Characters coping with lockdown

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How would my characters cope with lockdown?

This started when I wrote my recent newsletter. I was waffling on about feeling scared that characters that had spent so long in my head were now preparing to go out into the big wide world on their own, and it got me thinking. How would they cope with lockdown?

It’s OK, I’m not going to give any of the plot for The Lie She Told away but I thought it would be nice to have a little look and see how they would they cope. I mean, no one knows them better than me, right?

Obviously my first thought was for Kate and Joe. Kate would be happily settled back into life in the Scottish Highlands. I imagine the cafe has gone from strength to strength under her guiding hand and although she would have had to close for a few months, being the resourceful woman that she is I’m sure she would have offered a takeaway service for locals. I think she would have used her time wisely and developed a skill in creating wonderful celebration cakes that she can sell to tourists and visitors alike when she’s allowed to reopen. I imagine the isolation wouldn’t have bothered her too much, after all, she is used to it!

Joe would be 27 now (what???) and he’s working for a newspaper in Inverness. He remains close to his mum and they Facetime frequently. He’s still single but has a long term girlfriend whom Kate adores. He keeps in touch with Jack and whenever Joe returns home they spend many hours down at the harbour bird spotting.

Jack – well, Jack would be in his 80’s now and would be shielding. He’s still living in his lochside cottage, and Joe has introduced him to the internet so that they can stay in touch. He’s found lots of his old friends online and spends hours chatting away with them when he’s not taking his daily walk. Kate does his shopping for him though he insists he can fend for himself (stubborn as ever!).

And what of Ryan? Well, he’s up to his usual tricks – causing trouble where and when he can and still being the proverbial pain.

No idea what or who I’m talking about? The Lie She Told is my debut crime thriller that’s out on 1st October 2020. If you would like a sneak preview of the first two chapters you can sign up to my newsletter and they’ll be winging their way to you in no time.

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If you’ve read the book and have your own theories of who would be up to what let me know in comments, I’d love to hear!

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