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1960s & '70s

Mary Waters

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Does your name define you? Meg was fearless as a child but a traumatic experience changes her behaviour and she becomes known as Mouse. A further devastating event means she moves to Scotland to live with an estranged aunt. Three years later, in 1970, determined to build her confidence, she works in a hotel before starting university. Can she hide her timidity and naivety and become Meg again? Or, will she forever be Mouse? She falls in love, with two men at the same time. Tommy, ‘the dark, moody’ but charismatic student and the shy local postman, Ross. She encounters numerous colourful characters, some nicer than others, and makes her first real friend, Kate, who introduces her to the delights of alcohol. Her new independence heralds the start of an honest and strong relationship with her aunt. However, inside, she is still Mouse. A sudden suspected murder. Is someone she knows guilty? Or, was it suicide? When faced with danger, will she be strong enough to discard her inner Mouse? As an adult, now called Maggie, she attends a reunion of some of the staff and learns how that summer affected their lives. Is she in danger once more?


Drama, Crime, Young Adult, Romance,

Short Summary

The story starts at a reunion in 2017 of people who worked at an hotel in Scotland in the seventies. Mouse recalls why she ended up in Scotland, why she worked at the hotel and the fun, love and danger that caused.

After the reunion, Maggie discovers who murdered her friend and refuses to help him feel better by his confession. Her husband picks her up and he is someone she met at the hotel.


London and Scotland

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Twist

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Mouse uses different names at different times in her life: Meg, Maggie, Margaret and Mouse

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Clumsy, Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Kate

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aggressive, Badass

Additional Character Details

Name: Tommy

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Charming, Confident, Criminal, Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Eric

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Clumsy, Engaging, Faithful

Development Pitch

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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