Author Sue Moorcroft, Baloo the dog and fun on the Bob Mackie show!


Dream a Little Dream by Sue MoorcroftThis week…
The long awaited interview with award-winning author Sue Moorcroft
Win a signed copy of her latest book, 'Dream a Little Dream'
A funny moment from Bob Mackie show – 'stool' trouble!
And 1930s dating – a photo guide!

Short but sweet
A shorter blog than usual this week, 'cos it's time for another author interview, and a competition to win a copy of their book! See the full chat with 2011 Best Romantic Read Award Winner Sue Moorcroft below, and find out about her other book, 'How to Make Money Writing Romantic or Erotic Fiction'.

Other highlights of the week:
Debbie and BalooWent to daughter Lauren's in Bath this week – so here's an update on my 'grand-pog' – her little cocker spaniel Baloo – she's much bigger now, and very funny – she's learned roll over and other little tricks. Such soft ears – they really should make a Charlie Bear after her!

Had my very first Christmas card this week! Yes really! Thanks to Margaret McKinley. Once again this year, any cards I receive sent to our Debbie with her first Christmas card of 2012London HQ in Chiswick Park, by December 21st, containing a full address, I will send one back to you! The first hundred to ask for one will also get a signed pic!

As you know, I'm nearly finished my first romance novel, 'Hawaiian Affair'. Well I'm also now researching my second – set partly in the 1930s. It's been great fun researching it – do take a look at the funny guide here – 'The proper etiquette of a woman dating in the 1930s'. 1930s dating guide - when a man dances

Can you imagine saying that now?! Anyone got any other great links or memories from way back when? Leave me a comment at bottom of blog!

Blooper time
Had a great show with Genevieve on the Bob Mackie TSV day - have you ever noticed how many of us don't sit on the stools, but 'perch'? This clip could explain why! Had a giggle, so thought you might like to share it!


WATCH – this week, it was 20 years since my lovely old dad died, bless him. As a fabulous memory, I thought I'd mark the occasion by remembering the fun time we had appearing on the 'Generation Game' when I was 19. Such fun! Had that cuddly rabbit for years – and it wasn't cuddly at all! Lol!


I'll have another great film review next week.

Debbie wearing the Tiana B TSV dressQVC highlights – so here, by request, is the stunning Tiana B dress which will be the Today's Special Value on Thursday 15th November. Join me at 7pm. And don't forget to tune in for another 'Saturday Night Gifts Show' with Dale at 8pm this week. He's also got the fab return of Apple gadgets in 'The Apple Store' on Sunday night at 10pm.

Have a great week – enjoy the interview below with lovely Sue Moorcroft, and don't forget to leave me a comment below to enter the competition!

Best wishes,
Debs X

Interview with award-winning author, Sue Moorcroft
Sue MoorcroftSue Moorcroft is an extraordinary writer – not only writing successful novels for publisher Choc Lit, but also short stories, serials, articles, columns (for 'Writers' Forum' and 'Girlracer'), courses and "how to" books.

One of her books, 'Love Writing – How to Make Money Writing Romantic or Erotic Fiction', is often recommended to students. And Sue's a regular on the writing workshop circuit, which is where we first met when I went to one of her workshops at the annual York Writing Festival.

Sue's fifth novel, 'Love & Freedom', won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011. And she's been nominated three times at this year's Festival of Romance: Best Romantic Read Award (for 'Dream a Little Dream'), Best e-book Read ('Darcie's Dilemma') and Innovation in Romantic Fiction (Author). She's kindly agreed to fit into her busy life a chat with us! If you'd like to stand a chance of winning a signed copy of the new book, see below!

Q. Sue – to start with – how on earth do you do it? You're the epitome of an author who lives, breathes, walks and talks writing – and Tweeting, and Facebooking! Does it take much discipline? And how did you get your first deal?

A. I work a lot of hours – about 50 or 60 a week – and I type rapidly. I also teach creative writing and I'm the head judge of Writers' Forum's fiction competition, so I tend to do those things in the morning and write in the afternoons. It's a productive routine. Writing, and teaching/judging writing, is how I earn my living, so I have to work hard at it. Or I might have to go and find a proper job! Yuck.

My first deal was for Uphill All the Way, published in 2005. I heard what the publisher, Transita, was looking for, and targeted the book carefully. My agent sold it to them.

Sue Moorcroft winning the Best Romantic Read awardQ. You must have been proud to win the Best Romantic Read Award last year? I heard your book also outsold others in the WHSmith's rail and airport outlets too. Does it take much outside promotion nowadays to help a book along?

A. Yes, I was deliriously proud to win the award. I was up against a bestselling author, so was certain she'd get it. I didn't get nervous or even plan a speech.

