Thursday, 29 March 2018

Would You Rather? - Q&A with Sue Shepherd - Blog Tour

I am delighted to welcome back Sue Shepherd to my blog today, and she has answered a series of fun questions all entitled - Would You Rather?

Hi Rachel, Thank you for joining my blog tour and thank you for these questions. These ‘would you rather?’ questions remind me of my youngest son – he often asks me, out of the blue, ‘Mum, would you rather have toes for fingers or fingers for toes?’ How am I supposed to answer that? He does make me laugh.

Would you rather live under the sea or in space?

Well now, I am rather claustrophobic. I tried scuba diving once, and my brain simply couldn’t accept the fact that I was able to breathe under water. So, I definitely wouldn’t choose to live under the sea. However, if I’m honest, I’m not keen on the idea of living in space either. For pretty much the same reason. It’s fresh oxygen only for me! I know this is only the first question, but, can I be cheeky and just live here on Earth, please? Funnily enough this ties in nicely with my latest book, ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head.’ In the book, one of my characters is also claustrophobic, and she fears being under the water too. I think she’d choose to remain on solid ground with me.

Would you rather go skiing or sit by a beach on holiday?

I can answer this in a heartbeat. Beach! I tried skiing once, a very long time ago. I found it thoroughly exhausting. Of course, I was in the beginners group. On the first day, the instructor said, ‘Pick up your skis – we walk.’ And we all lugged these great heavy sticks on to our shoulders and attempted to follow him through extremely thick snow, in weighted boots. Within seconds, I was left behind. The rest of the group reached a rest point and dropped their skis. Sitting in the snow, they waited for a while. (For me to catch up!) No sooner had I joined the group than the instructor (who was very easy on the eye, but an utter tyrant) shouted, ‘And we go again!’ The rest of the group picked up their skis and set off. As you can imagine, this happened repeatedly - and I never got to join them for a flippin’ rest! What was that all about? Why were we walking? Weren’t we supposed to be skiing?

Would you rather go to the cinema or the theatre?

I’d choose the theatre. We have a small theatre locally and I’ve seen a few comedians and plays there. It’s like going into a time warp. Usherettes sell ice creams from a little tray which hangs around their necks! Or, if you prefer, you can pre-order a nice G&T and collect it in the interval. How civilized. If I had the choice I’d love to see a murder mystery. Maybe a good old Agatha Christie. Perfect.

Would you rather read eBooks, audiobooks or physical books?

I would choose audiobooks. I like having the story read to me whilst I potter about in the kitchen, or even better, through my headphones at night, to drown out my husband’s snoring.

Would you rather play or watch sport?

This one is so easy. I would rather watch. I am NOT sporty in any way, shape or form, and I never have been. Hence my skiing failure. I put on a pair of trainers the other day and my husband said I looked as if I was about to go for a jog. Oh, how we laughed!

Would you rather have your own luxury car, or private plane?

I do like the idea of a luxury car. But I think I’d have to choose the plane. My reason being, I live on the Isle of Wight, but I have friends and family on the mainland. A little private plane would come in very handy to pop over and see everyone. Do I get a free pilot too? Is he handsome?

Would you rather be aged 10 or 30 forever?

Thirty. I met my husband just before my 30th birthday. So, at 30, we were young and newly in love, with every possibility ahead of us. But I wouldn’t want to be that age forever. If we hadn’t moved on, we wouldn’t have our two amazing sons. So, I would eventually have to leave those heady days of being 30 behind and allow myself to age. Every wrinkle and aching bone is worth it for my boys.

Would you rather eat sweet or savoury food?

Savoury please. Given the choice between a starter or a pudding, I would always choose the starter. I’m not a huge fan of cake or overly sweet foods, apart from the odd slice of lemon drizzle cake.

Would you rather give up social media or alcohol?

Oh blimey, that is tough. My instinct is to say I’ll give up social media, because I can’t imagine never again enjoying a nice cold glass of Prosecco. But, even as I type that, my phone is alerting me to the fact that I have a notification, and my fingers are twitching to pick it up and check it out. I think I’ll choose to give up social media, but I can’t promise how long I’ll last!

Would you rather be an only child or have siblings?

Another question that links into my new book. ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ is the story of twin sisters, Beth and Lisa. There are many times in the book when they both ponder how much better life would be if they were an only child. I can answer this very easily – I would choose to have siblings. Well, to be precise – one sibling. I have an older sister, whom I love very much. We’re very close in age. We’ve been through a fair bit together, the loss of both our parents being the toughest parts. As with all siblings, she drives me nuts from time to time, but I cannot imagine life without her.

Thank you for having me, Rachel. Some of your questions were quite tricky and required some serious consideration, but I enjoyed answering them all.

You are very welcome Sue, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your answers and can only apologise I haven't had the time to fit in reading your book yet, but I am eager to read it when I get a chance. 

A moving and funny story about sisters, secrets and second chances.

Twin sisters Beth and Lisa do everything together, so what will happen now they both want a life of their own?
Beth has a secret she's kept from everyone except her sister. But it's time to get on with her life. Could a seductive Italian, a smooth-talking charmer or backpacking around Australia be the answer?
Lisa feels she's always lived in her sister's shadow. Maybe now it's her turn for some fun, whatever the consequences. But will her drunken antics land Beth in trouble?
And when it comes to the crunch, will one sister have to give up what she wants so the other can have what she needs?
Another entertaining page-turner from the No.1 bestselling author of Doesn't Everyone Have a Secret? – where things, and people, are not always as they first appear!

Purchase from Amazon UK 

Sue's Bio:

Born in Harrow, Sue went on to spend several years living in Hertfordshire before selling up and taking a leap of faith across The Solent. She now resides on the picturesque Isle of Wight with her husband, two sons and a standard poodle. Her passions in life are: her family, writing, the seaside and all the beautiful purple things her sons have bought her over the years. Happiest when hunched over her laptop with a cup of tea on the go, Sue loves to create stories with plenty of heart and laughs, but she makes sure to include a bit of naughtiness too. Ask Sue to plan too far in advance and you'll give her the heebie-jeebies and she'd prefer you not to mention Christmas until at least November!

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for join in with the blog tour, Rachel. I really appreciate your support. X


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