Post by Jane Cable
In my section of the tour I’m writing about the main character of The Cheesemaker’s House, which was published by Matador last year. I chose not to write about a work in progress because if you find yourself interested in the book it can be frustrating if you can’t just get out there and read it.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she a fictional or historic character?
Alice Hart is a very modern woman. Recently divorced, she moves to Yorkshire to start a new life; scared, uncertain, feisty and curious all in the same breath. I didn’t base her on anyone but always thought she had a little bit of everywoman in her – something which has been confirmed by a number of readers saying how much they related to her.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story is set around about now in the small Yorkshire village of Great Fencote. I almost moved there myself in 2006 and The Cheesemaker’s House in the story is a real property I totally fell in love with. Even the spooky bits.
3) What should we know about him/her?
It’s important you know about her neighbours. There’s the drop dead gorgeous builder, Richard; there’s Margaret who’s twice Alice’s age and probably twice as fit; there’s the kind but reticent café owner, Owen, and his business partner Adam. You should also know that somewhere along the line, Alice is going to fall in love again. And that she doesn’t believe in ghosts.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
A man. Or perhaps two men. Or perhaps, one of them isn’t a man after all.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
At the start of the book it’s to sort out her life following a messy divorce. To find a bit of solitude to work out what went wrong. To do up her house, make new friends, get a new job. But later on there’s only one thing that really matters – to find out what the hell is going on.
6) Is there are working title for this novel if it’s a work in progress? Where can we read more about it?
The novel is called The Cheesemaker’s House. You can read more about it at http://janecable.com/the-book/4577579495. You can read some of the reviews at http://janecable.com/media/4577820463. You can even buy it on Amazon or request it from your local library.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
It’s out there now.
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I received the blog tour from Sandra Danby:
Happiest curled up in an armchair with a book, Sandra Danby grew up loving stories. So it’s not surprising that she now writes them. Her first novel Ignoring Gravity will be published soon and she is writing the follow-up, Connectedness. Both examine the nature of identity and belonging, when the permanence of both is thrown into the air by adoption. She grew up on a small dairy farm in North Yorkshire and spent a pretty idyllic childhood climbing trees, making dens with straw bales, mucking out ponies, and reading books. She can swear in Spanish, drinks about 12 cups of Yorkshire Tea a day (even in summer) and has a pretty mean forehand. She blogs about reading and writing at http://www.sandradanby.com/
I’m passing it on to fellow CHINDI authors…
John T O’Halloran lives in West Dean, near Chichester. His love of writing left him looking into a dark abyss with these two books, but like Leonard Cohen, he knows that there is a chink in everything, which is how the light gets in, which leaves John eternally optimistic about the outcome of the last book in the Children of Adam Trilogy. He is also editing a book about the new Cold War.
John still likes rugby, good wine and currently lives in West Sussex with his partner Micky, where with her support, he is currently writing the final book in this series.
Follow John on:
Helen Christmas was born in Chichester, West Sussex and now lives in a grade II listed cottage, with her husband, close to Aldwick Seafront.
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.
More information about the series can be found on my website
and also via my blog
which has regular updates on the latest books in the series.
Lastly, here is the follow up post for my own character blog tour