Do you like character lists at the start of a book? I do most of the time, though sometimes it’s hard to work out why they are there. Jilly Cooper did it a lot – probably because latterly her books contained so many characters it was hard to keep track of them.
I didn’t put a list in my romcom Highland Fling, but then added it to the version on Wattpad because I wanted to set the right funny note from the beginning.
Read on and tell me if the following list of characters intrigues you…
Gaby—the heroine of this story, fleeing a relationship gone wrong and too fond of the fictional Jamie Fraser.
Jack—an attractive Scottish red-head who frowns too often and refuses to take advantage of his resemblance to Jamie Fraser.
Mena—a fabulous, and fabulously-spoiled cat.
Katya—Gaby’s long-standing friend and an expert on Vitamin C and the signs that signal a person is lying.
Kirsty—the fabulously spoiled cat’s owner. Annoying and far richer than anyone her age ought to be.
Mhari—an about-to-be ‘friend’ of Gaby’s. A woman who has turned nosiness into an art form.
Dr McLatchie—a GP with an unhealthy interest in other people’s genitals.
Stewart—part-time coder, full-time bore and dog walker.
Scottie—his dog. Loves food, walkies and sitting in the pub, which is just as well given it’s his owner’s favourite place to be.
Jolene—a surprise in more ways than one.
Jamal—owner of a general store in which you can buy anything and everything, including over-priced smoked salmon, organic chicken and venison.
Dexter—an American, fond of hyperbole. Able to do the downward facing dog AND put his feet flat on the floor at the same time.
Ashley—the owner/manager of the Lochside Welcome, and maker of out-of-this-world pizzas. No-one is better at the 12-inch than this guy.
Big Donnie–a chap tall of height and big of berth. Wears a Barbour jacket at all times and displays an unhealthy interest in paintings of women.
Lachlan—an international man of mystery. Dodgy.
Ryan—a douche-bag. End of.
Guest appearances—Alex Jones and Matt Baker of The One Show. Also, Caitlin Cartier, a reality TV star and ‘self-made’ billionaire at the age of 21, thanks to the beauty company she set up. Some of you might think she is based on a real-life person. The author refers you to her disclaimer where she tells you everything in this book is fiction and any resemblance to real-life characters completely co-incidental.