When the Awards organiser opened the envelope and read out 'It's Sue Moorcroft for Love & Freedom' I went completely numb. Someone had to shove me up to collect my award and I stuttered through my thank yous. Then I returned to my seat to eat dessert, which had been delivered in my absence.

It was my first Choc Lit book, 'Starting Over', which outsold all others in its genre in the travel stores, for a week or two. That was a huge thrill! My books are seen as good holiday reading. Yes, I need to promote as much as I can. Most writers do, I think.

Q. Your latest book has a lovely title – 'Dream a Little Dream' – and it's actually – unusually for books with the word 'dream' in the title, partly about sleep! Tell us more, give us a tantalising taster!

A. Readers may have already met Liza Reece as she's the sister of Cleo from 'All That Mullarkey'. She was such fun that I had to give her a book of her own. I left her all loved up with Adam, but she's managed to get herself single again – in piece of mischief that went badly wrong…

Fish pedicureDominic Christy used to be in his dream job as an air traffic controller but developed the rare sleeping disorder, narcolepsy, characterised by uncontrolled sleep and vivid dreams, and has had to accept the end of that career – along with his relationship with girlfriend Natalie.

Both Liza and Dominic identify new dreams – and go on unusual experiences like the fish pedicure pictured here! But if Dominic realises his dream then Liza can't, and if she does, he can't. And the fact that they have the extreme hots for one another is a complication.

Q. A lot of people like to read a series of books with characters that reappear – you've done that here as well, haven't you? Liza and also Middledip have appeared before elsewhere. What's the appeal in bringing characters back for you? And can we expect to see other reappearances?

A. 'Starting Over', 'All That Mullarkey' and 'Dream a Little Dream' have characters in common. They're linked rather than being a series, ie. each book stands alone, if you don't read the others. When Ratty, the hero of 'Starting Over', had a small role in 'All That Mullarkey', I got great feedback from readers who enjoyed seeing what happened to Ratty after 'his' book was over.

So when readers asked about Liza, I became curious about what happened to her, too. Giving her her own book also gave me the opportunity to see how Cleo and Justin were doing, because Liza and Cleo are the kind of sisters who are very much in each others' lives.

The book scheduled for 2013, 'Is This Love?', is set in the same village but only minor characters reappear such as Gwen at the shop and Tubb at the pub.

My ebook novella, 'Darcie's Dilemma', is set in the town of Bettsbrough, close to Middledip, too.

Choc Lit logoQ. Choc Lit seems to be an up and coming publishing house – many authors have won awards, haven't they? Like sweeping the Romantic Novelists' Associations Awards last year with two RONAs, the Joan Hessayon Award and the Romantic Novel of the Year. And I wondered, how are they coping with the current rise in ebooks and self-publishing?

A. Our own ebook sales are a positive rather than a negative – readers of romantic fiction have embraced e-readers. There are fewer difficult decisions about books going 'out of print', as long as ebook sales are contributing to the balance sheet. I don't know that Choc Lit's being affected by writers self-publishing. They have more submissions than they know what to do with, as most traditional publishers do.

Q. What's your view of the explosion of self-publishing nowadays? Any advice for would-be writers?

A. It's worked well for some people – but many who have been ultra-successful have accepted traditional contracts when opportunities arise. I've self-published some serials and a backlist novel, which began as a service to readers but now brings in income. Writers who are publishing themselves from scratch might be wise to pay for an editor and cover designer, to avoid quality issues.

Q. Finally – what are you working on next, and what workshops can readers go to if they'd like to hear you talk?

A. 'Is This Love?' is complete as a first draft and I'll be working on that further soon, and I'm playing with ideas for a 2014 book – set in my beloved Malta.

I'll be at the Festival of Romance from 16th-18th November; leading a one-day course for Writing East Midlands on 14th Feburary 2013; Chipping Norton Literary Festival 20th-21st April; RT Booklovers' Convention, Kansas 29th April-5th May and, for those serious about writing, a fabulous one-week course for Arte Umbria in Italy 3rd-10 Julyth (can't wait for that one!). Then 28th July-2nd August Writers’ Holiday, Caerleon. Keep your eye on the 'Events' panel on my blog for any additions.

Thanks Sue! Another author interview next month!

Why not befriend Sue on Facebook or follow Sue on Twitter? She's very good at responding to people!

Dream a Little Dream by Sue MoorcroftAll you have to do to be in the randomly chosen draw to win a signed copy of Sue's book is to leave a comment below, even if you just state you'd like to enter the competition.

Closing date for leaving comments is 23rd November, and the winner will be announced on here around 30th November. Go here to read the Ts & Cs. Go here to Amazon to order the book yourself if you can't wait! And don't forget – leave a comment below, even if you've never done so before – someone's got to win!

