Delighted to welcome to the blog for Friday Night Drinks tonight, fellow book blogger….Sarah from Lost in the Land of Books blog.
Sarah, welcome and thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Well I have recently developed a taste for pink gin and lemonade. Hangover free mornings 🙌
Precisely why gin is my favourite tipple! If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
I would be taking you to Planet, it’s a local gay bar and somewhere me and my partner go to on any night out. It’s a lovely little place with great DJs and on some nights you can sit back and watch some of some amazing drag queens. Then once the acts have finished you can dance the night away.
If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Oh, now that’s a hard one, for my female I would definitely bring Pink along, she is just amazing and I had an epic time at her concert in the summer. She would also be a really good laugh. Now for a male it’s really difficult but I think it would be Robbie Williams. He is funny and who knows we could maybe have a good sing song.
Sarah, you have set us up for a raucous evening! So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
Well I recently celebrated the blog’s first birthday which kinda just sprung out of nowhere but it’s been such a lovely year. I have a very busy December as I have a couple of blog tours to kick the month off and then I have a week of celebrating all things Panther Publishing and then two weeks with the amazing Red Dog Press. The first week we will be taking a look at their books and having a chat, a giveaway and an exclusive. For the second week we will be chatting all things Soho Noir with T.S Hunter’s books which have just blown me away this year. I decided I was going to do this in Dec to shout about the indie publishers. I am just a small town blogger, but I want to do what I can to shout about not only the books I love but the publishers too.
This is one of my favourite things about blogging, being able to shine a spotlight on those smaller, indie presses. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing/blogging and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment came just recently when I was quoted on the back of a book for the first time ever. Red Dog have quoted me on the back of the book I believe everyone should read this year Heleen Kist’s Stay Mad, Sweetheart. I am also pretty damn proud I took the leap to start up the blog, I am a mum to two children and one of which has epilepsy and Aspergher’s and worried I wouldn’t have the time or the energy, mum guilt kicks in but I finally done something for me. My biggest challenge has been saying no, I get some amazing emails and I want to say yes to everything but I have to remember as well as the blog I am also a partner, mum and I work so I can only juggle so many plates at a time.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I am writing away very very slowly on a book of my own so I would love to be published and failing that then I would like to win a blogging award.
Great ambitions. What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
The Indie Christmas that I talked about and also my own writing, it started off full of self doubt and the whole oh this is rubbish etc but I had some lovely feedback about it, so I’m now hoping in the New Year to take the time to actual write a book and see where it goes. It’s about saying no a little more to tours and limiting them each month so I have time to read, review and write. Even if I don’t get it published I will still be happy that I actually finished it and wrote something and who knows where I will go from there.
I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
Well apart from trips to London to visit my mum, I’ve only ever been to Tenerife, and the Canary Islands. Which is just beautiful. I would love to go to New York and Disneyland, two places I hope to get to in my lifetime. We are planning a trip to Turkey hopefully next year child free as it’s my partner’s favourite place to go so she would like to show me around.
Well, I’ve travelled widely in the States, am a Disney fanatic and used to be a travel consultant so, if you need any advice, give me a shout! Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
Oh, I think I’m pretty much open book so people know quite a lot about me, but I’m actually quite quiet and withdrawn. however they are usually surprised to see the tattoos, I have 9 so far and plan on adding more next year.
Tattoos seem to be addictive once you start! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
I would say Stay Mad, Sweetheart by Heleen Kist if you haven’t already and I know you said one but just in case you have read it then T.S Hunter’s Soho Noir series.
THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN INNOCENCE AND GUILT. AN EVEN FINER LINE BETWEEN JUSTICE AND REVENGE.
Data scientist Laura prefers the company of her books to the real world – let alone that cesspit online. But when her best friend Emily becomes the victim of horrific cyberbullying, she makes it her all-engulfing mission to track down the worst culprits.
Petite corporate financier Suki is about to outshine the stupid boys at her firm: she’s leading the acquisition of Edinburgh’s most exciting start-up. If only she could get its brilliant, but distracted, co-founder Laura to engage.
Event planner Claire is left to salvage the start-up’s annual conference after her colleague Emily fails to return to work. She’s determined to get a promotion out of it, but her boss isn’t playing ball.
As the women’s paths intertwine, the insidious discrimination they each face comes to light. Emboldened by Emily’s tragic experience, they join forces to plot the downfall of all those who’ve wronged them.
But with emotions running high, will the punishments fit the crimes?
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
My new failsafe plan is to stick to the Pink Gin all night, however when I do end up falling off the band wagon then I try to drink a pint of water when I get home. A nice cold can of Irn Bru And a nice bacon roll or full fry up sorts me right out.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfectweekend?
Well after such an amazing night out I would need some downtime to recover. Wrapped up in my blanket with some good books by my side and cake and coffee on hand would be lovely.
That sounds fantastic. Sarah, thanks for joining me, it’s been great and I wish you great success with your promotions and the writing.
Next week I am having Friday Night Drinks with author, Rachel Sargeant, so please come back then.