I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Helene Fermont’s latest novel, “Because of You”. Thanks to Sarah over at Bookonthebrightside for inviting me to take part. I was unable to read the book in time for the tour but I have a fabulous guest post from Helene for you all!
First a bit about the book:
How desperate are you to get the one you love?
When Hannah and Ben meet at a friend’s party, he knows she’s The One. But Hannah’s in an intense relationship with Mark and planning to return to her native Sweden to embark on a teaching career.
Desperate to make Ben fall in love with her, rich spoilt heiress Vanessa sets in motion a devious string of events that ultimately changes the course of four people’s lives indefinitely.
Hannah is the love of Ben’s life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.
Because of You is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny.
My Novel Character Dinner Guests
When I start to create a character in any of my novels, I often imagine which of them I’d enjoy having round for dinner and how they would potentially interact with each other.
In my debut novel, Because of You, Hannah and Vanessa are the main protagonists. Both women are complete opposites. Hannah is loved and secure in the knowledge her life’s full of people who care about her, whereas Vanessa is insecure and unloved. Their personal journeys and falling in love with the same man make them vulnerable and subject to what unravels in a novel that spans over three decades. Hannah is a fabulous character, the kind of woman I’d feel lucky to have as a close friend. Someone to confide in and lean on whenever life throws obstacles in my way, sharing both the good and bad.
Vanessa, as a character, is the type I’d turn to when I want to have a really fun and exciting time without knowing what to expect. For example, on a night out in a club with people I normally wouldn’t meet on my own. We’d dance the night away and laugh and sing as we’d walk home in the early hours of the morning. An evening full of surprises and eclectic company.
Two very different women with a lot to offer in their own unique ways. Their presence at a dinner party would potentially be quite explosive! I’d expect that they would clash quite a few times while enhancing the atmosphere with their personal life stories and how they’ve managed to overcome all the obstacles life throws at them. These two characters have a mixture of bad and good things to deal with as time progresses!
My second novel, We Never Said Goodbye, focuses on what happens when a husband dumps his wife on their 20th wedding anniversary. Louise’s life falls apart when she discovers the man she’s been married to and trusted isn’t the person she thought he was.
Louise and Mike would be the perfect dinner guests. Just imagine the kind of excitement they’d bring to any dinner party! Louise would be out of her mind with anger and if eyes could kill…. Mike would be dead! After everything he’s done behind her back, all the lies, betrayal and deceit…his life wouldn’t be worth living had she known what he had in store for her.
I’d ask Louise what made her marry a man she hardly knew. Louise used to be in love with someone else, someone she left behind in Sweden for a life as model in London. But he returns to her life again later on. I’d ask her if she ever regretted marrying the person who turned out to be the wrong man, and if past events influenced her to make decisions that weren’t right for her. After all, everyone’s life is somewhat based on past events and how we felt at the time.
In my third novel, His Guilty Secret, a man’s secret incurs devastating consequences on the people he leaves behind. I’d love to invite my protagonists Jacques and his wife Patricia. Jacques would be the perfect dinner guest: Charismatic, extremely attractive and well spoken. Someone who would have a lot to say about his work at Air France, all the places he visited and people he met, and secrets he kept!
I’d ask him how he felt knowing he betrayed the people he claims to love, and the price he paid for doing what he did. I’d especially ask Patricia what made her suspect, while loving a husband she deep- down knew kept something from her.
Poor Patricia suspected Jacques wasn’t honest with her yet loved him and their life together too much to want to risk finding out the truth.
So, there you are, my favourite character dinner guests. I’d probably not invite all of them at the same time – this might potentially cause too much upheaval and excitement in one sitting! But either way, I’m certain that I would have a ball in their company. Now that might be the perfect premise for a novel in its own right…!
What a fabulous way to develop your characters!
Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019. After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/
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