Welcome to my stop on Sue Lawrence’s Down To The Sea blog tour!
With thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours for arranging the following interview with Sue Lawrence…..
Q: For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
A: I trained as a journalist and got into food writing after winning Masterchef, writing regularly for the Sunday Times as well as authoring cookery books – 18 of them, up to now. I moved into writing fiction about eight years ago, and Down to the Sea is my third novel.
Q: Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
A: All characters are amalgams of people that I know, or I have previously met.
Q: How do you pick your characters’ names?
A: I try to pick the character names to suit the period, and not to be too difficult to remember. Anything too complicated, and readers could forget them!
Q: Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
A: A few of my top authors are:
Q: If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
A: Giuseppe Tomasa di Lampedusa. I would definitely ask him about the amazing Macaroni Pie so beautifully described in the book! (Il Gattopardo, The Leopard)
Q: When did you start to write?
A: I began writing after university and also tried my hand at children’s books whilst working as a journalist.
Q: If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
Q: Tell us about your last release?
A: Down to the Sea is a historical mystery with a dual narrative, set in Newhaven, Edinburgh. It follows the story of a 19th-century fisherlassie who was consigned to life in a poorhouse, and a young couple who, 100 years later, are converting the same building into a luxury care home, finding that not all is as it first seemed.
Q: Do you have a new release due?
A: A Taste of Scotland’s Islands is my next cookbook, due to publish in August.
Q: What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
A: A glass of fizz usually does the trick!
Q: How can readers keep in touch with you?
Through Twitter, @SueHLawrence
Q: Is there anything else you would like us to know?
A: I think books and cakes make a winning combination!
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Sue 🙂
When Rona and Craig buy a large Victorian house up from Edinburgh’s Newhaven district – once teeming with fishing boats – they plan to renovate and set it up as a luxury care home. But something is not quite right: disturbing sounds can be heard when the sea mists swirl; their unpredictable neighbour makes it clear that the house was not always a happy family home. And their ‘characterful’ historic pile has a gloomy cellar harbouring relics from days gone by.
Back in the 1890s, superstitious fishwives blame young Jessie for the deaths of their menfolk in a terrible storm, and she’s forced into the Newhaven Poorhouse. In those less enlightened times, life was often severe, cruel even, and Jessie is entirely at the mercy of a tyrant matron. But one inmate is not all she seems. Jessie begins to pick at the truth, uncovering the secrets and lies that pervade the poorhouse – and which will have profound and dangerous consequences in the future.
As well as writing three very popular and well-reviewed historical mysteries published in the UK and overseas, Sue Lawrence is one of the UK’s leading cookery writers, with eighteen published cookbooks. Having trained as a journalist in Dundee, she won BBC’s MasterChef in 1991 and became a food writer, regularly contributing to Scotland on Sunday, as well as being the Sunday Times’ food writer for six years. Born in Dundee and raised in Edinburgh, she now lives near Newhaven, Edinburgh – the setting for her latest novel. She has won two Guild of Food Writers Awards and a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award, and now focuses on researching and writing historical fiction.
happy reading 🙂