today I have the absolute pleasure to have Grace, the heroine from Grace’s Turmoil, The first in Peter Perrin’s Series Not Too Old For Love.
Divorced and emotionally damaged, artist Grace Stollery wants nothing more than to spend her semi-retirement painting and let time heal her emotional scars.
But when dashing widower Alfred Nobel moves into her retirement village he turns her life upside down and her heart inside out by awakening feelings she wants to keep dormant.
Alfred quickly sets out to woo Grace and slowly she warms to him. But the village’s resident femme fatale wants him for herself. Will she succeed in driving a wedge between Alfred and Grace?
And here she is, Grace. Thank you so much for being here with me! Shall we start our little chat? What is your name?
Grace Marilyn Stollery.
May I ask how old you are?
You should never ask a lady her age. But, I suppose the readers need to know. I’m 68. I was born on 20th February 1948—which makes me a Pisces.
How would you describe your physical characteristics?
Well I’m only 5 feet 2 inches tall, with a slender but firm figure. So, I think petite would be a good description. And I have pale/creamy looking skin, with just a sprinkling of freckles, big brown eyes and shoulder-length dark brown hair.
What do you think is your best feature?
Oh, without a doubt my legs. But my bone structure comes a close second.
Where were you born?
Romford, Essex, England.
Are you married?
I was, but not anymore. In fact, I’m still recovering from a painful divorce.
What family do you have?
None now. My parents are both dead, and I was an only child.
What friends do you have?
When I was an internationally renowned artist I had many friends, or so I thought. But now that career is behind me I never hear from any of them. I only have a couple of close friends, Vera and Emily, who both live in my retirement village.
How are your relationships with men, generally?
To date they’ve been complicated and tumultuous. Men have always been attracted to me, and I’ve generally enjoyed their company. But, it’s fair to say my personal relationships with them have rarely gone well.
Do you have a job?
I’m a semi-retired professional artist, specialising in portraits, but I also paint landscapes and seascapes.
Describe your education level and qualifications.
Well, I was pretty good at school, even though I was more interested in Art than more academic subjects. I had a natural flair for painting, probably inherited from my mother who was a talented artist and art teacher. I managed to get into The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art and graduated with a Fine Art BA (Hons) degree.
How would you describe your dress style?
I love to wear flamboyant clothes in bright and bold colours and am especially fond of Mary Quant outfits. I also like to wear brightly coloured kaftans, and I’m not above wearing a high-slit dress over skinny jeans or tight leggings to show off my legs.
What are your favourite pastimes?
Mostly listening to nostalgic music. The Who, The Kinks, The Small Faces, and The Birds as they remind me of my days as a Mod in the 60s. Plus I love anything by Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, or Chuck Berry. Also, I read a little, mostly sloppy romances.
What hobbies do you have?
None at present. When I was a professional artist I never had time for hobbies, and art was my whole life. Although I am still occasionally commissioned to do a portrait that doesn’t take up lots of time. So, I suppose I should take up some sort of hobby.
What are your favourite foods/drinks?
I like a wide variety of food and I’m not fussy whether it is basic or Cordon Bleu. And I have a sweet tooth, so I like any dessert with chocolate in it, but my all-time favourite is Chocolate Ganache Tart. As for drink, my preferred tipple is Gin & Tonic – plenty of gin and light on the tonic.
How would you describe your personality?
Complex. I’m gregarious, sociable, but introverted and prone to depression.
What are your positive personality traits?
I’m adaptable, resilient, loyal, kind, and sensitive towards others.
What are your negative personality traits?
I tend to fantasize about situations and people, especially where romance is concerned. I can reach dizzy heights of joy when in love but if I’m let down I tend to land in a heap.
How would you describe your sense of humour?
Dry and subtle. I absolutely detest when sarcasm is passed off as humour.
Will readers like or dislike your character?
Oh, I do hope they like me. But, I’m afraid they might think I’m a bitch because of the way I treat Alfred.
I’m sure there were reasons for it. Thank you for being here, Grace, and best of luck for your story!
Here’s an Excerpt of Grace’s story.
Grace jabbed at the volume button on the remote control, turning up the sound on the television. She was trying to drown out the chatter which filled the palatial residents’ lounge. It had been like that for days, and she’d grown tired of it. Who would have thought the imminent arrival of one man could affect mature ladies like that?
One of the things which had appealed to her when she moved to The Grange retirement village was the lack of men. Yet a man who aroused feelings in her she didn’t want was going to add to their number.
Grace had caught a glimpse of him across The Lounge a few months ago, taking the standard tour of The Grange. He’d towered over the young woman he’d been with, and she’d guessed he was at least six-foot-five. Built like a tank, with a mass of wavy white hair and a snow-white beard, he’d reminded her of a polar bear. His presence had been overpowering and almost menacing. An image of him defending a seventeenth century mansion in days gone by had jumped into her mind.
Looking at him had sent a spontaneous burst of attraction rippling through her. It had caught her by surprise. Becoming attracted to anybody was the last thing she’d needed right then. Her divorce had been too recent and too painful. All she wanted was to focus on her painting to block out the pain. Although she hadn’t come there to look for a man, there was no denying how she’d reacted to the sight of him. She wondered how she would cope when they met. And she couldn’t help feeling he was going to have quite an impact on her life. Whether it would be a good impact or not was the million-dollar question. He might be the greatest thing since sliced bread! Or he could turn out to be a snake in the grass like her ex-husband.
Peter Perrin writes sweet, seasoned romances involving larger-than-life mature characters who will make you rethink your views on older people in a positive way. His characters are mature in age but not necessarily in their behaviour. They may not be in the first flush of youth but that doesn’t stop some of them acting like hormonal teenagers.
Peter was born in Romford, in the county of Essex, near London, England. For nearly twenty years he has lived with his wife of almost forty years in a quiet suburb of Swindon, in the county of Wiltshire, in England. He is a father and grandfather.
He is a former member of The Royal Air Force who has served in the UK, and in Madagascar, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. He was also stationed for two years in Aden—which nowadays is part of Yemen.
After almost fifteen-years’ service in The Royal Air Force Peter worked in Engineering, Quality Control, and Procurement Management, not to mention myriad smaller jobs in between those careers.
Now retired Peter’s interests are Writing, Carp Fishing, and (despite being in his early seventies) PC and PlayStation games.
His favourite quote is “Youth passes, but with luck, immaturity can last a lifetime.”