I am delighted to be taking part in the blog blitz for Emily Harvale’s Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove and the author joins me today to discuss her character, Evie Starr.
Please introduce my readers to your character …
Evie Starr is thirty-four, single (having emptied a potful of pepper over her cheating, now ex, boyfriend) and lives and works at the family-run, Snowflake Inn. She has a tendency to worry and she doesn’t consider herself to be a beauty – her ginger hair is too wild and her face is splattered with freckles. Family and friendships are extremely important to her and, other than the family’s financial worries, she’s fairly happy with her lot in life although she has a tendency to day-dream.
When did you create Evie?
Evie Starr came to me fully-formed and I liked her from the moment she introduced herself. I’ve always said that I don’t ‘invent’ my characters, they form an orderly queue (although sometimes there’s a bit of pushing and shoving and vying for attention) and each one tells me their story.
Did you write the book to accommodate Evie or Evie to accommodate the book?
The book to accommodate the character. I don’t plan my books. A character will bring me an idea – often at the most inconvenient moment – and then the rest of the characters show up and I start to write. I always write a character summary as each one appears. I get to know them during my first draft. By the second, we’re all fast-friends … or not. Some of them refuse to ‘play nicely’.
What do you like most about Evie?
I like the fact that Evie won’t take any nonsense from anybody. She can give as good as she gets.
What do you like least about her?
That she doesn’t see what a great person she is.
Did your early readers/editorial team like Evie to start with or did you have to change her in any way?
They liked Evie as she is. She’s a very likeable person.
Does she have any similarities with anyone real?
Not intentionally. I think she probably does have a combination of traits from various people but I can’t really say what, or from whom.
What are your plans for Evie?
Evie hasn’t told me yet. But as I’m currently writing book two, she’ll let me know pretty soon … I hope. She’s not the main character in book two. Each book is a standalone, so her story has a ‘temporary’ ending in Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove.
Would you be friends in real life?
Without a shadow of a doubt. I become very close to my characters and when it’s time to say goodbye, I genuinely feel sad to let them go. I’m so pleased I’m going to be spending more time with Evie in book two.
Each of the books in this Michaelmas Bay series can be read as a standalone. Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove is book one and the working title for book two is Moonlight Over Michaelmas Bay but that title may change when I ask the members of my Readers’ Club. They helped to choose the title for Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove – which I love, so I know they’ll do me proud when it comes to this next book.
Thank you so much for having me here. I’ve enjoyed every minute. I know it’s a little early but I’d like to wish you and all your readers a very Merry Christmas, or a Happy Time, if they don’t celebrate Christmas. I’m hoping for snow … but we don’t get much of that in the seaside town of Hastings, where I live. Thanks again. xx
I am desperately hoping for a snowy Christmas too! I think it’s magical and makes the cold weather worth it when it snows. Evie certainly sounds like the kind of girl I’d be friends with, thank you for introducing her to us … Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove will be hitting my TBR! Hugest of thanks to Rachel over at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.
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Here’s the blurb …
Crescent Gate Publishing (26 Oct. 2017)
The perfect book to snuggle up with this Christmas.
Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…
Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help.
Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.
Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own. But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad.
With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…?
Book one of a two book series but each book can be read as a standalone.
About the author …
Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.
To catch up with Emily, go to her website at http://www.emilyharvale.com where you can sign up for her Readers’ Club newsletter, join her Readers’ Club Facebook group and/or connect with her on social media.