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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Reading in the Sun - Interview with Sue Watson & Giveaway

 About Sue Watson

About the Blog: My blog is a bit like my handbag. It’s filled to capacity with a mess of random thoughts, recipes, favourite things and notes to and from my friends and family. Please feel free to have a delve in my blog handbag (sadly more Primark than Gucci) and say hello. If you should come across anything of interest among the favourite recipes, congealed sweets and old tissues of my life, please feel free to comment and share with your friends on Twitter and FB. And thanks for stopping by.

About Me: I was a journalist on women’s magazines and national newspapers before leaving it all behind for a career in TV. As a producer with the BBC I worked on garden makeovers, kitchen takeovers and daytime sofas – all the time making copious notes so that one day I might escape to the country and turn it all into a book.

After much deliberation and copious consumption of cake, I left my life in TV to write. My first novel was Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes about a woman struggling with weight, work, marriage and motherhood. My second novel Younger, Thinner, Blonder, is about a talk show host who has the perfect ‘Hello Magazine’ life… or does she?

My next novel, Love, Lies and Lemon Cake is about hairdresser Faye Dobson, who’s lost her sparkle. She dreams of being whisked to Paris for dinner, making three wishes at the Trevi Fountain and having sex under the stars. But her wrinkles are multiplying, her husband’s passion is only for plumbing, and the nearest she’ll get to Rome is a take-away pizza. Can Faye get her life back before it’s too late?

Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake tells the story of two sisters from very different worlds who come together when the unthinkable happens at Christmas, Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is a story about an overweight supermarket cashier who dreams of dancing Flamenco with a hot Spanish lover. Bella’s Christmas Bake Off tells of two best friends, one big lie and the best Christmas Bake off EVER!

My new book, We’ll Always have Paris, is out this summer – and all about what happens when a woman meets her first love many years later. There are tears and laughter – but is there a happy ever after?

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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a mum of one and wife of one and a former journalist, then TV producer. I loved being a journalist, but the facts got in the way, so I now spend my life making things up – which I love! My latest (and 7th) book is ‘We’ll Always have Paris,’ which tells the story of first love, second time around.

2. What kind of books do you bring with you when you go on holiday?

I spend my writing life immersed in lovely romance and light-hearted fun, so when away I really like to switch off. And for me there’s nothing like a dark, twisted psychological thriller on the beach.

3. If you could spend a sunny day anywhere how would your perfect day look like?

It would have to involve a beach, I love the seaside – and as long as the sun was out I don’t even mind if it’s a bit chilly. Oh and there would have to be a delicious picnic with champagne, smoked salmon… and chocolate cake.

4. Could you tell us about your hobbies (when you are not writing or reading)?

These days I write between 2-3 books a year and so on those rare weeks when I’m ‘in between’ books I just want to relax. I love to bake (I’ve included some of my favourite recipes in a couple of my books) but unfortunately I also like to eat what I bake and as I’m always on a diet that does cause me problems. So when I’m not baking (and eating!) I love watching trashy TV. I tell myself (and my family) that it’s ‘research’ as I sit with a plate of cupcakes and The Kardashians, Big Brother, The Biggest Loser and of course The Great British Bake Off.

5. Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

I find the inspiration in everyday life – my own, my friends, family, TV, and sometimes overheard conversations in cafes or queues. I sometimes take a basic idea or thought – for example my next book, ‘The Christmas Cake Café,’ is about a woman who spends Christmas in Switzerland – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do - so I started with the setting and the café and just worked back from there.

6. If you could be any leading character from a bestselling book, who would you be and why?

I’m not sure which one, but I would love to be a beautiful, glamorous Jackie Collins’ character – all champagne and furs, glossy lips – and toyboys! I just love the idea of living a completely different life from my own, filled with exotic locations and beautiful clothes – and yes, I’m shallow but I would only stop there a while, I’d probably be homesick!

7. What's your favorite reading spot?

My bed, late at night, with a large Earl Grey and my kindle.

8. What is your favorite holiday destination and what do you like so much about it?

A couple of years ago we went to the West Coast of America, we travelled from San Francisco to San Diego along the Pacific Coast Highway staying in motels and hotels along the way. It was a holiday of beautiful beaches, wonderful shops, amazing art and fantastic food – if I could holiday anywhere in the world, it would be there.

9. Do you have any advice for authors who would like to write a sunny story?

Just imagine the sand between your toes, the sun on your face and all the lovely sounds, smells and feelings of summer. Add these magical ingredients to a strong plot idea that’s bubbling away in your head, mix well and bake for a while – and you will have a wonderful sunny story.

10. What can we expect from you in the future?

My new book ‘The Christmas Cake Café’ is out in October, and available for pre-order from Monday – it’s a fun-filled romp through snow and of course, as always – there’s cake! As for sunny stories – I’m aiming to write two summer books next year involving ice cream, cake a luscious man - and a big sandy beach!


One very lucky reader will win a mug with the book cover 'We'll Always have Paris' on by Sue Watson.

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  1. Great interview. I enjoyed learning more about you. I agree with you, the west coast is a lovely vacation getaway. So much to see and do.

  2. I loved Fat Girls and Fairy cakes, this one looks great as well

  3. I love to bake,but also to eat :D
    Thanks for the great interview! :)

  4. Stories with food as a backdrop are fun and delicious! Looking forward to the release of The Christmas Cake Café.

  5. I know how it goes with the baking! It's why I only make my streusel coffee cake once a year...can we say butter? LOL

  6. What an adorable cover - I love how the Eiffeltower is used as "A" in the title!

  7. I'm guessing that you enjoy baking and especially cakes, as it seems to be a theme in several of your books :)

  8. Love to eat and bake sounds like a good read.

  9. Omg i SOOO need this mug ☀️ Xx

  10. Sounds so amazing! Thank you for posting.

  11. It would be great to win a mug with the book cover
    ’We’ll Always have Paris’ by Sue Watson on it.
    I enjoyed reading your interview and this sounds like an interesting book.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.