Good morning! I have a very special guest on my blog today. She’s an incredibly talented, kind hearted, funny woman and I am very excited to be interviewing her today.
Please welcome, Sue Fortin.Sue, great to have you on my blog. Take a seat, make yourself comfy and please do help yourself to cake – it’s Victoria sponge! I promise to make this as least like a counselling session as possible.
If cake is involved it will be fine! Hi, Lucie, and thank you for inviting me over.
So, we have just launched our anthology, Romaniac Shorts, how are you feeling? Did you enjoy the process of it all?
Still very excited by it all. It’s been a tremendous amount of fun seeing it all come together and I’m very proud of all of us. That’s not to say it hasn’t been hard work, but that just makes it all the more rewarding.
What is it you enjoy most about being a writer?
The variety of things it lets me do. For instance, one day I could be falling in love with a hero who is heaven sent, the next I could be jumping out of a helicopter, another day, sitting on a Caribbean beach, soaking up the sun and the following day, it could be holding up a bank! There’s no end of fun things to do. On the flip side, I do get bad days where my heroine is heart-broken but the best bit about being the writer, you absolutely know, you can mend that heart-break.
You are signed with Harper Impulse now, which is amazing! Tell us a little about the day you found out.
It was last summer and I was at home, checking my emails when one pinged in from Charlotte Ledger, she said that unfortunately her phone was broken so she couldn’t call me, so she’d get to the point and they would be delighted if I joined the HarperImpulse team.
So, I reread it several times to make sure I hadn’t misunderstood and then went and told my dog. Yes, my dog. There wasn’t anyone else at home at the time. Needless to say, my dog was suitable underwhelmed. My family and friends made up for it though when I told them.
It took a couple of days for it to sink in, together with several more reads of the email, just to make sure it was real.
United States of Love has recently become a bestseller in the Amazon Valentine’s Day ranking. Congratulations! Can you tell us a little about the book?
Thank you! It was great to see it there with some other wonderful authors and novels.
United States of Love is really about atoning for and accepting the past so you can move on to a better, or at least, different future. It tells the story of a single mum who finds love second-time around but she has to deal with her ex-husband who appears to want reconciliation. However, all is not what it seems and there’s a fair amount of hidden agendas, blackmail and sabotage involved.
And what are you working on at the moment?
My WIP has the working title of Where It All Began and the theme is what mothers will do for the love of their child. It looks at the extremes, both good and bad. There is, of course, a romance and a mystery involved too.
Ok, let’s do some random ones now… because I do love a bit of randomness.
*If you could have any talent in the world, what would it be and why?
To sing in tune. Why? Because even my children can’t bear to listen to me attempting to sing. I keep telling them, it’s all the right notes, just in the wrong order – they’re not convinced.
*If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be and why?
I’d be Andy Garcia because then I could come and find me and propose. Then then the next day, when I was back to me again, I’d be married to Andy Garcia. Simples!
*White or wholemeal?
White, especially if it’s a bacon or chip butty.
*Have you ever been hypnotised? If not, would you try it?
Never and, err, never.
I’d be too scared. What if they made me crawl around on my hands and knees pretending to be a cat or something? What if, it didn’t wear off properly and every time some mentioned milk, I started meowing?
See, very valid reasons.
*You have a whole day to yourself where you can do anything you want, what would you do?
I’d pack the day full of all those things I’ve always wanted to do. Things like, drive through the Alps in an Aston Martin DB4GT like Michael Cane at the start of the film The Italian Job, ride side car round The Isle of Man TT, go to a Kings of Leon concert and, of course, go back-stage with my VIP Access All Areas pass, and round the day off with a romantic evening meal at the top of the Burj in Dubai.
I would, of course, have to be able to time-slip to achieve this, but, hey who knows, one day …
*Red wine or White wine?
Ok, enough of that now. Thank you so much for coming on here today, it has been an absolute pleasure.
Thank you, Lucie. It’s been great; your questions were a lot of fun. xx
You can purchase United States of Love on Amazon by clicking on the image below.