Susan’s travel diary; New Zealand
Thursday February 11th 2016
At school by 9 am this morning to talk to Mike Bain, headmaster of Te Mata Primary about dealing with a problem child. So much helpful information and so many ideas bouncing in for consideration as a result of the time spent there (all seem worthwhile right now).
Later James and I went to Napier, the art deco capital of the world or at least of NZ. Stunning town that reminded me in some ways of Nice. Much calmer though – and dare I say friendlier?
Oh yes, I did an interview with a Christchurch radio station this morning, by phone, and was incredibly uplifted by the glowing review they gave The Girl Who Came Back. Not long until it comes out now!
Final day in Hawke’s Bay tomorrow. Still more research to do, but starting to get restless now with the need to write.
Tuesday, February 16 @ 9:50:34 AM
Susan’s travel diary; New Zealand
Wednesday 10th Feb 2016
What a day! Started out at 9 interviewing the lovely Mary Ann who runs the Cellar Door here at Black Barn Vineyard. Great setting under the fig trees!
Popped into Havelock village after to refresh my manicure!!! Then a lovely long chat with Hannah, my publicist who lives here. Not gossip, all about what it’s like to live, shop, eat, exercise and simply be here.
Quick lunch with James at the Bistro before spending four information-packed hours with Dave the winemaker. We visited vineyards, the winery and of course did quite a bit of tasting!! Head spinning now, but so moved by how incredibly helpful and friendly everyone is being.
If I didn’t have dogs I’m sure I’d be house-hunting in the “Dress Circle” (an area of Havelock that’s quite simply stunning!)
Thursday, February 11 @ 5:24:00 PM
Susan’s travel diary; New Zealand
February 9th 2016
Met highly respected and totally down to earth journalist Linda Hall at Wright & Co café in Havelock North this morning to do an interview for NZME. Had great fun. Loved every minute. This article should appear in seven newspapers/magazines New Zealand-wide!
Went on to spend two hours with Dave McKee the winemaker here at Black Barn. Many more hours to come delving into his expert knowledge.
Climbed Te Mata peak this afternoon – in a car! Scenery stunning! Apparently a giant took a bite out of the mountain, it didn’t agree with him, he died and the rest of the mountain is his body! OK….
Drove on to Cape Kidnappers. Have to use this in the book just because of the name. Apparently gazillion gannets to see, but going back on Friday for that.
Found Clearview Vineyard. Like this one because it’s the name of James’s production company – is also providing some inspiration for “my own” vineyard.
This evening we went to Craggy Range, a vast and very upmarket vineyard not far from here set next to a magical lily pond. In fact, gorgeous setting thanks to the mountains as well, but had to wait too long for food and the wine we chose wasn’t our favourite.
Thursday, February 11 @ 5:03:48 PM
Susan’s travel diary; New Zealand
February 7th 2016
This morning we left the Sofitel in Auckland, picked up our hire car – definitely not as funky as our wild wheels in Kerikeri, but more likely to make the 6 hour drive through the stunning heart of the North Island to Hawke’s Bay. We made a small diversion to Rotorua in order to view the geysers where we caught a great explosion, but by the time I got my iPhone in action it had turned to puff. Also managed to stumble upon a Maori haka at the same time. Great show with war dances, love ballads and something else I didn’t quite get!
(The geyser at Rotorua)
Just arrived at Black Barn vineyard where we are staying for the next week while I undertake some gruelling research. This fabulous barn – (home from home, but not very like Bagstone!!) – is going to be the setting for Charlotte, Anthony and Chloe for the next book (characters from No Child of Mine and Don’t Let Me Go).
Our big decision right now is which bedroom we’re going to sleep in. Greatest joy is that we have a bathroom each and I’m definitely not having the one with the mirror that makes me look like a prize-fighter in drag!!!
OK, sod the unpacking, time to have that first glass of Black Barn sauvignon blanc. Just wish you were here to share – it’s heaven in a glass.
(Susan taking research notes in Alessandro’s pizza place)
Last but not least today, we have to eat so off we go to Alessandro’s in Havelock North. It’s, pizza, pizza or pizza, but chose it because it’s a great venue for Charlotte and Anthony to bring their kids. Yes, the plural is deliberate because time has moved on since Don’t Let Me Go and there are now two additions to the family – and Chloe is 8.
