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One Perfect Night
A few years ago now, a publisher put out a call for World War Two stories, that caught my attention. I could write a WWII story, I thought. I live in a city with strong links to WWII history – Allied Command was based here during the fighting in the Pacific, the airport we still use today was built because of the war, and at least ten houses in my immediate neighbourhood were commandeered by the American military to house their officers. When I was looking at houses to buy, I really, really wanted the one that still had a bomb shelter. Who wouldn’t, right? Sadly, it was out of my price range.
But for whatever reason, me being me, probably, I missed that deadline and didn’t think too much else about that story for a while. I think that maybe I’d started, but the characters had never really gelled or something. So I filed it away on the computer, and forgot about it.
Then, sometime last year, I was helping my mum go through some of her old stuff and we found a postcard of this:
This is the memorial to the coastwatchers, in Madang, in Papua New Guinea. And all of a sudden I knew exactly who my second main character was supposed to be: a coastwatcher. For those who don’t know, the coastwatchers were a group of men in occupied islands in the Pacific – mainly Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands – who observed and reported on the movements of the Japanese, and rescued downed Allied pilots. JFK was rescued by coastwatchers, when he crashed his plane in 1943. And it turned out that the coastwatchers were also based in my home city of Townsville, which, although probably not surprising, felt serendipitous.
I pulled out my WWII story and started again, and this time it all just came together.
On May 3, my short story One Perfect Night will be available from Amazon and Smashwords. Here’s the blurb:
Townsville, Australia, 1943.
Tanner is a captain in the US Army, stationed at a radio post on an island in the middle of nowhere.
Nick is a coastwatcher, a man whose voice Tanner has only heard before over the radio waves.
They meet in the middle of war, when nothing is certain but this: Tanner and Nick are owed one perfect night.
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Gay, Historical
~ Lisa Henry
About Lisa Henry
Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
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