Characters of The Crossroads Part 3: Family, Friends and Pigs!

Characters of The Crossroads Part 3: Family, Friends and Pigs!

This is the final post in my ‘characters of The Crossroads’ blog series. Last week you met the men and the week before, my three main characters, Rose, Stephanie and Faith. All good stories have a great support cast and The Crossroads is no exception. Rose, Stephanie and Faith all need a little help from their friends and family so I thought I’d introduce you to a few of the characters who help them along the way. Rose Since the death of her husband, Mick, and the loss of her parents Rose has been pretty much on her own – apart from daughter, Stephanie. There is her mother-in-law, Letty, but there’s no love lost between the two and Rose’s weekly visits to Letty are more than torture. Thankfully Rose does have Cleo. They’ve been friends for years and despite her own share of problems Cleo is always there for Rose, and vice versa. She lives with her son and ailing father on a remote property – along with a collection of four legged friends for extra company. There’s Tiddles (Cleo’s pet pig), Bob (a cheeky Shetland) and Suzie Q (her faithful old mare). Tiddles is ‘based on’ a real pig I met on my visit to Queensland and Bob is our very own Shetland.     Stephanie Rose and Letty are pretty much all Stephanie has in the way of extended family but she does have a soft spot for her brother-in-law Cameron, despite his estrangement from her husband. This makes for some tricky situations when Cam returns to Birralong. Steph’s bestie is Holly. The two of them have...
The Men Of The Crossroads: Sweet, Silent And Sexy

The Men Of The Crossroads: Sweet, Silent And Sexy

Last week I introduced you to the three female protagonists of The Crossroads – this week it’s the men’s turn. While they aren’t as prominent in the storyline they are crucial to the plot. And where would a Rural romance be without the love interests?  Sweet – Dave When David Ryan walks into The Crossroads Hotel, Rosemary O’Shea’s jaw drops. It’s been over thirty years since she last saw him and his arrival is definitely not a welcome one. Recently widowed, Dave has returned to Birralong to house-sit but has a yearning to make his stay more permanent. Reliable, down to earth and genuinely happy to see his old friend Rose, he is completely oblivious to the unease she feels at their meeting. There are more than a few surprises in store as Rose and Dave get to know each other again Silent – Bryce Life on the land has never been tougher for Bryce Bailey and his wife Stephanie. The drought has forced them to sell off most of their cattle and the stock that remain are getting thinner by the day. Desperate to live up to the legacy left to him by his father, Bryce has become withdrawn and sullen. Stephanie is at her wit’s end and misses the fun, romantic guy she fell in love with as a teenager. To make things worse Bryce’s estranged brother Cameron has just arrived back in town with a proposition about the property he still partly owns. How will Bryce react to his brother’s plans and what will Stephanie do to try and get him to see sense?   Sexy...
Meet The Remarkable Women Of The Crossroads

Meet The Remarkable Women Of The Crossroads

I’m a great believer in creating strong female characters. Not the kick-ass action hero kind but women who stand up for themselves and what they believe in. They may not all start out as emotional warriors but by the end of the story they have developed new strengths as a result of their experiences. The Crossroads has three protagonists so I had the challenge of making them different from each other in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, and having each of them overcome their particular flaws in order to come together as a family. Rosie O’Shea is the eldest of the women. She is the solo owner of The Crossroads Hotel, carrying on the mantle passed to her by her late husband Mick, one that is increasingly becoming both a financial and personal burden. Rosie is the kind of woman you can rely on – tough as nails on the outside but buttery soft underneath – and once she makes a promise she’s determined to keep it, even if it’s to her own detriment. Rose hasn’t been in a romantic relationship since Mick died five years ago but when David Ryan walks into the hotel it dredges up a whole lot of memories for her – ones that she had long since buried.     Stephanie Bailey, is Rose’s daughter and along with her husband Bryce runs an enormous cattle station that has been seriously affected by the drought. Stephanie faces challenges of a different kind to her mother. She too is more than capable but is feeling more and more constrained by her husband’s chauvinistic attitude. Dealing...
Close To Home Sound Track: Song 15, Feels Like Home

Close To Home Sound Track: Song 15, Feels Like Home

Well, we’re almost at the end of the playlist – only one song to go. This particular track might sound familiar – it’s the theme song for the most recent Qantas commercial. But don’t hold that against it! I first heard it in the movie How to Lose A Guy In Ten Days and it has also featured in My Sister’s Keeper. It’s hardly an original choice. But it captures perfectly how Charlie – and to some extent Emma – would be feeling at this point in the story so I couldn’t go past it. Without giving away any spoilers, if you listen closely to the words of this beautiful song you will get a fair idea that the worst is over for Charlie and she is starting to come to terms with her past – and her future. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a video clip for this song, only one with the words and original music by Chantal Kreviazuk, who has a lovely voice so I hope you enjoy it. See you next week for the final track. x...
Close To Home Playlist: Track 14 Last Day On Earth by Kate Miller-Heidke

Close To Home Playlist: Track 14 Last Day On Earth by Kate Miller-Heidke

If you’ve been following the song choices for the Close To Home playlist you’ll know that life is getting more and more complicated for Charlie as we approach the climax of the story – which is where we’re at in Chapter 14. Obviously I don’t want to give away any spoilers but the family – and professional – dramas that she has been dealing with all come to a head in this chapter. There’s a particular scene where things start to feel surreal for Charlie which is why I’ve chosen this beautiful song by Kate Miller-Heidke. The Last Day On Earth was a big hit for Kate a few years back and her haunting voice perfectly captures the mood here. I hope you enjoy the song and the film clip. Only two more chapters to go!  ...