I have been asked to join in with a ‘meet the character’ blog hop. John Eliot nominated me, and you can find him here. Please drop by and visit his new blog, I know he would appreciate it if you did so. In this latest game of tag for historical fiction authors on the blogosphere, we introduce the main character of our work in progress or soon to be published novel. So here goes –
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Elle Buchanan is a fictitious character born of my imagination.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story is set in my hometown of, Harwich – Dovercourt, in the UK. The year is, 1865.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Elle is sixteen and her parents left her at home while in search of work. After a few days, Elle became concerned for their well-being and went to find them. Upon her return home after a fruitless search it was obvious she had been abandoned. Her story is one of survival.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Elle is left with nothing and no-one in her life. She is penniless and homeless. A vulnerable girl in a man’s world.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
To survive, to paint and to rise from the black hole she finds herself sliding into.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The novel is called, The Penny Portrait.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
Publication is aimed for December 2014
Glynis Smy : www.glynissmyauthor.com
Extra info for today, 2nd June 2014
Today I have been married for 35 years to my best-friend. I was 17 years old when we met, and 21 when we married. We will celebrate in our own style by taking our two-year old granddaughter out for lunch. We live on the wild side! For most folk they find it surprising that a romance writer doesn’t hanker for a romantic meal or get-away. To be honest, dining out with our first grandchild is a great event in our lives. We were living abroad when she was born and missed a few events in her life (never her birthdays). For us it is part of what makes us as strong couple, involving family in small ways, even on our special day.
I walked the aisle as Mrs. Smy to the song, Bridge Over Troubled Water, it was/is our song. The vicar was a lovely man and agreed the organist could play it, bearing in mind this was 1979. She made a fantastic job of the music, and I will never forget the moment.