Monday, July 17, 2006

ITALY, HUGH JACKMAN & THE WIP...

I started writing at the crack of dawn this morning to avoid the heat. Apparently it’s going to be in the mid-thirties this week. Just the thought of that makes me want to lie down in a darkened room and not move until it rains.

Ungrateful? Probably. We don’t get this kind of undiluted sunshine often, but I have an end of August deadline and I’m still only on chapter three. Lazy afternoons in the shade with a book (not my own) are not an option. Not if I’m going to get to Italy (purely for research purposes, you’ll understand) in September. And, talking of Italy, for those of you lucky enough to live there, I have a book on sale there this month! I haven’t got my author copies yet, but, as with the Greek, if you are Italian, want to improve your Italian, or know someone Italian who would like a copy, speak up and I’ll reserve a copy for you,

But back to the wip. I have, thanks to Ally Blake pointing me in the right direction on the net, now found some photographs that are about as close as I’m going to get to my hero, the distant and ice-cold Ivo Grenville. His eyes are the wrong colour, but that’s okay. I can live with this picture of Hugh Jackman on my board for the next couple of months (sigh); I’ll imagine him with eyes the colour of the sea.

And for his heroine Belle, well, I have a tear-sheet from a magazine to thank for her; as you can see, she’s a bit of a bombshell babe.

In my head, I’m calling this book The Journey Home. The journey is, in fact, internal and I’ve teamed up with Barbara Hannay in Australia and Jackie Braun in America to write linked stories of three women who are making that journey back in time to a point where each of them made a decision – one that they now regret -- that had a major impact on their lives. Confronting the past will take courage, deeply affecting the lives they have now, the future beyond imagining.

At least, that’s the plan. If the heat doesn’t fry my brain first.

8 comments:

Margaret McDonagh said...

I really feel for the sacrifice you are making, Liz. Fancy having to look at a picture of Hugh Jackman all day for weeks on end. Sometimes life is just the pits, isn't it!!!!!!! It's so hard being a writer at times like this, I don't know how I get through my days with the image of some yummy man on my desk staring at me!

I'm with you on the heat. I loathe it. A couple of friends and I wish we could live in an igloo for the summer - you're welcome to join us!

Good luck with your new project, the 'journeys' sound really interesting.

Love,
Mags xx

Kate Walker said...

I can live any picture of Hugh Jackman anywhere, anytime! Specially now as I just kicked my Sicilian out of the house and on to The Editor's desk. Now I might have a chance for a little sittign in the shade and reading some books - what a pity that your intriguing sheikh doesn't appear until September or I'd add him to my TBR pile(not that I need anything on that mountain!)

And I do NOT need you tempting my reader's hunger with even more intriguing ideas like journey's home and confronting the past - it sounds a wonderful trilogy and I can't wait to read it.

Just what I need, more titles for my TBB list!

But I always have room for a new Liz Fielding - even if I don;t always have time to read them

Sue aka MsCreativity said...

I love the sound of 'The Journey Home', it all sounds very intriguing - and my interest has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the hero...

allyblake said...

Sounds like so much fun Liz!

Especially writing with the likes of Barbara and Jackie who both write such lovely warm books. Can't wait to hear how it turns out!

And you are very kind attributing the finding of Hugh Jackman to me. Though if it was my choice I'd keep him all to myself...

But so long as you keep your hands off Jeremy Northam for the moment, we're all good.

Jill said...

Si, parlo italiano. Liz, I would love one of your books in Italian if it is not spoken for already. I speak only a little, but I would love the practice.

Liz Fielding said...

Ciao, Jill! If you email me at liz@lizfielding.com with your snailmail address, I'll send you the Italian.

Julie Cohen said...

Hugh Jackman.........Hugh Jackman.......

falls over in a puddle of drool

Good luck with the book, Liz--I know you'll do it.

Nicola Marsh said...

The story sounds wonderful, Liz!