Character interview: Sukie McLaren from Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle

Synopsis

So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?

A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?

She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.

Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares. 

He can’t wait for it to be over.

When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again. 

Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.

Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?

A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.

Character Interview

Sound of Music….Really?? What is it about the Sound Of Music that you love so much?

My parents split up when I was seven years old and my dad moved to Australia. I haven’t seen him since. My first Christmas without him was really hard and I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t with us. I remember my mum sitting me on the sofa with a big tin of sweeties on my lap. She sat on one side of me and my grand-mother sat on the other. My grand-dad was on the chair at the side. The Sound of Music came on the television and we all tried to sing along to it. My grand-dad kept making up silly words when he didn’t know the correct ones. It really cheered me up and helped me cope with the change in my life. Every year after that, my mum and grand-parents would sit and watch it and it became a little family tradition. When my grand-parents passed away, mum and I continued to watch it every year. It has very special memories for me. The great music and wonderful scenery are added bonuses.  

If someone offered you a gorgeous new kitten but on the condition that you could never watch the sound of music again what would you do?

I would have to politely decline. My family memories are far too precious to me. Even for the most smunchiest, cuddliest, gorgeous little kitten.

Have you been to many Christmas Markets?  What’s the best thing you brought from one?

I’ve been to a few in the UK – The Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park in London, Lincoln, Birmingham, Buxton, Chatsworth, Nottingham and, later this year, Stratford-upon-Avon. In Europe, I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing some of the Austrian markets in Innsbruck, Seefeld and, of course, Salzburg. The best thing I have bought is my Nutcracker men which came from Salzburg.

What drew you to Pete Wallace?

(Pauses…) His vulnerability. When people live in the public eye, it’s all too easy to forget that they are human beings. We put them on pedestals. Pete had found out the hard way that many people take advantage of you when you’re famous and it has left him very distrustful. As such, he had very few friends and was lonely. As I got to know him better, I found him to be a really kind, caring and funny man.

When people learn your story what do you want people to take away from your adventure?

That, no matter what, we should never be scared to follow our heart. So many opportunities are missed because we’re too scared to make the leap, too worried about looking foolish or aren’t prepared to make the compromises that will help us to overcome the obstacles in our way. You only have one life so grab every opportunity you can to laugh, to live and to love.

About the Author

Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keeps paying the mortgage!

Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.

In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.

In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.

Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

She now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

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