You’ll have seen from the guest posts in this series, 2017 has been an eventful year for many of us. One of the wonderful writers I’ve been lucky enough to work with this year was Susi Holliday. It was Susi who encouraged me to run Noir at the Bar in Harrogate this year and I am delighted that she did!
Susi also has the perfect book for lovers and haters of Christmas alike – ‘The Deaths of December‘ – available now. It’s a unique concept and I absolutely loved it! If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?
My thanks to Susi for sharing her 2017 with us – and for encouraging to run Noir at the Bar in Harrogate!
Do you have a favourite memory professionally from 2017?
Absolutely yes. Live reading a story about torture at Noir At The Bar in Harrogate while Steph Broadribb and AK Benedict taped Neil White to a chair. I can still picture Neil’s face as he realised what we were going to do to him. This was followed by singing with my fab mates The Slice Girls (the two mentioned, plus Louise Voss and Alex Sokoloff), all in a packed bar with a very enthusiastic audience. This was a standout moment for me.
And how about a favourite moment from 2017 generally?
That would be the birth of my niece, Siena. She lives in New Zealand, so waking up to a whatsapp video call and seeing her little face for the first time was a very lovely moment.
Favourite book in 2017?
Very tricky to drill it down to one, but I am going to say Sweetpea by CJ Skuze. Laugh-out-loud funny and very, very dark.
Favourite film in 2017?
Dunkirk. I cried all the way through it. Being reminded of things like this helps to put life into perspective. Also: Tom Hardy.
Favourite song of the year?
I just looked up the top 40 songs of the year and I don’t know any of them! Weirdly, one of the songs that I have listened to a lot is Timber by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha because Alexa always seems to play it when I ask for ‘happy songs’. It reminds me of Cotton Eyed Joe.
Any downsides for you in 2017?
There have been some disappointments and frustrations along the way, and some sad and shitty things have happened, both personally and professionally, but I prefer to focus on the positives. I mean, the world has pretty much gone mad, and that’s a massive worry, but I try not to dwell on that and just live my life the only way that I can.
Are you making resolutions for 2018?
To write more books, spend more time with my loved ones and to worry less about inconsequential stuff. Oh, and to sort out all the crap in our storage unit (although I suspect this one will carry on into 2019.)
What are you hoping for from 2018?
That I will manage to achieve all the things I want to achieve but not to beat myself up too much if I don’t get every single thing done. I wish I was Wonder Woman, but I’m not 😊