Carol Kirkwood discusses 'romantic inspiration' for her book
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Carol Kirkwood joined Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas on The One Show sofa this evening to discuss her new book. After a few jokes were passed around, Alex wanted to know whether her own romance has inspired the storyline and the BBC Breakfast meteorologist was left blushing.
The conversation kicked off with Alex reminding Jermaine of his blunder a few weeks ago.
The host said: “Carol Kirkwood is about to join us and I think you should introduce her. But before we do that, let’s remind ourselves what happened last time Carol’s name came up in conversation.”
“Didn’t I tell you that the sun was going to come back?” Jermaine was heard saying in a throwback clip.
“You are basically Carol Kirkwood,” Alex remarked and her co-host replied: “I haven’t got a clue who that is but… give us a little clue.”
Those watching at home were then rejoined by Alex and Jermaine in the studio and the latter commented: “Thank you so much for this. I really appreciate it. The minute I saw her face, I went ‘What am I doing, of course I know who Carol Kirkwood is!’
“I really appreciate you bringing it back up the way you have done so beautifully.”
“We only do it because you and Carol can take it!” Alex said.
“Well Carol has become a very familiar face to me now and I’m a massive fan of her work, so I’m delighted to introduce her to the show, welcome to the studio,” Jermaine greeted.
Carol replied with a joke of her own: “Thank you John and I have to say, I am a huge fan of your hockey.”
“Did you call me John?” Jermaine asked confused and Carol explained: “It had to be done!”
Moving on, Alex said: “Now this is a complete change of direction! A new novel and it’s a romance, it’s got a bit of old school Hollywood glamour in it, an exotic location which we all need right now. Now then, tell us a little bit more about it and how it came about.”
The BBC Breakfast meteorologist revealed: “First of all, it came about because I met a publishing agent who said ‘Would you like a book?’ But I didn’t think I could.”
Carol then explained how she pitched a potential novel idea and got to work with a first draft.
“Before I knew it, I was writing a book!” She added. “It’s really strange, when you write a book, you think ‘That’s it done!’ But that’s just the beginning.”
Along the way, Carol was joined by an editor and she explained how she had to fight to keep some changes that were proposed: “You become very protective of your characters, they almost become your best friends.
“And I made my main character, an Irish lady called Shona, the same age as me, so I could talk knowledgeably about places I’d been and what they looked like when I was there, the music that was around in those days.
“But it’s the most wonderful experience!” She continued. “It’s so exciting when you see your characters come to life, and there’s nothing more exciting than an unleashed imagination.”
“Now, between us, and the viewers, and nobody will say a thing,” Alex began. “But, has your own relationship -”
And she was cut off by a giggling Carol: “You didn’t talk about it, it’s been going for a while I know that – you should see him! Has your own relationship inspired this romance?” Alex asked.
“Not in the slightest!” Carol said. “My relationship is straightforward – this one isn’t! There are red herrings that take you here there, lots of plots, turns and twists.”
“But the feeling of falling in love, Carol,” Alex continued to probe. “Must’ve lifted you to a point where you could write about it?”
“Yes!” Carol remarked. “That’s the answer we wanted!” Alex said happily.
The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.
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