MEET THE FAMILY...
Regina alice jessop - our heroine
Born: 19 November, 193
Hair: Long, wavy and auburn.
Eyes: Dark brown
INTERVIEW WITH REGGIE:
Regina, you're the heroine of this story. Tell us a bit about your history.
Call me Reggie, please. I don't really see myself as a heroine, and without giving too much away, I suppose I'm just a woman doing what she has to to get back what's rightfully hers. But thank you.
Anyway, yes, I was born in the city of Sydney on the 19th of November, 193? to Mary and Jack King. I had a younger brother, George, and we were all doing okay until Dad enlisted and left for the war. That's the second World War obviously. We struggled after that, and let's just say my mother never really recovered from his choice, which meant my brother and I struggled along with her until I was old enough to make my own decisions.
So, life was tough?
Yes, it was. My mother wasn't really skilled at anything, so it was a while until she found... work. I survived though and made a better life for myself.
What's your fondest memory as a child?
Hmmm... I don't have many memories from before Dad left, but one I'll always cherish was from when Dad taught me how to whistle. I was about four. We sat on the concrete steps out the back of our house and he demonstrated how I should form my lips and move my tongue to create the sound. I remember we sat on those steps for what felt like forever as I huffed and puffed. He was a very patient person. And eventually I got it. My dad could whistle like a canary when he wanted to. It was lovely.
Sounds nice. So how did you get yourself out of struggle town?
Well, I met a generous man. A surgeon in fact. He welcomed me into his family and I immediately hit it off with his son, Tom, who is only a couple of years older than me. He's now my husband.
Intriguing. What happened next?
Well, I can't really tell you. Lisa has promised me to secrecy. I'm only allowed to talk about things that won't give too much away.
So, how can we find out more about you?
Oh, you'll have to wait until the book's out. But until then, you can keep up to date on how Lisa is travelling with writing my story at any of her social media sites, blog or newsletter. Here's where you can find out more: