Juliet Madison is a naturopath-turned-author with a background in dance, art, internet marketing and perfume sales (yes, she was one of those annoying people in department stores who spray you with perfume). Nowadays she prefers to indulge her propensity for multiple careers by living vicariously through her characters. She likes to put these characters into extraordinary situations and take them on a challenging journey to discover their true passion and inner strength, weaving in some laughs, tears, romance and sometimes a touch of magic along the way.
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends her days homeschooling her son and running her internet business and her nights writing fiction while doing her best to avoid housework.
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Paula Abdul was right when she sang the catchy tune - Opposites Attract, and in fiction, having two people who seem like total opposites fall in love is a common trope, and often makes for a very entertaining story. What I like about stories like this is that the characters learn to embrace their uniqueness, and also that of the love interest. The relationship dynamics are also interesting when you put two people with opposing views or goals in the same room together, it can create compelling conflict but also a greater reward when they finally realise how their differences are what make them work well together as a team.
In my novel, Fast Forward, just released from Escape Publishing, the two main characters are opposites. Kelli is an aspiring supermodel who wakes on her twenty-fifth birthday in the future to find she’s now a fifty-year-old housewife and mother, married to the guy who was the high school nerd. Kelli is obviously quite beautiful, and she believes modelling is the obvious career choice for someone with her genetic blessings. As a teenager, she, along with many other students, used to call William McSnelly (her husband in the future), McSmelly. Imagine her shock when she finds she’s become Mrs McSmelly in the future! Kelli is also very creative and talented with art and design, but she suppressed her abilities because it reminds her of a traumatic childhood incident, so she chose to focus on her modelling career. But in the future, she is no longer a model and finds she has a career she never thought she’d have. Kelli is confident, assertive, determined, ambitious, and takes immense pride with her appearance.
William, or Will, on the other hand, was a pudgy, pimply kid who became a business success story. He is still a tad dorky, but is also charming, affectionate, warm, loyal, and dedicated. His business skills have served him well, and he achieves his goals with hard work, planning, and determination. At school the only thing he cared about was doing well in his studies so he could do the best he could in life. For Kelli, it was all about the social side and being popular. Yet, somehow, these two ended up together in Kelli’s future, even though she thought her future would include Grant, her hot shot boyfriend.
In business they work well together because Kelli is creative and Will knows how to make the most of that creativity, business-wise. As a couple (though Kelli of course doesn’t realise this when she’s launched into her nightmare of a future), his calm nature balances out her feistiness, and his charm and wit softens her intensity. Kelli’s resourcefulness and ambitious nature also benefits Will because it stops him from becoming too settled in his ways. Together, they (in Will’s words) are ‘like a lock and a key’. Their full potential is only seen when they are connected.
Can you think of any characters in books or movies who are opposites and yet become attracted to each other or end up together?
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Aspiring supermodel, Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her twenty-fifth birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.
Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband and hideous support underwear forever?
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- 1 lucky winner from the ENTIRE tour will win a $50 Gift Card
- 1 lucky winner from the ENTIRE tour will win a $25 Gift Card
- Please answer Juliet's question: Can you think of any characters in books or movies who are opposites and yet become attracted to each other or end up together?
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- Giveaway ends March 1st.
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