I just opened the door expecting to find my next guest, and was surprised to find instead, one of the characters from my latest novel, ‘Love Them and Leave Them.’ It’s the very lovable Nick Phillips. He’s just popped in to give everyone some investments tips. Nick really is a kind, caring man. Hopefully, before he leaves, we’ll get him singing with Robert on the old karaoke machine.

emma-mitchellThen, the doorbell rang again, and this time it was, indeed, my next guest, Emma Mitchell. Emma’s brought us some Rosé wine. Thanks, we’d hate to run out! She’s also brought a very interesting item – a piñata full of books. What a brilliant idea. Martin and Llainy were having a serious discussion about zombies, but as soon as they saw the piñata, they jumped up and volunteered to be first with the stick. Let’s leave them to it, Emma. You sit down here next to Nick and we’ll have a read of your Q&As.

What is the first book you remember reading or having read to you? Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree – I loved it and am reading it now with my 8-year-old daughter – I loved all of her books, I just got lost in them.

Who is your favourite literary character? Jo March (Little Women) What a woman! She knew what she wanted and she got it, against the odds she thrived in a man’s world.

What are you currently reading? The Opticians Wife by Betsy Reavley.

What’s the best advice you have ever received? Legs or boobs – my mum always told me that when I’m getting dressed I should have either my legs or boobs “out” – never a “revealing” top with a skirt.

What’s the worst advice you have ever received? One more won’t hurt! Leads to six more and a stonking hangover.

Who would you like to star in the film of your life? Suranne Jones – she is bloody awesome! I love every programme she has been in. She is a fantastic actress.

What do you think is the best thing about social media? Meeting people you would never have the opportunity to under “normal” circumstances – I have made some great friends through various social media platforms and its brilliant.

What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in? Wine and a book! I know that’s two but they both need to be there for it to be perfect.

Is it best to always tell the truth or is it sometimes better to tell a little white lie? Truth always!

What’s your signature dish? Spag bol – my kids ask for it every night!


Thanks for those answers, Emma. As a child I adored the Magic Faraway Tree. I remember wishing with all my might for a tree that could take me to different lands. Like you, I read it again with my own children, along with The Wishing Chair.

I’d say you bear more than a passing resemblance to Suranne. You’re both beautiful 🙂 By the way – Your mum’s advice really made me chuckle.

Emma is a blogger and a reviewer. Check out her website here.

She’s also happy to run a fresh pair of eyes over your work, if you require a proof-reader.

More guests tomorrow. Don’t wander off  …

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