Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Estelle "Tell" Clancy

Estelle "Tell" Clancy from Trinity Street (1997) Character Post 11

Tell Clancy was the only child of David and Maureen. They were divorced, and Tell spent most of her time with her mother. At fifteen, she was tall, brown-haired and had slightly crooked front teeth. She felt herself to be awkward, but as a champion swimmer, found her own grace in the water. At  school, Tell's best friend was Camena De Courcey, an actual genius. Camena was brilliant but socially reserved. She had frequent migraines and, her adoptive parents being dead, lived with her older adopted sister Lindall and her husband Justin. Tell was both admiring and protective of Camena and tended to underestimate her own skills and intelligence because she contrasted her achievements with her friend's. When an enigmatic teenaged boy named Gerhardt Watchman arrived on the scene and took a peculiar interest in Camena, all Tell's protective instincts came to the fore. She refused to back off, and ended up in a horrifying situation when  she finally learned the truth about Gerhardt and what he wanted with Camena.
Stranded unimaginably far from home, Tell had to accept the unacceptable, including a talent she didn't know she had. She also had to come to terms with Gerhardt whom she blamed for the whole situation. Angry, terrified and wanting her life back there were still more blows to come. 
Tell is once of my favourite characters; a person with more strengths and more talents than she suspects. She is stuck in a situation where someone is going to be devastated, and she has to try to work out the best way to go when there is no obvious solution. I always rather wanted to write a second book about Tell, Gerhardt and Camena, but for one reason or another it never happened. Therefore, her only appearance is in the book Trinity Street.


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of February 18th 2018 I STILL haven't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books to come, and I'll certainly showcase those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, just for a change. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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