I was taggged by the lovely and wonderful Anabelle Bryant to participate in this blog hop, and tell a bit more about a favourite main character. Thank you, Anabelle.
Anabelle writes historical romance, and her latest novel is To Love a Wicked Scoundrel. Read more about Anabelle and her writing, and acquaint yourself with the lovable scoundrel, Constantine, in her blog…
With my own love of and interest in antiques, as well as experience since many years, it was inevitable that I would one day write if not one then a series set in the antiques world. I’ve chosen to tell you about a character who sprang to mind several years ago. He started off in a short story… and once I’d finished it, I’d fallen in love with him, and decided that this (to me) delightful character was wasted on a short story. I’m now in the process of finishing writing the first book of a series about him, his father and friends…
1) What is the name of your character? Is he fictional or a historic person?
Michael Thomas Sheridan (regrettably fictional), is single – a confirmed bachelor in fact! – and heading for his mid-thirties.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story’s set in the South of the UK… London and the counties West of London… there’s a trip to Ireland included. The year… ah well, it’s contemporary… although there’s no mention of a year, it could easily be summer 2014.
3) What should we know about him?
Michael is an only child. He read law at Cambridge, which was followed by a successful but short career with a prestigious law firm. Then, like his father did too, he turned his back on the law. Upon which he joined his father (Thomas Maximilian “Maxim” Sheridan), and three friends, in running a respected antiques business in London. Besides antiques, Michael enjoys writing, and under various pen-names he’s done well with romance, thriller/adventure, and erotica novels.
Furthermore, Michael is psychic. A talent which has proven to be very useful in his line of work.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
The bane of Michael’s life is his mother, Jessica. Just like she continues to be the bane of Maxim’s life. His parents were divorced when Michael turned 21. Jessica refuses to accept Michael’s (ditto Maxim’s) chosen path as antiques dealers. Truth be told, Michael hates his mother! Except for platonic friendships, and casual, mostly short term relationships, due to his experiences with his mother, Michael eschews any form of serious commitment. He acknowledges his mother has scarred him for life.
The domineering and manipulative Jessica has set her wicked heart on marrying off her son to Valerie Duke, the niece of Duncan Duke, a well to do London lawyer. Together with Valerie and Duke, Jessica is intent on tricking Michael into a binding contract with Duke’s law firm. Jessica’s reward for snagging Michael for the Dukes, will be Duncan Duke’s hand in matrimony.
Michael is not having any of this! And a cat-and-mouse “game” ensues between Michael, his mother, Duke and Valerie.
But things are about to get worse. His psychic gift is in overdrive, whilst at his best friend’s auction house. A dilapidated Victorian photo album “calls” out to Michael. He especially becomes enamoured with the photo of a beautiful woman, and, although he proclaims himself mad, he has to have that album… whatever the cost. But he is not the only one who wants the album, for on auction day, an unsavoury little fat, bald man goes to great financial lengths to acquire the item. But luck is on Michael’s side as he acquires the album.
Danger accompanies his acquiescence of the album… danger for Michael, Maxim, their housekeeper, Grace… and potentially for their friends and business partners too.
But there’s more… as his investigations deepen, Michael discovers that there’s a direct link between the album and one of his Victorian ancestors.
But someone else wants that album, for whom there is too much at stake… for whom there is too much to lose.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
In this story, Michael more so than ever before, embraces his special gift. He gratefully acknowledges his growing psychic abilities, which serve him well as he investigates, with the help of his father (and to a lesser degree his great aunt), where the album came from, and the people in it.
As danger lurks from whomever seeks to acquire the album by whichever means, Michael’s goal is to ensure he, his father and friends stay alive.
Throughout the story, it is Michael’s goal to sever the bonds with which his mother has tied him to her, and to stay happily and contentedly single. Will he?
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
For now the working title is The Victorian Photo Album, and the first book in a series on the Sheridan antiques dealers.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
In July this baby is going to the editor, so, all being well, the book will be available this autumn.
I’ve tagged two other lovely writers to continue this blog hop. Do check them out, and discover more about them and their great books.
Lavinia Urban: http://laviniaurban.blogspot.co.uk
Georgina Hannan: http:/authorworld.wordpress.com