Top authors offer fans the chance to appear as a character in their books

CLIC Sargent’s 10-day Get in Character eBay auction starts today and is expected to raise thousands of pounds for children and young people with cancer

Best-selling authors including transatlantic quadruple no.1 writer Lee Child, Lisa Jewell, Katie Fforde, Nicci French, Peter James, and former SAS soldier Andy McNab, are offering fans the opportunity to have their name appear in their forthcoming novels.

They are amongst over 70 popular authors taking part in this year’s Get in Character eBay auction, an annual fundraiser organised by CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.

The auction

The 10-day auction takes place from 8pm Thursday 26 February to 8pm Sunday 8 March 2015. The highest bidders for each author buy the opportunity to have a character named after them in their next book, and immortality in print. People can also bid to have a character named after a loved one. 

Authors who have donated character names in support of CLIC Sargent cover a wide range of genres - from crime and psychological thrillers, to romance and racy chick-lit: 

Ali HarrisJean OramMiranda Dickinson
Amanda JenningsJimmy Rice & Laura TaitNicci French
Andy McNabJulie CohenPaige Toon
Anthony SchumacherJulie HoustonPenny Hancock
Anouska KnightKate EllisPeter James
Belinda BauerKate RhodesPhilippa Ashley
Cathy BramleyKate RiordanRachael Lucas
C L TaylorKatie FfordeRobert Thorogood
Christie BarlowLee ChildRowan Coleman
Chris CarterLiane MoriartySarah Hilary
Clare DonoghueLinda GreenSimon Kernick
Clare MackintoshLisa JewellStephen Edger
Cathy KellyLucie WhitehouseSteve Robinson
Elly GriffithsLucy DiamondSusan Lewis
Emma HanniganLucy RobinsonTalli Roland
Eva HudsonMaria DuffyTammy Cohen
Helen FitzgeraldMartin EdwardsTara Bond
Holly MartinMel SherrattVictoria Fox
Jane CostelloMilly Johnson

CLIC Sargent’s Get in Character auction is also offering super-fans the chance to have lunch with Lee Child or afternoon tea with thriller writer Amanda Jennings. And aspiring writers can bid on the opportunity to have their work critiqued by other top authors including Alison Bruce, Claire Dyer, Eve Seymour, Kate Rhodes, Jemma Forte, Karla Brading and Colette McBeth.

In addition, signed book bundles from Sarah Addison-Allen, Anthony Horowitz, Jodi Picoult, Lucy Dillion, Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes  and Jemma Forte are up for grabs. 

Why authors want to be involved

Sunday Times Bestseller Lisa Jewell, who also supported the CLIC Sargent auction last year, says:  

“The Get in Character auction is great fun every year, and I’m proud to be supporting CLIC Sargent and the children and young people it works with. 

“I don’t have a particular character in mind for this year’s winner yet, so they’ll have to wait and see! But last year’s winner Adele Howes features in my new novel The Girls which comes out in July. 

Nicci Gerrard, who writes psychological thrillers with her husband Sean French under the pseudonym Nicci French, says: 

“Although we can’t guarantee a starring role in our next book, we promise to make sure that the character we choose to name in the winner’s honour is well worth the money! 

CLIC Sargent is a great charity that is there for children and young people facing cancer every step of the way – so get bidding.

Best-selling romance novelist Katie Fforde who is offering a character name in her forthcoming novel Highland Summer, says:  

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved with this wonderful charity.  They were wonderful when friends of ours baby had her struggle (and lost) so I have them in my heart and mind doing this. 

“Highland Summer is the first full length novel I’ve set in Scotland for 14 years, It is based round a Highland steamboat, a ‘Puffer’, owned by friends we’ve known for over 40 years. I need female and male ‘walk on’ parts and hope we get a lovely name I can put in my book.” 

Author Anouska Knight has a very personal reason for supporting the Get in Character auction. She says: 

“My sister, Mena, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma when she was nineteen years old. CLIC Sargent’s website was one of the first our mum came across in her quest to understand what was happening to her child’s body. 

“I’m offering up one of my characters in a forthcoming book to the highest bidder to help raise money for this wonderful charity. Which, let me tell you, is no small thing. Naming a character is like naming your kid so this is a big deal for the authors too!”  

Get bidding!

Kate Apperley, eBay co-ordinator at CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading charity for children and young people, says: 

“We have an incredible selection of authors supporting Get in Character this year so if you’ve ever imagined having your name immortalised in your favourite author’s book now’s your best chance.  

“The money we raise will make a huge difference and help us provide the emotional and practical support that a child or young person’s whole family needs to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life.” 

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