Meet My Character Blog Tour
Tracey Scott-Townsend, author of the fabulous novel, The Last Time We Saw Marion, has invited me to take part in the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Find out more about Tracey over on her blog and you can buy her wonderful debut novel here.
So, here goes with my attempts to answer the set questions about a character of mine.
1. What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional or historical?
My character is the heroine of Book One and her name is Eliza Jarvis. She’s completely fictional – although, having said that, she does have some of my character traits. Not least her passion for Maltesers.
2. When and where is the story set?
It’s set in the present day and takes place in the fictional village of Kearton Bay on the North Yorkshire coast. Kearton Bay isn’t real, but it was inspired by the real-life village of Robin Hood’s Bay which is around five miles south of Whitby.
3. What should we know about her?
Eliza is in her early thirties, married to television presenter Harry Jarvis and the mother of a three-year-old daughter called Amy. She was brought up by her Uncle Joe, and when the story starts she lives in Chiswick, till a life-changing event – involving a toy laptop, a mobile phone and a strawberry gateau – leads her to North Yorkshire and a new “career” as an undercover agent(!) She copes with the things that life throws at her with the aid of a sense of humour, cake and an indecent amount of Maltesers.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?
Eliza’s life is messed up when Harry betrays her and she is forced to face up to how her childhood has affected the way she behaves in her adult life. This leads her to a new location and puts her on an entirely different path. Essentially she’s a decent person, but her mission to discover the identity of her father causes her to behave in an underhanded fashion and delve into people’s personal lives – people she grows to care about, even to love…how will these people react if they discover that she has ulterior motives for befriending them? And is finding her father really worth all the pain she may end up causing to the one person who comes to mean the most to her?
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
Eliza’s personal goal is to discover who she really is and step out of the shadow of other people. She needs to forge her own identity and become a person in her own right. Her lack of self-esteem, her worries about her daughter, her confusion over her feelings about her marriage and her growing attraction to a man who seems completely out of reach, are all obstacles to her achieving this.
6. Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?
The book is called There Must Be An Angel. You can see the people and places who inspired me while writing this novel on my Pinterest board here.
7. When can we expect the book to be published?
That’s a good question! I’m really hoping that it will be some time between Christmas and Easter. It’s ready to go and I’ve also just about completed the second in the series (it’s part of a series of four that I’ve provisionally named The Kearton Bay Chronicles). It’s mainly a question of finances. I want to do a good job with it and that takes time and money but it will be worth it in the end! 🙂
…and the tour carries on
I’m passing the baton to two fellow NWS members: Contemporary women’s fiction writer, Julie Heslington, whose blog you can read here and urban fantasy writer, Alys West, whose blog you can find here. Look forward to reading their posts!