Saturday, 31 March 2018

Mark and Luke Winwood

Mark  and Luke Winwood  Character Post 40

Mark Winwood is one of those kids who is thoughtless rather than deliberately destructive or naughty. When he and his twin brother Luke obtain two kayaks, Mark naturally chooses the red one and names it Red Devil. He and the quieter Luke are all set to enjoy a paddle down the Bandinangi River with their uncle, who is to meet them at the launch spot. Big brother Ben drops them and their kayaks off and is meant to wait until their uncle arrives but it gets later and later and Ben knows being late for work is a bad look when he's only just started the job. Mark talks him into leaving because after all, what could happen?
While they wait, Mark messes about, blowing up a plastic bag and bombing it with rocks despite Luke's protests. When it sinks, he decides to set off down river anyway. Luke wants to wait but Mark pushes off, sure Luke will follow, despite their quarrel...
When Luke does follow he expects to catch up with Mark quickly but no matter how fast he paddles, he reaches the collection point without seeing anything more of his brother.
Weeks pass, amid recriminations and theories. Luke sticks to his story, despite all efforts to make him reveal what happened to Mark. Ben and the boys' uncle (whose absence turns out to be a simple lapse of memory) are investigated. Luke has a horrible time of it, and only the friendship of Jeremy Archer who treats him normally gets him through the pain of learning to rely on himself rather than on Mark. 
Meanwhile, Mark is in real trouble and has to convince some very odd people he is not really an environmental vandal. When he finally makes a pledge to become a responsible and evangelistic environmentalist, he is offered to choices. One would mean his absence would never be noticed... but neither would his story be believed. The other puts his family through six weeks of horror...but he will be able to keep his pledge.
Not the sort of choice a somewhat thoughtless but basically okay nine-year-old wants to make...but of course Mark does. 


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Josefa McCord

Josefa McCord  Character Post 39

Josefa McCord is a quarter Chinese and a Roman Catholic. She owns a yellow ute which suffers from mechanical trouble... or maybe from Josefa trouble, and goes sometimes by the unfortunate nickname of Jojo. It should, she allows, by Yoyo, but she thinks that sounds like a breakfast dish.
Josefa knows full well that she's chaotic and impulsive, but now she's twenty-two, she's making a concerted effort to escape this side of her personality. She has no intention of denying it or of blotting it out; she has just decided she won't be that person anymore. One catalyst that brought Josefa to this point is her best friend Chloe Fraser. She always used to depend on Chloe to rescue her from tricky situations, and to offer a sympathetic ear and shoulder, but now Chloe is engaged to a complex young man and has less time for her old friend. Not only that, but Peck Grene's unvoiced disapproval of Josefa is a shock of cold water. She suddenly sees herself through his eyes: not as a lovable ditsy mess-up, but as someone who is old enough to behave better and who really should.
Loving Chloe as she does, Josefa promises herself to find some self respect so Chloe need never be put in the situation of having to choose between her friendship and her man. In typical impulsive fashion, she goes cold turkey, making the break with all the people and situations that bring her to disasters. 
On the verge of backsliding into one last date with an ex, she encounters a young man who lives in the same housing complex as Chloe. Tab Merriweather is in the middle of a personal crisis, but he stops to talk to Josefa and in the course of the conversation she realises she has mistaken the day and so has accidentally missed the date with her ex. It's clearly a Sign, so Josefa declares herself cured and decides to collect her self-promised reward... which is to kiss the next unattached man she meets... and to ask permission first. 
After this encounter, Josefa goes on to prove to herself, Tab, Chloe and even, eventually, Chloe's man, that she has indeed turned her life around. With Tab's help, she rediscovers her delight in singing and music, and continues to act as responsibly as she can. This backfires on her as she almost ends up losing something infinitely precious to her. Luckily, common sense prevails and Josefa emerges into a happy future.
In her journey to change, Josefa returns her once-daffodil-yellow hair to its natural black, but she retains her preference for eclectic clothing which is only appropriate as she works at a bo-ho boutique called Recycle Sally's. Josefa appears in Green Balls, Sam and the Sylvan and in the upcoming (April publication) Sunshower.   


