Meet My Main Character Blog Hop

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coverI’ve been tagged by the lovely Bella Osborne to take part in the ‘meet my main character’ blog hop. Bella writes contemporary fiction, is a member of the RNA new writers scheme and has just finished her first book, Acting on Impulse. You can visit her blog at

I have decided to write my post on my main character, Carrie Thorne from the novel I am currently writing, The Back Up Plan.


1. What is the name of the main character? Is he real or fictitious?

Carrie is from my imagination. She popped up one day and doesn’t seem to want to go away. She looks like Ginnifer Goodwin. Carrie is an events organiser who specialises in weddings. She likes finding happy endings for other people.


2. When and where is the story set?

It is set in the fictional seaside town of Westerfield (although this does strike a resemblance of Bournemouth which is where I grew up.)

3. What should we know about her?

Carrie is thirty-two and has been working at her present company for two years. She loves her job and is good at it. She could be described as a workaholic though. She got her heart-broken and so now chooses to focus on other people’s happy endings rather than her own. She wants to protect her heart so she now doesn’t let herself fall in love easily. She thinks she is happy but she is hiding behind her professional persona.

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Wednesday check in.

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I have really not kept up this round. I am setting goals but not able to keep them going for some reason.

I’m reaching the same problem I had last year with writing my novel and it’s that dreaded lack of confidence. I don’t want to have the situation I had last year where I left it all to the last minute and then had to rush what I submitteed without really having time to edit.

So, where the writing is concerned, I am going to set myself a goal of 100 words a day until I can get myself back into the rhythm.

I saw Helen (my writing buddy) last week at the Romantic Novelists’ Association Summer Party (my first one and it was brilliant.) We were both saying how, at one point, we were both checking in with one another every day and that it was the most productive we’ve been. I’m not entirely sure why we stopped checking in but it’s something we both need to get back into the habit of doing.

Since I last checked in I’ve given Novel Kicks a little bit of an upgrade. Check it out if you can. I had a chance to be part of the blog tour for Giovanna Fletcher (who, for people who like McFly, is the wife of Tom and a very lovely person.) I’ve also, as I mentioned above, been to the RNA Summer Party. To be in the same room as so many inspirational writers was so great for a new writer like me.

So, my goals….

100 words a day. For each 100 words I achieve, 50p goes into the reward jar (starting from today.)

Reward jar: 50p per day.

Exercise: 10 minutes a day.

Photo Diary: One photo per day (but cut myself some slack if i miss one. It’s supposed to be fun right?)

Review: I want to get one new review on Novel Kicks every week so by next Wednesday, I want to have a review up for Inferno by Dan Brown. Yes, I have to admit, the Langdon books are a guilty pleasure of mine. They are like chocolate – you know you shouldn’t but you can’t stop. I’m also in the middle of reading Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell and Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. I also want to get the reviews up on here too (but it will be after they’ve been published on Kicks.

My favourite things – one post a week. (Mondays.)

I need to do my writing course too but I want to get back into the swing of things first.

A small list of achievable goals (I hope.)

How’s everyone getting on with round 2? I can’t believe we’re almost finished.


Ralph’s Party by Lisa Jewell.

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Ralph's partyI began thinking the other day about the books that I’ve read, the films I’ve seen and the things I’ve collected throughout my life and it got my thinking about my favourite things – the books, films and things that have stayed with me as much for the memories I have when I think about them or look at them.

My first favourite thing is Ralph’s Party by Lisa Jewell.

This book was my first introduction to Lisa’s book and the start of my love of her books.

Here’s the blurb…

Meet the residents of 31 Almanac Road …

Ralph and Smith are flatmates and best mates – until, that is, the gorgeous Jemima moves in. And suddenly they’re bickering about a lot more than who drank the last beer. Of course, Jem knows that one of them is the man for her – but is it Ralph or Smith?

Upstairs, Karl and Siobhan have been happily unmarried for fifteen years – until, that is, Cheri moves into the flat above theirs. Cheri’s got her eye on Karl and doesn’t see why she should let a little thing like his girlfriend stand in her way …

Sooner or later its all got to come to a head – and what better place for tears and laughter, break ups and make ups than Ralph’s party?

(Penguin, 1999.)


Even now, about ten years later I still think about this book. I had just started going out with a boy (the one who incidentally became my husband,) and he was up visiting his parents in Yorkshire. I decided to go and visit him and thought it would be a good idea to get the coach from London to Yorkshire. It would have been ok had it not been for the M1 and it’s predictable traffic jams. This was the book I pretty much read on the journey going up and back and I finished it just as I was coming back into London – when it’s the party at the end (I won’t say anymore as I don’t want to spoil it too much.)

As I finished, I felt happy. I was sad having had to leave Chris in Yorkshire but this book cheered me up. It reminds me of that time and was a wonderful debut from Lisa too.