On this quiet Sunday morning why don't you put the kettle on, make your favourite breakfast and settle down for Sunday Brunch with Jaffareadstoo
🍴Good morning, Lesley. What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch?
An English bacon sandwich on white bread.
🍴Would you like a pot of English breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz?
English Breakfast tea, please!
🍴Where shall we eat brunch – around the kitchen table, in the formal dining room, or outside on the patio?
Kitchen table, I think!
🍴Shall we have music playing in the background? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you happy?
Oh, yes. I have my favourite British Radio Station playing all day at home – which is light classical. But something that makes me happy would be a song written by my late husband and recorded by my younger daughter with backing vocals from the other offspring. A family affair.
🍴Which of your literary heroes (dead or alive) are joining us for Sunday Brunch today?
Ngaio Marsh, my favourite Golden Age detective author. She’s the reason I became a crime writer myself!
🍴Which favourite book will you bring to Sunday Brunch?
Marsh’s “Light Thickens” the last of her series, set in a theatre (she received her “damery” for her work in theatre) during a production of Macbeth. I have read it more times than practically anything else.
🍴When you are writing do you still find time to read for pleasure? And is there a book you would like to read but haven’t had time for …yet!
Lots! I’m working my way through the British detective golden age, which luckily are being reprinted.
🍴What’s the oldest book on your book shelf?
Jane Eyre. A Routledge edition by Currer Bell (!) Dated 1843.
🍴Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?
The perennial question! All sort of places, but often from my eldest son, who will come up with something he’s come across in real life which he thinks will make a good plot. Currently working on one now!
🍴Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?
Winter! It was always easiest in my office, but since suffering from ill health this year – not pandemic related! – it’s been on my sofa in my sitting room.
🍴When writing to a deadline are you easily distracted and if so how do you bring back focus on your writing?
Yes, easily distracted, but thoughts of the incoming bills focusses my mind!
🍴Give us four essential items that a writer absolutely needs?
These days, a computer, or friend with a computer who will type up your work and doesn’t mind looking things up for you, access to a beverage of choice – tea, coffee etc, a dictionary and a thesaurus. (And a cat or two?)
🍴What can you tell us about your latest novel or your current work in progress?
The 22nd full length Libby Sarjeant novel, which follows on from the 21st and is set just before the outbreak of the pandemic.
Super-sleuth Libby Sarjeant is back with her most puzzling case yet . . . a mysterious death at the local cliffs.
🍴More about Lesley🍴
Lesley Cookman is an English crime writer and former editor and journalist. She also wrote for and performed on the stage, and is the author of 21 Libby Sarjeant novels and three novelettes, the Alexandrian Edwardian Mystery series, two romance novels and a book on how to write a pantomime. She has four adult children, two grandchildren and two cats and lives at the British seaside.
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