The Man With Green Fingers – UK best seller
I have received a fair few messages recently, asking me what made me think of “The Man with Green Fingers” and how in the world I came up with the plot.
Well, first of all, all my books are set in expat situations, simply because it is a life that I know, having almost always been an expat myself. I picked the island of Cyprus because I needed everything to be English-speaking. My book “Saying Nothing” is set in Spain, and “French Sand” and “A Call From France” are set in France or in French-speaking places. This means that, in order for the story to be even a little bit plausible, the writer needs to have phrases in French or Spanish, as the case may be. This is off-putting for a lot of readers. Cyprus, however, is largely English-speaking. Although it is not somewhere I have lived, I have been there several times, to both the north and the south of the island.
Some writers set out their plot in advance, but I allow my plots to evolve as the characters evolve. Certainly, I set out with a story in my mind, but this will chop and change as other elements enter in to what I am writing. Originally, the person of “John” was going to turn nasty towards the end of the book, but he became a genuinely nice man as I wrote … so I couldn’t turn him nasty…. or did I ?
Omar Khayam wrote “the moving hand, having writ, moves on” – and that is very true. Sometimes I just cannot think of what to write, but I just put pen to paper, or fingers to key board, and somehow the writing starts.
Catherine Broughton is a novelist, a poet and an artist. She is widely travelled and writes regularly for magazines and blog sites. Her sketches are on her web site http://turquoisemoon.co.uk . Her books are available from Amazon and on Kindle, or can be ordered from several leading book stores.