The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
Fledgling journalist Ellie Newton is keen to prove herself when she lands a hard-won job at the Millrise Echo. So when reports come in of a man camped on the corner of a local street, refusing to move until the girl who has jilted him takes him back, Ellie is on a mission to get the scoop.
She arrives to meet Ben Kelly, a man she is instantly attracted to. But she has a job to do and an incredible story to write and has soon pledged to help him win back the girl of his dreams. With Ellie’s help, Ben’s plight captures the hearts and imaginations of the public. And when a TV film crew appears to make a feature on the most romantic gesture the town of Millrise has ever seen, Ellie’s mission gets its happy ending…
But while Ellie has been busy fixing the lives of her wayward parents, providing shoulders for heartbroken friends to cry on, and worrying about her terminally-ill aunt, she hasn’t noticed that she has also been falling quietly in love – with the very man she has now ensured is hopelessly out of her reach
Ellie must choose between doing the right thing, and the thing that feels right. And whatever choice she makes, someone will get their heart broken.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved to invent stories so it seemed only natural that I would start writing them down. Ever since I can remember I had wanted to write a book, and I had even tried a few times but never got past the first few chapters. It wasn’t until I got to university as a mature student in 2006 that I finally finished one. After that I got the bug and wanted to write all the time!
How long did it take you to write The Man Who Can’t Be Moved?
It took a lot longer than any book I’ve written before! The initial draft was quick, probably around two months, but then I spent another ten months with my agent doing edits and rewrites before we cracked the story. I don’t think the edits on a book have ever taken us that long before but there just seemed so much to work out on this one. My agent always wants the books she works on with her authors to be as perfect as they can be so she does crack the whip, but in a good way!
In addition to working as a freelance editor, do you work at any other job(s)?
I do also do secretarial work and I submit copy to commercial websites. Income from book sales alone is notoriously unreliable so I like to keep other avenues open to help me make ends meet when things are slow. It’s good to have other aspects to your working life too; it gives you lots of material to put into your stories. When colleagues read my books they’re always asking whether I’ve sneaked them in somewhere as a character. Lots of conversations I have with them certainly do find their way in!
Has your family (parents, siblings, spouse (if applicable)) been supportive of your dream to write?
My mum is incredibly proud, of course, and my brothers are great. Same goes for my husband, although I have to say that my daughters, aged thirteen and eleven, are actually the most excited about what I do. They’ll always listen and offer their opinions when I’m discussing a plot or a character, where people with less time might have other things on their mind – like gas bills and what’s for tea! They’re both really keen to write their own stories and read books too and I love the idea that I might have influenced that in some small way.
About Tilly Tennant
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.
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