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Interview with Sue Moorcroft

Sue cropI’m not going to open my drawer and count how many notebooks I have. Let’s just agree that the drawer is full.

Drawerful of notebooks

My latest was given to me at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature at the beginning of March. I went to the festival to teach a three-day fiction-writing course and be part of a panel along with April Hardy and Nadiya Hussain. The notebook was a gift given me in appreciation of my work. Its dark red cover is smooth and silky and the (as yet untouched) pages are creamy, thick, unlined paper. It even has its own bookmark.

I was also given a Montegrappa fountain pen, the quality of which has to be felt to be believed. I even love its box! I used the pen to sign my latest contract with Avon Books UK (HarperCollins). There was only me here to see it but if felt ceremonious.

I’m not sure this is strictly stationery – but I love trays. The picture just shows one block of them but I have another. They suit my organised-but-in-a-slapdash-way persona.

I have four different containers of pens. My ‘Trust Me, I’m a Novelist’ one, a pretty one with notes as well, an oriental-looking one for my whiteboard pens and an old sweetie tin with pens I haven’t started yet. I’m a terror with pens. I generally don’t mind them being cheapo/giveaways but if you put one in my hand I will generally forget to give it back. This is probably why I have so many.

Trust Me, I'm a Novelist

My chief stationery love is sticky notes. I use them for plotting. Sometimes they go all over a wall, sometimes on a large piece of card, sometimes down the side of my computer screen (but they fall off so I have to add tape). I don’t really plot in a colour-coded way but it is fun to suddenly use a neon pink one to get my own attention or remind myself I just had the idea I’ve been groping for for hours.

Sticky notes

But I do have a terrible confession to make. I’m not sure if this disbars me from being a proper writer – but I make notes on scrap paper, too, not just proper notebooks! Don’t tell anyone. It’ll be our secret.

Just for the HolidaysBest-selling author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Christmas Promise rose to #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart; The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short Romance. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’.

Sue’s next book: Just for the Holidays

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