The karaoke machine seems to have mysteriously lost power – not sure what happened there! 😉 The peace makes a nice change though. Most people are relaxing with a glass of Julie’s warm mulled wine, except for the few people who are on the Baileys. I’ve just found Jessica Hastings on my doorstep. She’s one of the characters from my latest novel, ‘Love Them and Leave Them.’ Jessica is always incredibly well turned out. Her hair, her nails, her clothes, she’s amazing. Being a barrister, she’s actually popped in to see if anyone needs any legal advice. I don’t think there are any crimes being committed here, perhaps a crime of fashion by Robert and Paul in those elf suits, but nothing serious. Jessica was delighted to get the chance to talk to Susan Hill, she’s one of her favourite authors, (along with Sue Shepherd, of course!).

carol-cooperNext to arrive at the party is Carol Cooper. Bless her, she’s brought some peonies for me, they’re beautiful. She’s also brought a large quantity of Taittinger champagne! Let’s get Carol into a dressing up outfit and take a look at her Q&As.

What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you? English Fables and Fairy Stories, retold by James Reeves. I still have it. It’s a 1954 edition and would be lovely, if I hadn’t coloured in the pictures.

If you could only take one book with you on a desert island, which would it be? That would be Cocktails and Camels, written by my mother. It’s a slightly fictionalised account of living in Egypt after World War II, and it’s still one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.

Who would be at your dream dinner party (alive, dead or fictional)? My dream dinner party guests would include Barack Obama, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Oprah Winfrey, and Eddie Redmayne.

What’s the best advice you have ever received? Get a good education.

Where are you happiest? It’s probably in Hampstead, where I live, but it can be anywhere as long as I’m with my family. It might make my husband happy to hear this, though I think my three adult sons would be hugely embarrassed.

Who would you like to star in the film of your life? Meryl Streep. No contest.

What do you think is the best thing about social media? You can reach so many people with concise messages that matter.

And the worst…?! It can take up a lot of time. And many of the messages don’t matter at all.

What’s your signature dish? Salmon baked with harissa paste, and served with couscous (I stole the recipe from my husband).

Thanks for those fabulous answers, Carol. I love the fact that your choice for the desert island is a book which was written by your mum. How lovely. I wonder if my sons would choose one of mine? Hmm …? I like the sound of that salmon dish too, we could do with it here, these gannets have demolished the buffet! 😉

hampstead-feverWhy not pop over and have a look at Carol’s blog, it’s called Pills & Pillow-Talk.

She’s also written two novels. Both are available on Amazon.

One Night at the Jacaranda

Hampstead Fever 

Oh no, there’s only one guest left! Lucky she’s a good ‘un.

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