Last but not least: it’s the final day of the Lakewater Press holiday blog hop and time to introduce author Susan Pape.
Since the beginning of December we’ve been sharing Christmas Q&As with our authors and the behind the pages team who help make their books shine.
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know us and look forward to getting to know some of you a next year.
For now Happy Christmas and Happy Reading to one and all.
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Today’s interviewee: Susan Pape, author
Your blog (url): www.bookloversbooklist.wordpress.com
Where do you live? I live on the site of an old lunatic asylum (yes, it really was called that) in Menston, between Ilkley and Leeds in West Yorkshire.
What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? It’s possible that Ilkley Moor (behind our house) could get a light dusting…but I don’t remember ever having ‘proper’ snow on Christmas Day in West Yorkshire.
Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? My favourite Christmasses were spent with some really good friends who lived in a converted station near Saddleworth Moor.
We played games, took part in a pantomime written by the host, tried to look serious during The Queen’s broadcast, and sat down for lunch and all the trimmings – that lasted from about 1pm until 9pm.
I also love being away at Christmas – Florence was a wonderful place to be, and then Cambodia/Vietnam more recently.
Egg nog: Yes or No? Ergh…no!
Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Basic, I’m afraid. I’ve tried to do those classy, neatly tucked corners, but they fail me every time.
Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? Christmas seems to be a time of giving ‘joke’ or ‘improving’ books. The joke books go straight on to the shelf in the downstairs lavvy and the improving ones (Shakespearian Tragedies; London Architecture and Tony Benn’s Diaries) get put in the pile for the charity shop.
What is your earliest book-related memory? My parents were not great readers (other than Reader’s Digest) but they did have a shelf full of Graham Greene so I worked my way through those until I was old enough to get my own library card. Not entirely sure it was suitable reading for a child.
Do you write/work during the holidays? Newspapers don’t stop for the holidays so a skeleton staff was always needed to be available on Christmas Day – and throughout the holiday period. When I worked on newspapers, it was usually down to staff without kids to work over the holidays – and that was usually me.
I didn’t mind too much as I could take time off in lieu when life returned to normal after the Xmas excesses.
Can you share what you’re working on now? Book Three in the Friends trilogy that Sue Featherstone and I are writing together.
So many ideas are bubbling right now – and I can hardly believe this will be the end of the road for the two main characters, Teri and Lee.
What are your goals for 2018? To finish writing the third book in the Friends trilogy and then complete the murder mystery that Sue and I have already started. It takes us out of our comfort genre, so please, wish us luck.
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