COMMENT: Chris Squires
You know, it's a very strange experience being a character in a novel. I realise that authors think that they have your character and personality all sorted out before they put you into events and situations for the plot of their book, BUT they are invariably wrong! I mean you have to react to what surrounds you, don't you?
And you don't know yourself how you might react sometimes; if you understand me. Look at what happened in Jimmy's apartment in San Francisco:
When I confronted him I had no idea that I might cause such traumatic chaos.
Never did I think that I would react to situations like that with panic, blind panic, the utter bloody panic that appears in GJG's book. And I don't think that GJG had the faintest inkling that I would run away like that. Well, he just had to cope with it and write around it didn't he? What about me and how I had to cope; and Walt - poor, poor Walt - what about him? I felt so bad about what I did to that lovely honourable man.
I never did figure out who was the Fallen Hero in that book. I hope you can.
Back to the writer G J Griffiths - he does my head in sometimes! Some of his poetry seems a bit heavy to me, and sad; some of it seems very lighthearted, even amusing. Although he persists in writing poetry from time to time, he still doesn't think it's worth trying to publish a book of forty or fifty of his 'efforts'. I pinched a few and put them on the last few pages. What do you think? Most of it is about confusion - GJG's confusion - or maybe it's about the disordered muddle we call the world, But what do I know? I'm just a figment - a character in a novel...
A Day Out with Walt... David and Sarah had agreed the night before to take Walt sightseeing... using their mum's car... "We thought we might drive you to a lovely pub we know in Red Wharf Bay. It's on Anglesey," said David...
FALLEN HERO: ebook is now only $2.99 or £2.31
A Comment from Sarah Andreas (nee Squires)
My father, Chris Squires, is so opinionated! Most of the time, with David and myself, he was a very loving and gentle dad - but at other times he could be so annoying and irritating. He always insisted that he was right about things - God, the government, Manchester United. He found it impossible to backdown - such a know-all!
For example there was the time I found a mermaid's purse on the seashore. When I said to David that it was from a dogfish and that they were like small sharks Dad was OK with that, and agreed with me. But then he said that it was curious how both dogfish and catfish were in the "shark family". I thought he was joking and laughed at him. He got real mad at me when I kept insisting that they were not related at all, apart from being fish! And I got mad at him when he fell back on the argument that I was only a child (I was thirteen!) and should not argue with him because he was an adult, and because he was my dad and knew better. Cheek!
It was a sweet moment when I borrowed Stefan Buczacki's book from the library - and proved him wrong. Look how hazy Dad was in the novel about the Big Bang. And Dave could really get to him with Quantum Theory. I'm glad GJG didn't have us saying anything cheesy about how much we loved Dad, but we do of course, and he will always be our hero.
I suppose Dad and I are both like that really - bossy, opinionated, a bit stubborn. Wonder where we got it from? Maybe there's some of GJG input there...
Why does Chris Squires cross the Atlantic to seek out Jimmy Lucas, a GI veteran of WW2? How was Jimmy involved in the death of General George Patton, the highly decorated commander at the Battle of the Bulge? Seeking a hero can take all of your life when it becomes an obsession, but for a little German boy found dead in Patton's Cadillac there was too little of his life for hero worship.
...They took a picnic with them and ate it looking out from Point Lynas, with binoculars...
..."Walt?... Do you go bird-watching? We've got some binocs you could borrow"... "Look, kids... I'm happy just to be here"...
Sarah: I've always loved the sea. It's so important that we save it.
Salt Marshes in Dulas Bay, Anglesey, Wales. Calming and relaxing muddy bubbles! Where's Peppa Pig?