I have been tagged by Paula Lofting in the meet my character Blog Hop.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The title of the book is The Course of True Love although it has taken me many years to come up with the name, it went through many different names first but I believe I have finally reached the one that I am happy with.
I hope to be able to release it either at the end of this year or the beginning of next dependent on the final edit and then finding the right cover. This book has been a labour of love for me for over a decade so it is important to me for it to have a cover that works from the beginning.
What is the name of your character?
The book is written from the perspective of the two main characters Gemma Stephens and Theo Perkins so I will give brief descriptions of them both.
Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Gemma and Theo are both fictional characters and any similarities to anyone living or dead is unintentional.
When and where is the story set?
The book is made up of two parts: the story starts in 2003 and part two of the book sees us in 2009. Theo lives in Devon and Gemma in London they meet when she is visiting one of her best friends in Devon. We also get a little taste of Crete thrown in as well as a hen weekend in Dublin.
What should we know about your main character?
Theo is a good-looking, loyal and moral man who has strongly defined views on what is wrong and what is right although he is extremely tolerant of other people’s lax morals. Theo has the kind of charm that endears him to people and inspires devotion in those around him.
Gemma is a beautiful young woman with a great sense of humour. An outwardly confident woman who can have her pick of men, she covers up her insecurities burying them deep but occasionally they will surface through the book. She has a core group of friends that she was at school with and their bonds are seemingly indestructible.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Theo and Gemma have an instant attraction; he thinks of it as lust but she knows they share a deeper bond from the start. Theo has only just come out of a relationship when he meets Gemma and before long is trapped into getting back with his ex despite his many misgivings. He attempts to give the relationship another chance with Claudine but comes to despise her. He books a holiday to Crete with his friend Jake who is the polar opposite of Theo. Just as Theo brings himself to end his relationship with Claudine she springs an unwanted pregnancy on him. In Crete, he discovers another curve ball that sends him into a downward spiral as he emulates the kind of person Jake is. The complex duplicity of Claudine’s actions only comes to light over time. Without wanting to give anything away just as life starts to take him in the direction he wants then a second antagonist enters the arena and leaves him fighting for his life.
Gemma is deeply disappointed when Theo doesn’t follow up on his initial contact. Normally a woman who plays it very cool with men she cannot shake the attraction that she feels for Theo. He plagues her thoughts and to distract herself she agrees to date a very personable man who doesn’t press her buttons at all. When she hears through the grapevine that Theo had rekindled his relationship with his ex-girlfriend she realises that she can’t keep stringing Robin along and ends the short-lived relationship. Needing to get some perspective she goes away on holiday but ends up in a worse position than before and jeopardises her friendships with her subsequent actions. Just as life hands her everything she has ever wanted on a plate, a catastrophe occurs that threatens everything she holds dear.
What is the personal goal of the character?
Theo grew up with disinterested parents and Gemma’s mum overcompensated for the shortcomings in her youngest daughter by unconsciously pushing her eldest (Gemma) away. So for both of them they both want to find happiness in a family unit but will this prove to be too much of an ask?
I will be posting some excerpts from this book on my website if you would like to get a little taster.
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