Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Authors and their animals - Author Bella Osborne and Lily

 Welcome to my author and animals feature. Today we meet Bella Osborne - the fabulous author of the new release available in December, Ottercombe Bay - and we learn more about her beautiful cat Lily. 

Over to Bella...

Hi, I’m Bella Osborne and when I was a child I really, really, really, wanted to be a vet but soon discovered that having an allergy to most things furry was a distinct disadvantage. It may have affected my career decisions but thankfully it’s never stopped me owning a pet. 

Right now I have a tabby cat named Lily who was a year old when we got her from a local rescue three years ago. She is the most chilled out cat I’ve ever had, in fact, we’re fairly sure she thinks she’s a dog. She doesn’t sit down with the precise manner of a cat she flops down as if someone has knocked her legs away. She likes to be with you almost all the time and lies at my feet while I write and sometimes on my keyboard, which is less helpful.

Lily enjoys to be cuddled - don’t we all. She loves her tummy tickled and meows until you do it and she doesn’t grab and scratch like cats usually do when you stroke them, she’s happy for you to tickle her tummy until she falls asleep. She likes to play fetch with a small sponge ball and a game we call ‘Chase’, where she runs up to you meows and runs off expecting you to chase her. If you don’t play she just keeps coming back until you do. 

Lily’s quite cheeky because if she’s not getting the attention she wants she will pull the pins out of my cork board which is where I keep the latest plan of my book. She knows that usually gets her noticed (she’s just done it while I was writing this post!).

I write romantic comedies and always have an animal as part of the story. I map out their character just as I do my main characters and try to bring out their personalities, sometimes they even have a backstory. I was a big fan of author Zoe Barnes who did this very well and as she is sadly no longer with us I felt it was something I would like to build into my stories. So far there’s been four dogs, two cats, two horses and two hamsters in my books and my next one continues the tradition as it features a small black pug with a big attitude.

The idea of having a black pug came to me early in my writing process and with the help of my daughter, I named him Bugsy Malone. I loved writing about Bugsy as my heroine isn’t used to dogs and becomes convinced that he’s an evil genius hell-bent on bumping her off which was lots of fun to write and hopefully adds a balance to other more serious elements in the story.

Book blurb:

Pre-order the novel here: http://amzn.eu/2as4MIp
My fourth novel ‘A Year in Ottercombe Bay’ is set in a fictional Devon seaside town. It’s the story of Daisy who is forced to return to Ottercombe Bay when a relative leaves her something unusual in their will. As the place where her mother died the town holds sad memories as well as a number of questions for Daisy so she must come to terms with her past before she can make something of her future. With a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with lots of attitude, there’s more to the sleepy town than Daisy remembers.

Ottercombe Bay is being released as a four part e-book serial. Part one is out 28th December with the others following at six week intervals and the paperback of the whole story will be published July 2018.

Thank you so much, Bella for joining us today to talk more about yourself and lovely Lily. I am really looking forward to reading your new release in December.

Find out more about Bella:

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. In 2016, her debut novel, 'It Started At Sunset Cottage', was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year and RNA Joan Hessayon New Writers Award. Her novel ‘A Family Holiday’ was shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2017. Bella's stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you. She likes to find the humour in the darker moments of life and weaves these into her stories. Bella believes that writing your own story really is the best fun ever, closely followed by talking, eating chocolate, drinking fizz and planning holidays.

She lives in The Midlands, UK with her lovely husband and wonderful daughter, who thankfully, both accept her as she is (with mad morning hair and a penchant for skipping).
For more about Bella, visit her website at www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on Twitter - @osborne_bella Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

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