Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Meet My Main Character

This is the first time I have been involved in a Blog Hop, so a warm welcome to all visitors! My thanks to the wonderful Jen Black for tagging me.

1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or an historic person?

My heroine is Jocasta Stanyon, the daughter of bluff squire Sir Thomas Stanyon. She is entirely fictional, but her personality has echoes of other characters, both real and imaginary.

2. When and where is the story set?

A Sense of the Ridiculous is set during the extended Regency era, in 1817. The story takes place in the beautiful countryside surrounding the city of York in the glorious county of Yorkshire.

3. What should we know about him/her?

Having lost her mother when still a child, Jocasta has had an unconventional upbringing, running semi-wild with her brother and his friends. She loves dogs and horses, is an excellent rider and is sometimes impetuous, which leads her into scrapes. She tries hard to be good, but at times is impatient of some of the restrictions placed upon her now she is a young lady. She is also frustrated by the dull gentlemen in the locality, one of whom she must endure as the suitor favoured by her father.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Annoyed by the severe and unjust dressing-down she receives from her aunt for a minor indiscretion, Jocasta rebels... and plunges headlong into another world, where she must battle with her conscience. Then, having found her kindred spirit in innkeeper Richard Cowley, she is furious with her brother Harry when he precipitates her return and distraught when her father commands her to forget Richard.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

Her father wishes her to marry their neighbour, Lord Edward Rufforth, an alliance which will join the two estates and thus increase the family's importance and wealth. Jocasta longs for someone with whom she can share her lively sense of the ridiculous.

6. Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?


There are some excerpts of the novel further down this Blog. A Sense of the Ridiculous is currently in E-book format and published by Musa Publishing at and is also available from:

All Romance Books
Barnes & Noble
Google Books

I am honoured to be able to pass the baton to Sue Johnson for the next leg of this journey. Catch up with her at http://writer' . I hope you have enjoyed meeting Jocasta and thank you for joining me.



  1. I like Jocasta already! Women who knew their own minds and fought for what they wanted in a system which did not recognise their abilities or give them the right to have any kind of status other than chattel always makes me smile.

    1. I hope you like her enough to buy the book, April! Jocasta is definitely a bit of a minx, but really all she wants is a husband who shares her sense of the absurd without her having to explain all the time.