Zara Kingsley dispels the myth of character autobiographies.

A Moral Dilemma was released in March and has been very well received so far. I love getting emails from readers telling me how much they loved Rebecca, hated Isabella and how Julia annoyed them. The one question that crops up time and time again is: So Zara, which character are you most like?

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Well, the character from my book which I am most like is … none of them. And that’s the truth.

Oh, I know most people assume that a first novel is somewhat autobiographical, and I think there is some truth in that. But although A Moral Dilemma is my ‘debut’ novel, it’s not the first novel I’ve written. The first novel is called They Have Wings, and that one, currently lurking in the bottom of a tightly closed drawer, is extremely autobiographical, rather deep and definitely meaningful. Well, to me at least.

Writing that novel was somewhat therapeutic. Something I just had to get off my chest. However, having done that, I am now able to completely indulge in unadulterated fiction, inventing characters from my questionable imagination whom I love, admire, and quite fancy 😉

The main character in my book, Rebecca Hardy, is a pretty cool chick. The only thing she and I have in common is that we’ve both made some poor choices with men, and are both skint. The ‘moral dilemma’ referred to in the book’s title, is one that I would personally never consider, (honestly mom), but one that Rebecca handles remarkably well.

The character I would most want to be like, but could never be gutsy enough to pull it off, is Abigail. She, I quite like to kid my boyfriend in believing, is my alter ego! Oh I would just love to walk a day in her 6” heel, carefree, flirtatious shoe. Except I prefer to wear sneakers, as they go better with my jogging bottoms.

So in short, I’m actually not like any of the characters in A Moral Dilemma, which is actually quite a good thing. But there is something about each of them that I absolutely love….so much so, that they all make it into Book Two of the series. Except for “bloody Jeremy” of course. He’s in for the chop!


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Rebecca Hardy wasn’t a naturally deceptive person, though she took quite well to the art of deception. Too well perhaps. She liked to think of it as helping someone out. Female camaraderie and all that. But it had gone too far. She had gone too far. She had, after all, ruined someone’s life. Hadn’t she?

Having theatrically caught her boyfriend cheating, Rebecca, convinced she was born in the wrong era, has had it with these modern day men. She has even less regard for these immoral modern day women, (of which she highly suspects her best female friend Abigail is one), who tend to prey on men in committed relationships. What is wrong with them?! Don’t they care that they’re breaking hearts and destroying lives?!

Rebecca, with her high morals and family values, would never even consider dating a married man. Which is exactly why, it is of no surprise her friends are at serious odds, when Rebecca finds herself doing exactly that. Dating a married man. Albeit, at the fervent request of his wife; the notorious Isabella Coombs.


Zara Kingsley is a chick lit and romcom writer, frustrated lover, yummy mummy, dreamer and red wine connoisseur. She lives in London.

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