Here we are with only a couple of weeks until Christmas- how about a new novel from Jill Barry to spice up that Christmas Stocking?
Over to you Jill…
Kay, it’s great to be here with you. I’d like to begin by mentioning my love of musicals. Since becoming a published author I’ve often looked at the leading man with the critical eye of a romance writer hoping to find inspiration for the perfect hero. Well, that’s my excuse!
The idea of a young woman falling for a singer wasn’t enough. I needed to drag my heroine out of her comfort zone – make her vulnerable. I’m used to travelling between Wales and London, so setting Devilish Delights in these places appealed.
Laura takes on a temporary house and shop-sitting stint for her aunt and uncle in Wales. But the night before they go away, my heroine tags along with her aunt to a fundraising event where the delectable west end singer Alex Conway is performing. Laura is mesmerised by him but events conspire … and I hope you’ll read the book and find out much, much more. It’s said that authors shouldn’t make a main character a fictional star because stars are too driven. Too obsessed with striving for more and more success. Hopefully I’ve addressed this by introducing a second man so Laura is faced with another new situation while Alex performs in the West End, attends rehearsals and so on. Laura’s two temporary worlds collide, with a startling result.
I had fun, fabricating the fictitious musical that lends its title to this novel. As Laura says – think Witches of Eastwick meets The Rocky Horror Show but set in the UK and with a political theme. Alex, who’s setting the West End on fire, gets to play both the Devil and the Prime Minister but not both at once. And I seize the chance to inject as much magic, passion and colour into my stage setting as possible.
Writing as Jill Barry has opened up new options for me throughout 2013. A Life Less Lonely – my medical romance with a difference is available as an ebook. With one D C Thomson pocket novel published and another due out in January, I’m hoping they’ll like my idea for a serial. I’m also submitting short stories to women’s magazines – which is how I began my writing career.
Thank you, Kay, for inviting me and a very big thank you to anyone reading this.
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Many thanks for dropping by today Jill!
Happy Reading Everyone,