Friday, 8 November 2013
So, I am launching on yet another serial for People's Friend. This time it will be set in Croatia with its super countryside and fascinating medieval towns and will involve a crime (as always) and lots of romance. It is a sequel to The Lemon Grove and its working title is The Lavender Field. When I sit down to do a story, one of the first things I think of is what do my characters look like. I then like to download some photos and amazingly, the same 'hero' type figure comes up again and again, and that is the lovely Ryan Gosling (gratuitous photo included here so others can have a bit of a drool too, I don't like beards on men but for Ryan I shall make an exception) . He plays some fantastic characters in his films and from the little I read about him he seems like a nice guy. So, he or rather someone in his image will be one of my next characters. I have had a busy time lately, going to the launch of a friend, Alison Morton's book, Perfiditas which is the second in her series about Roma Nova, an alternative world based on ancient Rome but operating in the 21st century. This photo is of Alison talking about her characters. It is I am sure a rollicking good read and Alison REALLY knows her stuff about the Romans, the Latin language etc. She's also a lovely lady with some super friends who I chatted to at the launch. I can't wait to read Inceptio and Perfiditas. Well, that is a little update. I have also just submitted a 3 part serial to Woman's Weekly and am awaiting the verdict on whether they do or don't wish to buy it. Needless to say I am checking my e-mails every two minutes and it is driving me potty. If they do, I'll be jumping up and down in the street!! Just to air what it is about, it's crime and romance again (that heady mix). To sum it up in a sentence or two I would say, 'what would you do if you found a buried stash of money, ill-gotten gains, dirty money? Would you turn it in to the Police? But what if your daughter was facing disaster and the only thing to save her would be some of that 'lost' money? Erica McAdam has to make a decision that will change her life forever.....' I do hope they accept it because I loved writing it! I shall report back...... Goodbye for now.