Sue Moorcroft Interview: Writing, Helicopters and Audiobooks
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Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and internationally-bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She has been Vice Chair of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and her books have been shortlisted for Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year Awards. Her 2017 novel, Just for the Holidays, was chosen as the July/August 2018 audiobook for The Listening Books Club.
She spoke to Abigail Jaggers about breaking into writing, experiencing a helicopter crash, and devising dialogue out loud.
How did you break into writing?
It was 87 stories and a short story before I actually sold a novel...
Do you prefer writing short stories or novels?
It's a little bit like having a sorbet or an amuse-bouche between courses
What is writing a summer novel in winter like?
Maybe it's a patented cooling device!
Are you a planner or do you make it up as you go along?
I call myself a composter...
What was the inspiration behind Just For The Holidays?
She said "Let me tell you about my holiday from hell!"
How did you create the teenage character Curtis?
It must have been a very young goths convention in town that day!
What was the inspiration behind Leah's career?
I googled 'cool jobs' and the top one was chocolate taster
Can you tell us how you wrote a helicopter pilot so convincingly?
He said "Shall we do it at the proper speed now?"
Do you do a lot of detailed research?
I said "May I give him your leg?"
What type of author would you say you are?
I don't want my readers to think 'oh I'm reading this and somebody's written it'
Can you tell us about the Sue Moorcroft Street Team?
For A Christmas Promise, because the heroine was a milliner, we all went on social media wearing hats
Do you listen to the audiobooks of your books?
I find I can't pay attention, because I know every word!
Do you read your books aloud as you write them?
I suppose I didn't realise I was saying it aloud, but I was!
What are you working on at the moment?
The working title is Summer At the Seaside Village...