Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Morning Characters: Martha Bigalow from Tales of a Traveler Series by N.J. Layouni

Another Saturday and that means another Character Interview! Today we'll be meeting Martha Bigalow from the Tales of a Traveler series by N.J. Layouni.


Introduction to Martha Bigalow

Hi N.J. Tell me a little bit about yourself and Martha.

Hello! I’m a stay-at-home mum, and I’ve been writing down stories ever since I learned that letters could be made into words. I’m married, have two kids, and I live in Lytham in the UK. The character I’m want to introduce you to is Martha Bigalow, my female MC in the ‘Tales of a Traveler’ series.

In your words, give us a brief summary of your book.

It’s the story of a modern day woman who somehow manages to slide across time into a medieval world.

Do you relate to Martha?

I can totally relate to Martha. She’s a normal kind of girl-complete with a few squidgy bits! Like her, before I met my hubby, I had the habit of falling for the wrong kind of blokes. Oh, and I swear and cuss a lot too, just like Martha.

Is Martha based off someone you know in real life?
Nope. She came out of my head fully formed and raring to go. The only thing I chose was her name.

In real life, would you hang out with her?

We’d definitely be best buddies. She makes me laugh.

What would you two discuss over drinks?

Life, the Universe. And men, of course! :)

Why do you love this character?

More than anything else, I love Martha’s humor.
Anything else we need to know about her?

She’s not particularly brave, but she’s a tiger when roused. A fiercely loyal friend. I’d definitely want her in my corner.

Interview with Martha Bigalow

Hi Martha! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello. I’m Martha. I’m twenty-nine years old and I live in Littlemere--that’s in the beautiful Lake District--with my Aunt Lulu. Well, I used to before I fell off that fecking rock and ending up in Erde! But that’s another story. In my former life, I worked as an assistant in a dress shop. Not my dream job, but it paid the bills.

We’ll start off easy with your favorites. Tell us your favorite and why:
Word- ‘Feck’. I say it all the time. It’s an Irish cuss word, not nearly so offensive as its bigger cousin, but it can be used in all the same ways.
Color- Green.
Food- Chocolate! That’s a food, right?
Drink-Coffee or wine, depending on the time of day!
Subject in school-English literature. So many wonderful stories!

Where did you grow up?

In the Lake District in my aunt’s small cottage which is on the outskirts of the town of Littlemere. Such a beautiful place. I never grew tired of walking those hills. sigh*

Tell us about your family…
My parents died in a car crash when I was three years old. I don’t remember them much, just the general feeling of being loved. I still keep a bottle of my mum’s favorite perfume on my dressing table. If I close my eyes and take a sniff, I can almost see her, but the memories are too brief and fragmented to give me a clear picture of her.
I’m an only child, and after my parents died, my aunt Lulu took me in and raised me as her own. Oh, btw, her real name is Aunt Clooney, but when I was little, I couldn’t pronounce that, so I called her Lulu. The name stuck. Lulu is very fond of ‘sayings’. You know, such as ‘there’ll be tears before bedtime’? She can always be relied upon to have a saying to suit every occasion, bless her heart!

Why did your last relationship end?

Oh, my goodness. I really don’t want to talk about Tony. Let’s just say he’s a two-timing fecker and leave at that. Is that okay?

Tell us your thoughts on love.

I’ve always believed in love, but for the longest time, I didn’t think love believed in me. Then I met my beautiful man and now it all makes sense...marriage, kids, all of it. Yep. I’m a believer.

Thanks N. J. and Martha for stopping by today! We've also got an awesome giveaway going on. Go like N.J.'s Facebook page then come back and comment with what number like you are. Next Saturday, we'll pick one lucky winner to get a copy of N.J's e-book!
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1 comment :

  1. Thanks for doing this for me, Lyssa! I really appreciate it. You're a real star! :)