Hey there, lovely reader,
It was New Years Eve 2022. I was heading to an early morning doctor's appointment. It was dark. No one was about. It was raining. As I went down the hill, I noticed rainwater accompanying me on my journey, but I didn't worry too much.
I got to a poorly lit part of town, on the flat, and by this time the roads were slightly flooded. I was getting worried, but I didn't have far to go, so I pressed on. I reached a part of town that was unlit.
I was committed in the middle of the intersection when the small white car in front of me disappeared under flood water. Water came over the hood (bonnet), only the top peeking out. How that little thing made it out into a gas (petrol) station forecourt, I do not know.
I was behind in a bigger German car and I had already turned in the intersection anyhow. There was nothing to do except press on. Water came up over the top of my car too.
The car slowed. Surely not, I thought. Not my big German car. Then I felt the tires lift off and I started to game out what I would do if I water filled the car.
I drifted sideways, but mashed the gas and that engine did me proud. I immediately turned to get on higher ground.
I abandoned my doctor's appointment and went home. Dawn was breaking as I drove. I passed completely submerged parked cars on my way. I hadn't seen them in the dark.
It was one of the most terrifying drives of my life and I spent the rest of New Year's Eve under a blanket on the sofa recovering. Since then, the words, “atmospheric river” make me shudder.
So when I heard those words again this morning, I was certain. I'd stay home, in the warm and the dry, on top of the hill, and keep writing until it had passed.
New Audio Release
I am delighted to announce that The Case of the Pretty Lady audiobook is out now in audio. The wonderful Matt, his accents, and his “sound effects” have done a fantastic job
I'm going to stop there. As I write this, the internet has gone down three times. Have a lovely week and if you are stuck inside, thank goodness for books!