Tonight on Friday Night Drinks, I am thrilled to be joined by author, fellow member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and my IRL friend, Lynda Stacey.
Hi, Lynda, thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Well, I’m on a serious diet so I’m drinking tonic water (with a splash of gin) lol..!
I’m still on Dry January so I’ll just have to have the tonic. 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?
Well, we normally go to the pub that’s next door to your house. But, if you fancied somewhere different I’d probably take you through to The Percy Arms in Airmyn, they do fabulous fish and chips…. As well as the alcohol, of course.
Sounds ideal, let’s go there next time we meet. 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 my gosh. This is hard because I’d love to have my mum there, but then I’d have to speak to her (no disrespect)… but for a good night out I’d probably say Dawn French and Eddie Murphy. Love them both so much.
That would be fun company to be in for sure. 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?
I’m currently writing Book 5, which is surprisingly Doncaster-based. My choice of my home town might come across as odd until you learn about its history. Back in the 1800’s there was an area in Doncaster that the locals called the sand pit. This was a sand quarry. The owners literally carved a whole house out of the sandstone. But not being satisfied at that they continued to carve out the most amazing catacombs that ran beneath the ground and held the most intricate carvings. All of this area has been lost. The council filled it all in with concrete to make way for high rise flats, which I still find unbelievable.
I became interested in this site a number of years ago and really want to bring some attention to this amazing archaeological site that’s buried 9 metres below the pavement.
My novel is set in present day and follows the life of Cassandra Hunt, a young archaeologist that was brought up by her aunt after the murder of her father and subsequent death of her mother. As always, my novels are romantic suspense and in this book I really crank up the tension when after opening the tunnels, Cassie comes face to face with the man who murdered her father.
You can see more about the Sand House here.
Below are just a few pictures of how amazing these tunnels were.!!
Wow, I’ve lived in Doncaster on and off all my life and I had no idea about any of this! I’ll look forward to reading the book. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
My proudest moment was winning the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition which put me on the route to becoming a published author. Something I’d dreamed of for most of my life.
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’d like to be a household name. I’d like my books to be talked about and yes… I’d love to see them all as films.
What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
I’m working on The Sand House as described above. I’m really hoping that with all the publicity that the Sand House project is getting this year, I’ll get some extra publicity for the book.
Fingers crossed, it sounds like a fantastic project. 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 the favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
I’ve pretty much completed my bucket list. I’ve travelled the world as a Scuba Diving Instructor, I’ve dived the deepest accessible wrecks and I’ve free dived with sharks. It doesn’t get much better than that.
But my favourite place in the world would have to be The Maldives. It’s the most perfect place in the world and all I can say is it’s like being Robinson Crusoe with a bar and a chef.
The Maldives is definitely on my bucket list. Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
I was a Scuba Diving Instructor. I taught people to dive from their first breaths right to becoming instructors themselves.
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 loved Vanessa Savage’s new book, The Woman in the Dark. Also, I love everything that Jane Lovering, Milly Johnson and Mandy James are writing at the moment. But if I had to insist on one book that you should read it would just have to be my very own The Fake Date. Xx (I had to say that, didn’t I?)
I admire your chutzpah! I know you’ve recommended Vanessa Savage’s book to me before so I must get it. 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?
I never normally get hangovers, but having had a few in the past I always found that fresh air helps…. Unless of course you have an oxygen cylinder handy (which I always did when teaching scuba), then pure O2 cures a hangover in minutes.
Good tip! After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
I’d definitely be in my pj’s for the weekend. I’m very much a home girl and love curling up in front of the log burner wrapped in a blanket, especially on nights like tonight.
A woman after my own heart there! Lynda, thank you so much for joining me on the blog this evening, it’s been a blast as always.
Lynda’s latest book, The Fake Date is out now and has received amazing reviews from some of my favourite fellow bloggers. If you would like to get your own copy, you can purchase it here.
Nine hours and eleven minutes …
That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead.
She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly.
Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill?
Whoever it is, they will pay. All Ella has to do first is survive …
If you would like to find out more about Lynda and her books, you can find her on her website and Facebook and Twitter.
Next week i will be joined for drinks by my fabulous fellow book blogger and great supporter of authors, Anne Williams, so make sure you don’t miss that.