Thrilled to be one of the last stops on the tour for Jim Ody’s The Place That Never Existed Blog Tour!
Today, on my stop, I have a Character Spotlight written by Jim Ody looking at the protagonist of the book, Paul Granger.
But first, here is the synopsis of the book:
For Paul and Debbie it was meant to be the happiest time of their lives – a small village wedding in front of their family and friends, followed by a quiet honeymoon in Devon. Not everyone was happy to see them together. Someone from the past was intent on ending their marriage before it had really started. Now, supposedly away from it all in a picturesque log cabin, Paul and Debbie find themselves in the midst of mysterious happenings. Unexplained disappearances with people turning up dead, and all of it centred on the site of an horrific murder. A place the locals wish was a place that never existed.
My main character is called Paul Granger. He is a similar character to that of Eddie in ‘Lost Connections’, and this is probably the thing that I like least about him. The two are friends as well so it is surprising that Eddie wasn’t best man for the wedding. The interesting thing is that with my main characters they are often the least exciting! Quite often it is the supporting characters that are slightly more quirky, funny or interesting.
This is always a self-conscious decision to have a main character that blends into the background, but when I give it some thought, I think the reason would be that I want them to drive the story and be taken seriously. I like them to be average with pretty standard good values but then add the odd flaws to their personality. I feel that it is important that there is enough of their personality that we can relate to in order to root for them and hope that they win through. For Paul his weakness is his ex-girlfriend Christine. He doesn’t have the ability to shout and be unkind to someone that he once loved, and so can get overwhelmed with nostalgia where she is concerned, even when it is affecting his current relationship. This is what ultimately adds to the issues of a stalking ex-girlfriend unable to let their relationship go because he has never fully cut the ties.
Paul is human and struggles with his feelings and is more often than not caught between a rock and a hard place as he tries to make everyone happy.
Paul and Debbie were the first characters that I created in ‘The Place That Never Existed’. The prologue was almost the complete idea that I had for the book, and I wrote the rest of it on the back of that one chapter. I guess with Paul (and Eddie) there is a lot of me in them which makes it easy to write. A lot of times I would think ‘What would I do?’ and then make a decision as to whether or not Paul will do the same, or completely different. There is no point writing a character completely on oneself. So he has flaws, but they are often separate flaws to the ones that I have!
Be sure to check out the other stops on The Place That Never Existed Blog Tour