• Margaret Amatt

Character Interview #7

Updated: Apr 17

The heroine in An Autumn Hideaway is Autumn Elworthy. Autumn is a London girl with no experience of life in the country. When she decides to make a trip to the Hebrides in a search for her wayward mother, all sorts of unexpected things start to happen!

As part of the writing process, I like to flesh out my characters with quirky details and background to make them feel real. This sometimes includes a character interview. Here’s the seventh interview in the series.

These are the answers I imagined Autumn giving at the start of the novel. Rest assured there are no spoilers!

Autumn was a funny and loveable character to write. She was full of joy even in adversary circumstances and her cheery personality was infectious.

An interview with Autumn Elworthy from An Autumn Hideaway by Margaret Amatt

Where were you born?


Who are your parents?

Vicky is my mum and Bryan is my dad. They were really young when they had me and it didn’t suit their lifestyle. They split up early on and both found new partners. I dotted between them growing up. My mum has a major drink problem ☹

Do you have any siblings?

No. But my dad’s partner Krystina has two daughters, neither of them really like me much.

Where do you live now, and with whom?

I live alone in a tiny flat with a view of concrete from every window!

What is your occupation?

Shop assistant.

What is your hair colour and eye colour?

Red hair, aqua eyes.

Do you have any physical traits that stand out?

Not really but I’m not very tall!

How would you describe your childhood?

All over the place! Between houses and desperate to find approval.

What is your greatest regret so far, why?

Believing in Josh – my ex. Well, if he was ever really my boyfriend in the first place.

If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why?

I wish I’d let Josh go when he got married and not believed his lies that he was leaving his wife for me.

Are you optimistic or pessimistic?

Optimistic – always!

What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll always be alone.

Do you believe in the existence of soul mates and true love?

I want to but the more I see of the world, the more I doubt it!

Who are your friends?

I have lots of friends and acquaintances and I make friends easily.

Have you ever been in love?

I thought so but now I think I was just clinging to a security blanket. I really would like to find love though.

What do you look for in a potential lover?

Someone who makes me feel happy and values me.

What are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?

I love candles! I like smelling the candles in the shop I work in!!

What makes you laugh?

Lots of things! I like to laugh.

Are you spontaneous, or do you always need to have a plan?

Spontaneous… I’m notorious for never having a plan – ever!

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Integrity. After Josh, that’s what I need.

I hope you enjoyed that little peek into Autumn's character. If you want to discover if she changes her mind on any of these points, be sure to check out An Autumn Hideaway

Fantastic book with gorgeous characters, beautiful romance and vivid, well, vivid everything really! Vibrant, cosy, beautiful and yet fun too! Beyond recommended... (Amazon reviewer)

More character interviews from the Scottish Island Escapes series to follow soon!

Autumn & Richard's pictures created by Margaret Amatt using Artbreeder.com

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