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I hate goodbyes. I'm the girl at the airport who always cries when people go home after a visit (discretely into the sleeve of my blazer, mind you) or the one crying under the blanket in my seat because I don't want to leave (and pretending I have a cold and something caught in my throat). That's me. Heart on my sleeve and tears in my eyes - but I'm not a blubbing drama queen. I cry when I need to. I hate goodbyes because I love people and the relationships I build with them are deeply meaningful to me. I also hate goodbyes when anything is meaningful to me and that's not just speaking to real people. No, I'm not saying something akin to Beatrix Potter where she claims that her drawings of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck are her friends. Not that I have a problem with that. What I mean is that I don't want to say goodbye to any of it - not just the characters. But I don't want to say goodbye to the setting of Waldorf Manor or Barton-Court house, the dialogue that runs through my head as though I were part of the conversation even though I'm neither Brayden, nor Alice (that's up for debate) nor Bennett nor Elisabeth. Well, I'm definitely not Evelyn Fowler, that's for sure!
oh go on, get over it, Bella! It's just a story!
Maybe for you it is. For me it goes back to when I was eleven years old and I knelt on the ground to reach my window seat and drew a picture of a large, stately home. It had double front doors, loads of windows, a circular gravel drive and a gate at the entrance. I might not have known it back then but that was Waldorf Manor. That was the story I eventually wrote as a 26 year old. It was my first book (The Solicitation). It's what turned me from being a coffee-shop writer who belonged to a temp agency (all hail those of us!!!) into an author. Sure, my books are only in digital format but they have ISBN numbers and I get to write 'author' on my tax forms. And all because of the Waldorf Manor series. I know I've blogged about this before and not wanting to say goodbye to the series, the characters or to the dialogue and story line, but as I go beyond 30,000 words on book IV and the conclusion to the WM series, it hits home a lot harder. Some days recently when I sit down to write I can feel myself dragging my tights and ballet flats (see? more Alice characteristics . . .) almost as if that will delay finishing the book and leaving the world of Waldorf if I don't write it. Unfortunately for me, the story has to be told and I have to move on.
In any case, my style will be recognised across most of my books as the general themes of wealth, privilege, domestic staff, stately homes and rigid disciplinarians are what I'm most comfortable writing. So I imagine there will be pieces of what you feel might be 'Waldorf Manor' across my other titles (see ''Bella's workload'') but just remember that my imagination and I came along way before WM did.
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