I would like to introduce Sally as my character in the spotlight. Sally is entirely a new fictional character.
Sally was a single mum, who sadly lost her only son Zak, under tragic circumstances. We first meet Sally when she kindly agrees to let Alice rent out her canal boat while she is working on an assignment in the Netherlands. Sally works as a Social worker. However fate returns Sally sooner than expected and this turn of events helps to save Alice from possible death. Their friendship, takes them on a journey of recovery and a new future for Alice.
When did you create Sally?
The character of Sally was developed quite early on in the writing process, although she doesn’t appear in the novel until around two thirds of the way in.
Did you write the book to accommodate Sally or Sally to accommodate the book?
She was definitely developed to accommodate the book.
What do you like most about her?
Sally is a warm compassionate woman.
What do you like least about her?
There is nothing I dislike about Sally.
Did your early readers/editorial team like her to start with or did you have to change Sally in any way?
Some readers would have preferred for Sally to have had a bigger role to play.
Does she have any similarities with anyone real?
Personally, I don’t know anyone like Sally, but I feel sure that there are many kind and compassionate women who would have helped Alice the way Sally did.
What are your plans for her?
I have many plans for Alice and Sally, should a sequel be requested.
Would you be friends in real life?
Yes, most definitely.
Tour: 17th – 30th April
Author: K.L Loveley
About the author:
K.L Loveley is a contemporary fiction author from Nottinghamshire, who writes gritty, realistic novels which tackle medical and social issues.
The author has enjoyed a successful 47-year nursing career with the NHS, during which she acquired vast skills. She has transferred her medical knowledge, and incorporated her excellent human observation skills into writing interesting stories about people affected by social and medical issues.
Her debut novel, ‘Alice’ tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into.
Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children’s lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.
When Alice’s daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.
Freedom, however, isn’t as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can’t quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to drink…
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The ‘Alice’ book launch celebration was held on Saturday 25th
With the exception of celebrity writers, I imagine many authors feel uncomfortable performing in front of crowds, especially as writing can be a solitary pursuit. Perhaps, public appearances, no matter their size, may be challenging to many authors. With this thought in my mind, I was undecided whether or not to hold a book launch event.
However, as the day approached, I began to read stories of other author’s experiences and realized that I could not let such a special occasion go by, without marking the day in my own unique special way.
I was very fortunate to hold my book launch in ‘The Faff Room’, Burnaby House, Mansfield Woodhouse and my thanks go to Amanda Holt for making this possible. In many ways it was appropriate for me to use this location as a setting for the launch, due to the historical fact that when I was a small girl, this building was my Doctors surgery and considering ‘Alice’ charts the decline of a member of the health care profession it helps to reinforce the books content.
Having set up the room with bunting, lights, and strategically stacked copies of my debut novel ‘Alice’, I began to feel less nervous about meeting the public as a first-time author. The refreshments were out and the tea room was ready.
Exactly on cue, at 2pm, my first guests arrived! They had travelled a fair distance by train and I felt humbled to greet them having made such an effort.
Hot on the heels of these guests, arrived my school friend Janet and her husband Dereck, bearing a beautiful flower decoration and congratulations card. It was lovely to see a familiar face.
In a flurry of good will and excitement my girlfriends, Karen, Kim, Chris and Elaine arrived with the most amazing display of flowers and cards.
The room began to fill with lots of family and friends and sat amongst them all like a proud mother hen, was my eighty-eight-year-old mum, beaming with joy.
My husband mingled with guests, and conversed about his supporting role throughout my journey from writer to published author. My daughter introduced me to the crowd and there was no stopping me. Although not accustomed to public speaking I found the words came naturally to me, for I was speaking from the heart, especially when I offered appreciation for the support that everyone was giving me.
I had the opportunity to read excerpts from my novel ‘Alice’ to bring the characters alive. I also had the opportunity to speak individually to my guests which I rather enjoyed. A number of hardback and paperback copies were sold, each one signed with a personal message.
My talented nephew, David Oliver has his own photography business, so throughout the event he was taking publicity shots which are featured on this blog post.
My ‘Alice’ book launch celebration was a personal success, and I enjoyed it immensely.