Posted in Author interview, Lacey's Law, Magic O'Clock, The Fifth Wheel

My first author interview

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Amazeballs Book Addicts and they even posted all my books and buy links, etc, etc, etc.

I was truly impressed by the detail they went into with and for me 🙂

Thank you!

You can read the details here if you missed it – after all, posts have a habit of getting swallowed as time passes.

Interview With LS Fellows – Author

1. Can you tell us a little about your books?

So far, my books have little in common other than my authorship, all 3 being in different genres. My first, Lacey’s Law, sits on the Women’s Fiction shelf, but could easily get misplaced into the suspense or chick-lit categories. It’s a revenge novella – and something of an acquired taste as Lacey is not the most likeable of leading characters at first (although, I’m pleased to say that she is warming on people)

My second book, The Fifth Wheel, was written as part of an anthology – hence its short length. But I knew these characters had more to say. After all, when a girly holiday to Portugal goes awry, there’s always more than one side to the story. This has led to my forthcoming release – Courting Danger – which resolves the incident during that holiday in court.

Thirdly, my latest release, Magic o’Clock, is a more personal piece of fiction, dealing with the difficulties faced by families whose loved ones have dementia. It’s a short story, but hopefully one that gets across the hope that people need to see that you can still have good times.

2. When did you know you wanted to write a book?

I never did really. I’ve always loved reading, but writing wasn’t ever on my radar. Only when I moved to Spain and looked for new challenges (because moving abroad wasn’t challenging enough?? LOL). I came across NaNoWriMo and have never looked back.

3. Do you have a favorite food or drink you must have nearby when writing?

Depending on the season, this changes. Living in a hot climate, my summer needs are simple – ICE, ICE and more ICE- I had to buy a smoothie maker just to meet my own needs.

But in winter, I’m a cappuccino addict – just the regular type, lots of froth and maybe a chunk (or bar) of chocolate.

4. Do you have a favorite spot to write?

Again, weather permitting – I have a writing desk in the solarium, with views to the sea. But it can get too hot up there, so then I’ll settle anywhere with aircon or whirring fans.

5. What is a usual writing day like for you? How is it structured?

I don’t have a fixed structure. It all depends on what free time I have and making the most of it.

6. For a reader who hasn’t read your books yet, which book do you suggest they start with?

As my books are so different, then it really is down to the reader’s preferred genre. They’re all short or novella-length, so not too demanding of time.

7. What’s one random fact about yourself that you can share?

It’s widely known I’m a chocoholic and am currently working my way through a series of recipes to replicate my favourite treats from home – and can now make my own Fudge, Bounty, Crunchie and Creme Eggs

8. What is your favorite comfort food?

This might surprise people, especially after my previous answer … but bacon is my go-to food, possibly because it smells as good as it tastes 🙂Bacon and fried tomatoes on a sandwich – YUM! (This was also the last thing I remember my dad making for me)

9. What are writing projects are you currently working on?

I’m editing one story – Courting Danger – which is the courtroom sequel to The Fifth Wheel. I’m also writing another story with these characters (Heirlooms & Heiresses) as well as a conspiracy thriller (The Untruth Hunters) and a Fantasy series (The Nasrid Charm series)

As you can see, I’m still finding my feet – or should that be fingers?? 🙂

(I’ll steer clear of comedy after that though … )

Feel free to drop by my Facebook page, or that of Amazeballs – we’d all love to see you 🙂

Posted in A to Z challenge, books, Courting Danger, Lacey's Law, Magic O'Clock, The Fifth Wheel

Z is for … Zilch

Today’s the last day of the AtoZChallenge, and I’m all blogged out – I’ve got zilch left to add.

Other than to say, if you’ve read / liked / shared any of these posts, left a comment, joined my mailing list or even bought a book of mine, then from the bottom of my heart, I send you my greatest

Courting Danger has been well and truly exposed, in readiness for its cover reveal in the summer and book launch soon after.

If you have any space on your bookshelf or reading device, then you can always check out my other books

 Lacey’s Law, The Fifth Wheel or Magic O’Clock

Thank you for joining me during this month of blogging – it’s been fun, exhausting, thought-provoking, tiring and wonderful to be engaging and interacting with you all.

See you soon 🙂 x

 

Posted in A to Z challenge, Courting Danger, courtroom drama, The Blackleaf Agency, The Fifth Wheel

W is for … Who, What, Where, When & Why?

The 5 Ws of storytelling – as applied to my  next release Courting Danger 

  • Who

Who’s involved? From the character profiles already posted, this should come as no surprise that the story revolves around the four lives of Fern, Raven, Nessa and Stefan.

