We’ve had a lot of changes recently, some good and some not so good – although there are silver linings to all things, right? I must confess, I wasn’t quite so optimistic when I (Caroline) was made redundant a couple of weeks ago but now, OMG, life is opening up to a brave new world and I’ve heaps more time to write too!
So it was lovely to go along to a Tupperware party at Lisa’s on Saturday afternoon where we caught up with some old friends and met some new ones while enjoying a stellar afternoon tea*, in the patio lovingly created (and cleaned up!) by Stephen (aka the camera slave). The lovely Morgan (who gave us our writing surname) arranged the food so it looked beautiful as well as making cupcake frosting in a Tupperware doodah at no notice.
Along with lemonade and cream scones with jam and cream, club sandwiches, mini quiches, cup cakes, Hershey’s kiss meringues (Lisa’s secret recipe, although she says it is Jo Seagar’s in fact) and the best shortbread I’ve ever tasted (lemon and cardamom), our demonstrator Wendy was great and I broke my NO BUY rule and bought, not just one thing, but THREE + a mystery pack so have joined the ranks of the Tuppersluts…I believe I have even put my hand up to have a party at my place in the future but I’m only doing it so Lisa gets all her hostess goodies – I SWEAR 🙂
Anyway, the Tupperware party theme inspired a scene in book three, Out of the Shadows, where our spiky heroine meets and makes some good friends who have already popped up elsewhere in the series and demanded their own story down the track. Fisherman’s Creek is a very small town so it should come as no surprise to us when we discover the links between some of our characters. You’d think we were in control of who populates our world of Shadows but somehow, these people take on a life of their own.
One of Lisa’s favourite authors, Suzanne Brockmann, has also had a similar experience, where secondary characters she has been developing through multiple books suddenly pop up demanding their own ‘happy ever after’ well before it’s supposed to happen. (Lisa is calling out “Robin Chadwick, I’m talkin’ about YOU!”). She’s written a fantastic and funny article about it here.
We have also heard Nalini Singh talk about this so there is some comfort in knowing that we are in good company when our cast misbehaves and takes control of their own fate. And sometimes, people just pop out of the woodwork – wait until you all meet Joe! And those of you lucky ladies who were at the real life Tupperware party, who knows, you may find someone you recognise when we finally publish Jaime’s story.
*If you’d like recipes for any of the afternoon tea food, just comment below!