Welcome fabulous contemporary romance author, Sue Moorcroft...

 Hi, Sue! I am absolutely thrilled to welcome you to my blog - we have met a few times at Romantic Novelists Association events and it's such a pleasure to interview you. Wishing you every success with your latest release, A SUMMER TO REMEMBER! Let's kick things off with my questions...

1)                What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?

From the age of thirteen to nearly seventeen I was a Saturday girl in a butcher’s shop, mainly on what was called ‘cooked meats’ but would now be a deli. It was incredibly cold in winter to have your hands in a chiller cabinet, no heating, and the front doors permanently open. All the rubbish jobs were saved for the Saturday girl: cleaning out the chicken spit (at least I got warm hands) or the chiller (getting frozen again). I didn’t mind working there because I earned £4 a day and there always seemed to be a lot of joking around amongst the staff. I do remember having to work with an unpleasant woman though. She lived only a street or so from me and my dad often gave her a lift home. She was mean to me once too often and I got my revenge by leaving her standing at the bus stop.

2)                Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it?

I have to choose one? OK, I hate being treated as if my time is of no importance. For example, I always book the first appointment of the day when I need to see my dentist - 9 a.m. It really winds me up when I get there ten minutes early to allow for the time to fill in whatever forms they wish me to and be ready to be called at nine, but I’m not called until 9.15. If the dentist isn’t going to be ready until 9.15 then that’s when the appointment should be made! I’m self-employed and always time-poor. I can feel myself gritting my teeth just to think of this.

3)                Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_?

Bog standard T and jeans at home. A little Bohemian at other times.

4)    Tell me about your book A Summer to Remember and where you got your inspiration for it.

This probably doesn’t put me in a good light but the inspiration for A Summer to Remember sparked into life when I saw a Tweet about a guy in an intimate moment with a woman getting caught by his video conferencing software. I hadn’t even thought about this being possible! For an instant I laughed, but then I began to think of the fall out. Did he have a wife or girlfriend? Did she have a husband or boyfriend? Did the couple caught with their pants down know this image was floating around Twitter? Did it affect their employment? I made my heroine the fiancée of a man caught out like this.

In the deep and dark past I worked in a bank (the job after the butcher’s shop) and I’ve always maintained an interest not just in business but in the fundamental effect money can have on people’s lives. Because I wanted to make the conflict as deep as I could I made Clancy’s fiancé, Will, a partner in the same business as her. There were five partners so the situation affected them all, including their livelihoods.

The book begins with Clancy running from the situation. She says that she’s helping out her cousin, Alice, with whom she has a singular relationship, but, actually, she’s running to Nelson’s Bar, a tiny Norfolk village up on a headland with a rubbish mobile signal and only satellite broadband. It seems like the ideal ‘get away from it all’ … but she did kind of leave an unresolved situation there in the past.

5)    Who is your role model? Why?

It might seem an odd answer but I’m going to say all the best Formula 1 drivers. Formula 1 is my passion and I’ve observed the way certain drivers conduct themselves. They’re never afraid to put the hours in, they accept adversity, they make themselves easy to work with without being pushovers, they get the professional support they need and, first and foremost, they pull a team around them. When my agent was looking for a new publisher for me I had one major wish: I wanted the publisher who would get right behind me. Avon (HarperCollins) has fulfilled this role ever since.

6)    How much of your book is realistic?

Clancy being ganged up against by the other partners in the business she’s helped to create. It didn’t happen to me personally but it happened to someone I’m close to and I know how it devastated him and the frightening effect it had on our family.

7)    What are your ambitions for your writing career?

The sky’s the limit. I shall continue to work hard, be guided by those I trust, take opportunities and get my books as high up the charts as I can in the UK and around the world. I’m a bestseller so I suppose ‘topseller’ is next … but it’s a lofty ambition.

8)    Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people.

Once I saw a competition for a makeover, promising to make the recipient look like Jessica Simpson. I thought she must be one of The Simpsons and wondered why anyone would want to be yellow. (I don’t watch many movies or much TV.)

Thank you for inviting me onto your lovely blog, Rachel!

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and international bestselling author and has reached the coveted #1 spot on Amazon Kindle. She’s won the Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award, the Katie Fforde Bursary and twice been nominated for Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared around the world.

Social media links:
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A Summer to Remember will be released on 2 May 2019

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.
WHERE? Nelsons Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and most importantly no problems!
WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.
WHAT YOULL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.
PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life

A Summer to Remember buy links:
Amazon UK [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Remember-Sue-Moorcroft-ebook/dp/B07JMXS427/]
iBooks [https://itunes.apple.com/mt/book/a-summer-to-remember/id1444226226?mt=11]
Kobo [https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-summer-to-remember-19]
Waterstones [https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-summer-to-remember/sue-moorcroft/9780008321765]
W H Smith [https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/a-summer-to-remember/9780008321765]

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