Robert Westall gained his inspiration to become a writer by telling bedtime stories to his son Christopher about his experiences during the second great war. Sadly, his son died in a motorcycle accident at age 18. The tragedy gave rise to Westall’s book “The Devil on th eRoad” which came out in 1977.
The Seventeenth Century Lady gives it a positive review, and I think I will give it a read! You might as well if you are looking for advenutre in a historical setting.