Thursday, June 12, 2014

Author Chantal Bellehumeur - MEET MY CHARACTER


This tour, organised by author Mary Bernsen, highlights the main character from one of my soon to be published work.  Here are the Q & A about my main character Josie Wright from my work in progress ‘’Mary Kelly’s Diary’’ which will be a bonus story in the special edition of my horror ‘’Just.Another.Common.killer.’

1)      What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Josie Write is the main character of my short story ‘’Mary Kelly’s Diary’’ and she is fictional.  The diary she reads belongs to a woman named Mary Kelly, who was a real person.  Although the content of the diary is based on historical facts that mainly revolve around the Jack the Ripper murders, it is a work of fiction.

2)      When and where is the story set?
The short story starts in 2010 with Josie Write, but the old diary she reads takes her back to the years 1884 until 1888.  The owner of the diary, Mary Kelly, writes about her days in London (Whitechapel to be exact) working as a prostitute and how she and her friends ended up being hunted down by Jack the Ripper.

3)      What should we know about him/her?
Josie Write is supposedly the great-great-granddaughter of Mary Kelly, presumed to have been murdered by Jack the Ripper back in 1888.  (For the purpose of my short story, not in real life.)  She discovers this after her grandmother passes away and leaves her with an old diary, as per her last will and testament.

4)      What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Josie finds herself deeply troubled by the content of the diary because although she had always known that Jack the Ripper was real she had always treated the mysterious murders like it was a form of entertainment and was now realising for the first time how horrible the whole thing was.  She discovers the identity of Jack the Ripper within the pages of the diary and wants to share the information with the world, yet something enables her to do so.  On top of that, she discovers something about her adopted mom’s real family that leads her to go to therapy.

5)      What is the personal goal of the character?
At first, Josie’s goal was to reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper to the world but the proof of who the infamous killer was got destroyed (I don’t want to spoil anything so won’t elaborate).  She later tries to verify the authenticity of the diary she was given, and also tries to find other proof of who Jack the Ripper was despite the fact that somebody close to her is strongly against it.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
 ‘’Just.Another.Common.Killer’’ was originally published in 2010 by Rosedog Books.  I found that they overprised the book, so I have decided to release it independently as a special edition at a lower rate and include bonus material.  Is that a good deal or what?
Here is the book summary:
Under hypnosis, six year old Jack Huntington tells his psychiatrist the dark unsolved tale of Jack the Ripper's 19th century murders.  Such details are given, that Dr. Philips begins to believe that his patient might be the Ripper himself in another life.  When the boy fails to give him any information that would reveal the identity of the Whitechapel killer, Dr.Philips ridicules himself for having thought the impossible.
   Years after killing his sisters in a sleepwalking state, Jack is claimed normal and able to re-enter the real world.  He is released from the mental institution to start a new life, but slowly starts to act upon his killer instincts and begins to remember events that happened over one hundred years ago.
   Jack is ready for new games!
(This special edition contains bonus material, which includes the short story ''Mary Kelly's Diary'')
View the original book trailer:
Read all the positive reviews about the first publication on Amazon and Goodreads.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?
The special edition of Just.Another.Common.Killer will be released in the fall; sometime in September.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, and that you will buy a copy of ‘’Just.Another.Common.Killer’’ when the special edition comes out.  In the meantime, check out my other publications on Amazon.  I currently have 9 books available to purchase as paperbacks or Kindle and my work was also featured in several anthologies.

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Thanks for your support!!!

~Author Chantal Bellehumeur~

Here is a little shout out to Mary Bernsen for organising this fun tour:

Mary Bernsen is a southwest Florida native currently living in Punta Gorda with her two beautiful

children and a third, much larger child that she affectionately calls husband. She is a stay­at­home

mother and spends her days creating characters on the good side of twenty­five because she is in

serious denial about the fact that she is now on the bad side of it. She has a passion for fantasy of

any kind along with historical fiction. If she isn't having conversations with her made­up friends,

you can usually find her clipping coupons or out on the boat enjoying the muddy waters of Peace

River (as long as it isn't below 80 degrees).

Twitter: @marybernsen

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