Meet My Main Character Blog hop

Step forward DS Dara Brennan!

  • 1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historical figure/person?

Dara Patrick Brennan. Fictional character. Detective Sergeant with North Wales CID, part of DI Amanda Gold”s team.

  • 2) When and where is the story set?

Story is set in present day North Wales and the island of Anglesey.

  • 3) What should we know about him/her?

It’s our first meeting with all of the members of The Gold Detectives team, and in the first book in the series Dara gets pushed to the fore. We see both his strengths and his weaknesses in this book, and although I hope he frustrates the readers at times, I hope they can see deep down that he is a good cop who just wants to be a good person too.

  • 4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

Dara finds himself battling both private demons and professional crisis. His marriage is failing, and at work he gets embroiled in office politics. In the book just about everything messes up Dara’s life – but he needs to dig deep and find a way to get through it.

  • 5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To be a better person and to learn from his mistakes.

  •  6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

 Yes. Crimson Shore, first novel in The Gold Detective series is released June 1st 2014 available in paperback or Kindle.


If you’d like to read more about Dara and his exploits, Amazon link below :



I’m happy to pass the baton on to two talented writers:


Judith Barrow

Judith is the author of Pattern of Shadows & Changing Patterns, both published by Honno. She has also had various stories published in Honno anthologies. She is currently writing the last novel of the trilogy. Also an Indie author, she has written Silent Trauma, a novel of fiction built on fact. Originally from Saddleworth, Yorkshire, Judith moved with her family to Pembrokeshire in 1978. She has an MA in Creative Writing, B.A. (Hons.) in Literature, and a Diploma in Drama and Script Writing and works as a tutor of creative writing for Learning Pembrokeshire. For more about Judith visit: email or tweet @Judithbarrow


Jane Dixon-Smith

JD Smith lives in the English Lake District. She has worked in the graphic design industry for over a dozen years, and now specialises in book cover design and typesetting.Jane spends most of her time attempting to remain professional, efficient, talented and affordable, because so many of her lovely clients have given her testimonials to that effect, whilst trying to keep her three children from switching off the wireless router, unplugging power cables and writing on her Facebook wall.The pseudonym JD Smith was created as the username on a writers’ messageboard many years ago, and was adopted as her preferred Editor’s title when launching the writing magazine Words with JAMJane’s is the author of the novella, Tristan and Iseult, and the first in The Rise of Zenobia series, Overlord, which will be released early 2014. For more information about Jane visit: or tweet @JDSmithDesign








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