Interview with author Rebecca Pugh!

I believe I first discovered Rebecca Pugh last year, while I was having my usual morning Twitter catch up before work. I clicked on a link that took me to her blog and after reading a little about her, I saved the page so I could visit it again later that day. I instantly loved that Rebecca was both a Disney enthusiast as well as an avid bookworm and when I found out that her first book "Return to Bluebell hill" was going to be released soon,
I couldn't have been more impressed. At just 23 years old, Rebecca's third book with UK Carina will be out soon! She is lovely, down to earth, supportive and so happy and positive, that we are so excited to have her on the blog today! Enjoy this interview and make sure you grab yourself copies of her first two books while keeping your eyes out for her third! :)

1)    Firstly, we must say a huge congratulations on your second book "A home in Sunset bay," we both read and really enjoyed it. What was your inspiration for this story?

Aurwh, wow. Thank you both so, so much. You have no idea how happy that makes me! Well, I think I wanted to include an aspect that means a lot to me, beginning with the sisters. I loved exploring that sibling relationship between Mia and Laurie, which is something I know pretty well, having five of my own, and I’m sure that you both know too. As well as that, I’ve always loved the 50’s diners and really wanted to create one of my own in Sunset Bay, Dolly’s Diner, including the delicious food and endless coffee. I adored writing this story and my imagination pretty much ran away with itself!

2)    We find you incredibly inspiring being so young and already on your third novel. Have you always known that writing is what you wanted to do?

Oh, you two! *blushes* I’ve always loved the written word, whether that be reading, or writing myself, and wrote many a story on my laptop when the urge took over. To me, the very idea of becoming a published author was a little far-fetched, if I’m honest. I daydreamed, I suppose, but never once did I think that it could actually happen. So you can imagine my shock when I got ‘the call’. I felt like I’d suddenly switched lives with someone. It was a dream come true, terrifying of course, but incredible! It still feels completely surreal when I get an email from my editor or I see people reading my books. I have to pinch myself.

3)    To tie in with the previous question, at what age did you start writing?

The first story I ever wrote was, if I remember rightly, in primary school. It was about a cat who somehow managed to find himself in the Egyptian pyramids. It makes me smile to think of it now! I was only little but had a fantastic time taking that cat on his adventures.

4)    Which part of the writing process is your favourite, the initial ideas swimming around your head, the writing, the editing or receiving the final product?

Oh, fabulous question! I enjoy all of it, really. The ideas stage is so exciting because the possibilities are endless. I have a great time creating my characters too. The editing can be challenging at times, but so rewarding at the end and seeing my final cover is something I will never, ever tire of! The entire process is brilliant.

5)    We know you are a lover of all things Disney just like us. Who is your favourite Disney character and what is your favourite Disney movie?

You know me so well! I adore Disney. My favourite character is, without a doubt, Ariel the Little Mermaid. I love her hair, I love the songs that she sings and I love her happy-ever-after too. It’s a bit more difficult to pick a movie though, because I love them all! Tarzan, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast. They’re all magical and take me right back to the days of being a little girl.

6)    You are very active on social media and always look gorgeous on your Instagram. What are your make up must haves and who are your favourite brands?

Honestly, you two, you’re the sweetest! Thank you so much. When it comes to make-up, I’m not actually that ‘down’ with the brands, but my must-have items are eye-liner and mascara. Without those, I feel naked! I usually wear a No.7 foundation, and a Maybelline mascara, and I’m constantly working at ensuring those eye-flicks are level.

7)    We love researching new places on the blog that we would love to visit. What countries top your must travel to list?

Sadly, I haven’t travelled that much, which is shame because there are so many beautiful places I would love to visit. I went to Cyprus years ago and as it was my first time abroad, it was such an amazing experience. As soon as I stepped off the plane, the heat smacked me in the face. I’d never felt anything like it before. There are a number of places on my travel list, though. Topping it is Bora-Bora, because it looks SO DREAMY. I’d also love to visit Italy and New York. Fingers crossed I’ll get there one day, hey?

8)    We love to bake here on sweet is always in style and can definitely say we both have sweet tooths'. "A home on sunset bay" is filled with all kinds of delicious diner treats. What is your guilty or not-so-guilty sweet treat?

I LOVE cinnamon buns. In fact, anything with cinnamon is delicious in my eyes. I love an iced-ring doughnut, too, with sprinkles of course! And a jammy, creamy slice of Victoria sponge will never be turned away either.

9)    As much as you love to write, you also read a lot and review books on your blog. What is your favourite book? We find that nowadays we love different books for different reasons and love so many authors that it is very hard to narrow it down, so if you struggle like us, feel free to choose more than one! :) 

I’m much like you two in that respect. My genres have really widened over the past year, and suddenly, I can’t get enough of crime/psychological thrillers! My all-time love will always be romance though. Holly Martin, Lucy Diamond, Jill Mansell, Miranda Dickinson and Cathy Bramley to name but a few, although the list is endless! And for the darker novels, I adore Angela Marsons, Caroline Mitchell, and I’ve recently read The Girl in the Ice by Rob Bryndza which was fantastic. Naming one would be impossible. Apologies, girls!

10)  Last but not least, what does a normal day in the life of Rebecca Pugh consist of? :)

 Each day is a little different but three consistencies remain. Coffee, writing and Bonnie the dog.

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Have a great day!
Love Lucy and Kelly 

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