From the first book I wrote, which is unpublished, emerged two strong secondary characters, Kate and Jack who featured in Loving Lydia. Kate is Lydia’s sister and was the first to venture to America. Here’s an unedited piece which introduced the idea of Lydia’s story into my imagination.
She shuddered with the memory of her little sister standing in her living room looking forlorn and bedraggled, having been beaten almost to death.
“She was pregnant at the time, so Susan’s case isn’t a million miles from what happened to my own sister.
“What did your sister do?”
“She left him. She has three year old twins now.”
“Was he imprisoned?”
“No. She dealt with him herself.” She gave him a wintry smile. “He didn’t bother her again.”