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Interview with Jamie Tucker Dougan, author of Grange Plage


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A young footballer is sent to a minor French team on loan for a summer in the early 1990’s.

He quickly falls in love with the little seaside village in Normandy… and with the daughter of the manager of the team he is loaned to.

Over the month that he spends there, their romance blossoms… until he’s required back in England.

An aching heart, a song on the radio and an article in a magazine lead the lovesick footballer back to that little seaside village in Normandy 19 years later…

Will it be a worthwhile trip or will his heart continue to ache?

What genre is it?
Chicklit/Adult Romance

Tell us about your main character.
The main character is Jamie, a young footballer. He is a romantic at heart and not the stereotypical footballer.

After meeting and falling in love with the main female character in the book, his heart aches for her for the rest of his life, till he decides to go back and she is still there and she still feels the same about him.

What kind of readers will this story appeal to?

Grande Plage is based around my own trip to the real town that is fictionalised in the story and the girl I met while I was on that holiday. The girl at the end of the story though is based on the girl I met when I came home from that holiday. That girl is now my wife and we’ve been together 22 years, 17 of them married.

Oh wow, that’s such a sweet story. Tell us more about yourself.
I’m a 40something indie author and blogger from East Ayrshire in Scotland. I enjoys blogging about random things and writing short stories with an adult romantic theme.

My first short story, Grande Plage, was released in July 2012 and reached number 1 in the Amazon DE Free Download chart in August 2012. It was followed soon after by my second short story, Always Running Away which included the little bonus story, A Bus Journey.

In September 2012, I released The Rubicon Trail, a fictionalisation of a real life adventure in America. It has been a Top 5 best seller in its category.

I am currently working on a series of novellas, the first called Offside! They are about fictional footballer Shane Henderson whose love life becomes as complicated at the offside rule in football. The first in the series is due for release just before Christmas 2013 and the second in spring 2014.

What about your life away from writing?
Away from writing, I work in a busy car & truck dealership in my home town and I’m a loving husband to my partner of 22 years and loving dad to my two young sons. I enjoys watching football, motor racing and going walking.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
Twitter – @JamieTDougan
Facebook –

How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Airport, Darkness – can you give us a brief storyline?
The departure lounge at Gate 14, Glasgow Airport was in darkness. The only light coming from a vending machine in one corner and the flat-screen TV on the wall in the opposite corner. Two strangers, a man and a woman, sat waiting on the same early morning flight to Luton.

‘Business or pleasure?’ the man asked, smiling at the woman as their eyes met.

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