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Today I’m on the ‘Dancers in the Wind’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, Pamela Holmes, but b
About the Author :
For most of her working life in publishing, Anne has had a foot in both camps as a writer and an editor, moving from book publishing to magazines and then freelancing in both. Having edited both fiction and narrative non-fiction, she has also had short stories published in a variety of magazines including Bella and Candis and is the author of seven non-fiction books. Telling stories is Anne’s first love and nearly all her short fiction as well as Dancers in The Wind and Death’s Silent Judgement began with a real event followed by a ‘what if …’. That is also the case with the two prize-winning 99Fiction.net stories: Codewords and Eternal Love.
SHE IS HUNTING FOR THE TRUTH, BUT WHO IS HUNTING HER?
Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence.
Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat. As she comes to realise that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah realises she must do everything in her power to expose the truth …. and stay alive.
Guest Post :
Basing characters on real people
You often see a tweet or a Facebook post that says something like “Don’t upset and author or she’ll write you into her book and kill you off!” Strangely there are only a few of people in my life I’ve been tempted to do this to and they have so far survived this author’s poisonous pen.
However in Dancers in the Wind there are a few characters who are based on real people. Hannah, Princess and DI Tom Jordan all evolved from an interview I did for a national newspaper. Each has been worked on until they are, I hope, unrecognisable from the original. I loved the way Princess developed and her relationship with Hannah. Sadly this would never have happened in real life as she was a serious drug user and would have died long ago.
There are also a couple of other scenes in the book that have been adapted from real life into fiction – I’ll leave you to guess which ones. I like to think they give the narrative an air of authenticity. I also mention real newsreaders’ names when Hannah switches on the news taking into account that Dancers is set in 1993.
None of my characters has been based on family members – although some may share certain characteristics or physical similarities. Listening to people on a bus or train is a great source of inspiration for the way a character may speak or phrases they use. But all this goes into the melting pot of imagination to create the cast of characters.
I confess I love the way characters arrive in my narratives – sometimes uninvited. I remember once talking to a spiritualist who told me that when she was giving a consultation she saw spirits all around her vying for her attention and that’s how I feel. Sometimes they are all clamouring for a bigger role. It can get quite noisy in my head.
One of my daughter’s colleagues who was reading Dancers remarked, “I see your mother based Hannah on you.” Apparently she looked amazed and said, “Oh no, I’m the baby (Elizabeth).” So no great revelations about Olivia!
© Anne Coates, 2019
The Magic of Wor(l)ds