It’s the final stop on Cathy Woodman’s blog tour for her latest release, Follow Me Home today and I’m delighted to welcome Cathy to One More Page with a post about some of the new characters you can meet in the book.
Cathy began her working life as a small animal vet before turning to writing fiction. She won the Harry Bowling First Novel Award in 2002 and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Cathy now lives with her two children, two ponies, three exuberant Border Terriers and two cats in a village near Winchester, Hampshire.
Follow Me Home is Cathy’s eighth novel set in the wonderful fictonal town of Talyon St George. Welcome Cathy!
Thank you very much for welcoming me to your blog for this stop on my tour with ‘Follow Me Home’. My new book tells the story of village midwife Zara and the new mums and babies she looks after. I loved creating some new characters and revisiting some of the old ones in Talyton St George. I hope you enjoy reading about all the characters, both human and animal, in ‘Follow Me Home’ as much as I loved writing about them.
Zara is the village midwife who helps the new mums of Talyton St George to welcome their babies into the world. When I first pictured her, she was holding her sister’s baby in her arms, and I thought about how it would feel for a midwife to deliver babies every day, knowing that she’s unlikely to be able to have children herself.
Recently divorced, she is living with her grandmother who runs the newsagent’s while she starts to sort her life out. In spite of a fear of dogs, she takes pity on an abandoned puppy who turns out to be a bit of a handful. Trying to juggle too many balls can get Zara into trouble, yet she’s optimistic that everything will turn out well in the end.
‘I follow the dogs’ eyes to find their master, who is waiting with his arms folded across his chest, his muscles ripped from where he’s been shearing up to one hundred sheep a day. He’s wearing a cap back to front, a torn vest and jeans. He’s tanned and dirty, and any exposed skin is shining with sweat…’
Lewis is a modern shepherd with a crook and a mobile phone. He’s in his early twenties and very much one of the lads when he isn’t in the lambing shed, caring for the ewes and lambs. He has two working collies called Mick and Miley, and is therefore well qualified to help Zara train her wayward puppy.
‘She clutches a jar of sherbet lemons to her chest. Her silver hair is swept back from her face and she wears small gold hoop earrings, a black dress, pink cardigan, black tights and purple slippers, and most remarkably, she is almost as round and cuddly as she is tall.’
Zara’s grandmother ran the newsagent’s with her husband until he passed away. Now, she is struggling to keep it going as her memory begins to fail. Zara feels responsible for her, but when Gran puts herself in danger, she isn’t sure she can cope any longer.
“‘You must give her away. Auntie Zara hasn’t got a baby. She can have her.’
‘Auntie Zara doesn’t want a baby at the moment.’ My sister looks at me, her expression one of apology, knowing how much I wanted a baby with Paul.’”
Poppy is Zara’s four year old niece. She is often to be found wearing a red pinafore, woolly tights and shiny purple wellies, and carrying a fluffy black and white toy cat. She is so upset when her little sister is born that she packs her bag ready to leave home. She would have preferred a dog or a cat, but her parents are too busy with the new baby and running their sheep farm. Will Poppy get the pet she yearns for in the end?
Thank you Cathy – I can’t wait to meet these lovely characters.
Follow Me Home is out now in paperback and ebook formats.
You can find out more about Cathy and her novels at: http://www.cathywoodmanbooks.com/