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Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the Blog Blitz for The Dating Game by Susan Buchanan. Today I’m delighted to present a Q&A session with Susan!
Interview with Susan Buchanan
What’s your favourite TV show?
I don’t watch much TV, but right now, I am catching up on 9 seasons of Suits. Mike and Harvey are particularly easy on the eye! And prior to that I had my fill of Tom Ward on Lucifer. I tend to be about a decade late watching anything!
Which book do you wish you’d written?
Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind. I loved this book – this series – and it helped greatly that I had studied Hispanic Studies at uni, as well as having lived and worked in Barcelona.
Favourite book of 2021
I was actually so busy re-releasing my backlist and updating the covers, releasing paperbacks of the backlist for the first time, last year, that I had barely any time to read. However, one book that really stuck with me was Fiona Lucas’ The Last Goodbye. And if I can sneak in a festive read too, I’d add The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane by Jaimie Admans, which I absolutely adored.
Do you have any pets?
I have a three-year-old Labrador called Benji. He is more of a polar bear though as he’s enormous. He is the biggest softie in the history of Labradors. He even smiles, I kid you not!
Do you get writer’s block and if so how do you deal with it?
I don’t get writer’s block, thankfully. I do get writer’s fatigue sometimes! And writer’s overload. And I definitely get writer’s ‘you’ve messed up your timeline, go back and fix it’, but I tend to be able to write myself out of a corner fairly easily. Plus, I never run out of ideas. I have the next 8 books planned, and in fact, I actually buy myself Papier notebooks, personalised with the name of the book on it, so I feel I have to write it!!
Which writers who have now sadly passed on, do you think have left a great hole for readers?
Well, definitely Michael Crichton, who wrote Jurassic Park among other books; Carlos Ruiz Zafón; Henning Mankell – the Swedish author who wrote the Wallander books; Maeve Binchy, Irish author of many romantic novels including Circle of Friends and Evening Class, not just because I miss reading her books, but because from her books I learned how to craft believable, relatable and characters we wanted to be friends with; Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series.
Which character(s) in your genre do you particularly like?
I loved Bridget Jones (and was often compared to her – possibly for my culinary skills – blue soup would have been totally possible from my kitchen a decade ago!) I also loved Rebecca Bloomwood in Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, even though the only shopaholic tendencies I have relate to books.
What do you hope to achieve in 2022?
Quite a lot! I have 3 more books to write in the Just One Day series. I’m looking forward to going on a couple of writing retreats this year, so hopefully I can get the words down!
I also hope to be taken on by a publisher (for a book that is still out on submission).
I’d like to find the right work/life balance – don’t we all?
All my books will be in paperback in 2022, but by the end of the year, I would like to have one or two in audio book too. You heard it here first!
Thank you, Susan, and all the best to your new release
The Dating Game!
The Dating Game
Work, work, work. That’s all recruitment consultant Gill does. Her friends fix her up with numerous blind dates, none suitable, until one day Gill decides enough is enough.
Seeing an ad on a bus billboard for Happy Ever After dating agency ‘for the busy professional’, on impulse she signs up. Soon she has problems juggling her social life as well as her work diary.
Before long she’s experiencing laughs, lust and … could it be love? But just when things are looking up for Gill, an unexpected reunion forces her to make an impossible choice.
Will she get her happy ever after, or is she destined to be married to her job forever?
Author Bio – Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband, their two young children and a crazy Labrador called Benji. She has been reading since the age of four and had to get an adult library pass early as she had read the entire children’s section by the age of ten.
Susan writes contemporary fiction, often set in Scotland, usually featuring travel, food or Christmas. When not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, Susan loves reading (obviously), the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!
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Great interview Toni.
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Thank you, Carla! I’ve already signed up for Susan’s next blog tour…
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