I thought I would let my main character from Closing In answer the questions herself.
What is your name and are you real or fictious?
I have had two names. My birth name was Helen Matthews but I had to change my name by deed poll. I chose Ellen Newman. I wanted something that was close enough to my original name to make it easier, so I came up with Ellen. As for my surname – Paul Newman has always been one of my Hollywood idols and also because it symbolised the reinvention of myself. I was a new man – man as in humans. I thought I was being quite clever, but it turned out not to be the case.
When and where is your story set?
My story is contempoary, set on the south coast of the UK, in a small seaside village called Felpham.
What should we know about you?
I don’t want to give too much away as I’m hiding from someone but what you need to know about me is that it has taken great courage for me to make this life changing decision, to reinvent myself, and start anew. My escape and reinvention took many months to plan and although I was frightened, I knew it had to be done. However, I have come to realise that I can’t run forever.
What is the main conflict? What messes up your life?
My main conflict is whether to run or to face up to my past. A classic case of Flight, Fight, Freeze or Fawn.
What messes up my life – is having to face up to things I never wanted to.
What is your goal?
To be free. To be happy. To love and be loved.
What is the book title?
Thanks for tagging me Celia, I’m now nominating my fellow HarperImpulse author Wendy Lou Jones, author of ‘The Songbird and The Soldier’, with her soon to be released second novel, ‘By My Side’.