Kirsty Ferry is a regular visitor to my blog – this week she is celebrating the publication of Christmas of New Beginnings, the first in a new series for Ruby Fiction, by talking about what she envies about her fictional heroines. Over to Kirsty …
Thank you so much to Morton for having me back again on your blog. This time, you’ve really set me a challenge: what I envy about my fictional heroines.
Can I start with the fact that they can be a perfect size ten, eat chocolate and cakes and drink wine until they pop, but not put any weight on, and can also have beautifully behaved swishy hair as well, if I so choose. They can look good in any outfit I put them in, have their dream job, solve any problem that they encounter, and can always stand up for themselves with anyone at all. They have the art of witty banter, and always, of course, a gorgeous man falling for them hard. And they always live happily ever after!
Seriously, though, I once did an author talk with a group of other Choc Lit authors, and one of the questions we were asked as a panel was how we wrote conversations with our characters, and how we knew how the heroes would react and what they’d say in response to our heroine’s comments – whether, for example, the heroine or hero would win the argument. Our Choc Lit and Ruby girls are, I think, rarely scared of having it out with someone or telling them how they feel and we were so glad the lady who asked the question recognised that and also thought the girls were fearless enough to confront the heroes if need be. It was a very sweet question, with, of course, a very simple answer. Our characters just do as we tell them. We create them, we make sure their conversations go the way they need to, and we always make them get the resolution they want. In short – we make them win the argument, and the hero just has to roll with it! We will rewrite if necessary until that happens! Authors, at a very basic level, manipulate characters into doing what they need to do to tell the story effectively, and sometimes our girls have to be put back in their boxes, and do lose arguments, but it’s always a way of driving the story forward and keeping that romantic tension going. I loved, for instance, writing the early scenes with Angel and Kyle in Spring at Taigh Fallon. We got both of their opinions, and they argued pretty much all the time – until they both realised they were simply wildly attracted to one another.
I would, however, argue that making our girls do as they’re told isn’t always the case! Yes, I envy my heroines their witty rejoinders, and how they, Elizabeth Bennett-like, always have a clever comeback or think quickly in a heated debate. This isn’t something I, personally, can do very often in real life. I’ve often thought about a situation I’ve been in later on, and thought ‘I wish I’d said that!’ But with our heroines, we get the opportunity to think about their conversations and actions, and write how ‘we’ would like that to play out. It’s a literary form of empowerment, I guess. But sometimes the girls are so single-minded, that as you develop the characters you simply can’t manipulate them as you’d like to. They, I think, are some of the best heroines to work with as they make writing the book rather exciting.
Christmas of New Beginnings is the first in a new series for Ruby Fiction, and written in first person point of view, told by Cerys, the heroine. There are no hero’s words to give us another perspective, and therefore the story may be a little biased in some ways. We don’t really know what’s going in in Sam’s life, so all we have is Cerys’ observations. However, it was a great way to get into Cerys’ character, and she is a heroine I really like. She’s made a big life change and is doing something she loves, somewhere she loves and finds someone to love. And is surrounded by friends and family who love her too. I think that’s a lovely situation to be in – and there is obviously something quite enviable about that; but in a nice way, I hope. I’d love people to close the book and be happy for Cerys and envy her in a ‘good’ way … because I certainly did when I typed “The End”, and I definitely felt I knew her better than anybody else, at that particular point in the journey!
How exciting that you have a new series for Ruby, Kirsty. Can’t wait to see how that line develops and good luck with it. Mx
About Kirsty Ferry
Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 and has had articles and short stories published in various magazines. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.
Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.
Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting.
For more information on Kirsty visit:
Twitter – www.twitter.com/kirsty_ferry
Kirsty’s Website – www.rosethornpress.co.uk
Not all festive wishes come true right away – sometimes it takes five Christmases …
Folk singer Cerys Davies left Wales for the South Downs village of Padcock at Christmas, desperate for a new beginning. And she ends up having plenty of those: opening a new craft shop-tea room, helping set up the village’s first festive craft fair, and, of course, falling desperately in love with Lovely Sam, the owner of the local pub. It’s just too bad he’s firmly in the clutches of Awful Belinda …
Perhaps Cerys has to learn that some new beginnings take a while to … well, begin! But with a bit of patience, some mild espionage, a generous sprinkling of festive magic and a flock of pub-crashing sheep, could her fifth Christmas in Padcock lead to her best new beginning yet?
To buy Christmas of New Beginnings you can use the following link – Christmas of New Beginnings: A heart warming and uplifting Christmas romance eBook : Ferry, Kirsty: AmazonSmile: Books
The book is also now available as a paperback 😄
International Bestseller Summer at Lucerne Lodge was published as an eBook on 20 April 2021 and now available as a paperback and audio download too – Amazon Check on my Choc Lit author page for other purchasing options here