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Miss Theresa "Tidge" Russell

Miss Theresa "Tidge" Russell  Character Post 38

 Tidge Russell is a lady of middle years and a comfortable habit. She is the aunt of Sergeant Russell, and  just everyone else in Doggeroo also calls her "Auntie Tidge". Tidge loves her nephew dearly, and considers she just about brought him up. When Sarge and his dog Jack get transferred from the city force to the country town of Doggeroo, Tidge is bereft for a few minutes. Then she comes up with a brilliant idea. She'll sell up and retire to Doggeroo herself. This she does, arriving quite soon after Sarge and Jack have settled in the police house.
Tidge likes her independence and understands her nephew likes his, so she purchases a cottage not far from Sarge and moves in. She immediately sets to work to infiltrate herself into the town. She's soon deeply embroiled in everything from the school fete to the church flowers and all the women's groups such as the CWA. Because Tidge is as practical as she is kindly, she is welcomed with literally opened arms by the other ladies. She's a hard worker, a good cook and her cheerful approach to life means she soon a valued community member.
She adopts the street dog, Foxie, and addresses his health and manners. He is soon devoted to her... and even puts up with being called Foxie Woxie. She doesn't forget Jack though, and happily provides her own line of healthy treats for both dogs. This inspires her to start a small business called Tidge Treats. When Sarge gets engaged to Caterina Smith, Tidge simply expands her love to take in Caterina and her dog Red. Naturally, she is much involved with catering for the wedding. 

Auntie Tidge Russell appears in the Jack Russell Dog Detective series. The picture shows Tidge as depicted by Janine Dawson throughout the series. 

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Uptown Lord Setter

Uptown Lord Setter  Character Post 37

 Uptown Lord Setter is an aristocratic Irish Setter owned by Caterina Smith. He's a friendly and kindhearted dog, inclined to minor anxiety if he thinks he might get into trouble. Lord Red, as his friend Jack calls him, has no reason to be anxious. Caterina Smith adores him, and gives him everything he wants... as long as she considers it is in his best interests.
Every so often, Lord Red goes on the lam, usually in the company of his friends Jack and Foxie. If he's gone too long from Uptown House, Caterina is inclined to yodel Loooorrrrrdeeee! which brings Red smartly home.
Lord Red  isn't the smartest biscuit in the pack. In fact, he reminds me very much of George as played by Hugh Laurie in the Black Adder TV series. Like George, Red is loyal and devoted. Jack Russell, whom Red considers his best friend after Caterina Smith, values him accordingly. Lord Red appears in the Jack Russell Dog Detective series. The picture shows Red as depicted by Janine Dawson throughout the series. 

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Dr Harry Fejoa

Dr Harry Fejoa  Character Post 36


 Dr Harry Fejoa is an enigma to his colleagues. He looks like a man in his thirties, but he bears a startling resemblance to someone Cornelia Conti remembers as Tank Man. But that was  decades ago. He is personable, friendly and charming; an expert in exotic diseases and a counsellor. He is enthusiastic, and highly intelligent, and he has the common touch.
That's the side of Harry Fejoa that he shows to the world. The other side is much less known. It's not that Harry keeps it a secret. If you ask him, he'll answer honestly, and possibly in more detail than you might want to know. The thing is that most people would never think to ask. Most people don't know him anyway. He turns up at the occasional conference, writes papers, and is the titular head of the Rachel Foundation, but you're not going to meet him in the supermarket, or invite him to a dinner party. He's simply unavailable, often for months, if not for years, at a time. 
Under the facade, Harry Fejoa is a man with a single obsession; to resume his interrupted life with his fiancee, Rachel, who has been in a coma for years. Nothing; not friends, enemies or time itself is going to prevent him from reuniting with the woman he still loves.
Harry is fully aware that he's not normal. He doesn't even want to be.

Harry Fejoa is a character in the Elydian Dawn series.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Monday, 26 March 2018

Flori Alexandris

Flori Alexandris  Character Post 35

 Floribunda "Flori" Rose Alexandris has life more or less the way she wants it. She is comfortable in her plus-sized skin and enjoys running her florist business BB-Blossoms. Flori specialises in colourful flowers with exuberant perfumes, and sources a lot of her stock from amateur growers. She has an assistant who works in busy periods, but other than that she's self-sufficient and contented. Sometimes she remembers her best friend from childhood, a free-spirited child named Tally Beach, but although she'd like to catch up, she's has no luck tracing Tally. Even if she did, what are the odds that they'd have anything in common now? Flori traces her love of dance to Tally's influence, but as her much-older brother lives overseas she has no one close to her now. 
When a forty-something bride-to-be bounces into BB-Blossoms and impulsively invites Flori to do her flowers and to make up numbers in her bridal party, Flori is nonplussed. She agrees, in part because Pen Swan's fiance is in private enquiries, and might be able to help trace Tally. It's only when she's at the wedding that Flori really notices how very oddly everyone is behaving... especially the two best men, who are so large they make her feel positively petite... Flori is a sensible woman, and she makes sensible decisions, even when they might seem mad to anyone else. Flori appears in Floribunda and the Best Men.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Pen Swan

