Not mine, my heroines’. Prompted by a review on one of my earliest books by someone who was horrified at the heroine’s lack of ambition. I don’t think I would write that character now. Here’s how my heroines have progressed:
(In order of writing, not publication)
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Waitress (Tycoon’s Convenient Wife)
Temp (Reckless Runaway)
Oil tycoon (The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh)
Model (Lying for the Camera)
Accountant (All I Want for Christmas)
Food critic (Table for One)
Lawyer (An Unsuitable Husband)
Lawyer (Twelve Days. Oops. Didn’t mean to write two in a row.)
CEO (Unnamed WIP)
In some of these stories, the career is not central to the story (Twelve Days, All I Want for Christmas). In others, it’s the source of the external conflict (Table for One, The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh). I’ve flirted around the traditional boss/secretary trope – Reckless Runaway is sort of that, but it’s not a standard sort of office. The unnamed WIP at the end of the list fits much better, although it’s the hero who is the PA, not the heroine.
So where next? Royalty? Hmm. Maybe not.
Those of you who’ve been around here for a while will remember Tom and Hattie.
I love Tom and Hattie. I miss them and I’m excited to get on with finishing their story very soon. I’ve been publishing the unedited version in serial form here on the website, but I always planned to get the completed story polished up and put on sale. I’d really, really like to be able to employ a freelance editor to help. In fact, I’ve already got one lined up. But I need some help!
So I’ve launched a Kickstarter project. For various levels of pledge, you’ll get some fabulous rewards from me. And I get to employ the editor and make the book super-brilliant. Win/win, right? Right.
Here’s what’s on offer:
A mention in the acknowledgements
A certificate that you can print and display stating that you are an official patron of the arts
An e-book copy of the complete, edited novel.
A personalised version of the e-book including a digital autograph and message from me.
A limited edition print copy of the book, signed by me.
Pick the name of one of my characters.
A pair of handknitted socks – perfect to wear while reading!
I’d love it if you can pledge your support, even just for £1 or £5. And if you would like to tell others, please do that too!
For a number of years now I have had a not-so-secret guilty pleasure: colouring in.
Yes, you know. Colouring in. Like you did when you were a kid.
It’s not supposed to be a hobby for adults. We’re supposed to do important and useful things. Colouring in is neither. It’s entirely about the pleasure of the moment. Selecting just the right colour of felt tips and carefully keeping within the lines. It’s nice to produce something beautiful at the end but it’s ephemeral by nature. Colouring books are completed and thrown out (at least mine are. Maybe some people frame their work.) I love that because it means that the end result doesn’t matter all that much. It’s not like knitting, where you really want to end up with something wearable. Or sewing, which is even more stressful because you can’t easily undo it all and start again. Fabric that’s been cut stays cut. It’s not even ‘proper’ art, whatever that is. Someone else has already drawn the picture for you. Your choices are limited. That’s wonderfully refreshing and soothing.
A few days ago, this glorious book arrived on my doorstep. It is the nicest colouring book I’ve ever owned. It even has a dustjacket! I am saving it up for my holiday. I also love this book by fabric designer Jenean Morrisson. And I’ve enjoyed several Usborne books and the old classic Altairs never stop being fun.
I use a variety of felt tips. These Staedtler ones are beautiful to use but expensive and they are all very saturated colours. I like to have some Berol wide tips for large areas. And recently I treated myself to this box of 40 by Stabilo. They’re not the best pens but there’s a lovely range of colours to use. If you’re like me and you always want more colours, it’s worth getting the cheap packs of pens at the supermarket. They won’t last long, but they’ll add variety to your colouring.
If you’re thinking this sounds fun, there are downloadable pdfs from the Secret Garden book at the link above. Why not secretly have a little go? I won’t tell. ;)
My author Facebook page is here. If you like that sort of thing, why not like it?