Today is the ‘official’ launch of my new novel. Firestarter is a romantic comedy, with a bit of suspense thrown in. I hope it’s as much fun to read as it was to research and write.
As well as finding out about firemen, I had to do a fair bit of birdwatching and walking through beautifil countryside and eat loads of really nice food. The story is set around the New Forest area of Hampshire and the south coast of Wales, so some travelling was also required. In fact I wrote most of the bok in the back of our camper van. It’s a tough life being a writer …
Alice has a fantasy. It starts with being rescued by a hunky fireman, involves the kiss of life and ends in him not needing his uniform. At the New Forest Show, Alice is offered an innocent version of her dream. Reluctantly she turns down fireman Hamish’s invitation.
Despite Alice’s blameless behaviour, boyfriend Tony’s obsessive jealousy kicks in. Hamish wants to take Tony’s place, but a hoaxer ensures Alice already sees far too much of Hampshire Fire Service. The threat of an explosive sprout surprise, her mum’s baking, sister Kate’s mind boggling pep talks and the peculiar behaviour of Alice’s boss Miles provide distractions.
Is Alice really in danger? What is Kate up to? Can Hamish possibly be as perfect as he seems? It takes Alice masses of wonderful food, disgusting wine, smelly mud, red footed crows and steamy Welsh passion, but she finds the answers. And rethinks her fantasy.
You can find links to lots of interviews and posts about the characters, story, locations research and my writing process here.