tracey-sinclairHi and welcome back to Sue’s Blog Party. It’s week two. Can you believe it? We’ve all had a little rest over the weekend and now we’re ready to crack on with the party. Stella and Paul are having a hearty discussion on the squishy sofa and Renee’s teaching everyone else to swing dance.

My first guest today is the copywriter and author, Tracey Sinclair. Tracey has brought some more champagne, (a perfect start to a Monday!) and a box of chocolates from Liberty Chocolate Hall, for the hostess. Thank you so much, whilst I look for a decent hiding place for these chocs, let’s take a look at your Q&As.

Who is your favourite literary character? Joint favourites by the same author: Sam Vimes and Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I love their innate, slightly shop-worn decency and humanity that is grounded in a deep belief in people. Even though both of them have a façade of cynicism because they frequently deal with stupidity, cruelty and venality, they have a pragmatic faith that recognises human beings aren’t perfect.

Which book have you always meant to get round to reading, but still not read? Ooh, good question. I’ve had The Goldfinch sitting on my shelves since it came out but am wary – partly because it’s such a big book I fear for my wrists, but partly after adoring The Secret History I felt utterly betrayed by The Little Friend, so I’m scared of being disappointed again!

What are you currently reading? The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall. Not far into it so not sure what I think yet, but she’s a beautiful prose stylist – her short story Butcher’s Perfume (in the collection The Beautiful Indifference) was exquisite.

Who is your hero or heroine (real or fictional)? In real life, I admire people who stand up to injustice and cruelty, even in small ways – for instance, I admire the work of the Helen Bamber Foundation, which helps survivors of torture. In fiction, I have a soft spot for flawed people trying to do the right thing – I love shows like the West Wing! – and of course, kick ass heroes like Buffy, Melinda May from Agents of SHIELD, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.

Where are you happiest? I love New York, so hanging out with friends there always makes me really happy, and I also love where I live -Brighton – because it’s near the sea. A walk on the seafront always makes me happy!

What do you think is the best thing about social media? I think it enables you to connect with people you wouldn’t normally get the chance to, stay connected with friends who you don’t see often, and experience perspectives you might not otherwise encounter.

And the worst…?! It can be reductive, and strip argument of nuance – it’s too easy for someone to get piled up on and vilified for even small mistakes. And of course online abuse is horrific, and is far too tolerated by the social media operators.

What is the most important item you require for a quiet night in? Depends – in summer when the nights are light, I like to read, so a gripping book would be a necessity; in winter, I just want to curl up under a blanket in front of the TV.

Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why? I like both – I think they serve slightly different purposes, so I wouldn’t want to quit either!

Thanks, Tracey. I’d never heard of the Helen Bamber Foundation. I’ve just taken a look and I’m so impressed by the work they do.

I totally agree about social media and nuances, I often overdo emojis because I’m  concerned I might be taken in the wrong context. 🙂 😉 🙂 😉

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Tracey gives writing, editing and legal directories’ advice over on her website. Tracey Sinclair Consulting.

Her novel, the latest in the Dark Dates series, Angel Falls, is available now.

There’s another guest coming up very soon …

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