‘Meet my Main Character’ Blog Hop

I’ve been away on holiday and haven’t blogged for a while, despite all my good intentions. So, thank you, Alison May, for tagging me to continue in the ‘Meet My Main Character’ blog hop. It’s put a boot up my backside, and here I am! If you would like to read Alison’s blog, or know more about her and her debut novel ‘Sweet Nothing’, here is the link: http://alison-may.co.uk/

So… please meet Mary, from Mary and the Marquis:

What is the name of the main character? Is (s)he real or fictitious?

Mary Vale is the heroine in my soon-to-be-published debut novel: Mary and the Marquis. She is fictitious but, at the risk of sounding a touch precious, she became very real to me whilst I was writing the book.

When and where is the story set?

It’s set near the small, fictional village of Rothley, Northumberland, just south of the border between England and Scotland.

What should we know about him/her?

Mary is a widow with two young children: Toby (5) and Emily (2). She is quiet and pragmatic and, at the start of the story, somewhat inhibited, having spent much of her life suppressing her feelings and opinions.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

When her husband dies, Mary contrives to earn enough to keep her and the children in their rented cottage but, after the death of her kindly landlord, his son makes intolerable demands and Mary sinks into debt. Eventually she is forced to leave the cottage with Toby and Emily. So, her life is messed up even before she meets the hero, Lucas. When her hitherto unsuspected passionate nature starts to emerge, it is in direct conflict with her maternal instincts and responsibilities.

What is the character’s goal?

Mary’s overriding goal throughout the story is the safety and wellbeing of her children.Whilst nursing the injured Lucas, however, Mary’s feelings for him grow and, before long, she is yearning for his love.

So, if you’d like to know more about Mary – and what happens when she comes across Lucas in a wood, you can read all about her in Mary and the Marquis, published 1st August 2014 (but, I’m told, available in the shops from 18th July. Go figure!)

And now, to carry on the blog hop, I am pleased to invite the lovely and talented Morton Gray, who is in the throes of completing her 2014 New Writers’ Scheme submission to the RNA. You can find out more about Morton here: http://mortongray.blogspot.com/ and the equally brilliant Jessica Gilmore, whose 2nd novel Summer with the Millionaire is released this month. You can find out more about Jessica and her writing here: http://www.jessicagilmore.co.uk/

I’m looking forward to reading all about their main characters. Look out for their posts next week.