Here’s a different kind of snippet – the first few lines (very much first draft i.e. written off the top of my head late last night!) of a new novel that is rumbling around in my mind. The names are also ‘draft’ at present.
Delacroix? No way.”
After one glance at
the application form, Ellie Barton tossed it on the reject pile on the table.
There could only be one person with that name, and he was the last person she
wanted to employ.
Sarah, her assistant,
picked up the form. “You don’t like his name, huh?” She scanned the form and
her eyes widened. “Hey, come on, this guy sounds good. Started with the
National Youth Theatre, B.A in Drama at Goldsmiths, several roles at the
National Theatre and in touring productions, and some supporting roles in
television dramas. What’s not to like?”
Ellie could tell her why
but chose not to give her real reason. “With that resume, why is he applying
for a job teaching drama at a new Performing Arts School in a seaside town in the
north of England?”
Sarah shrugged. “He
wants some sea air? He’s always wanted to teach drama? Does it matter? You need
someone like him on your staff when you open your school. Think of the advertising,
even the articles in the local papers – “Star of Stage and Screen Comes to Town
to Teach Drama”. You can’t seriously be thinking of turning him down?
“I can, and I will.”
Her assistant’s eyes
narrowed. “Don’t tell me you had a mad passionate fling with him in your youth,
and he abandoned you for some sexy pop star.”
“I’ve never met him.”
“So why are you
refusing to consider him?”
Okay, that’s it. I have my ideas (some very vague, I admit!)
but here’s a challenge for you! Based on the fact that Ellie has never met him,
why is she so adamant about not employing him in her new Performing Arts
School? And why is he applying for the job when he has an obviously successful
I’ll be interested to see if any of your ideas are anything