by Jane Lovering, guest blogger and author of Star Struck
I’m often being asked ‘why did you set your new novel in Nevada?’
Well, when I say ‘often’, it’s not really that often, I mean on the scale of things I’m far more often asked ‘where the hell are my shoes?’ and ‘what’s that sticky stuff?’ and even ‘you expect me to eat that?’ come much higher. But you get the picture; people want to know why on earth someone who lives in possibly the wettest corner of the UK would choose to set a novel in the dusty dry state that is Nevada – and not even Las Vegas at that, but an obscure motel in the middle of nowhere.
Good question. And I’m glad you asked it. All right, so you might not have asked it directly, but you were thinking it, I can tell, it’s the way your eyes go all unfocussed and you start scratching. Although, come to think of it, most people act like that once they’ve been around me for a while... WHERE was I again..? Oh yes, Nevada. Here’s a little secret, come closer for I shall have to whisper... originally the book was set in Wales... There. A little titbit of inside information for you that now throws up the even more interesting question – why move it to Nevada? What does Nevada have that Wales doesn’t, apart from sunshine, gambling, motels and very long, very straight roads? Aha. It was like this - as I was writing the novel, several of the characters turned out to have quite interesting character arcs along the lines of escape, none of which could truly be fulfilled by moving the scant handful of miles that it is from York to, say, Brecon. That would be like trying to outrun one’s destiny by hiding in next-door’s bathroom. So, Nevada it is!
Here’s a little more information about the book:-
Our memories define us – don’t they?
And Skye Threppel lost most of hers in a car crash that stole the lives of her best friend and fiancé. It’s left scars, inside and out, which have destroyed her career and her confidence.
Skye hopes a trip to the wide dusty landscapes of Nevada – and a TV convention offering the chance to meet the actor she idolises – will help her heal. But she bumps into mysterious sci-fi writer Jack Whitaker first. He’s a handsome contradiction – cool and intense, with a wild past.
Jack has enough problems already. He isn’t looking for a woman with self-esteem issues and a crush on one of his leading actors. Yet he’s drawn to Skye.
An instant rapport soon becomes intense attraction, but Jack fears they can’t have a future if Skye ever finds out about his past ...
Will their memories tear them apart, or can they build new ones together?
And if you’d like to win a copy of Star Struck by following my blog tour and completing a little competition-ette, you need to be collecting the words capitalised during the tour, reassembling them into a question and then answering that question... for more information and a slightly longer-winded explanation, go to my blog at www.janelovering.co.uk. There’s chocolate too, I am reliably informed, although people often promise me chocolate... Usually when they want me to go away.
Star Struck is published by Choc Lit on September 01.
Author Bio: Jane Lovering is a writer, although she suspects people only tell her that to stop her leaving the house. She is the author of Please Don’t Stop the Music (Choc Lit), and her hobbies include pounding the keyboard with her fists to make the F key work, inanity and watching energy-saving bulbs light up. She has five children, dogs, cats, a housework allergy and has the desire to convert the world to thinking all food tastes better with half an inch of charcoal on the top.