Jill Mansell - Author of Millie’s Fling
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Hello, and thanks so much for inviting me on to your blog! Now, I have a confession to make. People always ask if I base my characters on real people. They also ask me if I put aspects of myself into my books. And the answer to both these questions is yes, sometimes and kind-of. But something new has happened to me since I wrote Millie’s Fling. I have found myself turning more and more into one of the characters featured in the book. And I have to say, this has never happened before.
The good news is, she’s a nice character! Her name is Orla Hart and she’s great fun. She’s a best-selling author. The odd thing is that I now find myself wearing the kind of clothes she wears, when I didn’t before. The same jewellery too. But spookiest of all is that when I wrote the book, I described Orla’s plotting method and it was the exact opposite of my own. At the time I barely wrote anything down at all, and when I did the plot ideas for an entire book had to fit on one small piece of paper. In contrast, I had Orla pinning up huge boards in her office, with different coloured pens tracking each character and detailed ideas scrawled on the walls, with Post-It notes slapped everywhere.
Yet now, this is what I do! It’s like a vegan becoming a carnivore. We writers tend to decide on our writing methods and stick with them. But the thought now of going back to my old ways gives me palpitations, it makes me feel sick with fear. I love my Post-Its, my gigantic diagrams and arrows going in all directions. Now when I sit down, I no longer have to chew my pen and wander what to write next, because I know. It’s all there, planned out for me. The hard work, the ideas bit, has already been done. All I need to do is the fun bit, the colouring in.
So thank you, Orla, for making my life easier! And I’d love to borrow your gorgeous multi-million pound house if you’re ever on a book tour and won’t be needing it for a few weeks...
Jill Mansell (whose husband is nothing like Orla’s...I feel I should make this clear!)
Ooh, I’ve just thought of a good question. Has anyone reading this ever recognised themselves as a character in a book?
About the Author:
Jill Mansell is one of the UK’s premiere contemporary authors who has written nearly 20 romances with multi-generational appeal and has sold nearly 4 million copies of her books in the UK. Releasing her latest novel this Fall, Millie’s Fling, Mansell’s writing style can be best described as “Sex & the City meets Bridget Jones’s Diary.” She worked for many years at the Burden Neurological Hospital, Bristol, and now writes full time. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England. For more information on Jill in the UK, please visit http://www.jillmansell.co.uk/, and for info on her US releases, go to file:///p://www.sourcebooks.com/spotlight/jill-mansell.html!
Jill Mansell Guest Blogging Schedule
August 31: Romance Reader at Heart Novel Thoughts Blog http://novelthoughts.wordpress.com/
September 1: A Bookworm’s World http://luanne-abookwormsworld.blogspot.com/
September 2: Booking Mama http://bookingmama.blogspot.com/
September 3: Cindy’s Love of Books http://cindysloveofbooks.blogspot.com/
September 4: Savvy Verse & Wit http://www.savvyverseandwit.com/
September 7: My Friend Amy http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/
September 8: Night Owl Romance http://www.nightowlromanceblog.blogspot.com/
September 9: Scribe Vibe http://scribevibe.blogspot.com/
September 10: Books by TJ Baff http://booksbytjbaff.blogspot.com/
September 11: Diary of an Eccentric http://diaryofaneccentric.blogspot.com/