Reading and Rewriting

I finally had a moment to step back into Portia’s world, and got to the point in Book 4 where a suspicious man just sped away in a gorgeous blue coupe. A little research to make sure that was actually a possibility in the 1930’s and voila! Feast your eyes on this little bit o’heaven:

roadster

Chrysler Imperial Custom Roadster 1933

Or this one:

packard

1931 Packard

or this one:

Willysroadster

Willy’s passenger coupe 1931

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Suspension of disbelief

As I continue to write book 4 in the Portia Adams Adventures I find myself once again walking that line of believability. You know that line right? You’ve seen what happens when a writer crosses it – when you as a loyal audience member are unable to follow them across that line because it’s just not believable anymore.

Some of my most memorable moments in stories I loved are those where I lost confidence in the author and that is an awful feeling, one I never want to bring about in my dear fans.

How lovely is this?!

So what brought about this latest bout of tight-rope writing? I want Portia to have a car. And not just any car. A 1910 Rolls Royce as recommended by my friend Louis Robinson. Now by the time she gets her hands on it is 20 years old, so the cost is not the worry. And women were driving in the 1930s, not a huge number, but there were women behind the wheel (I know this because in my research I find newspaper articles in London reporting accidents with women drivers).

I think Portia is going to ‘win’ the Rolls as part of the solution of a case, at least that’s where I’m heading right now in this third casebook in book 4. What do you think? Classy enough for our cunning detective?

A suitable get-away car

Brocklebank

The 1928 Brocklebank

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brocklebank_(automobile)

I need a suitable get-away vehicle for the art thief to escape in Book 5, and I think a 1927 Brocklebank may be my car.

Big enough to accommodate all the wedding gifts that disguise the true purpose, it came in two and four door options.

I think it was also rare enough in the UK at the time to be more easily ‘chased’ by the Police (in other words, there are not hundreds on the road, and therefore its not easy to lose in a crowd of traffic).