It’s Meet the Character time again, and this week popular author Grace Lowrie is introducing us to Marguerite from her contemporary fiction novel, Before We Fall. Let’s find out a bit about the book first.
‘The characters captivated me immediately; they develop so richly and believingly along the rollercoaster ride of the story that by the end I was absolutely emotionally invested in their fate or fortune.’ Amazon customer
Before We Fall blurb:
When Cally, an amateur ballet dancer, is suddenly diagnosed with cancer she runs away from her boyfriend, her job in a call centre and her safe life in Wildham in order to experience ‘real’ life in London. Taking a job as a stripper and flat-sitting in the top of an office tower she meets her obnoxious neighbour Bay; a tattooed, drug-taking, suicidal artist, haunted by the death of those close to him.
Despite their differences, the two strike up a friendship – Bay pushes Cally to try new things while Cally provides Bay with a muse – and they fall in love. But their secrets threaten to tear them apart and time is running out…
Now let’s move onto Grace’s interview with Margeurite.
Hello, Marguerite what brings you here today?
I need to talk about my best friend Cally – she’s not herself and I’m worried about her.
In what way is she not herself?
Well, we’ve been friends all our lives and she’s normally very quiet, sensible and reliable – content to go with the flow – but a few weeks ago she suddenly quit her job, left her boyfriend (who’s lovely by-the-way) and moved to London to flat-sit by herself!
That sounds unexpected but rather brave, don’t you think?
Yes, I suppose it is, and she’s actually doing me a favour by flat-sitting for one of my clients, but it’s so unlike Cally to be impulsive. I love her and she’s smarter and prettier than I think she realises, but she’s never really left our home town of Wildham on her own before and she has such a gentle nature – I’m worried that she might get taken advantage of.
You’re obviously very protective of your best friend, does she seem unhappy since she moved to London?
Actually no, she doesn’t, but I’m convinced she’s getting mixed up with the wrong crowd. There’s this guy, Bay, you know the type – scruffy, tattooed, smokes, drinks, probably does drugs… Cally says he’s an artist but he’s big and brooding and dangerously good-looking, and he watches her with this intensity, as if he wants to consume her or something. Anyway, Cally’s like a different person around him – all vibrant and smiling as if she’s lit up inside – I’m worried she’s falling for him.
But if he makes her happy maybe he’s not as bad as you think?
Maybe, I guess I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but even if Bay doesn’t lead her astray or hurt her, there’s something else going on, something Cally’s not telling me. Bay wasn’t the reason she suddenly left home. I’m worried that whatever she’s running from is going to catch up with her, one way or another.
Seems to me all you can do is be Cally’s friend – be there for her if, or when, she needs you?
Yes, true, but perhaps in the meantime I should try setting her up with a guy who’s more suitable. There’s this guy I work with…
Oh dear, it sounds like Cally might be heading for trouble, doesn’t it? If you want to find out what happens to her you can purchase the book here: Amazon
Having worked as a collage artist, sculptor, prop maker and garden designer, Grace has always been creative, but she is a romantic introvert at heart and writing was, and is, her first love.
A lover of rock music, art nouveau design, blue cheese and grumpy ginger tomcats, Grace is also an avid reader of fiction – preferring coffee and a sinister undercurrent, over tea and chick lit. When not making prop costumes or hanging out with her favourite nephews, she continues to write stories from her Hertfordshire home.
Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Grace. Lots of luck with your new book!
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