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#CharacterSpotlight #TeriMeyer #AFallingFriend @wordfocus @SueF_Writer @LakewaterPress #ETLBW

Good morning bookworms!

I am delighted to welcome co-authors Susan Pape and Sue Featherstone to #ETLBW HQ today

So ladies, while I get the coffee going, please introduce us to your character …

When I tell you about Teri Meyer, I worry that you are going to think she’s a typical chick lit heroine. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with chick lit heroines – and Teri certainly fits the mould: willowy, designer-clad, hair always freshly brushed and blonde; make-up perfect. 

She receives an allowance from her rich, industrialist father to keep her in a style from which she has never strayed. And that includes the expensive dresses, handbags and shoes – and a contemporary, uncluttered duplex apartment.

But I’m always delighted when readers realise there’s more to this leading lady than her just being a cash-flasher.

Yes, her money and looks give her the confidence to do and say some of the things that – perhaps – you and I would never dare. But there’s a reason why Teri says what she says and behaves the way she behaves – and she would not want you to know that reason. And she doesn’t want to admit it to herself either.

Teri is one of two leading women characters in A Falling Friend. She and Lee Harper have been friends since they were teenagers and it’s through Lee’s eyes that we get to understand better what it is that drives Teri and all the selfish, thoughtless choices she makes.

When did you create Teri?

I created Teri following a number of situations in which I found myself. I reacted to these situations in what you would call a reasonable and thoughtful way. But I wondered how those situations would have developed had I been more badly behaved and selfish.

Is she based on, or does she have any similarities with anyone in the real world?

Often Teri says and does the things I would say and do – if I had more nerve and wasn’t so concerned about what people would think of me.

She sounds very ‘ballsy’! What do you like most about her?

I like the fact that Teri is cool, says what she thinks and is unbothered by people’s reaction. I love that she puts herself and her feelings above everyone else’s. Of course, I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone, but just sometimes wouldn’t it be great to have the nerve to say EXACTLY what you think?

Absolutely! As long as you’re not mean or nasty with it I think honesty is the best policy. What do you like least about Teri?

I don’t like the way Teri treats Lee. She won’t accept what a fantastic friend Lee is to her and how much she has done for her over the years.

What did your early readers/publishers think about her?

Sue Featherstone, my co-writer, loved the idea of Teri – and I took wicked delight in creating and writing about her. But Sue, who is a thoughtful, kind and generous person, had a much happier time writing about the lovely Lee character.

Reactions from readers have been mixed. Some think Teri is a total cow while others absolutely love her!

I love characters that I love to hate! So, what’s next for Teri and Lee? 

A Falling Friend ends with the reader unsure where Teri goes next. In the sequel, which Sue and I have recently finished, she has more adventures … and we get to understand her and her motives a little better.

Would you be friends with Teri in real life?

Not on your life!

Thank you so much for introducing us to Teri today ladies, it’s been brilliant having you here!

Have a super day folks, keep reading!

Emma x

If you like the sound of Teri, I know I do, then get your copy of A Falling Friend over at Amazon UK now …

Here’s the blurb …

A Falling Friend by [Featherstone, Sue, Pape, Susan]

Lakewater Press; 1 edition (25 April 2016)

This “witty and pacy” character-driven masterpiece is “reminiscent of Bridget Jones” and proves that there really are two sides to every story.

After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and to studying. That’s when she discovers John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, and poet of all things depraved. What she doesn’t realise is even beyond his grave, his influence over her is extraordinary. To hell with the consequences.

Having gone out on a limb to get old friend Teri a job at the university at which she teaches, it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to recognise a pattern. Wherever Teri goes, whatever she does, every selfish choice she makes, it’s all setting her up for a nasty fall. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch. And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.

About the authors …

Susan Pape and Sue Featherstone are both former newspaper journalists who between them have extensive experience of working in national and regional papers and magazines, and public relations.

More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, have already written two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction; and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction.

Susan is married and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales and on the east coast, and playing the ukulele.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and exploring the cycle paths near her Yorkshire home.

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