Today, I have an exciting guest post from Author Kellie Hailes. She is giving us an insight about Characters. I absolutely loved it and I know you will too.
Love happens when you least expect it…
Jodi is panicking. It’s only weeks until her little village in Devon holds its first ever festival and everything is falling apart.
Desperate to avoid disaster, she brings in notorious party planner Christian to save the day. Although she wasn’t prepared for just how gorgeous he would be!
Men are off the cards for Jody and surely Christian is the last man she would ever date? But with tensions rising – along with the bunting and home-made scones – she’s about to find out…
Guest Post - Is That Character Based Upon? … And Other Questions a Writer Is Asked:
I love it when my sister reads my books, she messages me throughout the day quoting the bits that make her giggle. Usually, anything relating to the contents of my latest hero’s pants. While reading The Big Little Festival she sent me a question instead of just an excerpt. ‘Is Mrs Hunter based on Nanna?’.
My answer? No. They share the same last name but that’s all.
Truth be told, my characters are never based on anyone I know, but sometimes they might share a little of me. For example, Mel likes vintage clothing and homewares, and coffee. So do I. Serena and Jody like wine. So do I. Christian, the hero in The Big Little Festival, drives a late model European sports car. I really want to own a Jag in British Racing Green.
But her question got me thinking… what other questions have I regularly been asked since my book was published? And how do I reply? Here’s a few, starting with the most often asked.
‘So, they’re not available in stores?’ No, not all of them are. Two of them are digital only. One is out in paperback. (The Big Little Festival – found in Sainsbury’s and available to order through Amazon.co.uk).
This is inevitably followed up with this question …
‘When are the others going to be available in paperback?’ Well, actually, that’s up to a whole bunch of people who aren’t me… and to be honest, whether digital or paper, I’m just happy the stories are out in the big wide world.
Then there’s this one, which always makes me smile…
‘So, can I ask… how much money are you making?’ Thank god I’m not prickly about money otherwise I’d ask the questioner the same thing then send them marching. Instead I let them know that I won’t be rich any time soon, but if I keep saving I might be able to take my wee family on holiday in a year or so. (It might take a bit longer since I’ve just used some to replace our dead microwave and vacuum cleaner…)
But the question that always stumps me?
‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ I don’t know. Honestly. I’m not a person who observes other’s lives and cherry picks the bits I could use for a future book. For me it’s a case of characters coming into my head and talking to me about their lives until I’m forced to write their story down. But you try and tell someone your ideas come from the voices in your head… hello straightjacket!
My favourite question?
‘Please tell me you’ll be writing another book…’ Just watch my heart bloom. And the answer to that is always ‘yes, as long as you want them I’ll keep writing them’.
At the age of five Kellie Hailes declared she was going write books when she grew up. It took a while for her to get there, with a career as a radio copywriter, freelance copywriter and web writer filling the dream-hole, until now. Kellie lives on an island-that’s-not-really-an-island in New Zealand with her patient husband, funny little human and neurotic cat. When the characters in her head aren’t dictating their story to her, she can be found taking short walks, eating good cheese and hankering for her next coffee fix.
Paperback: (Ideally, we would be using a link to the book on Sainsburys’ website, but this is not yet available so please use the @Sainsburys handle on Twitter) otherwise the Amazon paperback link is: http://amzn.to/2vI0HU3