One of the enjoyable side effects of being a published author is the questions I am asked by readers. I love how people have engaged with the characters in my books and am sometimes taken by surprise by the different ways those characters are perceived.
In this post, I will attempt to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Boyle’s Law.
Q: Are any of the characters in Boyle’s Law based on real people?
A: A few of the minor characters are named after old friends, but their fictional namesakes in no way resemble the real people. My husband has a walk-on part – our daughters recognised him straight away, which amused me greatly – but no, Boyle, Stella, Frank, and all the rest, do not exist in real life. At least, I hope not.
Q: I thought Stella was a real piece of work, but my husband had a different take on her – what do you think?
A: I wrote Boyle’s Law in close third person so that the reader is really in on the action, getting the story from whichever character is in focus. But I didn’t write any scenes from Stella’s point-of-view – I didn’t want the reader to know any more about what’s going on inside her head than Boyle does. It’s never really clear whether she’s a victim or whether she’s the one pulling the strings. It’s up to each reader how they take her. I like the ambiguity of her character.
Q: Who is your favourite character in Boyle’s Law?
A: I enjoy them all as I’m writing them though Boyle sometimes drives me round the twist. He just keeps on making those bad decisions – one right after another. He is the author of his own downfall but I find it amusing how he manages to justify to himself the appalling things he does. Polo Morrison is a sweary beastie and was a lot of fun to write.
Q: Is Boyle coming back?
A: I originally planned Boyle’s Law as a stand-alone book. Even as I was writing it, I wasn’t sure who would be left standing by the end, but the characters have resonated so well with readers, and in fact with me as a writer, that I felt compelled to return to them. I don’t want to give anything away at the moment, suffice to say that Boyle will be back in Boiling Point.