Saturday, 30 November 2013
We don’t have very much information about Clara at all, even though there is a wealth of material about the Holocaust generally. So, I’ve had to dig deep into what’s available. All of it is fascinating. Only some of it is useful.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
I’ve now finished the first draft of the story and I’m part way through reading it and seeing if the structure works. The final chapter is a bit of an epilogue. I don’t want to give any spoilers here but I’ll simply say that it involves two characters that Clara knew when she was in Theriesenstadt.
As soon as I’d finished it I realised that it in effect contains the whole story, yet reading it first wouldn’t really be a spoiler for the whole book.
It is the blueprint for the story, or if you like, the DNA of the whole novel.
Saturday, 2 November 2013
I continue with Clara’s experiences in Theriesenstadt. I’ve had to find out some more details:
· What would happen if a child was born
· How women coped with menstruation and post-partum bleeding
· Whether roll-call was as strict there as at other camps
· What they might have eaten
· What sort of work they would do