Paula has a minor character who keeps popping up in her books!
Peter Stones made
his first appearance in ‘Fragrance of
Violets.’ He was the director who had given Abbey her first break by
casting her as Jane Eyre in a TV drama, and now needs her as an emergency
stand-in for a theatre production in London. After initially turning him down,
Abbey changes her mind, and goes to London. Here she meets him at the rehearsal
She laughed. “Let’s
hope you’re still saying that in a week’s time, Peter. I flew in from Paris
yesterday, and I’ve driven down from Cumbria this morning, so please don’t
expect miracles from me today.”
“No problem, darling.
First, you’re going to meet the rest of the cast, and the Wardrobe Wendies are
frantic to measure you for the costumes. We’ll do a quick table reading of your
scenes, and tonight I’ll talk you through the set and the blocking. It’s
similar to the Manchester set, except the stage is bigger. Come on, let’s make
In Irish Inheritance, Jenna goes for an audition (coincidentally,
for a part in Jane Eyre), and guess who’s on the audition panel? Yes, it’s
Peter Stones again. At the end of the audition, he introduces himself:
She held the pose for a couple of seconds
before relaxing into her natural stance and giving the panel a quick smile.
“Thank you, Ms. Sutton,” the casting director
The other man on his left, with receding dark
hair and black rimmed glasses, let his gaze rest on her. She recalled he’d
leaned over to say something to the casting director during the audition. “I’m
Peter Stones, the director, and I congratulate you on your performance, Ms.
Sutton. Tell me, why do you want this role?”
I didn’t have any
specific reason for introducing Peter Stones again. Somehow I think he just
sneaked himself in!
At the end of Irish Inheritance, Jenna announced that
Peter intended to make a 2-hour TV drama about the history of Mist Na Mara
house, which led me very nicely on to Irish
In the 3 year time
gap between the two stories, Charley had worked with Peter on other
productions, and now he’s the director of the TV drama she is filming in
Connemara. When he first appears in the story, he’s not happy:
Charley turned as Josh
sauntered toward them. He appeared to be completely unfazed by the reprimand
he’d just received from the director. “And I come round the gazebo to intercept
her. Right, Peter?”
Peter nodded. “Right.
Take normal steps, Charley, and we’ll count them.”
So far, Peter hasn’t
appeared in my current WIP, but I have the feeling that he may pop up again in
another story. And I must admit I wonder if my readers have noticed that he has
had a cameo appearance in three of my books?