Synopsis and sample chapters have been officially approved by agent and passed on to editor. So we shall see what we shall see. My agent voiced one concern — that the real-life inspiration for one particular character (a minor one who doesn’t survive all that long) would be a little too, shall we say, obvious to anyone who watches TV or reads trash/entertainment magazines or, even, lives on planet Earth. “I feel like the references might take away from the novel,” she said. She might have a point. I’m thinking about how I can go back and rework that character so she’s more of an amalgram of certain pop-culture personalities, but still her own person.
My son Xavier is almost two, pale and platinum blonde, and after breakfast and washing-up this morning he was racing around the house with spiky faux-mohawk hair. I started calling him Billy Idol. He doesn’t quite get the reference, but one day.