Hello lovelies, I have an interesting guest post for you today, giving you a little insight into the main character of the book Kate Clothier, but before we find out more about her lets find out more about the book.
Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.
Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.
Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.
And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…
But will she escape before it’s too late?
A Day in the Life of Kate Clothier
Where does Kate go?
Kate Clothier works in the jet-set world of publishing on a week day, where she can usually be found in her Georgian office based in Bristol – occasionally (heck who’s she kidding!) eyeing up the cake possibilities in the nearest Starbucks.
What does Kate do?
Kate sells foreign rights; translation rights for books – so essentially there is no typical office day for her. One minute there’s a shipping catastrophe and she has to let her overseas clients down gently because their books will be late in Barcelona port (again)! She’ll probably have a chocolate brownie or two at hand to help her drop the bombshell. And the next she could be hopping on a plane to Warsaw/Bologna or Frankfurt for a book fair… or to Portugal to visit her favourite customer (who’d rather wine her and dine her than talk shop). But of course no matter where she is in the world, there’s always time to sniff out a bakery… or the local Marks & Spencers food hall for a gooey cookie. Always.
Who is Kate with?
And there’s always time for her colleagues, Steph and Daisy. Without them she doesn’t know how she’d make it from 9 till 5.
At the end of the working day though, she’s an institutionalised prisoner, heading back to her Rapunzel castle in Glastonbury to gaze over the verdant pastures and hatch out her escape plan for the gazillionth time. She will leave Daniel. Honest. Like when she’s a size eight. Just in case nobody else will have her.
Evenings and weekends, Kate’s domestic life is the complete antithesis of her cosmopolitan and fun career. This is when Kate morphs into housewife mode, tiptoeing on eggshells (sometimes literally when plates are smashed and meals destroyed) in a bid to avoid getting battered – either via Daniel’s words or his hands. Unlike her precious cargoes of books, there is never an ETA for an outburst. He’s a constantly simmering volcano, unless they’re eating Sunday lunch at Kate’s parents. Then he pulls out all the stops with the charm.
What does Kate think/how does she feel?
Kate is perpetually torn. Her emotions are all over the place. When she’s still and centred, when she lets the wisdom of Glastonbury’s ley lines whisper to her for five minutes, she knows deep down that she’s worth more than this. But the ego soon takes over again. There’s an immense guilt for ‘leaving’ Daniel when she has to go away on business… and then there’s the poles apart and overwhelming liberation that being unshackled for a week inevitably brings with it. On an average morning she can radiate self-confidence like it’s going out of fashion, but by the time she slumps into her red Audi convertible for the evening drive home, she can feel so wretched that she will often pop into the supermarket for a box of chocolates… scoffing them en route (and then hurling the evidence out the window and onto the road). But what choice does she have? The next however many hours are going to be too self-destructive to face without a sugar burst. Especially the weekend!
Why does she do what she does?
Quite simply, her self-belief is on the floor in tiny mosaic-sized pieces like a Heston Blumethal deconstructed micro meal. Ever since she was bullied at high school, Kate just doesn’t know what it’s like not to be a victim. And until she can overcome that hurdle, nothing is going to change… in fact Daniel will very likely kill her.
If that has piqued your interest and you want to find out more about the book then be sure to follow the rest of the tour.
Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.
As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).
She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!