Vasa and Ypres started as a challenge. A challenge to write a novel. A challenge to publish a fictional serial on a blog before it became an ebook. Most of all, it was a challenge to make a world of British humour come alive.
For that, I found inspiration in the comic genius of P.G. Wodehouse. The basis was simple. Jeeves and Wooster would become Vasa and Ypres. Chaps would become girls. Aunts would become uncles. The 20th century would make way to the 21rst. The rest, made up as I went along, became Vasa and Ypres: A Mayfair Conundrum.
Vasa and Ypres’s is a world where all complexities and worries are pushed aside. The major problems of our time do not appear. As the forever stylish Vanessa E. Vasa says in the final chapter, “I don’t deal with world hunger do I? I deal with conundrums. Preferably Mayfair conundrums.” This fictional world is a form of escapism.
Vasa and Ypres’s success has been inspiring. As I write, the blog has over 700 followers. It has received two awards, The Blogger Recognition Award, and the One Lovely Blog Award. The ebook, published on 1 April, is off to a good start. (I encourage you to buy it on Amazon.)
For this success I must thank you, the reader. An author can write in a vacuum, but an author cannot strive without readers. Thank you.
Under the right circumstances, with your continued support, Vasa and Ypres will come back for many new adventures. It is my hope that the forever stylish duo will live on. Until then, to quote Vasa ascending the staircase at the Longchamp store on Regent Street, “tally-ho!”
J. B. Chisholm (The Author)