Chalet Girls by Lorraine Wilson | Blog Tour Guest Post!
It seems fitting that on the week my little blog turns 4 that I’m hosting an author who has been a long time supporter of my blog and whose books Secret Crush of a Chalet Girl, Confessions of a Chalet Girl, Secrets of a Chalet Girl, Revenge of a Chalet Girl, were some of the first I reviewed. Super happy that Lorraine’s Chalet Girl novella series has evolved into a full length novel CHALET GIRLS! To celebrate its release, I have a lovely guest post by the author herself so put the kettle on and enjoy with a nice cuppa!
What happens when life in Verbier suddenly goes off-piste?
Lucy’s been bowled over by the sexy extreme skier who’s hurtled into her life. But can she accept Seb’s commitment to his adrenaline-filled career?
Trusting any man is out of the question after what’s happened to Beth. So why is she so drawn to twinkly-eyed Dan when he’s leaving at the end of the season?
Sophie’s madly in love with her gorgeous fiancé, Luc. Only instead of gleefully planning the winter wedding of her dreams, all she wants is to run and hide…
Three Chalet Girls are about to strap on their skis and find out!
Although I didn’t originally set out to write a series with my first chalet girl novella (Confessions of a Chalet Girl) I’ve found it’s immensely rewarding to be able to return to characters you’ve become attached to. Another benefit is being able to tell the stories of secondary characters who come forward to take the limelight, even though you didn’t plan it that way!
Although I’m very much a planner when it comes to writing I love that moment when a character comes alive and decides to take a story in a direction you didn’t intend. It genuinely seems in that moment that the story is writing itself!
With the novel ‘Chalet Girls’ some of the inspiration came from characters already created in previous novellas although this doesn’t stop it being read as a standalone novel.
‘Chalet Girls’ features the stories of three characters – Sophie, Lucy and Beth. Sophie’s story started in ‘Secret Crush of a Chalet Girl’ but I felt there was more to tell and a full length novel gave me the space to dig deeper into what really happens after ‘happy ever after’.
Lucy has been a secondary character in some of the novellas and the inspiration for her story started when I read the real life story of Jenny Jones
– a chalet girl who became an Olympic medal winner.
From there my research lead me into the world of extreme skiing. Watching videos of pro snowboarder Xavier de le Rue being dropped by helicopter onto the ridge of an alpine mountain gave me the inspiration for the character of Seb. You can watch one of Xavier’s jaw dropping mountain descents here
With Beth’s story the inspiration was more personal and the story I actually wrote for her was very different from the one I originally had planned out. I like to write escapist, fun stories but I also try to tackle some of the hard, painful things a lot of us carry around but rarely talk about. In a way hers is a story of perseverance and hope.
Maybe this theme is of especial importance to me because a neurosurgeon told me eight years ago, after a severe brain injury, that I’d never be able to write a book. This was following an accident that left me with lasting disabilities.
Finishing my first novella (Confessions of a Chalet Girl
using speech to text technology felt like a real triumph but as ‘Chalet Girls’ is my first full length novel its publication is yet another milestone in my own story.
On a lighter note, animal-loving readers might like to know that the dog called Pip featured both in the book and on the book cover is actually one of my own rescue dogs. He has his own story of perseverance and you can read about how he made his way from my lap into the book on the Harper Impulse blog
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