Cathryn Hein, rural romance writer and adventurer (her latest novel, The French Kiss, is full of derring-do!) tagged me in a Meet the Character blog hop. So I thought I’d introduce my heroine from my first romantic suspense, to be published next year.
What is the name of your character?
Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
When and where is the story set?
The novel is a contemporary romantic suspense with elements of women’s fiction. It’s set in Katoomba, about an hour and a half drive west of Sydney in the Blue Mountains. So there’s mountain visas, a famous hotel and because Katoomba is a cold climate part of Australia, a bit of snow.
What should we know about him/her?
Julia has just been released from gaol after serving ten years for murder. She had a tumultuous upbringing with a famous artist mother who suffered from a bad drug and alcohol problem and mental illness. As a result, Julia is over responsible about those she loves, which has got her into a lot of hot water.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Julia’s release sets off a train of events, as what really happened ten years ago starts to emerge. To protect her family she has to prevent that as much as possible, but an inconvenient, sexy, smokey-eyed local cop keeps asking pointed questions …
What is the personal goal of the character?
To have a quiet life. This sounds like the most boring goal anyone could have, doesn’t it? But given her past and what she’s released into, it’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The title is Cold Deception and when it gets closer to publication I’ll be letting the world know through the usual methods – Facebook, here at my website and Twitter.
When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
It should be out in March 2015 through Momentum the digital first line of Pan Macmillan.
Now, what happens next? Kandy Shepherd carries on the tag. You can check out her blog next week or click through to her website now to see what she’s up to. Somewhere on her blog you can find her Lemon Sour Cream Cake. It’s to die for.
4 thoughts on “Meet my character – Julia Taylor from Cold Deception”
DB, I’m so looking forward to meeting Julia. After hearing a little about her story ages ago I’ve been chomping at the bit to read the whole story. Sounds like a corker, and, by the way, a fantastic setting.
Ever since I read the first pages of this manuscript, I loved this story. Julia is a marvellous heroine – as the story unfolds this becomes more and more apparent. I read so much suspense and really like it when there is a world-class story in an Australian setting – COLD DECEPTION is such a story!
Oh, thanks so much Kandy! Couldn’t have done it without you and the rest of the A team.