Oct 27, 2015

Bookouture Christmas: Interview With Sue Watson & Giveaway


About Sue Watson

Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about 'having it all,' and she realised her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act. So after much comfort eating, soul searching and reality TV watching, she sold her car, cancelled the holiday, bought a flamingo pink laptop and took the plunge as a writer.

The result was Sue's first novel, 'Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes,' a story about Stella Weston, whose life is a constant struggle with the weighing scales and being a working mum, wife and daughter.

The author researched intensely, baking and tasting and baking and ... tasting and... created the fabulous recipe collection of easy but impressive cakes at the back of the book. Sue also gained an equally impressive extra ten pounds on her hips, which to this day she carries with her.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where she is currently writing her third book. When she's not toiling over her latest novel, Sue can be found enjoying large bags of chicken crisps, large tubs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream and 'The Biggest Loser USA' on series link.

Interview

Hi Suzanne! Thank you so much for having me on your blog. X

1) What's your favourite Christmas memory?

My daughter’s first Christmas! I don’t know who was more excited, her or me. We bought her far too many presents and we both got so excited, she had a whole zoo of furry animals and as it was her first everyone else went mad with gifts too. I’m not sure she really understood what was going on that first time – she just waved her legs about and giggled a lot – and so did I!

2) What's your favourite Christmas song?

So many! I do love ‘White Christmas,’ I remember watching the film with my mum when I was very young. It was Christmas Eve and we ate warm mince pies as it snowed outside and I remember feeling very happy and excited about the next day. Just hearing the song, ‘White Christmas’ always takes me right back to that lovely Christmas memory.

3) What are your 3 favourite Christmas reads?

My favourite reads at Christmas are pretty much the same as the rest of the year. Despite writing women’s fiction I love psychological thrillers and well-written crime novels so am always happy to snuggle up with a glass of sherry and twisted murder on a cold Christmas night.

4) What's the best Christmas gift you ever received?

There are so many, but last year my husband and daughter gave me a framed poster of ‘Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake,’ my very first Christmas book. I was delighted, because the cover is gorgeous with little Christmassy cupcakes on – it’s on the wall above my desk and now I can enjoy it all year!

5) What does your ultimate Christmas look like?

I think my ultimate Christmas would be like Bella’s in Bella’s Christmas Bake Off – on the surface anyway. Bella is ’a TV chef who loves luxury and always enjoys Christmas at her beautiful home in the Cotswolds where no expense is spared and every bauble glistens. But as is often the case, Bella’s Christmas isn’t what it seems – I think we all have an image of what we would love Christmas to be but the reality never quite matches it. I’ll be happy in my own home with my family where the biggest luxury will be the M & S Christmas pudding and all the family round the table.

Giveaway

One very lucky reader of my blog will receive a digital copy of Snow Angels, Secrets & Christmas cake (you can find my review here) together with a handmade felt Christmas cake bauble decoration made by Polly Chrome Crafts


Good luck!

I will contact the winner via e-mail. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international, you can find the official rules here.

38 comments:

  1. My ultimate Christmas looks like my children and grandchildren gathered with us on Christmas Day. This would be so awesome because I haven't seen my daughter or two of my grandchildren for several years because they live so far away.

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  2. Grandma got run over by a reindeer is my fave Christmas song :)

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  3. My favourite Christmas song is Happy Xmas(War is over).

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  4. My favourite Christmas song is ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ – Mariah Carey.

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  5. I don't have a favorite Christmas book I love all Christmas books I read them all year around.

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  6. My best gift was an eternity ring from my husband xx

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  7. My best gift was an eternity ring from my husband xx

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  8. All I want for Christmas by Mariah Carey is my fave Christmas song xx

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  9. Best Christmas gift? A back massager you place on your seat and plug in. It has pummelled my aching back better so many times.

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  10. My favorite Christmas song is I'll Be Home For Christmas.

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  11. my favorite Christmas memory is the year we had NOTHING!
    We were not young children but not older either ... somewhere in the middle
    I remember my mom crying because there was nothing under the tree ... and we only had a small turkey!
    My siblings and I collected all our change and went to the corner store to by stuffing, potatoes, gravy, veggies and buns to add to dinner ... It was the year we learned the TRUE meaning of Christmas
    I'll never forget it!

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  12. My favorite Christmas memory was getting my first horse as a gift as a kid - completed with a big read bow around his neck!

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  13. My ulitmate Christmas would be like that commercial. A tropical setting with the palm tress all lit up.

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  14. My favourite Christmas song is Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade

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  15. My favorite Christmas song is Greensleeves

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  16. My favorite Christmas song is Greensleeves

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  17. My favorite Christmas song is Mariah Carey's All I Want for Chrismas is You.

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  18. A white Christmas would be the ultimate for me.

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  19. East 17 'Stay' and favourite Christmas reads, of which there are many, are:- Wrapped up in you - Carole Matthews, Just for Christmas - Scarlett Bailey and Wish Upon a Star - Trisha Ashley. Thanks for fab giveaway xxx

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  20. "What's your favourite Christmas song?" Cheesy, but it's "Last Christmas". Whenever I hear it for the first time each year, it really fills me up with warmth.

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  21. I think my ultimate Christmas will be go to mountains somewhere in Alps and celebrate there :)

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  22. My ultimate Christmas would be to have my son, daughter in-law, and grandson in a cabin in the mountains of Colorado. Just beautiful & fun!

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  23. My favourite Christmas song is "O Holy Night".

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  24. What does your ultimate Christmas look like? Lots of baking, singing and family togetherness.

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  25. Aly and Aj The greatest time of year

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  26. My favourite Christmas song is the pogues.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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  27. My favourite Christmas song is Fairytale of New York.

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  28. My favourite Christmas memories are of when my children were young - the excited faces when they realized Santa had been

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  29. My favourite Christmas song is Winter Wonderland

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  30. Fairytale of New York by The Pogues

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  31. My Fav Christmas song is Merry Christmas baby, by Bruce Springsteen

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  32. My favourite Christmas song has to be 'The 12 Days of Christmas' as my youngest daughter (now aged 25) learnt it soon after starting school, along with all the actions to go with it. It was hilarious to watch as she was only very small and couldn't pronounce all the words properly!

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  33. What's your favourite Christmas memory?
    My fave christmas memory has to be when my daughter was born 1 week early on christmas day. It makes christmas truly special :)

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  34. xmas pud or icecream ?

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