We’ll Always Have Paris – Interview with Sue Watson
I’m delighted to have Sue Watson here to talk to me today about her new release, We’ll Always Have Paris. I was lucky enough to have been sent an early copy of Sue’s book and jumped at the chance to ask her a few questions about it…
Cathy: I really enjoyed We’ll Always Have Paris. It has a more serious side to it than your usual novels. How did you manage to combine the sadder part of the storyline whilst still retaining your trademark warmth and humour?
Sue: That’s a great question, and something I was very aware of when I began to write the book. I wanted to write something slightly different, more emotional and I thought I’d find it difficult, but in some ways it was liberating not to have to make the book completely humorous. I enjoyed the light and shade of this one and once I’d realised who Rosie, my main character was, she lead the way and almost told me when it was okay to laugh. The book is based on lost love, and something happened many years before that caused that love to end and as sad as that was, like many things in life there is always humour hiding in there somewhere.
Cathy: The main character of this book is – let’s say – more mature than many in women’s fiction novels. Did you enjoy writing a character who’s a bit older. And was it different to write because of this?
Sue: Yes it was different, again it was a balancing act – Rosie is 64, I wanted her to be fun and feisty, while always being aware that she has a dignity and wisdom that comes with that age. It’s all about perception and how you view older people, women in particular, and as my mother (in her late seventies) always says ‘I don’t feel any different inside than I did at 18,’ which is something I kept reminding myself. One reader commented that she didn’t think it likely a woman of her age would consider themselves ‘hot’ in high heels, which is perfectly understandable, but my mum is a lot older and she does! I was keen to dispel the myth that women over a certain age don’t fall in love, have fun or have sex, because it’s just not true or fair. I wanted Rosie to be young at heart, the grandmother who gets down on the floor and plays with her grandchildren, who laughs along with her teenage granddaughter about boys and isn’t scared to talk about sex. One of the nicest reviews Rosie has received so far is from a reader in her forties who says she’d like to be Rosie when she grows up! I love that.
Cathy: What are you working on next, can we get an exclusive?!
Sue: Yes! I’m working on a Christmas novel set in Switzerland involving a delicious bakery in a wonderful, festive setting and filled with comedy, cakes and snow – lots of it!
Cathy: That sounds fantastic, Sue, I can’t wait to read it!
You can get We’ll Always Have Paris on Amazon HERE