Perfect 10: What makes Christine Stovell smile when she writes?

1. Bill Blythe. Bill’s the hero of Follow a Star, coming out next year; strong, dependable and, to my surprise, red-haired; I have to say I absolutely adore Bill.

2. Harry Watling. Harry was my first heroine, the girl sitting by a sleepy creek in Turning the Tide. She was so grumpy in her first incarnation that my husband said he wished she’d sail off in her little boat and drown. I toned her down a bit!

3. Location. Penmorfa and Little Spitmarsh both feel like real places to me. It was lovely returning to Little Spitmarsh in Follow a Star.

4. Dogs and Cats. I can’t help it – at least one always sneaks into the story.

5. Laughing at my own jokes – sorry –especially if I know something will tickle one of my daughters.

6. My covers; the internet doesn’t do justice to the cover of Move Over Darling which is a gorgeous colour and beautifully embossed.

7. Research. My hero at home’s a sexy artist, like Gethin in Move Over Darling. Go figure.

8. Playing with Pinterest and now Animoto.

9. Putting the world to right. There are dark themes in my novels, but in general I always want to make life better for my characters. George, for example, Harry’s bad-tempered handyman in Turning the Tide is a recovering alcoholic. In real life he’d probably be lonely and homeless, but Harry loves him and gives him a purpose in life.

10. Happy ever afters. It’s romance and I love it when my heroine and hero finally overcome all their obstacles and set off into the future together. Gethin, in Move Over Darling, for example, was a hard man to pin down, but Coralie did it!

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Move Over Darling and Turning the Tide are available now in paperback and all e-book formats.

Christine’s third Choc Lit novel Follow a Star will be available in 2014. Keep an eye on the Choc Lit website for more information 🙂

And why not follow Christine on Twitter: @chrisstovell for news and updates?