So there I was last week flicking through the TV channels and saw a show coming up – A History of Scotland. With my Scottish heritage and love of things Scottish (especially the bagpipes) I’d thought I’d check it out.
The episode covered the time from Romans first met the Picts right up to the birth of the nation of Alba under Constantine II (943-952).
And, of course, an idea for a story exploded into life. A bit of fiddle work and the idea was expanded upon, recounting the founding of the Kingdom of the Tirhanites. For those who have read my works, the Tirhanites feature in a few of them. The initial idea was for the story of how one boy went from exile to reclaiming his throne to founding the Kingdom, but then as I worked on the backstory a series of other stories came to life and it looks like becoming a series of novellas.
The first story revolves around Tirhan himself, taking place one thousand years before the events in The Commonwealth Chronicles, and how he came to found the people who would in later days become known as teh Tirhanites.
So there you have it – yet another bunch of stories to add to the collection waiting to be written.