  • What

What’s it all about? Principally a court case, following on from Stefan’s attempt to kill Fern last summer. The story aims to look at both sides of the case and deliver the reasons behind each character’s actions and motivations.

  • Where

Where is it set? Primarily in Portugal for the trial, but then it’s back to England and the fictional town of Framleigh.

  • When

When does it take place? It picks up eight months after the girls’ summer holiday. Since that time, Stefan has been in the remand centre awaiting trial, and plotting for his freedom. Fern & Raven returned to Framleigh after the attempted drowning and now make their way back to Portugal for the trial. Nessa had also returned to England, but kept away from the others and soon found herself back in the Algarve, renting a villa near to the remand centre to be close to Stefan.

  • Why

Why am I telling this story? The summer holiday tale was originally planned as a short story for an anthology, and is told in The Fifth Wheel. But I soon realised I couldn’t leave it unresolved. The pursuit of justice meant there had to be a follow-up story. Then, the characters took over and wanted more attention. So much so that there is another story (or three) to follow – Heirlooms & Heiresses being the first one that sees the girls start up a new venture as Private Investigators in their very own business: The Blackleaf Agency.

Posted in A to Z challenge, Courting Danger, The Blackleaf Agency, The Fifth Wheel

V is for … Village life

 Framleigh: a profile.

Framleigh, where Raven, Fern & Nessa grew up is a fictional village in rural England

Here are some facts to fill in the blanks regarding the girls and their village.

  • How does the setting uniquely belong to your characters?

It’s their birthplace and home – although Nessa moved to the city a while back, before the holiday in Portugal. All three girls grew up in the area; Raven and Nessa attending the same school while Fern lived on the outskirts in one of the modern estates.

  • Why is this setting important to them?

Fern sees the village as a secure place, somewhere she can avoid life and restrict her time to her family and Dougal. For Raven, the village is all about family ties, childhood memories and community spirit.

  • How do they feel about this setting?

Fern considers it to be her safe haven, calm and steady. No nasty shocks or unexpected dramas. Raven, on the other hand, does feel a sense of claustrophobia at times. Yet, she also appreciates how it makes her feel comfortable and competent.

  • What does the setting look like?

Framleigh is centred around a village green. The old Tudor Manor House is now a hotel. The village pub and the community centre at the church are the regular haunts for Nessa and Raven. The river Sreve skirts the village, marking the boundary between the hamlets of Frampton and Tonleigh. To the west is town of Gaukwich, where other facilities exist (police station, Post Office, Library)and the ‘big’ city of Worford lies approx twenty miles to the east, through arable land and midsized farms boasting award-winning livestock breeds.

  • What does the setting smell like?

The village now boasts a mix of old-world charm, farm land and the occasional office block giving a nod to more modern times. Traffic has increased, bringing pollution to the area and smog, which together with the stench of farmer’s spraying crops, animals and hops gives the area a unique and varied perfume. On top of that, the villagers partake in traditional activities such as cook-offs (cheese, jams, cakes and local ale  all feature heavily.

  • What does the setting sound like?

Generally peaceful, except on market day or during fetes, when the local hotel and shops are filled with tourists and competitive stallholders vying for prestigious rosettes.

  • Is there a taste or touch sensory experience related to this setting?

The experience is one of overwhelming peace and quiet,except during rush hour or when the schools end for the day.

  • What role will this setting play in your story?

The setting provides both background and back story and memories. In future stories, for example in Heirlooms & Heiresses, the village and its residents, facilities and layout feature more heavily.

  • How would a stranger coming into this space feel?

The vibe is calm and unsuspecting, homely and comfortable, quaint and traditional – but with modernity advancing at a steady pace in future tales.

Welcome To Framleigh – Have a Good Stay 🙂 

Posted in A to Z challenge, Courting Danger, The Fifth Wheel

U is for … Re-United?

Repairing a friendship is easier said than done.

Fern Mortimer turned her back on her old life after a hit-and-run accident, and it was only years later when she rejoined the workforce that a persistent redhead – Nessa – made the effort to be her friend. The invitation to join Nessa and three others on a summer holiday offered Fern the chance to start afresh.

What followed was supposed to be a relaxing holiday in the Algarve, but meeting the other girls – particularly Raven – only fuelled her self-doubts, sending her scuttling back into the safety of her shell.

Yet, when Fern became the victim of an apparently unwarranted assault – albeit an unsuccessful attempt to drown her in the Med – it was Raven who came to her assistance. The question arose regarding Nessa’s whereabouts and the answer was hard to stomach.

