🍴 Good morning, Helen. What favourite food are you bringing to Sunday brunch?
Warm croissants with real butter and jam, plus scrambled eggs and crisp smoky bacon.
🍴 Would you like a pot of English breakfast tea, a strong Americano, or a glass of Bucks Fizz?
A pot of tea with bottomless refills please!
🍴 Where shall we eat brunch – around the kitchen table, in the formal dining room, or outside on the patio?
Around the kitchen table, in the warm, where the insects can’t get to us and the kettle is close at hand
🍴 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?
I love having music playing while I eat. I force my boys to listen to classical music in a vain attempt to calm them down, so let’s have some Bach in the background.
🍴 Which of your literary heroes (dead or alive) are joining us for Sunday Brunch today?
I’ve invited Catherine Cookson and I hope I can absorb some of her story-telling brilliance!
🍴 Which favourite book will you bring to Sunday Brunch?
Let’s talk about Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. We can pore over the sumptuous writing and delight in the magnificent descriptions.
🍴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!
I try to read whenever I can, as it can only help me improve as a writer. There are so many books on my TBR list and I fear I’ll never read them all!
🍴 What’s the oldest book on your book shelf?
Selected poems by Rudyard Kipling, printed in 1931
🍴 Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?
Popular culture, my own life, random ideas when I’m washing my hair, flashes of inspiration in the dark of night when I’m feeding the baby.
🍴 Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?
I write where and when I can as I have two small children. I even write sitting on the floor in the pitch black to avoid waking the baby! I prefer summer, the lighter mornings make it easier to get up early and squeeze in some extra writing time.
🍴 When writing to a deadline are you easily distracted and if so how do you bring back focus on your writing?
I work well when there’s a deadline. I’ll leave the housework, forget to eat, and focus on the task at hand.
🍴 Give us four essential items that a writer absolutely needs?
🍴 What can you tell us about your latest novel or your current work in progress?
Strictly on Ice is a Dancing on Ice inspired story with lots of drama and a slow burn romance. It’s about sporting stars and second chances, and is published by ChocLit.
9 March 2021
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