Getting Lucky

I got lucky this week... no, not like that! I won a competition on the website of the lovely Christina Courtenay by sharing my favourite ChocLit hero - Ratty, from Sue Moorcroft's 'Starting Over'. So now I'm rushing downstairs whenever the postie arrives, in the hope that today will the day my parcel of books arrives. I can't wait to read Christina's 'Trade Winds' or Sue's latest, 'All That Mullarkey', both of which had been on my wish list, but hadn't quite made it to the top yet. Now they have!

Anyway, having been reminded how much fun it is to get something for nothing, I thought it would be nice to share some luck. This week's blog post was going to be a character interview with my hero, Alex, from Desperate Bid. Now it comes with an added bonus... post a comment with the question you'd like me to have asked, and next week I'll answer some of questions. And the person who posts my favourite question will get a free pdf copy of 'Desperate Bid', complete with the lovely Alex on the cover.

So, without further ado, meet Alex, a few chapters in to the story...

Hi Alex. Welcome. Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living?

Urgh. Couldn’t you have started with an easier question? I’ve just changed jobs, sort of.

So what did you do before?

I worked in a high-street music store for a few years – it was only meant to be a stop-gap for a couple of months when I finished my Performing Arts degree, but I got a bit stuck!

And what about now?

Erm… That one’s harder to explain. But that’s what you get for deciding the solution to all your problems is to put your life up for sale on an online auction site! Now I kind of work for an event management company.

Woah, back up! You said you put your life up for sale?

Yes, that’s right. I know. Weird. OK, so I think a bit of alcohol might have been involved in the initial decision. And cheap imported beer at that. But, actually, I’m glad I went through with it. It’s not the worst decision I’ve ever made. If I hadn’t done it, I’d still be at the music shop, and I wouldn’t have met Sarah.

Who’s Sarah? Do I detect a hint of romance here?

I hope so. She’s really pretty, and a pretty special person. It’s complicated, though.

Aren’t all the best love stories? What’s the complication?

She’s kind of my boss. And my landlady. And she probably thinks I’m a total flake because I put my life up for sale. Which, let’s face it, is a reasonable assumption.

I’m sure you have all kinds of hidden depths. What do you do when you’re not working for an event management company or putting your life up for sale? Presumably you like to perform?

I do. I enjoy the theatre, but my first love is music. I play the guitar, and sing. Actually, I’m a singer-songwriter, although I don’t usually let anyone hear my songs until I know them pretty well. But I have sent a few demos off to record companies, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that one day you’ll be hearing them on the radio.

Best of luck, Alex, and thanks for talking to me today.

You’re welcome.

Now, over to you. What would you like to ask Alex?


  1. Great idea, Stephanie, and thanks for the mention! I think I'd ask Alex why he likes Sarah, what makes her special?

  2. Great question, Christina. I'll definitely have fun answering that.

  3. Hi Stephanie,

    So glad I found you again. I had one of your cards in my RNA goodie bag but lost it before I could find out more - funnily enough I recognised the cover :)

    As for my question, in an ideal world, what would Alex's perfect date with Sarah be?

  4. Hello, Stephanie, what a great idea - interviewing your heroes! Alex sounds delicious, and if I could ask him one question it would be:-
    What T shirt slogan would you say was the most 'you'?

  5. Rachael, nice to hear from you. I'm glad the cover is memorable. I still love it, but then I'm probably biased!

    Great questions so far - picking a winner is going to be even trickier than I thought, but all the questions have really got me thinking, especially Jane's.

  6. My question - what motivates you?

  7. Hi Stephanie,

    I'd ask him: "What's your dream? What do you want most out of life and what's keeping you from it."

  8. Some great writerly questions here! Next week's interview is going to be really fun.

  9. Hi Alex,
    That was an interesting interview.




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