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Romaniac Questions – Sue Fortin

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 fortin picSue, 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?

White

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.

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Why my Romaniac buddies are my F.R.I.E.N.D.S

The past few months have seen me gradually lose my ‘writing mojo’ again. It has been awful! Those of you that have followed me for some time will know that this isn’t the first time that I have misplaced it. For a little while, I had no energy to get up and find my mojo. And after a bit, I realised I needed to find out why. After much thought and deliberation, all I could come up with was loss of confidence, lack of time and pure laziness!

So how did I remedy this? Well, one word – Friends! (Cue The Rembrandts ‘I’ll be there for you’ song)

My eight other Romaniac buddies have been a HUUUUGE support in the last year and have really kept me going. And after the very very quiet patch I have just been through, their unwavering encouragement and support has, yet again, reunited me with my ‘writing mojo’ and rekindled my love for the written word. It’s always been there, but sometimes, when times are hard, it can get a little lost. But there were my Romaniac buddies, shining a huge light for it to find its way back.

Here’s how they help me:

Joey Tribiani – ‘How you doin’?

Whenever times are hard and there’s just no words or ideas milling around in my head, they are always there to ask how I’m doing. If I’m struggling with a piece that I’m working on, I’ll have regular ‘how’s it going?’ from them – this comes in very handY to keep me going. And even when it’s just a bad day due to illness, or there are more personal issues, a simple ‘How you doin’?’ from them just lets me know they are thinking of me.

Phoebe Bouffet – ‘Smelly Cat’

Now this in no way applies to the pride of cats that between us, we all moan, praise and laugh about. There are a few other pets thrown in for good measure but feline friends definitely take the ruling out of the nine of us.

No, what I mean by reference to Phoebe is the music. We recently spoke on our blog about how we connect to emotions and use them in writing (here) and music was one thing most of us agreed on. Whenever we are stuck, or down, or even just feeling happy and want to share it, we paste links of music to eachother. Laura being the one to do this more frequently! 🙂

Monica Gellar: SUCK IT UP!

See, I’m sure you all think, ‘oh those Romaniac ladies are very nice, aren’t they pleasant,’ and yes, I like to think we are. But behind closed doors, we can also be right bossy little madams! This is a good thing, honestly. And I think this is a huge reason as to why I’m normally only wallowing and not writing for short spaces of time – otherwise they shout at me! Whilst nice, gentle encouragement is good and can help steer you back in the right direction, sometimes a short, sharp, ‘stop wallowing and get on with it, woman!’ is needed. And those girls aren’t afraid to say it.

Ross Gellar: Study and learn

Ross is a professor and teaches students. He values the importance of learning and working hard. This is something I think us Romaniacs have in common. We all love to learn new skills and we regularly try to attend lots of workshops, events and conferences to help us craft our skill and better our writing. If I want to know something, I can ask these girls and between them all, I will get sent links to websites and blogs to help me either find out the answer, or attend a workshop where I will learn it. We live all over England, none of us are particularly close in where we live, so it is really handy when one girl says, ‘ooh, so and so is doing a talk/workshop near me,’ – it’s also handy to have a sofa/bed/floor to kip on if that talk is particularly far away!

Chandler Bing: Jokes!

Whether you are feeling down, bogged down with work or running around doing errands, us girls always have time for a joke. It lightens the mood and just makes everyone feel happy. Sometimes they are random jokes when one of us is feeling weird – which happens alot! – and other times it may be linked in with something one of us has said that has followed onto a joke. Quite a few times I have been the butt of the joke….this links in with…

Rachel Green: Ditsy love!

The reason that I am normally the butt of a joke or comment is normally when I am being ditsy – this happens a lot. I am one of the youngest of the group, and maybe a little less worldly wise, and I often say/do things that are, shall we say, a little ditsy. I am the most naive out of the group and take a lot of things at face value. I am gullible and ALWAYS the last to ‘get’ the jokes! Even when I am the butt of them!

But they all still love me and because I can be a bit ‘airy fairy’ sometimes, they mother me and look out for me.

And that’s why I love each and every one of them so much. I owe my persistence  my confidence and my slightly crazy nature to every one of them.

Thank you girls!

(Now they are probably going to yell at me for procrastinating and writing this blog post when I should be drafting the plot outline to my WiP!)