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Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.
With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?
All authors secretly, or not so secretly, love the idea of one of their books being made into a film. The chance to see your characters come to life on the big screen is a dream for most of us, but hey dreaming is free. I like to make a playlist of songs that both work as the soundtrack to certain scenes and also capture the mood. I know some writers start with the playlist to set the mood for writing and others pull one together once the whole story is written.
I find that I get a flurry of song ideas when I’m initially conjuring up the plot. Sometimes it’s the setting or the key events that trigger an idea. I find that odd songs will pop into my head usually when I don’t have a pen to write them down, like when I’m in the shower so I have to hum it until I can get to a pen and paper. Sometimes I’ll have a song that’s attached to a certain scene in my mind and then another one will come on the radio and I can picture it playing over the scene in my mind and I have to change it.
I’m lucky enough that I can picture my characters in my mind so it’s like already having seen the film but in the meantime, while Richard Curtis is still busy, here’s the playlist I made for Ottercombe Bay:
- Going Back To My Roots by Odyssey
- Weather With You by Crowded House
- Ciao Adios by Anne-Marie
- Photograph by Ed Sheeran
- History by One Direction
- Sorry by Justin Bieber
- Cake By the Ocean by DNCE
- Staying Out For The Summer by Dodgy
- No roots by Alice Merton
- Love Me Again by John Newman
- No Excuses by Meghan Trainor
- Listen to the Man by George Ezra
- Lost at Sea by Zedd
- Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
Here’s a link to the playlist on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/user/11142159324/playlist/77TAgB9xaRKyfA7dthjMsW?si=XmC_bq3ETGSSctgeimPJAw
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. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.
Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.
She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.
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