Wednesday, October 10, 2012

An Interview with my Heroine, Neve Dalton

Today I'm interviewing Neve Dalton, the heroine of my November release, Her Only Option. I’m on the Lady Nadia cruise ship, waiting for her in the lobby.
Ah, I see her now, running down the stairs– but, oh dear, she doesn’t look very happy …
Has something upset you, Neve?
I’ll say it has! I went up to the sundeck for some peace and quiet until my next tour group arrives, and next I know, I’m being chatted up by one of those cruise ship Casanovas – you know, the smooth-talking posers who think female tour guides are an easy target. And this one had the nerve to say tour guides churn out half-baked facts from inaccurate guide books!
I take it you weren’t impressed?
Well … (Neve blushes) … he was rather good-looking, with dark hair, and amazing blue eyes … but then he tried to claim he was an archaeologist. Huh! Probably one of those dilettantes who think they can make the discovery of a lifetime without any effort. Anyway, enough about him. I’m only thankful he’s on the Lady Amirah and not the Nadia, although I don’t envy my friend Joanne having to put up with him for this week’s cruise.
Er – how did you meet him if he’s on a different ship?

Oh, haven’t you been up to the sundeck? As you’ve seen, cruise ships have to be moored 3 or 4 abreast because there are so many here in Luxor, and they’re built to the same design, so the sundecks are level. Joanne and I often meet up to have a chat over the rails.
Let me ask you more about yourself and Joanne. I believe you’re both Cambridge graduates, so why did you decide to become Nile cruise ship guides?
We both felt we needed a break from the academic life. This job with the Rahman cruise line has given me the opportunity to return to Egypt where I grew up, and to share my passion for Ancient Egypt.
I understand you’ve been dating Malik Rahman.
(Neve narrows her eyes) I hope you’re not going to make some derogatory comment about me dating the boss’s son?
I wouldn’t dream of doing that!
I like Malik, he’s –well, as Joanne has said, he’s good-looking, charming, worships the ground I walk on, but—
But you’re not in love with him?
I can’t be, can I? Otherwise I’d have accepted his proposal.
So he’s asked you to marry him?
Oh yes, several times. But, between you and me, I think the only reason for his proposals is because his father won’t give him any senior role in the company until he’s ‘settled’ - which to Sabry means married and with a whole brood of sons to inherit the Rahman empire. And I’m not ready to settle down as a wife and mother.
Anyway, if you’ll excuse me now, I need to call Joanne and warn her about that annoying self-styled archaeologist she’ll have to put up with on the Lady Amirah this week. Rather her than me!  Bye-ee! (She runs down the stairs to the staff quarters on the lower deck)  
Hmm, I wonder when Neve is going to change her mind about that annoying archaeologist?
Her Only Option will be published by Whiskey Creek Press on November 1st.   


  1. What a fun interview. I love this heroine. I can hardly wait until her story is release on November 1.

  2. I loved hearing this from her perspective, since I read the other interview you did with your hero. Can't wait to read it! By the way, I've always wondered (blame the American in me) is it pronounced "Neeeev" or "Nev"?

  3. Neve, I'm so pleased you like your namesake!

    Jen - would you believe the 'original' Irish spelling is Niamh, which is pronounced as Neeve, and spelt in various ways - Neve, Neeve, Neave and Nieve. I preferred the 'Neve' spelling, although I did have to stop myself from typing 'Never' occasionally!

  4. Neve, it was nice to meet you!

    I can't wait to read your story.

    Funny, how so many of our heroes start out down right annoying to our heroines. But, lucky for them and us, true love always finds a way!

  5. You're right, Debra. In my first novel, Jess disliked Kyle to start with. In the next two 'reunion' novels, my heroines had reason to resent the heroes because of past experiences, and now Neve gets a bad first impression of Ross. But the next day she's going to be mortified when she realises who he actually is! It's one of my favourite scenes, when she meets him again in the Valley of the Kings.

  6. nNeve is a strong heroine, Paula. Great interview.

  7. Thanks, Ana. Neve is definitely one of my favourite heroines, and I'm still in love with Ross LOL!

  8. Hi Neve and Paula,
    This definitely met my expectations and makes me even more anxious to read this one. Can't wait to find out what happens to turn things around.

  9. Thanks, Becca! Not long now to release day on November 1st!

  10. Paula, great interview with an interesting character. I've never done that but I want to soon. And I'm really looking forward to reading this book. You always deliver a good read and this one promises to be one of the best.

  11. Thanks, Linda! It's the first time I've 'interviewed' my characters, and it was fun to do. Hope you'll enjoy 'Her Only Option' :-)