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity' and On Writing.

Walking on Wimbledon Common

When I wrote Ignoring Gravity I lived in Wimbledon Village, first of all near the tennis club and then later nearer Wimbledon Common. Until I lived in SW19, I didn’t realise what a village-y place it is. It turned out to be ideal for a writer’s life; for me that involves long hours inside staring at a computer screen, followed by a daily walk in the fresh air for muscle relaxation and creative inspiration. I have drunk a lot of tea, and coffee, in all the cafes in Wimbledon Village. Wasting time, I guess, or thinking time. Prevaricating? Faffing? Familiarity is key for me, both in the route I walk and in my drinks. Coffee in the morning, tea at every other time. I had my favourite seat in each café, if I arrived to find it taken I would continue strolling to the next place. If my favourite barista was not in the coffee shop – the one who understood that when I ordered a ‘soya wet latte’ I meant ‘no foam’ – I would walk on. Food; most often a granola bar, sometimes pain au raisin. I am a creature of habit. I had my favourite bench by
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Categories: My Novel: 'Ignoring Gravity' and On Writing.