Today I have the lovely Cat Clarke on the blog with a great guest post that I think you’ll all enjoy!
I Heart France
My favourite character in The Lost and the Found is a Frenchman named Michel. He’s the sort-of-stepdad to main character, Faith. Michel and Faith’s dad have been together for years, and he’s the one person who Faith feels she can confide in. He’s a vet, a big fan of the French rugby team, and also happens to have been inspired by my French publisher, the wonderful Glenn Tavennec. When I was writing Michel, I always pictured Glenn. So, in honour of Michel, here are a few of my favourite French things…
Of course. You didn’t really expect me to say anything else, did you? My latest French cheese obsession is Pié d’Angloys, which is soft and creamy and ridiculously delicious.
2. This video
Shiny shirts FTW! Fans of Take That may notice a striking similarity between this track and a TT classic.
Particularly salted caramel ones. It’s no coincidence that Michel is a master macaron-maker. We’re lucky enough to have an amazing macaron shop here in Edinburgh, and I visit as often as I can. The latest flavour I’ve tried is Irn-Bru, which is AMAZING.
4. Romain Duris
I adore this incredible actor. If you haven’t seen Heartbreaker (L’Arnacoeur), what are you waiting for? And if you’re a fan of Dirty Dancing, you have to watch this movie IMMEDIATELY.
5. My wife
She’s the one to blame for introducing me to numbers 2 and 4 on my list. And I adore her too. Obviously. :)
When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister. Faith’s childhood was dominated by Laurel’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever wanted to talk about her sister.
Thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the garden of the Logans’ old house, disorientated and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Laurel is home at last, safe and sound. Faith always dreamed of getting her sister back, without ever truly believing it would happen. But a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated and paranoid, and before long she begins to wonder if everything that’s lost can be found again…