Divorced and emotionally damaged, artist Grace Stollery wants nothing more than to spend her semi-retirement painting and let time heal her emotional scars.
But when dashing widower Alfred Nobel moves into her retirement village he turns her life upside down and her heart inside out by awakening feelings she wants to keep dormant.
Alfred quickly sets out to woo Grace and slowly she warms to him. But the village’s resident femme fatale wants him for herself. Will she succeed in driving a wedge between Alfred and Grace?
Today I’m pleased to welcome Peter Perrin to Emotional Journeys to talk about his new release, Grace’s Turmoil. To help us get to know his main character better, Peter interviewed her:
Peter: What is your name and how old are you?
Grace: I’m Grace Marilyn Stollery. And, I think you’re a bit cheeky asking my age. But if you must know I’m sixty-eight-years-young.
Peter: Are you married?
Grace: Not any longer. I’ve recently gone through a painful divorce after fourteen years of marriage. I’m in no hurry to make that mistake again.
Peter: Where were you born?
Grace: I was born in a quiet town called Romford, in Essex, England. But, it has grown over the years and is now considered part of East London.
Peter: How would you describe your physical characteristics?
Grace: Petite would sum me up I think. I’m just 5 feet 2 inches tall, with a slender but firm figure and cracking legs (especially for a pensioner). I have pale/creamy looking skin, with just a sprinkling of freckles, and beautiful bone structure. I have big brown eyes and gorgeous shoulder-length dark brown hair.
Peter: How would you describe your personality?
Grace: I suppose complicated would sum me up. I’m gregarious and sociable, but introverted and prone to depression. I’m a Pisces and when it comes to love I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m on cloud nine when my love life is going well. But, when it turns sour I don’t cope well.
Peter: What do you most like about yourself?
Grace: I’m adaptable, resilient, loyal, kind, and sensitive towards others.
Peter: Do you generally tell the truth? If so, under what circumstances would you lie?
Grace: I think it’s fair to say I generally tell the truth. But I would certainly lie if I thought that was the right thing to do. That might be to save somebody embarrassment, or hurt, or to save them from danger.
Peter: How are your relationships with the opposite sex, generally?
Grace: I’d have to say complicated. Men have always been attracted to me, and I’ve generally enjoyed their company. But, it is fair to say my personal relationships with men have rarely gone well.
Peter: How would you describe your dress style?
Grace: I love to wear flamboyant clothes in bright and bold colours and am especially fond of Mary Quant originals and reproductions—especially the Black and White squares dress and the GoGo dress with its bright pattern and flared sleeves – which goes great with a pair of GoGo white boots. I also like to wear brightly coloured kaftans, and I’m not above wearing a high-slit dress over skinny jeans or tight leggings to show off my legs which I think are my best asset nowadays.
Peter: What are your favourite foods/drinks?
Grace: I like a wide variety of food and I’m not fussy whether it is basic or Cordon Bleu. I especially love duck. And I have a sweet tooth, so I like any dessert with chocolate in it, but my all-time favourite is Chocolate Ganache Tart. As for drink, well I’m happy to drink lager (but not in a pint glass); but my favourite tipple is Gin & Tonic – plenty of gin and light on the tonic.
Peter: How would you describe your sense of humour?
Grace: Dry and subtle. And, I absolutely detest when sarcasm is passed off as humour.
Peter: Do you think readers will like or dislike you?
Grace: Well, I hope I come across as a likeable person. But, I’m worried that they might dislike me because of the way I sometimes am with Alfred. They may not understand why I am like that.
Peter is also going to give us a sneak peek inside Grace’s Turmoil with this excerpt:
Grace jabbed at the volume button on the remote control, turning up the sound on the television. She was trying to drown out the chatter which filled the palatial residents’ lounge. It had been like that for days, and she’d grown tired of it. Who would have thought the imminent arrival of one man could affect mature ladies like that?
One of the things which had appealed to her when she moved to The Grange retirement village was the lack of men. Yet a man who aroused feelings in her she didn’t want was going to add to their number.
Grace had caught a glimpse of him across The Lounge a few months ago, taking the standard tour of The Grange. He’d towered over the young woman he’d been with, and she’d guessed he was at least six-foot-five. Built like a tank, with a mass of wavy white hair and a snow-white beard, he’d reminded her of a polar bear. His presence had been overpowering and almost menacing. An image of him defending a seventeenth century mansion in days gone by had jumped into her mind.
Looking at him had sent a spontaneous burst of attraction rippling through her. It had caught her by surprise. Becoming attracted to anybody was the last thing she’d needed right then. Her divorce had been too recent and too painful. All she wanted was to focus on her painting to block out the pain. Although she hadn’t come there to look for a man, there was no denying how she’d reacted to the sight of him. She wondered how she would cope when they met. And she couldn’t help feeling he was going to have quite an impact on her life. Whether it would be a good impact or not was the million-dollar question. He might be the greatest thing since sliced bread! Or he could turn out to be a snake in the grass like her ex-husband.
We’re excited for Peter, and wish him all the best with his new release!
Peter Perrin writes sweet, seasoned romances involving larger-than-life mature characters who will make you rethink your views on older people in a positive way. His characters are mature in age but not necessarily in their behaviour. They may not be in the first flush of youth but that doesn’t stop some of them acting like hormonal teenagers.
Peter was born in Romford, in the county of Essex, near London, England. For nearly twenty years he has lived with his wife of almost forty years in a quiet suburb of Swindon, in the county of Wiltshire, in England. He is a father and grandfather.
He is a former member of The Royal Air Force who has served in the UK, and in Madagascar, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. He was also stationed for two years in Aden—which nowadays is part of Yemen.
After almost fifteen-years’ service in The Royal Air Force Peter worked in Engineering, Quality Control, and Procurement Management, not to mention myriad smaller jobs in between those careers.
Now retired Peter’s interests are Writing, Carp Fishing, and (despite being in his early seventies) PC and PlayStation games.
His favourite quote is “Youth passes, but with luck, immaturity can last a lifetime.”
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Claire Gem writes contemporary romance, women’s fiction, & supernatural suspense. You can find out more about Claire’s romance novels at her Amazon Author Page.