The trouble with writing so many books is that I sometimes feel I might be in danger of running out of characters to populate my future stories. I’ve been struggling for weeks to come up with the right kind of girl to be in my next book. She has to be feisty from the start, to work in the plot I have in mind, but she needed a soft side too. Would she be tall and willowy, short and plump, dark or fair? I knew she had to be exceptionally pretty, but I didn’t want a picture perfect girl with no spirit. I scrolled through images on the internet, looking for the perfect girl but I simply couldn’t find the elusive quality I needed.
I can’t begin to write the story without knowing my main character inside and out, and although I knew her nature, I couldn’t picture her, so I began to draw some sketches. Reverting to my art training of many years ago, I drew many variations of eyes, noses, and mouths, in different shapes and posed the features in various ways until I found her. Hazel Harris came to life under my pencil and I fleshed her out in colour yesterday. Now the first chapter of her narrative is in the bag. (Or rather, on the page.)
I know I’ve been quiet for the last month and haven’t blogged or messaged on social media because I was so preoccupied with my search, but now I’m going to go silent once again while I concentrate on writing the book.
As soon as I have a taster ready to post on my website, I’ll let you all know. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll find something to interest you among my previous works. Please browse my website to find tasters of all my books. Perhaps there’s something there you haven’t read yet?