Monday, December 21, 2015

Stranded on a desert island with Heather Hill

Please welcome Heather Hill, author of The New Mrs D, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!

About Heather:

Heather Hill - mum of five (not the band)is a comedy writer and author of the Amazon No1 Bestselling comedy novel for women, 'The New Mrs D'.

After a humble beginning tweeting random comical musings on Twitter, I realised I could make people laugh (well, at least two). So I began writing a comedy blog, which opened with an audience of one (thank you Mr Hill) and to date has over 10,000 subscribers. You can visit the blog at Or catch me on Twitter, where I am still found sharing photos of my breakfast. Follow me - and my breakfast - @hell4heather

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Heather Hill Stranded on a Desert Island

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

A Step By Step Manual of Boat Building might be handy, so that I can go get some more books! I can’t say I have a favourite book, but there are few books that I have been happy to read again and again, which I guess I might want for a long spell on a desert island, and these books are all written for children.  So it’s just me, ‘Alice In Wonderland’ and Lewis Carroll. One of the most imaginative, funny and wonderful books ever written. I heart it too much. Off with my head!

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

A bottle of Jura Prophecy scotch whisky. I have to admit I have a weakness for Islay and Speyside single malts after taking a whisky tour here in Scotland a couple of years ago. Before the tour, I thought I absolutely hated whisky but then I learned a) that they are not all the same and b) that they are to be drunk slowly and savoured, something I am not known to do with my alcohol. Now I adore many, many kinds of whisky but for the current book I’m writing I was lucky to be able to make a research trip to the stunning Isle of Jura where I discovered a new love – Jura Prophecy. I’m ashamed to admit my husband and I polished off almost an entire bottle in a week and now my liver is a strong contender for the next series of ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

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

A whisky tumbler. See previous response! ;-)

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

I am a mum of five with one grandchild and have found the older I get, the more I love solitude. This has no reflection on my children at all, (she lied) but I can’t get enough peace and quiet. I hike in the Scottish Hills and most of my holidays these days are taken in the Western Isles of Scotland or far flung, unusual places off the beaten track. This year I was lucky enough to be able to make a trip to a place known as ‘The Island at the Edge of the World’, St Kilda, which is an island which has been almost uninhabited by humans since the 1930’s. It is 64 kilometres west-northwest of North Uist in the North Atlantic Ocean, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and very hard to get to. Most people would take one look at the rugged, miles from civilisation terrain and say ‘how did anyone ever survive here?’ I found myself wondering what it would be like to live there. It is a fascinating place.

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

If Gerard Butler is reading this, where would you like to go next week?

What modern technology would you miss the most?

I can quite honestly say I wouldn’t miss anything.  I still dream of living somewhere outside of civilisation and am secretly hoping this desert island you speak of is available for my next trip away. Seriously, I find the most relaxing times are when we as a family decide to put away everything modern and electrical and go out into the wilds for a good old wander, or sit snug by a log or coal fire, keeping warm and reading hundreds of books.

What food or beverage would you miss the most?

Well, again I would have to shout, ‘whisky!’ but food wise it would be cheese. I can’t think of a life without cheese, it depresses me. I have recently suffered some digestive issues and started eliminating certain foods in order to feel better and am not convinced cheese isn’t one of the culprits, but I’m in a state of denial right now, blaming cabbage and happily omitting it from my diet instead.

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

It depends whether or not we have whisky, cheese and a book. With these it could be three to four weeks. Without, I am going to need a helicopter and fast.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Thank Gerard Butler for a fantastic few weeks… and then give him his clothes back.

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

‘Been marooned on an island with nothing but whisky, cheese, Alice in Wonderland and Gerard Butler. There is a God after all!’

The New Mrs D

When funny, feisty, forty-something Bernice plans the adventure trip of a lifetime, she doesn’t expect to be spending it alone. But as it turns out, unintentionally contributing to a Greek fish explosion, nude karaoke and hilarious misadventures with volcanoes are exactly what she needs to stop fretting about errant husbands and really start living. But when Mr D tries to win her back, Bernice has a decision to make: is this a holiday from her humdrum life, or the start of a whole new adventure?
“The New Mrs D is a refreshing, sharp-witted and empowering romp that reflects real life, delves into unspoken about subjects and slaps the reader in the face with honesty.” Fleur Ferris, author
It is a story about one woman’s midlife awakening… on her honeymoon alone.

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