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Devilish Delights- Guest Post from Jill Barry

Jenny, it’s great to be here with you. I’d like to begin by mentioning my love of musicals. Since becoming a published author I’ve often looked at the leading man with the critical eye of a romance writer hoping to find inspiration for the perfect hero. Well, that’s my excuse!

The idea of a young woman falling for a singer wasn’t enough. I needed to drag my heroine out of her comfort zone – make her vulnerable. I’m used to travelling between Wales and London, so setting Devilish Delights in these places appealed.

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Laura takes on a temporary house and shop-sitting stint for her aunt and uncle in Wales. But the night before they go away, my heroine tags along with her aunt to a fundraising event where the delectable west end singer Alex Conway is performing. Laura is mesmerised by him but events conspire … and I hope you’ll read the book and find out much, much more. It’s said that authors shouldn’t make a main character a fictional star because stars are too driven. Too obsessed with striving for more and more success. Hopefully I’ve addressed this by introducing a second man so Laura is faced with another new situation while Alex performs in the West End, attends rehearsals and so on. Laura’s two temporary worlds collide, with a startling result.

I had fun, fabricating the fictitious musical that lends its title to this novel. As Laura says – think Witches of Eastwick meets The Rocky Horror Show but set in the UK and with a political theme. Alex, who’s setting the West End on fire, gets to play both the Devil and the Prime Minister but not both at once. And I seize the chance to inject as much magic, passion and colour into my stage setting as possible.

Writing as Jill Barry has opened up new options for me throughout 2013. A Life Less Lonely – my medical romance with a difference is available as an ebook. With one D C Thomson pocket novel published and another due out in January, I’m hoping they’ll like my idea for a serial. I’m also submitting short stories to women’s magazines – which is how I began my writing career.

Thank you, Jenny, for inviting me and a very big thank you to anyone reading this.



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Many thanks for coming over to tell us about Devilish Delights today Jill- it looks positively wicked!!

Happy reading everyone,

Jenny x



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  1. Jill Barry

    I’m afraid I’ve eaten almost all that wonderful, squidgy chocolate cake you made, Jenny! Please forgive me but it’s impossible to resist.

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