Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Stranded on a desert island with Samantha Tonge

Please welcome Samantha Tonge, author of My Big Fat Christmas Wedding, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!

About Samantha:

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Her summer 2015 novel Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart. 

Connect with Samantha:
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Samantha Tonge Stranded on a Desert Island

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be?

Ooh, difficult one... I think The Fault in Our Stars. It would remind me that there is laughter to be found in the most difficult situations, and it is such a beautifully written story.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?

Sun cream. Freckle mania has descended on my face since turning forty (I prefer to call them freckles, not age spots) and I am super careful about looking after my skin. Last year I visited Japan and my whole face swelled up, due to a sun allergy, so I have to be careful!

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

A flare gun, so that if I spotted a ship in the distance, I could alert it to me. Plus it would look pretty at night!

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

I would. On holiday I always enjoy contemplating life (or my next writing project) whilst sitting by the sea. But it wouldn’t take long for me to miss my family and friends.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

My husband. He is the perfect yin to my yang. Whilst I would be flapping about mosquitoes and sunburn and the prospect of never being saved, he would be getting on with the practical stuff like finding shelter and firewood, and telling me to take it one day at a time.

What modern technology would you miss the most?

My smart phone! I am obsessed with Instagram, having only recently discovered it – I mean, just think of all those wonderful shots I could take of wildlife and sunsets?!

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

Ooh. Um. Chocolate or pizza or cocktails – or all three, please, as they amount to comfort food, and I turn to them during any of life’s emergencies. Hmm. That would be tough. Being in one of the worst situations you are ever going to face and having to manage on fish or root vegetables

How many days do you think you would cope without rescue?

As long as I had water, a few weeks. But having said that, to have drinkable water, I would need to work out how to light a fire so that I could boil it. The fact that I watch Bear Grylls might stand me in good stead.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Eat – like those contestants who leave the I’m A Celebrity Jungle programme and head straight for the cooked breakfast bar. The vicarious pleasure I get from watching them scoff down those bacon and eggs, after a few weeks of rice, almost makes it my favourite part of the show!

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

“Just been away to a fab-u-lous detox and tanning spa, darlings. Terrific results.”
(I believe in keeping things upbeat for my readers!)

My Big Fat Christmas Wedding

Things don’t always run smoothly in the game of love…
As her Christmas wedding approaches, a trip back to snowy England for her ex’s engagement party makes her wonder if those are wedding bells she’s hearing in her mind, or warning bells. She longs for the excitement of her old London life – the glamour, the regular pedicures. Can she really give that all up to be…a fishwife?
There’s nothing for it but to throw herself into bringing a little Christmas magic to the struggling village in the form of a Christmas fair. Somewhere in amidst the sparkly bauble cakes and stollen scones, she’s sure she’ll come to the right decision about where she belongs…hopefully in time for the wedding…

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