Please welcome Samantha Tonge, author of Doubting Abbey.
Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire, England, with her lovely family and two cats who think they are dogs. She has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women's magazines and her work appears regularly in the People's Friend. Her debut novel, Doubting Abbey, has just been published by digital-first CarinaUK, Harlequin.
Would you Rather... with Samantha Tonge
Chips, chocolate or cheese?
Chocolate – unless the cheese is on pizza!
Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw?
Ooh, REALLY hard… Bridget Jones.
Wine, beer or vodka?
Wine – dry white.
Camping or spa vacation?
Spa vacation! I like a comfy bed free from bugs.
Water or Mountains?
Mountains – so pretty and I love hiking.
Zombies or Vampires?
Ooh, vampires – preferably Edward Cullen or Damon Salvatore.
Dogs or Cats?
Cats – although I have two who think they are dogs. One likes being taken for a walk. The other carries her favourite toy, a straw, around in her mouth, like a dog with a bone.
Coke or Pepsi?
Neither – I weaned myself off fizzy drinks years ago
Coffee or tea?
Coffee – no milk or sugar. Yum.
Dine out or take away?
These days take away so I can slob out in the evening, in front of a good movie.
High heels, sneakers or flip flops
Physical book or ebook?
Ebook, so I can drink my coffee at the same time as reading.
Paperback or Hardcover?
Paperback doesn’t break the bank.
Pen or Pencil?
Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey of course!
Drama or Comedy?
A good drama.
Twilight or Hunger Games?
Twilight! *sigh* I am still recovering from Carlisle’s head being ripped off in Breaking Dawn.
Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?
Facebook or Twitter
I love Twitter!
Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants?
Plot it before, but if the characters want to take me somewhere else, once we get going, that is fine.
Look up the phrase ordinary girl and you’ll see a picture of me, Gemma Goodwin – I only look half-decent after applying the entire contents of my make-up bag, and my dating track-record includes a man who treated me to dinner…at a kebab shop. No joke!
The only extraordinary thing about me is that I look EXACTLY like my BFF, Abbey Croxley. Oh, and that for reasons I can’t explain, I’ve agreed to swap identities and pretend be her to star in the TV show about her aristocratic family’s country estate, Million Dollar Mansion.
So now it’s not just my tan I’m faking – it’s Kate Middleton style demure hemlines and lady-like manners too. And amongst the hundreds of fusty etiquette rules I’m trying to cram into my head, there are two I really must remember; 1) No-one can ever find out that I’m just Gemma, who’d be more at home in the servants quarters. And 2) There can be absolutely no flirting with Abbey’s dishy but buttoned-up cousin, Lord Edward.
Aaargh, this is going to be harder than I thought…