Thank you to Sue for agreeing to feature on the Grey Book Worm the book section of The Grey Traveller. I asked her a few questions about her reading likes and also about her own books and writing….. here is what she said.
I asked Who was your favourite childhood author?.………and like many other writers and myself Enid Blyton appears to be a firm favourite although I must confess I had forgotten about Shadow!
Shadow the Sheepdog by Enid Blyton. I was crazy about dogs and couldn’t have one because we were an army family and moved countries every two or three years, so I used to pretend Shadow was mine. The fact that I didn’t have a farm or sheep didn’t deter me.
Which authors inspire you and why?
There are so many! Nevil Shute for the relationships between his characters (although his books seem dated in social terms as he died in 1960); Suzanne Brockmann for the way she puts a sizzling love affair on a stage large enough to hold subjects like terrorism; Linda Howard for her heroes; and Katie Fforde for her heroines.
Where do you usually write and do you have a ‘usual timetable’?
I write in my study, which is a back bedroom at home, overcrowded and untidy. As well as desk, computer, printer, trays, cabinets etc. it’s full of books, some of which I wrote. I’m usually at my desk by about 7.20 a.m. and finish for the day at around 6.00 p.m., but I usually take a break during the day for a piano lesson, zumba, yoga or FitStep. I’m flexible about working weekdays/weekends but generally work fifty or sixty hours a week. I’m not always at home, of course. My work also encompasses research trips; meetings, such as with my agent Juliet of Blake Friedmann or publisher Avon Books; promo; events; writing retreats; and sometimes teaching, although at the moment I’m only accepting invitations to teach if they’re in a country I want to visit! When I’m not at home I write if and where I can: planes, trains, hotel rooms etc.
Can you sum up the recently published book in just a few words?
The Little Village Christmas is about Alexia Kennedy, who’s transforming a Victorian pub when someone steals all the money. Ben’s hiding out in a cottage in the woods but gets drawn into Alexia’s issues against his inclination.
What are you working on at the moment?
The first draft of my Christmas 2018 book (which has the working title of The Christmassiest Christmas Book of Christmas Town) and editing my summer 2018 book, One Summer in Italy, which comes out on 17 May.
Do you use social media to promote books and interact with readers?
Definitely. I love the interaction especially. I feel very lucky when readers send me nice messages. There are few things that give me greater pleasure than people enjoying my books.
Any tips for aspiring writers?
My favourite three are:
- I truly believe the name for a writer who doesn’t give up is ‘published’.
- Educate yourself, whether it’s via courses, workshops, seminars, webinars, writing magazines, newsletters, writing guides or joining the right groups on social media. There’s a lot of information out there.
- Learn about publishing as well as writing.
Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Little Village Christmas made her a Sunday Times Bestselling author, The Christmas Promise gave her a Christmas #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart and Just for the Holidays was an Amazon bestseller too. Love & Freedom won a Best Romantic Read Award and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA. The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short Romance. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its two anthologies.
Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’.
Sue’s latest book: The Little Village Christmas
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/SueMoorcroftAuthor