Supporting Fern throughout the trial months later back in Portugal, Raven showed herself as a loyal friend. But Nessa had all but ostracised herself from the girls, taking the side of the attacker – her boyfriend, Stefan Pereira.

Could their friendship ever be repaired?

Read the prequel – The Fifth Wheel – now and sign up for my newsletter to find out what happens before, during and after the trial when Courting Danger is released later this year.

Posted in A to Z challenge, character profile, Courting Danger, revenge, The Fifth Wheel

S is for … Stefan Pereira

Character profile

Name Stefan Pereira (aka Jorge)

Age: 28

Description: Scandinavian blond, 6’1, ice-blue eyes, trim beard, lean physique. (Although, as Jorge, he is clean-shaven and dyes his hair dark brown)

Born in Portugal to a Swedish mother and Portuguese father, Stefan grew up in the Algarve, but moved to England as a teenager with his mother. His father left them shortly before, taking Stefan’s younger sister with him.

He was a fastidious child, neat and orderly. Very bright and quick to learn, soon understanding that certain behaviour earned him attention.

These days, he listens attentively and is a keen observer of people. He demands attention when he talks and enjoys controlling the conversation. Not one who will admit to being wrong, he bears grudges and has a childish need to get his own back when he feels undermined.

Doggedly determined, he never gives up on what he wants and sees no obstacle as too big to prevent him from getting his own way. Manipulation is his forte and he will stoop to nothing to meet his goal. His relationship with Nessa is a convenience, suiting his purpose but he has no plans for anything long-term. She is a disposable asset to him.

With an artistic streak, he appreciates beautiful things, but is obsessive about such items being soiled by the manhandling of other people. Everything he owns has a specific place and is not there for anyone’s pleasure but his own.

He can be beguiling, charming, sociable and friendly but generally prefers his own company. He admires attractive women with a clinical detachment. He loves sailing and is at ease on the ocean.

Emotionally, he is a solitary figure, with little regard for anyone but himself. However, he retains a soft spot for his younger sister, although they grew up separately. During his time in the remand centre his cellmate, Alfonso, befriends him. For the first time ever, Stefan encounters new emotional responses that baffle and surprise him.

Is he finally growing up? Showing concern for others is not usually in his make-up, although he can fake it without breaking a sweat, But, recent encounters seem to have more of an effect on him than he is used to, hinting at a caring streak behind his mask.

And just when you think he may be changing for the better, he goes and throws another spanner in the works. Life with Stefan Pereira is far from dull.

 

Posted in A to Z challenge, character profile, Courting Danger, personality, Portugal, The Fifth Wheel

N is for … Nessa Sullivan

Character Profile

Name: Nessa Sullivan

Age: 25

Description: Redhead, 5’7, slender build

Lives: In Portugal, in a rented villa near the remand centre where her boyfriend, Stefan, currently resides. Formerly from Framleigh (a fictional village) in Warwickshire, England. Before moving to Portugal she lived in a city flat with her friend Jane.

Loves: Talking, chatting and gossip. She’s a very sociable girl, outgoing and bubbly. Fond of animal prints. Always seeks out people who seem shy and insecure and has a warm and inviting nature. She loves food – especially the dishes she is now enjoying in Portugal, her favourites being anything with olives, wine or pastry. She’s very close to Raven and Mrs Hegarty, and was a regular visitor during her fifteen year friendship with Raven. She is hugely supportive of Stefan, but admits to being easily led by men in the past.

Dislikes: Decaffeinated coffee, snobs and pretentious people. She is easily bored in any group discussing politics and economics. She doesn’t take life too seriously and glides along in her own bubble. Hates being taken for granted, but is not always aware of being manipulated.

Profession: Was a payroll manager at Hann & Merrie, but since moving to Portugal she is living off her meagre savings  while she waits for Stefan to be released.

Family: Little is known of her family, other than her mother was not the most enduring figure in her life. After school she went straight to university and has lived independently ever since.

In summary:

Nessa is a popular, friendly young woman with a huge heart. She wants to be everyone’s friend and hates being on the opposing side to her best friend, Raven. She can be gullible but also will exert her own will when she feels under pressure. She yearns for a family of her own and has fallen in and out of love too many times to count.

She suffers from self-doubt and low self-esteem, and often convinces herself that she is not lovable or worthy of affection. This leads to her come across as needy at times and blind to the faults of those closest to her. However, when pushed to her limits, she has a ferocious temper and will defend those cares about to the end.