My name is James Schofield. I'm starting work on a novel and I want to use this blog to swop ideas with people about writing fiction. I will describe what I am doing and I hope that you will be interested in discussing it with me.
I write in English, but you can use the Google translator to help if anything is unclear and you can submit comments in whatever language you prefer.
Who's who in the novel
Celia is English but lives in Munich
and is married to Franz. They have one child Maximilian. She studied History of
Art and did her doctorate in Munich
where she met Franz. She now works as a
picture restorer for the Bavarian Department for the Care and Preservation of
becomes convinced that there is something strange in the disappearance of her
brother Ned, and her investigations lead her into all sorts of trouble.
Franz is Austrian and works for the Deutsche Bahn as a train conductor on the
night trains crossing Europe. He is a former
philosophy professor who decided to do something different after a major
disagreement with the new head of the department at the university in Munich.
and Celia's marriage is going through a rocky patch at the moment.
lives with his parents in their apartment in Münchener Freiheit. There may be
more to him than meets the eye, but I haven’t worked out what that is yet.
Ilse, Gräfin von Wülow
Ilse is Franz’s great aunt and lives in the next door apartment to the Thomas
family, in fact she owns the whole building. She is a former psychoanalyst who spent
the war in Switzerland,
studying. Her husband however died at Stalingrad.
the war she moved back to Munich
and set up practice there. In the early 90s Celia rented a room from her
while she was doing her doctorate and Ilse introduced her to Franz. Ilse is
very fit both physically and mentally and apart from writing articles on topics
to do with psychotherapy, she is a reader of Tarot cards. She also acts as a
surrogate mother / grandmother to the Thomas’s.
Colonel Ivan Kaiec
the Colonel is now a very respectable and wealthy owner of hotels and villas in
His rise to wealth and prominence is mysterious as it dates from the end of the
civil war in Croatia.
Celia's inquiries about her brother are very unwelcome.
Tomi is a very charming and attractive freelance journalist who takes an
interest in Celia's story after a chance encounter in a hotel bar in Zagreb. But where do his
interests really lie?
Jeremy is director of communications for Report International, a large media empire.
Formerly a colleague of Ned Atkinson, Celia's brother, he is supportive of
Celia's efforts to find out about her brother. Bernard Creasey 45, Bernard was a camera man at the time Ned disappeared. Since then he's changed his field of work and runs Paradise Erotic Productions Ltd.
is now approaching 63 and is asked by the Department for British Export
Development (an undercover agency which actively helps promote British exports
when officially the government should not be doing so) to do one last job for
them when Celia starts to make herself unpopular with the Colonel. (See
also short story “A Spy is Born”
under Good Things).
Paul and Colin Atkinson
and 58 respectively, Paul and Colin are extremely annoyed with their sister Celia when
she starts suggesting that their younger brother Ned is still alive. This would
force a rethink of the comfortable story that they have told themselves and
their circle over the years.
he alive or isn’t he? If he is, why is he in hiding? Was it something he found
out in Zagreb
in the mid-nineties? Or was there some other reason for his disappearance? Or
is it all in Celia's head?