Sunday, 7 August 2022

☀ Summer Picnic with Jaffareadstoo ~ Becca Day

Jaffareadstoo is delighted to welcome you all to our Summer Picnic

Summertime is here

 I'm delighted to welcome Becca Day to our Summer Picnic 


Welcome, Becca. Which favourite foods are you bringing to our summer picnic?

I love a good chicken BLT in a crusty baguette. That’s the ultimate picnic food for me. If I had to choose something to go with it I’d want a tub of juicy watermelon.

What would you like to drink? We have white wine spritzers, locally brewed beer, traditional Pimms, sparkling elderflower cordial or a thermos of tea or coffee?

I do love a glass of Pimms in the summer, but bring that thermos of coffee too please. I’m a mum of two and need regular doses of caffeine into my bloodstream otherwise I just don’t work!

Where shall we sit, by the pool, on a beach, in the garden or in the countryside?

Ooh, let’s do the pool. The beach is nice in theory but sandy sandwiches – not so much! Is there perhaps a pool overlooking a beach?

Do we have a wicker hamper, tablecloth and cutlery, or is everything in a supermarket carrier bag?

Well, I actually pride myself on owning a real wicker picnic basket that I use all the time, so let’s use that. We can skip the cutlery and tablecloth. I’m not that fancy.

Which of your literary heroes (alive or dead) are joining us on the picnic today?

I think I’ll have to use this opportunity to pick the brains of Stephen King!

Do you have favourite place to have a summer picnic?

The pool overlooking the beach sounds like it would quickly become my favourite. But in reality there’s a little stretch of green right outside our house, and I love taking the kids and my dog there for a picnic.

Do you have a summer music playlist? And if so will you share with us a favourite song or piece of music that makes you feel happy?

I’m obsessed with country music, which my husband teases me endlessly about. The soundtrack to Nashville plays on a loop on my phone and always makes me happy.

Which summer read are you bringing with you today?

I’m not sure if this counts as a ‘summer read’, but I’m currently reading a proof of The Ugly Truth by Lauren North and would LOVE an hour’s peace away from the kids to finish it.

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 have to make time for reading, because it helps keep my inspiration flowing. The book that has sat on my TBR pile for the longest is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I want to read it so that I can watch the series with Reese Witherspoon.

Penguin  2014

Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?

From all over the place. Sometimes it’s something that’s happened in real life that I’ve seen on the news or covered in true crime documentaries. Sometimes it’s thinking about how I wish a movie would have ended. And sometimes random ideas just enter my brain that I can’t stop thinking about.

Have you a favourite place to settle down to write and do you find it easier to write in winter or summer?

It’s clichΓ©, but I do love writing in coffee shops. If it’s winter and freezing outside but nice and warm in the shop that’s even better.

When writing to a deadline are you easily distracted and if so how do you bring back focus on your writing?

I’m not very easily distracted when writing to a deadline, because they stress me out so much I can’t face the thought of not writing every day. When I’m not on a deadline, that’s another story!

Give us four essential items that a writer needs?

Coffee. Notebooks that are too pretty to be written in. Airplane mode to stop you doing ‘research’ while writing. A proper chair that supports correct posture.

What can you tell us about your latest novel or your current work in progress?

My next novel, All Her Little Lies, is coming out in November 2022. It follows a woman called Alex who stumbles upon a dead body and, thinking her son is the murderer, decides to clean up the crime scene and dispose of the body to protect him.

Current Book

Welcome to Kensington Grove, the safest place to call home...

Jodie Madison can't think of a better place for a fresh start than the exclusive, gated community of The Grove. But from the moment she passes through the wrought iron gates, she starts to suspect she's made a mistake.

Despite her vow to keep apart from the other residents, Jodie can't help but feel drawn to her unnerving neighbour, Norah Williams, and terminally ill daughter, Lacey. Jodie knows she should stay away, but something draws her in.

When a murder shocks The Grove, Jodie vows to do everything in her power to save Lacey from her mother. But as more secrets emerge from Norah's shadowy past, Jodie is faced with the unthinkable - Norah's not so different to herself, and neither woman is innocent.

The past won't stay hidden forever. And The Grove will be an unforgiving witness.

More about Becca

Becca Day lives in the middle of the woods in Surrey with her husband, daughter and cocker spaniel. She studied acting at Guildford College and went on to start her own Murder Mystery theatre troup. It was this move that inspired her love of crime fiction, and when she sold the company she threw herself head first into crime writing. Her short fiction has won several prizes and The Girl Beyond The Gate is her first full-length novel. Aside from writing, she is also an avid reader and runs Reading Parties with fellow author William Shaw.

Becca, where can we follow you on social media?

I’m @authorbeccaday on all platforms. I also have a YouTube channel where I share writing tips, querying tips and general tidbits from my author journey.

Twitter - @authorbeccaday

Facebook page - @authorbeccaday

Instagram - @authorbeccaday

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Becca, thank you for sharing your summer picnic with us today.

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