Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay
Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.
With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?
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Author Bio –
Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.
Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.
She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.
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Twitter – @osborne_bella
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We have Bella Osborne here with a guest post.
If you were to look at my recent Google search history it’s likely you’d be alarmed. Here’s an example:
- Klu Klux Klan
- Can you poison someone with Christmas dinner?
- Pink Panther
- What causes a heart attack?
- Brummie slang
- Can you see metal on an ultrasound?
- Medieval gestures
- What is the minimum amount of morphine needed to kill someone?
- Free running
- How to cause a car accident?
That was 100% all to do with book research – honest. And that’s what I’d tell the police if they ever popped round for a chat. As a writer you have to check your facts and different people do this at different stages of their writing process. I tend to do enough research at the start of the project to make me feel comfortable that I know what I’m talking about. When I was researching what it was like to be deaf I met with my local deaf club very early in the process so that I could really understand their perspective before I started writing the character. However, for other things I leave it later in the process.
Sometimes you’re not sure if a particular element will get cut or amended at the structural editing stage so as long as it’s roughly correct it’s probably not worth too much time and effort until you’re sure it’s staying in. Other things like the bats that plagued Daisy in Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay popped up part way through the story and as I knew diddly doo dah about them I felt I needed to investigate before I wrote that section. This is where Google is the writer’s friend. Where else could you discover that there is such a thing as The National Bat Helpline? And a local Devon Bat Group? Both of these introduced me to lovely, knowledgeable people who could answer my inane questions and steer me in the right direction.
The very big danger with research is that it’s only a few clicks away from watching kittens on You Tube and that’s when Google is not the writer’s friend. Because we all know that writer’s put the pro in procrastination.