After The Storm is set in Roatan, an island in the Caribbean Sea. that is beautiful but has a kind of frontier feeling where the normal rules do not apply. The Roatan in my novel is sun-soaked and stunning on the surface but with something dark underneath.
I love writing about characters. In After The Storm, British couple Anna and Rob meet an American couple Owen and Kim on their first night travelling in Belize. Owen suggests they charter his old sailing boat to the island of Roatan, where the diving is sensational. Anna does not want to go at all but Rob persuades her it will be a great adventure. Unknown to them Kim is desperate to go home to Florida.
They set off. With only the four of them on board it should be paradise: afternoons spent lazing on deck and nights enjoying the silence of the sea. But why does Owen never sleep? Why is he so secretive about his past? And why does Kim keep a knife zipped into her money-belt? Anna can usually get people to talk, but this time she isn’t sure she wants to.
The two women in After The Storm are very different. Anna fears a lot of things – cockroaches, wasps, flying, storms at sea. She is however emotionally strong and empathetic. Kim in contrast is streetwise, capable and resourceful. She knows how to gut fish, how to cook on a boat when it’s pitching up and down, how to adapt and make the best of things.
Rob, Owen and Kim have some secrets that they are keeping from the others. Some of these secrets are trivial, some are more serious and some are deadly. And sometimes you need to bring dark and fearful secrets out into the light of day in order for them to lose their destructive power.