Today I am featuring a guest post by author Jenny Schwartz as part of the virtual blog tour for Jenny’s new release romantic suspense novel Sky Garden! For the tour length Sky Garden is on sale for $0.99 cents!
Most Challenging Character to Write in Sky Garden
When I started Sky Garden I thought that the most challenging character to write would be the villain. It’s so hard to write a villain who is credible, and not a cartoon-style moustache-twirling evil mastermind (although evil masterminds can be fun!). But in fact, the shadowy villain of Sky Garden was so chilling and real to me that he lurked effortlessly onto the page for his scenes.
It turned out that the really tricky character would be the owner of the quirky Horry Museum where Lanie, the heroine, works as curator. In a sense, Mrs Smith is Lanie’s fairy godmother. She gives Lanie a place to retreat to (the museum) and rebuild her life, but she also does so much more. Mrs Smith is an elderly Cockney wealthy widow. She emerged with such a strong character that it was difficult to keep her from taking over everything—she’s a kind-hearted meddler. Mrs Smith and I compromised about that! And reading the book, you’ll understand that cryptic comment by the end J
The other difficulty with Mrs Smith was to rein in her Cockney accent. I love reading books with dialect in them, but loads of people don’t. So Mrs Smith could only be allowed the occasional Cockney phrase. If you like reading dialect, and especially Cockney rhyming slang and humour, then look up the novels of Mary Jane Staples set in the East End of London. They are wonderful.
But difficult characters can be the most rewarding, and that is definitely true with Mrs Smith. Her life story was its own love story and one that I felt privileged to write as she recounted it to Lanie. It’s weird, but Mrs Smith really is a personality to me. She’s only a side character in Sky Garden, but that doesn’t lessen her power as a symbol of all the good, caring and brave people who come into our lives at those times when we’re struggling. Angels by another name!
I’m very glad and honoured to have written the character of Mrs Smith.
About Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz
On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.
A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.
Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.
But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in–because some secrets must go to the grave.
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Head down, he forced his feet up the endless, dizzying stairs.
Abruptly, the wall of the house ended. He swayed, blinking at the transition from shadowed darkness to light. He’d reached the roof. His jetlagged brain bounced between explanations of neon light or moonlight as the source of illumination. Tokyo roofs were seldom dark; London skies seldom cloudless in his memory.
Concentrating on his feet, he negotiated the awkward step up and over a concrete wall edge, and down onto the roof. He looked up.
A woman looked back at him.
Soundless, he watched her mouth open and the plate she held drop. Water and soapsuds fountained up.
The light came from a kitchen window.
His brain kicked into gear. “It’s all right. I’m from the solicitor’s. I have a key.” Ridiculous words, but the fear in her expression demanded reassurance.
She held a phone up, soap suds running down her bare forearm to the pushed-up sleeve of an apple-green pullover. The phone was brandished as a weapon.
“A key,” he mouthed exaggeratedly. “I have a key.”
A stand-off. He didn’t dare move. He must have frightened her when she’d felt safe and alone on this rooftop. He couldn’t understand how she and her kitchen were here at all.
About The Author
Jenny Schwartz is a hopeful romantic with a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea. Jenny writes romantic suspense, as well as contemporary and paranormal romance.
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