Meet My Character

Thanks ever so much to Sharon Booth of The Moongazing Hare blog for asking me to do this blog tour.  You can read Sharon’s brilliant blog here.  This is the first time I’ve done one of these blog tours so I hope I’ve done it right.  If not then please let me know…

1. What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional or historical?

She’s called Zoe Rose.  She’s the heroine of Beltane, my first novel and is fictional.

2. When and where is the story set?

The Tor
The Tor

The story is set in the present day in Glastonbury.  Anyone who’s been to Glastonbury (the town, not the festival) will know that it’s more than a little alternative.  There are shops on the High Street selling everything you need to be a successful witch, Goddess workshops are regularly held in the town and people openly practice Paganism.  It was therefore wasn’t much of a leap to think that if supernatural things were going to happen anywhere then they’d happen in Glastonbury.  Another day I’m going to blog about meeting a druid for a cuppa as that really was an education!


3. What should we know about her?

Zoe is a struggling artist in her late twenties. She comes to Glastonbury to work on the illustrations for a children’s book about King Arthur.  This is a really important commission for Zoe and she’s been struggling to produce any decent work at home in London. Her best friend suggests she stays at Anam Cara Healing Retreat which is owned by the healer, Maeve.  However, Maeve is not all she seems…

Statue at Chalice Well
Statue at Chalice Well

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Zoe has strange dreams that she’s had all her life and she’s learnt that if she draws these dreams they don’t bother her anymore.  While she’s in Glastonbury she has a number of dreams of the same man.  And then she meets him.

Initially Zoe doesn’t recognise Finn McCloud as the man from her dream but she’s instantly drawn to him.  When Finn finds out where Zoe is staying he warns her not to trust Maeve.  Zoe’s already worried about the pretty odd things that are going on at Anam Cara and Finn’s words make her ask even more questions.  But Maeve’s one determined lady and she’ll stop at nothing to make sure Zoe doesn’t find out her secrets.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

At the beginning of the book, Zoe simply wants to complete the illustrations for the King Arthur book and hopes that will lead to more work as an artist.  Then her dreams become increasingly important as she realizes that they reveal the future.  But there’s a lot of other things going on in Glastonbury and without realizing Zoe’s ended up right in the middle of it and, in the end, her only goal is survival.

High Street
High Street

6. Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?

The title is Beltane and at the moment the only place you can read more about it is here. Hopefully one day that will change.

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

I’m afraid I can’t answer that one at the moment.  Submissions are out.  When there’s any good news you’ll be the first to know.

And the tour carries on. I couldn’t find anyone to hand the baton on to (all my writing friends seem to have already been on this particular tour, got the t-shirt and come home with a few dodgy souvenirs) but my good friend and contemporary women’s fiction writer, Julie Heslington, is also doing this blog tour this week and you can read her blog here.

Thanks for reading about Zoe and Beltane.  Have a lovely day xx

7 thoughts on “Meet My Character

  1. Hi Alys, having had the pleasure of reading Beltane, I can imagine exactly how difficult this has been to write without giving major spoilers away! I think you’ve managed very well! And I must crack on with my entry as I’m away with work all this week so won’t get it done if I don’t do it now!

    Julie xx

  2. I’ve just started reading Beltane but keep getting stopped by phone calls about my mother’s perilous situation. But what a cracking read, I just love the characters and the writing style, totally engrossing!! So Alys, all I’m going to say is stop reading this and get and write some more!! xx

    1. Hi Lynne
      I’m so pleased to hear that you’re enjoying Beltane and I hope things calm down a bit so that you can keep reading. And yes, I’m going to get on and do some writing on book 2 now xx
      Alys xx

    1. Hi Elle
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It’s lovely to hear that you like the sound of Beltane. It’s encouraging comments like that which keep us going, isn’t it? How’s things with you? Have you already submitted to the NWS this year? Alys xx

      1. I’m fine, thanks, Alys. I haven’t submitted to the NWS yet. I’m planning to post my TS towards the end of next week. Proofreading now – it’s a case of comma in, comma out, comma in again, oh no, comma out etc… xx

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