Clare London and I have started a new series together, With A Kick, based around an ice-cream shop. Clare kicked off the series with A Twist and Two Balls.
When Sue and I first chatted about the idea of setting up our virtual ice cream shop, and writing about the customers passing through, I was immediately struck not just by the thrill of creating boozy ice creams - which my whole family is fascinated by now LOL - but also by the wide range of characters living and working in central London, around that area of Soho. What a great place for us to help them find romance in our stories!
Eddy the not-so-successful actor was a character created from a lot of people I know in the business. It's tough enough to get a break, and unless you're the right type / age / size that fashion requires ... well, you've only got to live through the meeting Eddy has with his tell-it-how-it-is agent Andy to realise that things have to change!
Lucky for him, Eddy meets Nuri the taxi driver, who helps him come to terms with all of it. Nuri seems to start off as a threat to Eddy, but ends up far from that. I've travelled London with a lot of taxi drivers in my time. They're the representatives of the streets, the amateur comedians, the voice of city politics - and perfect for asking the way if, like me, you have no sense of direction. And, like Nuri, many of them have other ambitions and achievements as well as their day job. What about Nuri's boisterous and heartwarming Turkish family? Well, they just followed in his wake - there was no keeping them in the background!
Then all I did was let Eddy and Nuri come together over a wickedly delicious ice cream or two - and watch the performance :).