Monday, 30 June 2014

Meet My Main Character

Writing friend Siobhan Daiko asked if I'd be willing to join a 'Meet My Main Character' tour, which I happily agreed to.
Siobhan's was last Monday and you can read it here, along with some wonderful tales of her life in Italy and Hong Kong - Siobhan's blog

This week, it's my turn. So, meet my main character :)

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Daisy Dorson - she’s a fictional person. Some of the characters in my previous novel had certain traits that I ‘borrowed’ from family members, but Daisy is completely made up.

When and where is the story set?
It’s modern day, and is set in a dating agency called The Love Shack, in Oxfordshire, England. My first novel is set in the Cotswolds – also part of Oxfordshire - and although they are separate books, there is a small link. I think I'm going to have a link – however tenuous – in all future books.

What should we know about him/her?
Twenty-four-year old Daisy is a naive, sweet girl, who’s a bit of a dreamer. She sees the world through childlike eyes, so, most of the time everything is rosy in her world. Because of her enthusiastically optimistic outlook on life - try saying that after a few glasses of wine - she gets very upset when she realises life isn't always wonderful. She’s open, kind and honest, and doesn't have a bad bone in her body. She’s the sort of girl everyone would like as a best friend.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
After several hilarious, but disastrous dates from The Love Shack, Daisy goes in to complain, and ends up being offered a job, which she accepts. It means she can no longer be a client, and she despairs that she’ll never find a boyfriend. After a good talking to from her best friend/flatmate, Kristof, she decides to give up on her love life and concentrate on her new career.
I can’t tell you much more, but fate has a way of interfering when you least expect it...

What is the personal goal of the character?
Daisy’s needs are quite straightforward. She’s not overly ambitious; being happy is more important than anything else. So, all she wants in life, is a job she enjoys, and to fall madly in love with a man who will adore her in return. Such a simple request should be easy, shouldn't it?

Is there a working title for this novel, and when can we expect the book to be published?
Yes, it’s called The Love Shack. At the moment it’s with a couple of publishers, but if they reject it, I may self publish it, so watch this space. And, if you're wondering why there's a photo of a duckling, you'll have to read the book :)

Next week it’s the turn of fellow Crooked Cat author Kathy Sharp, check out her great stories, and meet her main character on her Goodreads blogKathy Sharp

Thanks, Siobhan, for tagging me into this, I enjoyed it x

Monday, 16 June 2014

Weather and Writing.

One of the main topics of conversation when people meet, is the weather...well it often is in Britain, anyway. We have a love/hate relationship with it, and we're never happy.

We've just come back from a lovely ten days travelling, but, the weather was so hot, I couldn't bear it. I spent one full day in the hotel room because I'd had too much sun. We'd been on a boat trip up the Rhine - much of it spent sitting in the sun - and being very fair, I burn easily. I'd forgotten my hat, so the sun was glaring down on my poor head, which ended up a rather unflattering shade of pink.

I don't like the heat at the best of times. Given the choice, I'd rather be playing around in the snow, than lazing about in the sun. The heat/sun just makes me feel lethargic and ill. So, I'm pleased to be back in England, where it's still warm, but not as hot as it was in Germany and France.

On another note, when we were away, I had a fab idea for a picture book children's story, involving Boris the spider, who lives in the wing mirror of Mr Grumble's car. It came about because a spider actually does live in my husband's wing mirror, and often pops out when we go out to the car. We noticed it was still there when we got to France, stayed with us throughout our travels, and is still there now we are home again, so the spider had a holiday too :) I'll start writing the story up tomorrow.

I've plucked up the courage to send The Love Shack to a couple of publishers -eek - just got to wait and see if they like it enough to sign me up. I really hope someone does, as I think it's a great story. Funny, poignant, and romantic, with some quirky characters, and starring the hapless Daisy Dorson, I think it's perfect as a summer beach read, but also good to snuggle up on a winter's night :)

I'll update you when I know something, send me some good luck x