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#Interview with Sue Barnard, author of Heathcliff #BookBlitz #Giveaway

Happy Book Birthday to Sue Barnard for ‘Heathcliff’. To support the birthday celebrations I’m very pleased to share her answers to my interview questions, information about Sue and Heathcliff and to give you an opportunity to enter a rafflecopter giveaway with a chance for you to win a signed copy of this book (only open to UK residents). Read on to find out more, starting with the interview!


Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for answering my questions!

Where did you get the inspiration for Heathcliff?

I studied Wuthering Heights for O-Level (as it then was, back in the dark ages before the advent of GCSEs) and we were extremely fortunate in having a wonderful teacher who really brought the book to life.  One of the biggest mysteries of the story is what could have happened to Heathcliff during the three years when he disappears, and my novel sets out to try to solve that mystery.  I also set myself the challenge of portraying him in a sympathetic light.  I hope I’ve succeeded.


What is your writing process?

It’s pretty haphazard.  I write down ideas as they occur to me, then work out a basic storyline (and timeline, if appropriate) and go from there.  I try to write the story from beginning to end, but sometimes scenes are written out of sequence as they occur to me, then slotted in later.


Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?

A bit of both.  I write my prose manuscripts on a computer, because it’s easier to edit the text as I go along, and it would need to be typed up anyway before submission or publication.  I use pen and paper for jotting down notes as they occur to me.   And for some bizarre reason which I can’t fathom, I prefer to use pen and paper for writing poems.  I only type those up when I’ve finished writing them and I’m happy with the final version.


Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why? 

I think it would have to be Fra’ Lorenzo in my debut novel, The Ghostly Father.  Anyone familiar with the Romeo & Juliet story will know him as Friar Lawrence.  I’ve always been fascinated by him, and have often wondered why, in the original Shakespeare play, he behaved as he did.  By giving him what I hope is an interesting and thought-provoking backstory, I’ve tried to suggest some possible answers.   I also wanted to give the young lovers themselves a rather more satisfactory outcome to their tragic tale, and Lorenzo plays a key role in bringing this about.


Here’s more information about ‘Heathcliff’…..

It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…”

Cathy’s immortal words from Wuthering Heights change Heathcliff’s life.  At just seventeen years of age, heartbroken and penniless, he runs away to face an unknown future.

Three years later, he returns – much improved in manners, appearance and prosperity.

But what happened during those years? How could he have made his fortune, from nothing? Who might his parents have been? And what fate turned him into literature’s most famous anti-hero?

For almost two centuries, these questions have remained unanswered.

Until now…

Purchase Link  – mybook.to/heathcliff

Author Bio

Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.

Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.

Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.

Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was officially released on St Valentine’s Day 2014.  Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and Finding Nina (2019).

Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings. 

Social Media Links –

Blog: http://broad-thoughts-from-a-home.blogspot.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suebarnardauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorSusanB

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suebarnardauthor/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Barnard/e/B00IF4ZJJU/

RNA: https://romanticnovelistsassociation.org/rna_author/sue-barnard/



Giveaway to Win a signed copy of Heathcliff
(UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of and to Sue Barnard for kindly answering my questions!

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