Today I am bringing you a fabulous guest post from author, Anoushka Beazley all about how she fell in love with the protagonist in her book. There’s also some information about her book, The Good Enough Mother which is on tour right now! Enjoy 🙂 (And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for an amazing giveaway!)
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Blurb: Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However, all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin. Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA? A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.
About the author: Anoushka Beazley has a film degree, an acting diploma and a masters in creative writing. She is a full time novelist, lives in North London with three little witches, a lawyer and a Maine Coon.
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How I fell in love with my protagonist
The matter of discovering an author’s protagonist is less simple than it seems. You might begin a story with a character’s point of view but soon tire of seeing the world through these particular eyes. It is possible that your secondary characters may become more interesting. Somehow they lift themselves off the page whereas your main character is still climbing up that hill. Or if you and your protagonist are too similar there might be a resistance to certain choices you are unaware of; things that you yourself would not do or perhaps if the subject matter is personal then an unconscious block preventing you exploring the story to its potential. Maybe your character is too different. It seemed like a nice idea to tell a first person narrative as a hermaphrodite painter from the Impressionist era and, yes, as authors our imagination is meant to know no bounds however, we are only human and, just as the success of our stories is dependent on the richness of our characters and their relationships we in turn must have a fulfilling relationship with our main character.
For the first time I did not sketch out my protagonist before I began writing and Drea started off small. In fact when we first meet her she is under the bed covers. A large part of the humour in the story is set in and stems from the internal workings of her mind which testifies to the tentative relationship she has with the world as a whole. Given that education and its importance is one of the themes of the novel, I knew I must describe her attitude to ambition if not her present occupation; Drea is an out of work physics teacher. Being unemployed was a deliberate choice allowing her the time to spiral out of control but also a statement on her value in society. In a world where teachers are so desperately needed Drea, for whatever reason, is unable to hold down a position as one. Physics was also intentional as the main goal of Physics is to understand how the universe behaves which I believe is Drea’s most secret wish for herself; to understand how she behaves in the universe.
The Good Enough Mother is a satirical farce which has Drea, despite her inimitable best efforts, slipping further into the quicksand of her life yet everything I threw at her, she somehow catches even if she does not mean to. She began to amaze me. A Physics theory from the 19th century called the Conservation of Matter states that matter can neither be created nor destroyed. Drea is powerless to create her own destruction. Despite the novel opening with Drea desperate to commit suicide, there is an opposing and indestructible quality in her essence that keeps her fighting, regardless of the setbacks. I found myself falling in love with her immortal spirit. Running back to my laptop to witness someone whose wish to shorten her life makes her larger than life
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