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Weymouth Author Given A Helping Hand

Follow Me Follow You Laura James

11:03am 23rd March 2014

A Weymouth author wants to thank Dorset County Hospital for helping her to write her second book by hand.

Laura James has had ten operations at the hospital on her hands and wrists to retain their mobility after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 16 years ago.

Laura, a Mum of two, describes the hospital staff as 'miracle workers' crediting them with keeping 'the tools of my trade in working condition.'

We spoke to Laura about her recent publication, 'Follow Me, Follow you', which she says is heavily influenced by Weymouth and Portland.

"I just love Dorset, it's just an inspirational county and it's no wonder Hardye set his novel in this area. I tend to use real places, but I also use real places sometimesand give them fictional names and move them about a bit, so people may be able to recognise them and think, 'Oh yes, I know where that is!'"

Laura believes being able to write by hand really helps her creativity, "I do struggle because of the rheumatoids, but obviously some of the pain has been eased because of the surgery I've had over the years, but to get a pen in your hand and to have the ink flowing, for me, seems to stimulate the creativity. I get a kick from it."

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