I was invited to participate in a “Meet My Character” blog tour by highly acclaimed author, Jane Cable, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Winchester Writer’s Festival. Jane’s big breakthrough in writing came when she was picked as a finalist in The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition in 2011 and whose first published novel, The Cheesemaker’s House, is a gripping romance-suspense.
In this post, I’ll to be talking about my debut novel, Beginnings, which is the first book in my British thriller series, “Same Face Different Place.” When I first published on Kindle in 2012, my book attracted enough favourable reviews to motivate me to continue writing. So I’m going to reveal a little about ‘Eleanor’, much loved main character in this series.
Eleanor Chapman a fictional character, who evolves throughout the series. In Book 1 ‘Beginnings’, she is a naive, yet feisty 16 year old, who’s spent the majority of her teenage years at boarding school. Now, she is back home in London, ready to start the school holidays, where her life is about to change forever.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story begins in 1972; an era characterised by Glam Rock fashion, flares, platform shoes, as well as early 70’s hippiedom. Most of the scenes are set around the dark criminal underworld of East London, which includes the shadier areas of Whitechapel, Poplar and Bethnal Green.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Eleanor is a kind, sensitive and attractive girl of mixed race. Her mother (a glamourous afro-carribean nightclub singer, likened to Diana Ross) died when she was small, leaving her father in an emotional turmoil. She is not entirely sure what he does for a living but they never seem to go short of much. She is already suspicious of his mysterious, night time disappearances – struck by the notion, his boss is some sort of gangster.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Eleanor’s father is forced to go on the run, leaving her in the care of an unscrupulous couple, who dump her in a brothel. Eleanor only very narrowly avoids becoming a prostitute, when she attempts to escape – except, to add to her troubles, she is caught up in a sinister conspiracy, when she discovers a young Dutch man, (Jake), being kept prisoner. She knows he is about to be killed and rescues him, oblivious to the mortal danger she is about to land herself in.
What is the personal goal of the character?
To stay hidden from dangerous enemies. She falls in love with Jake and will do anything to him him alive. They are lying low, desperate to escape from London to reach Jake’s homeland – and preferably without being spotted by the ruthless gang leader who is hunting them. Her later goal is protect their unborn child.
Is there a working title for this novel if it is a WIP, and can we read more about it?
The title of the book is ‘Beginnings,’ first book in my series, ‘Same Face Different Place’ (available on Amazon.) More information about this book and others in the series can be found on my website http://www.samefacedifferentplace.co.uk and also via my blog https://samefacedifferentplace.wordpress.com/ which has regular updates on the latest books in the series.
“Writing is something I am not only passionate about, but feel has always been in my blood. I have been writing stories since I was 6 years old and have always wanted to be an author.”
Helen is dedicated to writing not just one book, but four. She describes her series ‘Same Face Different Place’ as being “quintessentially English, with a powerful connection to the music, fashion, culture and politics of each decade.” The novels are part thriller and part romance, at the heart of which lies a mystery, which unravels over 4 decades.
AND FINALLY: Here is the follow up to my Character Blog, written by American novelist Cynthia Harrison.
Cindy has written 3 books, Sister Issues, The Paris Notebook and Blue Heaven. These are contemporary women’s fiction with a strong romance element, Gypsy is a paranormal, but again with romantic elements. Humour is also something she also likes to sprinkle on her stories. You can read all about her here.