Since I decided on an extended sabbatical from writing, I've been obsessively downloading books onto my Kindle and having a great time finding some new authors and well-written novels. I'm getting through about three a week currently, mainly of the chick-lit and romantic comedy variety. A few people have expressed how writing is a passion and one we can't just switch on and off; how right they are. I've enjoyed keeping my blog up to date and really, I think I've given myself some inspiration to perhaps find my creative writing gene once more. I do have a book finished, though not edited, that is sitting in a file on my shelves. I'm not sure at this stage whether I'll do anything with that one but what I am getting just a teeny bit excited about is an idea I have for another book. Briefly, because I haven't got the finer details as yet, it's a paranormal romance though not nearly as heavy as Discovery at Rosehill (which, incidentally, is available on Kindle at Amazon for £1.02 *wink wink*). (Shameless plug there, tsk.) Anyway, I'm nowhere near thinking of a title for it but my main character who's female and I think will be called Rachel, had an affair many years ago with Steven - he was married, she was single. Steven's wife discovered his infidelity and gave him an ultimatum - stay and we'll work it out, or go. He chose to stay, thus leaving Rachel on her own.
Fast forward...say...fifteen years, and Rachel, having moved to her favourite village in Scotland, is walking through her nearest town when she spots a man clearly resembling Steven. He's on the opposite side of the road but turns to face her, which is when she gets a good view of him and is sure it's him. Cue a lorry passing that blocks her view and once it's gone by, low and behold, Steven has gone. Rachel can't wait to tell her best friend, Tony, who also happens to be the local bobby, and is somewhat shocked when Tony informs her that Steven and his wife were killed six years ago at sea. However, the wife's body was found washed up to shore but Steven's body was never found, though he was declared dead twelve months later and his brother Adrian, benefited hugely from the will. Naturally confused, Rachel decides to go back to town and wait on the same side of the road where she saw Steven hovering near a shop doorway. After hanging around for half an hour, she sees him again, this time he's on the opposite side of the road where she first saw him. But by the time she can get across, he's gone again.
Rachel tells Tony that again she spotted Steven but this time Tony decides there could be something odd about it and tells her to be careful. Suspecting that Steven has faked his own death, he makes Rachel question fully whether or not she really did see him. But Rachel's still in love with Steven and has no intention of getting him into trouble with the police, so therefore decides it might be best to admit defeat and assume it wasn't Steven after all. But was it....? And more importantly, does she really believe that it was him...?
Got a long, long way to go of course, but thought you might like to hear my ideas as they whir around my thoughts. I'm getting to know Steven quite well and I'm also having great fun at building Rachel's character. I'll see how it goes.