It is no coincidence that all my novels have a strong and (I hope!) interesting female antagonist. Women’s lives have inspired me, stirred my imagination and driven me to write the stories that history has left untold.
For those of you who have already read Vivaldi’s Lost Concerto you will know that the protagonist, Fiona Sinclair is a young woman whose life has been run off track by her mother’s drinking and erratic life style. When her mother dies an early death, Fiona finds herself homeless, drug addicted and slipping into a life of crime. It is Fiona’s memories of her grandmother, a woman of great strength and compassion, that provides her with the will to change and when given a lifeline by Teresa, a music therapist, soon to be friend, Fiona grabs it with both hands.
Th other powerful woman in VLC is Paolina Giro, an aging spinster devoted to her sister who’s career as an opera singer is tied to the the fame of her mentor Antonio Vivaldi. Paolina and Vivaldi find love in their later years, a love that must be kept secret to preserve Vivaldi’s reputation. When an old enemy re-enters Paolina’s life she is forced to make a decision that will change their lives forever.
There are four female antagonists in Missing Pieces (due to be published mid-20210. Magrit the Adroit, an 11thC Icelandic carver credited by some for carving the famous Lewis Chessmen, reportedly one of the most popular exhibits in the British Museum. Crippled from birth Magrit survives the taunts of childhood by developing her carving skills which she uses to amuse her peers and parody the rich and powerful. Morven lives in the harsh but beautiful western islands of Scotland. Gifted with a second sight, her Calling, Morven rescues a mysterious seal-like man from the kelp strewn beach and takes control of his treasured box of carvings. But he leaves her with much than artefacts. Seven hundred years later Mhairi and her kind but timid husband find the chess pieces buried in the sandhills of the Isle of Lewis. Desperate to save her family from the barbaric Scottish Clearances, Mhairi draws on her skills and strength to safeguard their future.
Marianne, an archaeologist working for the British Museum, uses clues passed down to her from her great-great -grandmother to search for the missing pieces of the famous Lewis Chessmen. Spurred on by her anger towards her bullying and corrupt boss, Marianne faces up to her fears and finds the courage to expose her boss’s actions to win the acclaim and love she deserves.
My work in progress, Without Trial, is about a young Quaker girl who grows up watching the decimation of the Peramangk people and the lengths her childhood friend Kiani must go to to simple survive.
Who is your favourite fictional female character?
Jennifer is a writer of short stories, novels and a family history.