Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. Her novels include Going Underground, Little White Lies and Butterflies, which was short-listed for The Guardian's Not the Booker Prize, and The Trouble with Words.
I write contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. I have a Masters Degree in Radio and Television Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. My second book Little White Lies and Butterflies was the first ever romcom to be shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and I’m currently in the throws of promoting my seventh novel, A Not so Quiet Christmas.
It follows Antonia, a woman who prefers a quiet Christmas. She’s happy to spend it on her own, watching Hallmark movies in her pyjamas, eating what she wants when she wants. This year though, Antonia’s best friend Jules needs a favour. One that involves Antonia leaving London to spend the holidays in a remote Yorkshire Dales village.
City girl Antonia is reluctant to leave London. Not because of the high life on offer, but because of the anonymity it affords her. And arriving at the little Dales cottage it soon becomes apparent that her fears are justified; being a wallflower isn’t an option. Thanks to handsome property agent Oliver, various quirky locals, and the embarrassing situations that Antonia keeps finding herself in, Antonia has no choice but to take centre stage. It’s a story about a woman stepping out of her comfort zone and learning how that can be a positive thing.
Tell us about yourself?
What are you currently working on?
As well as being on the promo trail, I’m busy writing book number eight. Tessa Cavendish is Getting Married (working title) is a laugh out loud romcom with a Bridget Jones meets Monster-in-law feel. Except in poor Tessa’s case, the monster is her own mum.
Which six books will you take to the Island?
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women (now subtitled The Undeclared War Against American Women) by Susan Faludi
Feminism runs in my blood, so it’s no surprise that this book makes the cut. It had a profound effect on me. It’s a powerful, thought-provoking read about the anti-feminist backlash that sadly still exists today.
The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
There are so many facets to this book. It’s ambitious and transcends genre and blends fact and fiction seamlessly. It’s a story of love and loss, past and present. It’s about family and the ties that bind. Full of hope, determination, and strength of the human spirit, I’d say The Girl at the Window is the perfect read for someone stranded on a dessert island!
Which disc will you take to the Island?
This year, to celebrate Mothers’ Day, my two sons put together a disc full of songs that remind them of me, and me of them. How could I not take that with me? But since I can only take one track it will have to be The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes
What will be your luxury item?
Can I take paper? If I can, I will burn wood and make my own charcoal so I can keep a record of all the weird and wonderful experiences I’ll no doubt have on the island.
Which fictional character will you meet?
The Daniel Craig incarnation of James Bond.