Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Name 3 things with Pauline Wiles

Please welcome Pauline Wiles, author of Secrets in the Sky, as she lets us into her life with our Name 3 Things interview!

About Pauline:

British by birth, Pauline Wiles is now a contented resident of California, although she admits to an occasional yearning for afternoon tea and historic homes. Her first novel, Saving Saffron Sweeting, was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award and a number one Kindle bestseller. The stand-alone prequel, Secrets in the Sky, was published last year. When not writing, she can be found getting the steps wrong in a Zumba class or calculating how many miles she has to run to justify an extra piece of cake. Her ambition is to sell enough books to cover the cost of flying herself and a reader to London for tea.

Connect with Pauline:
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Pauline Wiles on Name 3 things:

Name three things one wouldn’t normally expect to find…

 In your fridge

-Nail polish: I read somewhere it keeps it from getting gunky and unwieldy.
-6 boxes of cooked baby beets. I stock up whenever I visit Trader Joe's.
-Multiple boxes of 100-calorie chocolate sticks, also from Trader Joe's. If the beets are a healthy habit, these innocuous little packs are my downfall.

In your purse

-Multiple chap sticks. I get panicked if I'm without one
-A book on punctuation (Eats, Shoots and Leaves). I decided to brush up on my abuse of the Oxford comma.
-Local train and bus schedules. I know they're all online, I just like the comfort of paper.

In/On your bedside table

-An alarm clock. I mention this because so few people seem to use them any more. I don't trust my phone!
-A notebook in which I'm supposed to write down all my clever bookish ideas... I rarely do.
-Sturdy shoes and work gloves. We live in an earthquake zone and one is supposed to be able to undertake self-rescue clad only in PJs.

In your car

-A CD to learn Spanish. I never listen to it because I always have a more interesting audio book on the go.
-Toilet paper. It's part of my in-car earthquake kit (see above).
-A stack of grocery bags. I'm not sure that's unusual these days, with so many of us bringing our own bags to the store.

On your desk/writing spot

-A jar of pebbles. I can't remember how it got there but it's a terrific book end.
-Mints. I love to nibble.
-A USB stick containing photos of our trip to glow worm caves in New Zealand.
In the "junk drawer"

-Hand weights 
-A pair of cheap binoculars.

In your closet/garage/storage room

-A pair of rollerblades, which instill fear every time I glimpse them.
-A gift-wrapped nutcracker, which I plan to re-gift to someone I don't much like.
-A set of peacock feathers. Every girl needs those, right?

In your music or movie collection

(I am skipping the DVD/music question as my collection is so boring!)

On your bookshelf

-A stumpy tree branch which looks a lot like a reindeer head.
-A clock face with no hands. I like clocks, even the ones which serve no useful purpose.
-A fig-scented candle from Kew Gardens, London, which I may never burn. 

Secrets in the Sky

No-one ever accused Sophie Campbell of being a coward. From caving trips to rooftop pranks, it appeared nothing could hold her back, especially once she landed a dream job promising travel all over the world. But Sophie’s jet-setting lifestyle is not what it seems and she’s been spending more time in the quiet English village of Saffron Sweeting than she cares to admit. When her beloved Great Aunt Wol dies suddenly, Sophie loses one of the few people who truly know her. As friends, family and an old flame gather for the funeral, questions soon follow. Worse, Sophie finds herself increasingly attracted to the man most likely to expose her secrets. Can she manage to guard her past, yet finally follow her long-held dream?

Available at:
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  1. Thank you so much for having me as a guest! Answering those questions makes me think maybe I have some de-cluttering to do :)

  2. What a fun post - great idea for questions, and answers! :)

  3. Such an informative interview and a delightful way to take a peek inside your home and life. I really like this format of questions. So interesting! And I'd love to see a photo of that jar of pebbles. I bet it's beautiful. Cheers!

    1. I'm not sure the pebbles are especially beautiful, but they're definitely functional! I will remove the 2 flash drives which have landed in with the pebbles, before attempting to photograph!



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