Friday, 30 September 2016

Funday Friday - Truth or Lie? - Sue Featherstone - Month 6 Week 1

Welcome to the latest edition of Truth of Lie. My name is Rachel and I will be your host, for this exciting new game show. Each Friday, I will have one contestant, and they will be answering at least 14 questions. There is of course one small twist...

For three of the answers, they have to lie. It is your task as the viewer to guess which three answers are lies. You are allowed 3 guesses and I want them posted into the comments field. 

Every 4 weeks, I will close the guessing, count up how many correct answers each of you has, and create a leaderboard. Anyone who is top of the leaderboard, will go into a draw for a paperback of the winners choice (open internationally). 

Please do include a way for me to contact you (email or twitter or similar), so that I can let you know if you have won. 

The weekend after a 4 week period closes, not only will I produce a leaderboard, and announce a winner, I will also let you know into the true answers, and which were the lies.  

Closing date for the sixth month is 11pm on 27th October 2016. 

So without further ado, let's meet today's contestant. 

Good morning contestant, please can you tell me your name and a little bit about yourself?

I’m Sue Featherstone, a former journalist and PR professional, now teaching journalism at Sheffield Hallam University. I’ve co-written two journalism text books with my writing partner Susan Pape –  Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction, both published by Sage. Our first novel A Falling Friend was published by Lakewater Press in April, 2016. One reviewer described it as chick lit with attitude, which I rather like. I currently blog at pinkbicylebooks but am in the process of transferring everything to The Booklist, a joint blog with Susan.
Please to meet you Sue, I hope everyone enjoys your interview

Now onto the show, and remember everyone, Sue hasn't been entirely truthful with three of these answers, so it is up to you to guess which ones they are (only 3 guesses per person though). 

1) Who is your favourite author?  

Has to be a toss up between Georgette Heyer and Agatha Christie. I discovered both in my teens and I’m loyal to authors I like.  Christie is probably the better writer but I like the humour of Heyer’s romances. 

2) What book do you wish you had written?  

Dear Daddy by Phillipe Dupasquier. It’s a picture book about a little girl Sophie, who is writing letters to her dad, who is away at sea. ‘Dear Daddy, The piano has been mended. Mummy is very pleased.’ Absolutely magic and my daughters both loved it when they were little. 

3) What was your most memorable holiday ever?  

Our first holiday together as a married couple (honeymoon in Paris excepted): a caravan in Skegness. Doesn’t sound very exciting but just the two of us. What could have been better?

4) If you could be an animal what would you be and why? 

A horse: sensitive, beautiful, intelligent and high spirited. And a good runner too. Just like me. 

5) What superpower would you love to have? 

I’d like to be able to fly. Preferably like Superman, because a pair of wings would spoil the cut of my clothes.

6) What is the most annoying interview question you have ever been asked? 

If you could be an animal what would it be? Because I wouldn’t ever want to be any kind of animal. Ever. I don’t like animals. I just don’t get their appeal. 

7) What is your dream job, and have you tried to achieve it? 

Like every good Catholic girl I fantasised about becoming a nun and saving the world through prayer and good deeds. Then I grew up and discovered I wasn’t cut out for praying or saving the world.

8) Can you describe for me what your perfect day would involve? 

One that allowed time to do some writing without feeling as if I’ve got to squeeze it in as an afterthought around all the other things I have to do. That’s why I love Fridays – I now work just four days a week and Fridays are my writing day. 

9) If you could choose anybody famous to star in the story of your life, who would it be? 

Sean Bean, from the Sharpe era. He doesn’t look remotely like my husband, but I could happily pretend to be married to him. 

10) Who is your ideal Disney character? 

Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She’s clever, independent, feisty, pretty, brave, loving...all the things I’d like to be. And with gorgeous, long, thick hair. 

11) Who is the most important person in the world to you? 

My husband and daughters, of course. They might read this: wouldn’t dare say anything else!

12) Can you let us in on an embarrassing secret? 

Good lord! No!  My embarrassing secrets are staying secret.

13) If you won the lottery, how would you spend the money? 

 I’d have as much fun as possible spending it on high living, exotic holidays and expensive cocktails. I’d also treat my husband to a fast car.

14) What are you most scared of?

Same thing as every mother: something awful happening to my daughters. Lie: My husband finding out how much the new pair of shoes in my wardrobe really cost.

Thank you so much for agreeing to take part Sue, I agree you need to say your family just incase, and Superman's powers would be brilliant. 

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Truth or Lie? I will be back next week with another episode, and in the mean time...
Don't forget to guess the lies, to be in with a chance of a prize! 

And check out previous week's Truth or Lie's that you may have missed here

Whatever Teri says, whatever she does, it's all leading her toward disaster. But she's not one to heed a warning. What more can best mate Lee do? Besides, Lee's got her own life to sort out. 
A Falling Friend is the tale of two friends - one who always seems to make the wrong choices, and the other who's always there to catch her.

After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire—and to studying. That's when she discovers John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester, and poet of all things depraved. What she doesn't realise is even beyond his grave, his influence over her is extraordinary. To hell with the consequences.
Having gone out on a limb to get old friend Teri a job at the university at which she teaches, it doesn't take long for Lee Harper to recognise a pattern. Wherever Teri goes, whatever she does, every selfish choice she makes, it's all setting her up for a nasty fall. But Teri's not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch. And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.

A clever, raw and hilarious character-driven masterpiece that follows the lives of two friends with the same ambitions, but who have vastly different ways of achieving them.

About the Authors

Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists who between them have extensive experience of working in national and regional papers and magazines, and public relations.

More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism to undergraduate and postgraduate students – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity.
The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, have already written two successful journalism text books together - Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction; and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and exploring the cycle paths near her Yorkshire home. She blogs about books at Book Lovers, Book List Susan is married and spends her spare time walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales and on the east coast, and playing the ukulele.


  1. Had lots of fun doing this quiz - especially inventing the lies. Look forward to reading the next post in this series. Just one thing to add: my blog name has now changed to

  2. I think Sue's lies are about the horse (she doesn't like animals) and running (she couldn't run to catch a bus) and her ambition to be a nun (she always wanted to be a journalist and write - and black doesn't suit her).

  3. This week seems a little easier ... 4, 6 & 9 I hope!

  4. Well, 14 obviously! Plus 6 and 7.


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