D x


  1. Tamie and Mila November 15, 2012 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Haven’t read any of Sue’s books, would be fun to read one so winning one would be great. You look stunning in that dress Debbie!! xxx

  2. Barbara Alice Brown November 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    I am just about to retire on 30th November, I have always enjoyed writing, but now I will have time to really get going! Have made a note to myself to get Sue’s book on how to write romantic fiction, but think I may have to skip the erotic bit!

  3. Jan paget November 16, 2012 at 7:34 am -  Reply

    Sounds intriguing – would love to win a copy to give it a go. Fingers crossed x x

  4. Angie Keeler November 16, 2012 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    I would love to win a copy of dream a little dream.
    This blog has been delightful and I wish I had discovered it sooner 🙂

  5. Catherine November 16, 2012 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    I’ve loved all of Sue’s books – who doesn’t love Ratty?! I’m looking forward to reading “Dream A Little Dream”

  6. Allison tranter November 16, 2012 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Debs I’ve just found you on Twitter so now following! Would love to win copy so please enter me xxx

  7. debs f November 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Tamie – /Mila – you’re entered! And there’s some fab offers on amazon for sue’s books too – are you an ebook reader?
    ps thank you!

  8. debs f November 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Barbara – how exciting – a new era for you hon! Nowadays 60 is so young isn’t it! Good luck with it all – and keep me informed!
    ps there are some other fabulous books around too about getting published – one’s to look out for include- Getting Published (funny that! lol) by Harry Bingham. And Carole Blake – a top London agent – has written ‘From Pitch to Publication: everything you need to know to get your novel published’.

  9. debs f November 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Jan – you’re entered! Good luck! d x

  10. debs f November 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Angie – thank you so much for entering and for the kind comment – do come back regularly! And don’t forget to leave me a comment when you do! : – )

  11. debs f November 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Catherine – so glad you’re a fan of Sue’s writing! Thank you for entering my comp!

  12. debs f November 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Allison – so glad you found me on twitter! Do keep coming back regularly! So lovely to hear from you guys!
    Good luck in the comp.

  13. Anita November 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Just realised my previous comment hasn’t been posted: loved watching you and your dad! x

  14. Sue Moorcroft November 19, 2012 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Thanks so much for interviewing me for your fabby blog. Sorry to be late responding – I spent the weekend at the Festival of Romance, which was fabulous but tiring. And then I had to watch the Formula 1 race when I returned home, of course …
    I’m really, really pleased that Dream a Little Dream is in the top 50 Kindle chart – it’s been up to 23 – and number 12 at W H Smith travel. It was shortlisted for the Best Romantic Read Award at the Festival, too.
    My thanks to Barbara, Angie and Catherine for entering the draw.
    Jan, there’s only one section on writing erotica, really, because it’s only one type of romantic fiction, after all.
    Allison, thank you! I’ve never quite been able to fall out of love with Ratty. He seems to be quite a popular hero – he’s been asked for interviews and has had his own fan mail!
    Thank you, everyone for commenting!

  15. Cheryl Hamilton November 20, 2012 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    Just loved you on the air tonight with YBF and Stacey!! You are so brave to go on without makeup!! You looked fab in her products and I so hope you are a convert. You really did look stunning. She is such major fun…but to find out how seriously she takes her role in helping all women be beautiful that’s where she truly shines. I loved calling through and talking to you all…I hope we get to see you on her future shows…the two of you just seemed to click!!
    Much love and many blessings,

  16. Jacke Reid November 20, 2012 at 2:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Debs would love to win a copy of Sue’s book. Please enter me. Watched you and the lovely Stacey earlier tonight putting your faces on. Thought you were brilliant. It’s great to have her back with us. Also wondered if the pearls you were wearing are the Honorary TSV?

  17. debs f November 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Sue – thank you honey! Hope to see you at the next RNA ‘do’! d x

  18. debs f November 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Cheryl – it was lovely to hear from you too hon! Always a pleasure to be on with ladies like Stacey – they make our job easy! lol! And the ‘bare faced’ experience will be featured on the next blog! lol! hugs d x

  19. debs f November 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Jackie – thank you for entering! Yes the pearls are the Honora TSV from 4th December i believe! And Stacey’s not only a fun guest, her cosmetics are excellent quality too! Ta for your comments hon! Good luck!
    best wishes

  20. Tamie and Mila November 26, 2012 at 1:08 am -  Reply

    Hi didn’t read your reply to our comment til now, oops, yes Tamie is an avid e book reader. I prefer the printed word still, ha. Maybe one day.

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