Susi Qs – Week 30 – Susi Holliday

It’s here – it’s happening!! It’s only taken 30 gruelling weeks, but I am finally answering my own questions. OK, so I *may* have scheduled myself in to coincide with the release of my new book. OK, yes I did. SUBSTITUTE is out now. Please buy it. Right, back to the questions…

(Go on then…)

Do you empty your own hoover bag?

It’s not a bag, it’s a plastic cylinder and no, Mr H performs almost all household cleaning duties including this one. He empties it then cleans it out in the bath (not when he’s in it.)

Have you ever written a fan letter?

Several. I wrote to Wham to tell them I loved them, ditto Bros. More recently, Mr H wrote to the Monster Munch fan club to try and get me a t-shirt after collecting tokens from packets and hiding them (It was meant to be a surprise). The heartless bastards said the expiry date for t-shirts had passed. I am no longer a member.

What’s the first gig you ever went to?

Shakin’ Stevens at the Edinburgh Playhouse. My mum’s friend took me. I think I was about…8? But I was already obsessed with him. He drove me cray-ay-zee, in fact.

What is the worst thing?

Mushy peas.

What’s your favourite household appliance?

Mr H. JOKE!! I’m a woman of simple tastes. All I need is a kettle and a toaster, and if I had to choose, it’d be the toaster. When Jesus said ‘man cannot live on bread alone’ that’s because he didn’t have a toaster, a tub of Lurpak lighter and a packet of Cathedral City cheddar. He probably didn’t even have a butter knife, to be fair.

How many pairs of shoes do you have?

A ridiculous amount. Most of them are stored in a laundry bin. Heels, sandals, wedges, trainers, boots… and yet I actually only wear about 3 pairs that are left by the front door. I periodically open the laundry bin and take a pair or two out, think about giving them to charity, then decide I might need the one day, so I put them back and forget about them for another year.

Where’s the worst place you’ve been sick?

Picture this horrifying yet inevitable chain of events: a wedding atop a hill, only accessible via bus and winding road… a delectable array of food, much dancing, a free bar full of all the wines, beers and spirits on earth, and some cigars… and later, a pair of shoes – wrapped in a carrier bag and discarded in an airport bin before leaving the country. I’ll let you piece all that together.

Do you have a secret party piece?

I can eat an entire loaf of toasted bread in under 30 minutes. JOKE!! It’s more like an hour.

How many times have you seen Top Gun?

I can’t really talk about this until Tom lifts the restraining order.

What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?

Probably that time a builder saw a ghost in my house and then ran away and left me in there on my own.

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Book Deal News!

I’m very excited to announce that I have just signed another two book deal with Thomas & Mercer!

The first, The Hike, will be released in spring/summer 2022. It’s about four friends (two couples) who head out for what should be a fun hike in the French Alps on a lovely summer’s day – but as you might expect, things don’t quite go to plan and not all of them make it back down the mountain…

The second, Neighbourhood Watch, will be released early 2023. This one is set in a picturesque new neighbourhood, where nothing is as it seems…

Huge thanks to my brilliant agent Phil Patterson at Marjacq Scripts for sealing the deal with my fab new editor Victoria Haslam.

But if you can’t wait until 2022, you can pre-order my upcoming book, Substitute, which will be out in August this year (bloggers and reviewers, please get in touch HERE!)… and if you can’t even wait that long, you can read my latest book, The Last Resort, right now (or if you’ve never read any of my books, there are another seven that came before that!)