A few months ago, Sue Watson released her third novel, Love, Lies, and Lemon Cake, which I adored, and I asked her to do a fun Q&A with me. Well, in between that time, we were both so busy working on Petit Four that we barely had time to get around to it! Oh, and Sue wrote and released another novel, Snow Angels, Secrets, and Christmas Cake, too! She is one busy lady. But this is such a funny interview (Sue is a seriously hilarious woman) that I can’t hang on to it any longer and simply must share. So, enjoy!
Q: What was the inspiration for your novel, Love, Lies, and Lemon Cake?
A: Unusually for me, I started with the title. It was a chapter title in my first book ‘Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes’ and has been percolating for a long time. I loved the alliteration and the concept of ‘Love, lies and Lemon cake.’ Once I sat down at my desk it kind of wrote itself.
Q: Who is your favorite character and why?
A: I love the heroine, Faye, because I think she’s relatable. She got married, had a child – then woke up one morning in her forties and wondered where she’d gone. The novel is about Faye’s attempts to reclaim herself and her life before it’s too late and she’s too old to chase those dreams. However, my absolute favourite character has to be Dan from the deli. He’s a blond Australian, and he’s my hero in every sense of the word. He looks like a slightly rugged version of Ryan Gosling and I have fallen a little bit in love with him…
Q: What is your writing method? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
A: I am a total pantser in life and in writing. As an ex journalist I’m just delighted to finally be able to write a story where the facts don’t get in the way and I sit at my desk and let my imagination take me there. It’s weird because if I’m ahead of schedule I tend to ruin it all and ramp up the stress by going out for lunch/cocktails and chatting to friends on the phone until the eleventh hour. I think I have a need for danger and get high on the whole ‘deadline junkie’ thing!
Q: Do you have any writing rituals to help set the mood before sitting down at the keyboard?
A: Cake, coffee and being behind on a strict deadline usually do it for me.
Q: What was the first car you owned?
A: A white mini. The front wheel fell off. While I was driving. Memories…
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: I love Easter. A whole weekend of guilt-free chocolate consumption, what’s not to love? Also, my daughter was born at Easter and it always feels like a time of new beginnings for me because she changed my life in so many wonderful ways.
Q: Who was your first celebrity crush?
A: Donny Osmond.
Q: Do you have a current TV show obsession?
A: I completely love The Biggest Loser USA. There was a UK version, but it was like eating a sweetie with the wrapper on and we just can’t do it like you guys. American TV is the best. At the beginning of every season, I vow I will lose weight along with the contestants each week. I order the DVDs, plan to go running, and get really psyched about it. But by the final episode, I’m always on the couch watching in awe from behind a large tub of Ben and Jerry’s and thinking, ‘damn, that could have been me!’
Q: What was the first concert you went to and how old were you?
A: I was 9 and went with my Mum to see The Manhattan Transfer – not your typical pre teen beats – but I’ve always had strange taste in music! Last year, in my forties, I went with my best friend to see Rihanna – I do everything back to front!
Q: If you could give just one piece of advice to your 16-year-old self, what would it be?
A: Know that no-one’s laughing at you. No-one thinks you’re fat or ugly, or stupid – in fact people are quite fond of you. Oh and you know that boy in your English class with the blond hair and the nice smile? He likes you. So talk to him … before someone else does.
Thank you so much for having me!
You are welcome to visit any time, Sue! You crack me up!
About the Author:
Sue Watson is a former BBC TV Producer who woke up one morning to the realisation that there was no such thing as ‘having it all.’ Marriage, motherhood and a full-time career were taking over her life and what she really wanted to do was stay home all day, bake and eat cake, watch reality TV and write… in that order. So she quit the day job, baked a year’s supply of cupcakes and chased the dream. What followed was a lot of cake and many hours in the company of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ ‘The Biggest Loser,’ and ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians.’ During this, time Sue also managed to write a few books too: Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes; Younger, Thinner, Blonder; Love, Lies and Lemon Cake; and her latest cake offering, Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake. Learn more about Sue by visiting www.suewatsonbooks.com.