We’ve been tagged by Louise Charles, author of historical novel, The Duke’s Shadow to take part in this blog hop about main characters and our latest work in progress. Louise is a member of Writers Abroad.
Meet My Main Character
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
The entire story is fictional. We have two main characters. Olivia Wheeler is a high-flying star in the world of Wall Street hedge funds, engaged to a wealthy society bachelor.
Rosie Dixon is a good-hearted, somewhat naïve London primary school teacher and divorced mother, struggling to support her two boys and still mourning the loss of her marriage.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story is set in the present day. It goes from Manhattan to London with stops in Spain and also the Scottish island of Skye.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Olivia, despite all her money and cynicism is insecure, stressed and a workaholic who has lost her way in the search for superficial success. Easygoing Rosie just wants everyone to be happy, including her cold critical mother, but is secretly hoping that one day she’ll win back her philandering husband.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Both girls find their lives overturned by a lightening bolt of luck. In Olivia’s case she loses everything – job, money and reputation – and Rosie gets an unexpected windfall. Both of them have to learn to deal with very changed financial circumstances and the myriad problems that come with them.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Essentially they’re both after security. World-weary Olivia thinks it comes with money, naive innocent Rosie yearns for the traditional happy family life with husband and kids. But on a deeper level, as Olivia struggles to survive in an unfeeling world and Rosie tries to sort out real friends and true love from greed, envy and self-interest, their goal is to take charge of their own lives, overcome unexpected obstacles and find out what is really important to them- while destiny may just be lending a helping hand.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The working title is Million Dollar Question. As it’s closer to publication we’ll have more about it on our blog .
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
Sometime in 2014 if we decide to self-publish. If we go the traditional route, it would probably be 2015.
If you’re enjoying the ‘Meet My Main Character’ blog hop, we have another for you in about a week from now. The author we’ve tagged to follow us is the talented Celia Kennedy author of Charlotte’s Restrained (2012) and Venus Rising (2013). Look for Kathleen’s Undressed, a companion novel to Charlotte’s Restrained, to be published in 2014.
Currently she lives in Washington State with the loves of her life.
You’ll find Celia on http://celiakennedy.weebly.com