Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about ‘having it all,’ and her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act.
So after much soul searching (and comfort eating) Sue abandoned her TV career, bought a pink laptop and wrote ‘Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes.’ It was then Sue realised she couldn’t stop writing and produced ‘Younger, Thinner, Blonder’ ‘Love, Lies and Lemon Cake’ and ‘Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake,’ ‘Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams,’ and ‘Bella’s Christmas Bake Off.’ Her next book ‘We’ll Always have Paris,’ comes out in June 2016.
Sue, a very warm welcome to Facing 50. Please help yourself to the fairy lemon cakes that Mr Grumpy has baked in your honour. Before we chat about your next book which is out in June, I have some nice easy questions for you. Please relax, take a deep breath and then answer the rapid fire round:
The flower Pot Men because I hated it when Zebedee popped up and said ‘Time for Bed!’ on The Magic Roundabout. I hated going to bed early as a child, so I stay up late all the time now to make up for it.
‘Dirty Dancing’ or ‘Grease’?
Grease. Every.Single.Time. I wanted to be Olivia Newton John in that tight black leather, sadly I never had the figure.
Join the club, Mr Grumpy said he didn’t look good in tight black leather either. Mary Quant or Channel? I was always fascinated by my mother’s white Mary Quant lipstick. I wasn’t allowed any make up until I was thirteen and then I was given a pot of purple eye shadow.
I had a little plastic wallet of MQ creamy eye shadow. It was really special and I loved it but was really upset when I lost it. Then when I was staying over at my best friend’s house I saw it in her bedroom drawer it was definitely mine. I didn’t say anything, but it really hurt and made me realize she wasn’t really my friend.
What was the first book you ever bought for yourself?
The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton.
The roundabout, but knowing me I’d go too fast and end up in a crumpled heap just whizzing round – not a good look.
Did you ever dress up as a super hero or a famous person in a book? Who did you pretend to be when you were a child? (I always pretended to be Timmy the dog in the Famous Five!)
Sorry, this next part is obligatory. The audience expects it. Can you tell us a short joke?
I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today. That’s 9 years in a row now.
I have a dark humour, I laugh at terrible things. I am also terribly sophisticated and laugh at people falling over (it’s the irony darling).
Right, onto you and your books. Please teel us a little about the genre you write.
I write romantic comedy, but my summer book this year ‘We’ll Always have Paris,’ is a slightly more emotional book, with an older heroine. It’s a story about taking a second chance on first love.
Who is your favourite character in your books?
Faye from Love, Lies and lemon Cake – she’s funny and flaky and has a rampant thing with a gorgeous toyboy. She’s my younger, thinner, blonder – and luckier – self.
Where do you think up your ideas for stories?
I listen to friends, conversations in cafes and I watch too much TV pretending it’s research. But more often than not my characters kind of develop the story. I was sitting at my laptop laughing to myself the other day (it’s my age) and my daughter asked me why I was laughing and I just said ; ‘because someone’s just done something funny in my book and I didn’t expect it.’ She just rolled her eyes, she’s used to me.
What do you do to help you concentrate on writing?
I have to have silence and no distractions, I am a dreadful procrastinator even have to put the cats out because I will use any excuse. I’m not sure my publisher would be too pleased if I said my book was late because of ‘vigorous and incessant cat grooming.’
Now, we’re a nosey bunch here in Facing 50 so could you please let us into a secret about yourself – something that doesn’t show up on your website. Surprise us.
I wrote Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams because I wish I could dance, but I can’t. I dream of capturing the swirling stomping passion of The Argentine Tango. I long to captivate a toreador, to tease him on that dance floor with my shimmering hips and fancy footwork. But I’m chunky with two left feet so writing about it is the next best thing – and I did it sitting down!
Sue, thank you so much for being on the blog today. Mr Grumpy is waiting in the wings in his tuxedo to lead you onto the dance floor and trample all over your feet to prove you can’t possibly be that bad at dancing.
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When she was almost seventeen, Rosie Jackson locked eyes with a charismatic student called Peter during their first week at art college, changing the course of her life forever. Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter, forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder ‘what if’ . . .
Told with warmth, wit and humour, We’ll Always Have Paris is a charming, moving and uplifting novel about two people; the choices they make, the lives they lead and the love they share.
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