3 Jul 2014

A Moral Dilemma by Zara Kingsley

Think you would never date a married man? ... Think again!
Rebecca Hardy isn't a naturally deceptive person, but it seems her boyfriend might be—and when she theatrically catches him cheating, she decides she’s had it with these modern-day men who can’t commit. She has even less regard for these immoral modern day women, who don’t hesitate to prey on men in committed relationships. What is wrong with them?! Don't they care that they're breaking hearts and destroying lives?! Rebecca, with her high morals and family values, would never even consider dating a married man. Which is why her friends are so shocked when Rebecca finds herself doing exactly that—albeit at the fervent request of that man’s very own wife, the notorious Isabella Coombs.
At first, Rebecca likes to think of it as helping someone out—female camaraderie, and all that. But she doesn't expect Isabella’s husband to be quite so charming…or for things to go quite so far.
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Writing Novels in My Dreams….
I find that having eight hours sleep as a writer is not only a beauty requirement,….but a creative one too! Seriously.
I tend to plan my writing by getting to grips with the characters first. I get to know the main players inside out. So well, that I would recognize them if I saw them in the street. I find that once I have the main characters in play, and a very loose plot outline, the story more or less writes itself.
Or does it?
Well….. I also find that having spent months getting to know my characters, they often do crop up in my dreams with such clarity, it’s quite bizarre. I actually keep a notepad on my bedside table and often wake up in the dead of night, fumbling around for pen, removing eye mask, (glamorous, I know!) and scribbling down almost an entire scene that just played out in my dream! I then fall straight back down to sleep. My boyfriend thinks I’m a bit barmy I’m sure of it. But I do find that once I begin writing a novel, I often do dream about events surrounding the characters.
In my novel ‘A Moral Dilemma’, there is a rather odd character called Gustard. He wasn’t even planned! I totally dreamt him. I remember waking up one night, still laughing half asleep at the dream I just had about the friendship trio in my book, being chatted up by the smarmy Gustard at the gym. I tentatively removed my eye mask, only to find my boyfriend sitting up in bed just looking at me! “What the bloody hell you laughing at?” he snapped. Which, for some inane reason I had found hilarious, and completely fell about. Needless to say, the boyfriend was not best pleased.
So I guess dreams don’t as much influence my writing…..as my writing influences my dreams :-)
Luckily I was born and raised in a City I love living in: London, UK. And it’s just as well, as I can barely afford to go on a camping holiday much less move. I have a gorgeous 9yr old daughter, yeah, I’m a single mom, (judge me later), and I like to think of myself as a yummy mummy, when in reality I’m still working on shifting this damn cellulite of my ass. I do actually make it into the gym from time to time, but mainly to appreciate the…ahem …view :)
So what kinda stuff do I write?
Well, I write what I love reading, Romantic Comedy and the original kinda British ChickLit. I don’t do vampires, werewolves, or horror, because sheesh, I wanna sleep at night. In my bed. Not underneath it. So if you like Bridget Jones or Shopaholic, then you might dig my stuff.
My heroines are women in their late twenties / early thirties. My heroes are hot, cute and not too hunky. My stories are about life, love and friendship, with a few twists and turns and tons of fun. They’re not particularly deep, nor meaningful, they’re a lighthearted, easy read, that go well with a glass of wine and a few chocs, and just might make you laugh out loud



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