Pen Swan  Character Post 34

Pen Swan is quite aware of the peculiarity in her name, but in fact she quite likes it. In her thirties, she is married to Ben and happily self-employed as a children's book illustrator. The only fly in Pen's ointment is that she and Ben haven't had children and as time goes by, he seems increasingly uninterested in trying for a family.
Pen's world shatters when she loses Ben. She turns in on herself, carrying on with her work but doing little else. Her social life has shrunk to necessary grocery shopping and trips to the post office, but Pen can't seem to drag herself out of her despondency. Now into her forties, she still hasn't made a move to change her circumstances when her friend Skye invites her for a girls' night out. Pen accepts, because Skye is a dressmaker, and she needs something suitable to wear to a wedding she's been invited to attend as official artist. She's mildly put out to find another woman added to the party, but then Skye and her friend come up with a suggestion that's as alarming as it is outrageous. Pen has a choice; should she remain in her grey-hued rut or take a chance on... well, what is it, exactly, that Skye and her friend Ryl have in mind? Pen has her doubts but she decides at the very least she's going to get a cat!

Pen appears in Pen and Ink, and also in Floribunda and the Best Men.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Rachel Archer

Rachel Archer  Character Post 33


Rachel Archer is the middle child of C. George Archer and his wife, Melanie Case. Above her in the family is her superior and smart-mouthed brother Justin. Below her is her inventive and active brother Jeremy. Also residing in the household at least some of the time are two sets of grandparents, Melanie's brother, Harrington, and his fiancee Lorelei... not to speak of Granny's dog Peanut Brain and a being known as Venus the Vegetable Vampire.
Things tend to Happen to the Archer/Case family. Everybody except Grandpa is a rugged individual, determinedly pursuing his or her own goals. Even Grandpa has a goal - to be left in peace, so he's adopted a persona of gentle senility quite at odds with reality. At eleven or so, Rachel doesn't have this option. She does her best to put her stamp on life by being sarcastic and stubborn, but most of the time, no one notices. She resents the family adventures, which tend to be surreal, but at the same time resents the fact that she never has any. At moments of extreme annoyance, she goes off to stay with her friend Tamika Whickerson, who is uppity but a better bet than the family.
Of course, if anyone says a word against her relatives Rachel comes out swinging. She protects Jeremy, when he'll accept it, and sometimes acts as a sounding board for Justin. 
If nothing else, she regards family life as excellent training for being a grown up.

Rachel appears in the Bandinangi Books, especially Five Easy Lessons, One Weird Week and Three Loony Months. These were published in the 1990s, but who knows; one day I may pick up Rachel again and see what she's like as an adult. I suspect she has a family and a high-powered job, and is considering politics.


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Friday, 23 March 2018

Chas Dark

Chas Dark  Character Post 32

Charles "Chas" Dark is a single dad when we encounter him in the story Tied Up in Tinsel. Back when he was nineteen or so, his big sister's friend Sarah bolted from a toxic relationship and
came looking for her friend for tea and sympathy. She found Chas instead. A little comforting went a long way, and resulted in George, a square-faced child with dark hair and a solemn nature. Sarah and Chas agreed that one error shouldn't lead to another as they had little in common, but Chas was determined to play an active part of George's life. It works wonderfully well. Chas loves being a dad, and George is the best thing that ever happened to him. All is well, in fact, until Sarah marries a man whose son is George's best friend.

Chas steels himself to seeing less of his son, as Sarah now has a ready-made family to offer. He resolves to make the best of the time he does have. He is a solitary, lonely person, self-employed and quiet. When George is with him he goes out and about, but in his non-George times he is mostly on his own.

When he hires rooms in a terrace house to spend time with his son before Christmas, he works hard at not showing how much he'd like to have a Christmas with George. Luckily, George gets the matter in hand and through his innocent intervention, a gorgeous girl named Flick knocks on Chas's door.

Life is never going to be the same for Chas after that. It's going to be a whole lot better.


ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Honeycomb Bakewell

Honeycomb Bakewell  Character Post 31

Honeycomb Bakewell is a peculiarity; a child who barely resembles her parents and who has little in common with them. Her mother Skye is laid-back and placid; a sweet-faced dressmaker. Her father Simon is a small man with a big smile who works as a healer at an alternative clinic. Honey, born in 1990, has eyes like her father, but she is tall, slender and has copious amounts of crinkly brown hair. She is imperious by nature, and wields what her friends come to call the Honey effect, which simply means she almost always gets her own way.
By the time she was ten, she was organising her parents, apparently willing them into signing permission forms and such. She has a habit of pointing her finger at people, who find themselves falling in with her plans. At eighteen, she removed herself from her parents' orbit by taking a job several hours away. There is never any estrangement; Honey simply wants to run her own life. This she does, doing well at her job and running a high-powered critical blog called Honey Mooned. Engaged to an avant garde artist, Honey arranges her wedding herself, and prevails on Skye to make her wedding dress. Everything goes Honey's way until she makes one critical misstep. 
To be fair, she wouldn't have made it if she'd had the faintest idea of what she really was. 
On the other hand, if she hadn't been so imperious, and distanced herself from her family so soon, she might have known...
In any event, Honey finds herself in a situation where, for the first time ever, she's on the back foot. In typical Honey style she fights back, but it seems her planets are still misaligned. Or something!
Be careful what you wish for.
Honey appears in Pisky Business and is a main character in Honey and the Harvest Hob.



ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author,anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Linda Hobbs

Linda Hobbs  Character Post 30


Linda Hobbs was born in 1977 to eighteen-year-old Mary Canterbury. Mary was an only child, and luckily her mother was happy to help out with the baby. Even luckier, from Mary's point of view, was the fact that her best friend Rachel Pendennis had a baby on the same day. With no visible fathers, Linda and George grew up spending a great deal of time together, minded interchangeably by their grandparents and mothers. Linda grew into a self-contained and reserved young woman, one who distrusted what she termed "rackety behaviour" and who organised her life into tight guidelines. She loved her mother, but they were not much alike. Mary was small, blonde and cuddly while Linda was a tall austere brunette. Part of Linda's organisation came down to her uncanny skill at finding things she, or others, had mislaid. 
At the age of nineteen, Linda's childhood affection for George Pendennis has undergone a sea-change. He had grown increasingly rackety, and had a habit of turning up to set her life upside down at varying intervals. Added to this was Linda's secret resentment of what she perceived as a plodding kind of name. Why, she wondered, had Mary not given her daughter her own stately surname?  George had no such problem, as his mother and his unknown father had apparently shared a last name. On the other hand, he had an issue with his first name, and switched to the Cornish form; Jory.
After leaving home at eighteen, Linda moved into a flat in a house owned by a film SFX expert. Because of her clear diction and musical voice, she found work with a limousine company, handling bookings, but later moved on to work as a driver for Vouch-Safe.
Her cool personality makes her perfect for the role, as does her ability to damp down her "presence".
When something unbelievable happened to Jory, Linda went with him to visit their mothers, hoping to pry out some accurate information about their fathers which might explain the situation. What they eventually learned threw Linda's life into an even worse tailspin than Jory's incursions. 
Linda appears in Honey and the Harvest Hob and is a main character in Pisky Business.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author,anthologist and reader. She runs  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!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Isobel Jarvis Campbell

Isobel Jarvis Campbell  Character Post 29

Isobel Jarvis Campbell was born on the property called Scarborough in Van Diemens Land in 1840, the second child of Eliza and Whitaker Jarvis. Eliza, who had a heart defect, died when Isobel was a baby, and after some time Whitaker remarried. 
Growing up, Isobel was aware that her father and the next-door neighbour, Hector Campbell, did not get on, especially as Campbell held the mortgage over Scarborough. He used to visit now and again, often accompanied by his quiet son, John, who was a year younger than Isobel and much nicer to her than her own brother, Winston.  
After Hector Campbell's sudden death, Isobel, at twenty, was surprised but not altogether displeased when John came calling. By the terms of his father's will, he was to marry Isobel and in return Scarborough would be released from its mortgage. Isobel agreed to the match.
Her marriage to John was very happy. She was the more assertive and more practical partner, and was delighted when her husband took her advice for the property. She took to wearing breeches, which was definitely not considered quite right in 1860. The birth of a son made their lives perfect, but it wasn't to last and Isobel needed every last scrap of her courage and practicality in the years that followed. Isobel is from the novel Heather & Heath. The portrait shows her in her later years.

ABOUT THE BLOG

Sally is Sally Odgers; author,anthologist and reader. She runs  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!