INSPIRED BY PMDD – SUZAN HOLDER – ROCK ‘N’ ROSE Q&A
- What is your inspiration behind your writing?
I’m a big music fan and I think music connects people and helps them communicate with each other in such a powerful way.
I wanted to write a story that wove my love for music through an original romantic adventure and with ‘Rock ‘n’ Rose’ I’ve managed to set it in such an unusual location. When I first went to Memphis and visited Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion I was in my twenties, it made such a huge impression on me. I also met some strange, although lovely, people and had some crazy adventures of my own – all of those experiences and memories became the inspiration for the book.
- If you could be anything else, what would you be?
I have done quite a lot of things in my career – newspaper journalist, TV producer, playwright, drama teacher, theatre director. I’m now doing some radio and TV presenting which I am really enjoying. Secretly I have always longed to be a dancer – like one of the professionals on Strictly Come Dancing. Sometimes I toy with the idea of joining a swing-jive class or trying to learn flamenco but I think I may have left all that just a bit too late … it’s far more likely I’ll tear a hamstring than tear up the dancefloor.
- Which authors inspired you growing up?
When very young I devoured every single book Enid Blyton wrote – The Twins At St Clares and The Secret Seven were my favourites. I loved Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and also the series of books by Jean Estoril about Drina the ballerina … aaaahhhhh … maybe that’s where the dancing dream started !! Haha
- Would you want your book to be made into a film? Who would play the main characters?
Well yes that would be great! I think ‘Rock ‘n’ Rose’ would make a fabulous movie, I’d love to see all of Daisy’s vintage inspired outfits in real life (do you think they would give me some of the clothes?) The Memphis setting would also look great on film and some of the scenes would have some amazing classic Americana imagery, from Fifties diners and drive-ins to the neon lights of Beale Street and the beautiful colonial-style antebellum houses.
Daisy is a dark-haired young girl from Wales, maybe Daisy Edgar-Jones from Normal People and Where The Crawdads Sing could play her. The hunky Memphis cop who comes to her rescue has incredible blue eyes and a sexy southern drawl – I’d cast Austin Butler – who just played Elvis in the Baz Luhrmann movie as him.
- Who would play you in the story of your life?
In my dreams maybe Sandra Bullock? People have told me I share some mannerisms with Emma Thompson, I don’t know what they mean although I think she’s cool and an excellent actress so I expect she’d do a great job.
This is a tricky question so I asked my son, Django, he’s 27 – he said a young Catherine Zeta Jones! He did! …He’s a good boy 😉 I then asked my husband and he said Bruce Willis but I don’t think he could have heard the question properly!?!
Rock ‘n’ Rose
It’s Now or Never…In the summer of 1960, eighteen-year-old Rose Featherstone took a trip to Memphis that changed her life. Now, Rose confesses to her granddaughter, Daisy, that she returned home with more than just memories all those years ago – she was carrying Elvis Presley’s child!
Daisy is sure the claim can’t be true, and yet, what if it is? When her grandmother passes away soon after her startling revelation and leaves Daisy with a ticket to Memphis, Tennessee, Daisy decides it’s time to discover the truth. She’s always struggled to fit in but this trip might just show her the benefits of being born to stand out and is a moody motorcycle cop called Blue the answer to all her dreams?
Her adventures in Memphis take her behind the famous music gates of Graceland. Pack your Blue Suede Shoes for a rockin’ rom-com.
Author Bio –
Real rock wife Suzan, wife of former Slade frontman Noddy Holder, has written another ‘rock n’ roll rom-com’ to follow her Beatles themed debut ‘Shake It Up, Beverley’.
Journalist and TV producer Suzan once again weaves her love for music into a hilarious and heart-warming story that is uplifting and laugh-out-loud funny.
Suzan says: “I love that my books celebrate music and have been inspired by my own life experience of living in a slightly crazy, rock ‘n’ roll, rom-com world…some of the weirdest and funniest stories in the books really have happened to me!”
Suzan Holder trained as a newspaper journalist and worked on regional and national newspapers before moving into TV. She produced a variety of television news and lifestyle programmes and was executive producer of ITV’s daytime network show ‘Loose Women’. She is a monthly columnist for Cheshire Life Magazine and appears regularly on radio.
Suzan has one son, two step-daughters and two step grand-children. Originally from the West Midlands Suzan now lives with Noddy Holder in Cheshire, they have been together for 32 years.
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