Today we have the pleasure and honor to welcome one of our all time fave authors on our blog, Sue Watson. Sue’s been on our top authors’ list ever since we read her debut ‘Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes‘ and with each of her novels she cements her place at the top. She’s written 5 novels so far and contributed to an anthology of short stories ‘Petit Four’ (read our reviews here). Besides having a great writing talent, she’s well known for her radiant personality and wonderful relationship with bloggers. Her latest novel Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams is flying up the amazon charts and we absolutely recommend it. It’s the perfect summer read, do not miss it! OK, off to you Sue and many thanks to Sue and lovely Kim at Bookouture for the wonderful post.
Being a writer is a surreal existence. You sit at a desk alone most of the day and you make stuff up, if you’re lucky someone will publish it and if you’re even luckier someone will buy it and read it.
So far so good… but last Summer I came across a problem I hadn’t encountered before when I wrote my first Christmas book ‘Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake.’ It’s a book set in a snowy village in the north of England involving a bakery, two sisters and oodles of glitter, tinsel, trees and tantrums. I was really excited to start this book so last May I sat at my desk with my usual gallon of coffee and tried to make a start. I looked out onto the lush green garden coming into bloom and heard the birds sing and kids playing outside and I found it hard to even think about Christmas. And as Spring gave way to a warm, blue-skied Summer I found it even harder to conjure up cold, shivery scenes of skeletal trees and steaming hot chocolate.
I was halfway through writing the book – and struggling – when my daughter, who’s 15 suggested I listen to the Christmas present she’d bought me the previous year. It was the Michael Bublé Christmas album and when I found the CD in a cupboard I also discovered a cinnamon candle left over from Christmas. So I put the music on, lit the candle and voila, I really felt that festive tingle and it was Christmas in July!
My latest novel, ‘Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams,’ was written in the winter and again it took some imagination and this time some ‘summery props.’ I lit a Pina Colada candle, listened to the sound of waves crashing on the shore and sang along to Summer beach songs – in the depths of December.
As I said, being a writer is a surreal existence…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 a novel. ‘Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes,’ tells the story of Stella Weston, whose life is a constant struggle with a nasty boss at work, the weighing scales and being a mum, wife and daughter.
Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire. When she’s not toiling over her latest novel, Sue bakes (and eats) cake and enjoys very large tubs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream all to herself while watching ‘The Biggest Loser USA.’
Her latest and fifth novel is ‘Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams’.