This is my second blog post interviewing contributors to the It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Chick Lit Anthology ...today's interview is with Susan Murphy.
1. You have a holiday story in It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chicklit...what’s your favourite holiday?
My favourite holiday is definitely Christmas. Ever since I was a kid, I’d start counting down the days from as early as July. I am the youngest of 5 kids and we didn’t have very much growing up, so when Christmas came around it was the only time we’d really get new toys and clothes. It was also fun to see all of our cousins and have roast dinner and dessert. In Australia Christmas is also in the summertime so it’s stinking hot. We would have the sprinklers on in the back yard and after opening our presents in the morning, lunch would be cooking while we played and got wet. I loved it.
2. What book are you reading right now or looking forward to reading next?
Right now I can’t wait to start reading The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnevale and Don’t Mean a Thing by Renee Conoulty. They both look great and are wonderful ladies.
3. Of your own novels do you have a favourite?
I have 2 published books, a series called ‘Confetti Confidential’ which is loosely based on my work as a marriage and funeral celebrant. I loved book 1, ‘They Do, I Don’t’ but I think the second, ‘Annabel’s Wedding’ was actually better. My books have a lot of comedy, so most of the reviewers said that there were a lot of laugh out loud moments, but there’s also romance and of course, because I am a marriage celebrant, there are weddings!
4. Are you working on a novel/book/story now? Can you tell me a little bit about it?
I am working on something now, several things actually. I have written another ChickLit story which is based in Hawaii and is a bit more romance based than my other 2. I hope to have that out early next year. I’ve also been working on a thriller with another author and I have co-written a middle-grade children’s book with a fellow children’s author, Adam Cece. I also have a historical romance in the works too, based on the stories of my grandparents, but I need to wait until I visit Edinburgh next year, where the story is based, before I can really get into the details for that one.
5. What’s your favourite holiday song/or food or tradition?
I am one of those awful people that has Christmas carol CDs playing on loop all through December. My favourite tradition is taking the kids out so that they can buy gifts for each other and us with their own money. We wander the shops, listening to carols playing overhead. We have lunch and they spend time sneakily buying gifts and hiding them so that we don’t see. It’s my favourite thing in the lead-up. Boxing Day is also a big one for my family as my siblings and parents usually go our separate ways on Christmas day, to in-laws etc, but then on Boxing Day we have a big feast and celebration.
Susan Murphy is an author and marriage (and funeral) celebrant from Adelaide, South Australia. From weddings on cruise ships to family brawls at funerals, Susan has seen (and completely enjoyed) all of it. These situations have of course provided much inspiration for her writing.
Her first book 'Confetti Confidential: They Do, I Don't' was published with Harper Collins in 2015 with the follow-up, 'Annabel's Wedding' released on November 1st 2015.
After a stint as the Writer in Residence at the SA Writers Centre, Susan has co-written a middle-grade children’s book and is now working on a historical fiction project as well as a new romantic comedy series.
In her ‘spare’ time she mainly eats chocolate and drinks wine, although she occasionally turns up at work and sometimes parents her three children, 2 dogs, cat and cockatiel, Moe.
Facebook author Page: https://www.facebook.com/susanmurphyauthor/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Murphy/e/B00VCZ7HTO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1475038372&sr=1-4
Harper Collins listing: http://www.harpercollins.com.au/cr-113929/susan-murphy/
Look for Susan's story in It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chick Lit out now and free at all major retailers.