Paul Schmit may have the good fortune of great customer service (see his current blog entry at his adventure to writing blogspot aquestforpublication.blogspot.com/), but I can't seem to find any. I'm plotting the third McLaren book. I have the basic story line figured out. But I am creating a puzzle in the book that McLaren has to solve. For me to create this puzzle, I need to know a bit about the Harpur-Crewe family who owned one of the great houses in Derbyshire: Calke Abbey. As I set a good portion of book 2, Swan Song, at the real Tutbury Castle, I want to set some of book 3 in a real place.
What am I to think of this discourteous treatment? Are people really that paranoid about email messages? I thought my title in the email subject line explained quite a bit before they would even read the email. Perhaps I'm wrong.
Granted, I met Lesley Smith at Tutbury Castle while she was working. Chatting with her face to face is no doubt different from getting a cold email. But I gave her as a reference so that Haddon Hall's and Calke Abbey's curators would know I'm on the up and up about this. And my request made it clear that I don't want family personal info: just something very generic.
I shake my head at the ill treatment. I could write my story without their 'help' but I'd have to come up with another conundrum. And I had a hard enough time coming up with this little bit! Maybe I should stop writing and just knit capes for dogs....