Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum first met outside the gates of their village school. With children of the same age, and with backgrounds in PR and journalism, they found they had much in common.
They began to walk home together with their dogs and it was not long before they discovered a mutual fondness for people-watching and for the written word, as well as a shared ambition to write fiction. Soon afterward, the idea of Ginger Black was born, and they set off on their path to writing their first novel, Riverside Lane.
Their collaboration has been a wonderful learning curve. Julia is a maker of lists, endless plots and sub-plots, charts, calendars and spreadsheets; Gaynor has a genius for form, and constantly tweaked the ebb and flow of the unfolding story. Julia loves grammar; Gaynor loves current affairs. Julia relishes writing evil characters; Gaynor thrives on what makes people human.
They began writing Riverside Lane in textbook fashion, choosing characters, outlining the skeleton of a plot … but although they had a firm sense of where the story was going, the characters soon took over and wrote the story themselves.
About Riverside Lane
Luca Tempesta, a handsome, charming, affable American, swaps homes with a prosperous antique dealer in a quiet village in England and arrives to find the people of Riverside Lane most welcoming. But Tempesta is hiding a dangerous secret, which will soon reverberate through the community. Behind perfect privets and brightly painted front doors, the lives of Riverside Lane’s residents slowly unravel, until it becomes apparent that the American may not be the only deceiver in their midst. Tension mounts in the quintessentially English village, now revealed to be a labyrinth of smoke and mirrors, and culminates in an unexpected death.
Set against a cinematic backdrop of a Thameside village in springtime, Riverside Lane follows the colourful lives of the inhabitants and shows how, while deception must always involve secrecy, not all secrets are intended to deceive.
About the Authors
Ginger Black is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of Gaynor Pengelly and Julia Thum. For more information about the authors visit www.gingerblack.ink.
Risks and challenges
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