Meet The Character: Charlie Patterson

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Hey folks

Sorry it’s been a WHILE since I’ve blogged and I know I owe you all a Patterson’s Curse update. Geez what writing week am I up to now? Anyway I was tagged by fabulous author Alli Sinclair (have you read her debut novel LUNA TANGO? If no, what are you waiting for?) to participate in a MEET THE CHARACTER blog thingy.

So anyway I’ve chosen to introduce you all to CHARLIE (CHARLOTTE) PATTERSON from my current work-in-progress.

MEET THE CHARACTER Answer these questions about your main character from a finished work or work in progress:

1.) What is the name of your character?
Whoops – already gave that away above. Charlotte Pattereson is known mostly as Charlie to all her friends and family.

2.) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
She’s definitely a figment of my imagination. I’m her God!

3.) When and where is the story set?
The book is set in a few places – London, Perth, Baltimore, Melbourne and a rural town I made up in South Australia called Meadow Brook. Charlie has been living in Melbourne for the past few years, but most of the book she’s back home in Meadow Brook helping her dad run the family motel.

4.) What should we know about him/her?
She feels like she’s the odd one out in her family. Charlie has three sisters – all very successful at what they do, whereas she’s always been a bit of a hippy, doing a number of jobs here and there. She’s mostly happy with this situation, but she does sometimes feel less than her sisters.

5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Charlie is a little annoyed when she has to come home to help her Dad in the motel. He’s sick and her sisters all realise he needs help and they just assume she’s got nothing better to do than do it. But her main conflict is the attraction she feels to her best friend when she comes home and finds herself spending a lot more time with him. However, these are only the beginning of her problems… just when it looks like she gets her heart’s desire, a huge spanner will be thrown in the works.

6.) What is the personal goal of the character?
Charlie’s goal is to do something that makes her feel worthy and successful, and to prove to her sister’s she’s not the dumbo they all think.

7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The working title has changed a few times. It started as PATTERSON’S CURSE – a play on the toxic weed and the sister’s surname – but I now feel THE FAMILY CURSE Is perhaps a better title. Saying that, I’m not sure my publisher likes either of them so who KNOWS what’ll end up on the cover. I’ve already written a number of blogs about my writing journey for this book, which can be found at my old blog – http://rachaeljohns.wordpress.com

8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
IF I manage to finish it, which feels like quite a big IF at the moment, I’m guessing it’ll be published towards the end of 2015, but I promise to keep you posted on that 🙂

What happens next? See the names below with links to their websites? Those authors will be posting on Oct 23, 2014 about one of their characters. In fact, you might want to click through now and find out more!

Cathryn Hein was born in South Australia’s rural south-east. With three generations of jockeys in the family it was little wonder she grew up horse mad, finally obtaining her first horse at age 10. When partner’s posting to France took Cathryn overseas for three years in Provence she finally gave in to her life-long desire to write. Cathryn writes rural romance for Penguin and romantic adventure for Harlequin. When she’s not writing, she plays golf (ineptly), cooks (well), and in football season barracks (rowdily) for her beloved Sydney Swans AFL team.

When Alissa Callen isn’t writing she plays traffic controller to four children, three dogs, two horses and one renegade cow who really does believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. After a childhood spent chasing sheep on the family farm, Alissa has always been drawn to remote areas and small towns, even when residing overseas. Once a teacher and a counsellor, she remains interested in the life journeys that people take. She also is partial to historic homesteads and country gardens and has been known to drive hours to see an open-garden. She currently lives on a small slice of rural Australia in central western New South Wales and writes romance for Random House Australia and Tule Publishing.

Fiona Palmer was raised in Pingaring, a tiny (five house) town in Western Australia. She loved outdoors life much more than school and although she enjoyed creating stories, she never considered herself good enough to be an author. Then one day, when her kids were babies, a story popped into her head and grew and grew until she had to write it down before her head burst. The rest as they say is history. Fiona now writes rural romance for Penguin and young adult fiction for Escape Publishing.

Beck Nicholas has always wanted to write. She’s worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but she always pursued her first dream of creating stories. Beck now lives with her family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea and considers herself lucky to spend her days (and nights) writing young adult fiction. She’s published with Harlequin and Month 9 Books.

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