Time to unpack and try to forget about all that pizza!
Will be back with more info soon.
Lots of love
Susan xTuesday, February 9 @ 4:53:27 PM
No Place to Hide, USA book launch!
Susan and James have been in Culver, USA for the book launch of No Place to Hide, this is the small American town where the story is set. Below is a photo of Susan at the Culver-Union Township Public Library where 60 people came to hear Susan read from No Place To Hide, talk about her career and answer questions from the audience.
Monday, August 10 @ 3:38:04 PM
The research behind Too Close To Home
Susan’s latest book, Too Close To Home, addresses the topic of bullying. Much research went into Susan’s story, especially as she was dealing with such a sensitive subject.
Kidscape an anti-bullying charity were able to help Susan with her research and provided some important and eye-opening information. Read the interview here.
Monday, February 9 @ 11:15:47 AM
A message from Susan…
A message from Susan:
Receiving a little bonus out of the blue invariably makes us smile. This is what I aim to do by giving out £10 book tokens to those who are least expecting it.
Since our libraries often act as a vital support service to those in need I shall be approaching a different one each month with ten book tokens to give out to the people they feel could do with a smile.
I won’t know who these people are, unless they choose to be in touch of course, but that isn’t the point of the exercise. It is quite simply to spread a little good will in a gentle way.
If you would like me to consider your local library then please be in touch via the contacts page of my website:http://www.susanlewis.com/index.php/contact-susan or you can private message me on my official Facebook page:http://www.susanlewis.com/index.php/contact-susan
Friday, February 6 @ 11:09:50 AM
An interview with Cotswold Life
Read Susan’s interview with Cotswold Life:
From ending up on George Clooney’s property to dating one of the FBI’s most wanted, this in an intriguing look into Susan’s life.
Want to find out even more about Susan Lewis’s own story? Then have a read of her heartfelt memoirs One day at a Time and Just One More Day:
Friday, January 30 @ 11:08:49 AM
Behind Closed Doors on Magic FM
Behind Closed Doors is Magic FM’s “Book of the Week.” Susan joined Angie Greaves to discuss the title on Magic 105.4! Here’s a snap of Susan and Angie at the Magic FM studios.
If you haven’t read Behind Closed Doors already, then don’t forget to get your hands on the paperback edition here.
Thursday, January 15 @ 10:49:28 AM
A trip to Berlin
Susan and James took a weekend trip over to the vibrant city of Berlin. Here’s a snap of Susan in front of the famous Brandenburg gate! They also visited the Holocaust and Jewish Museums, which Susan described as ‘incredibly moving.’
Tuesday, January 13 @ 10:40:01 AM
Susan’s next book, No Place to Hide…
Susan will be taking us across the pond with her next novel No Place to Hide which will publish next August.
Set in Culver, Indiana it follows the story of Justine Cantrell, a woman who has abandoned a husband she loves, children she adores and a successful business to start a completely new life in a place she barely knows.
Here is a photo of James and Susan on their visit to Culver:
It seems the residents of Indiana are just excited as we are; Susan’s been making the news over there too! If you’re desperate to know more, and want to find out about the research that Susan carried out, have a read of this: http://thepilotnews.com/…/british-novelist-lewis-updates-cu…
Enjoy lunch with Susan!
On November 10th, children’s charity Winston’s Wish will be hosting a fabulous lunch with Susan Lewis at Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire. Susan will be talking about the real life issues which have inspired her to write such heartfelt stories, as well as answering your questions.
You could be in with a chance to join Susan at this event of choosing a knife sharpener. The winner will receive an overnight stay for two people at the beautiful Calcot Manor, a pair of tickets to the Susan Lewis Lunch in the Conservatory restaurant, supper and breakfast as well as use of spa facilities.
If you’ve been inspired by Susan’s fiction and are in need of a glorious getaway then enter the prize draw now. Fingers crossed and good luck!Monday, October 13 @ 2:26:44 PM
Stories of Support ebook launches
Following on from Susan Lewis’ Never Say Goodbye, The Stories of Support campaign was set-up to celebrate and acknowledge inspiring people who have given remarkable support to a person in need. Raising funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Care, these true stories, told by Jeanette Emers, Kate Gilbert, Jane Wiseman, Shelley Jane and Julie Gallacher, were chosen by Susan as exceptional accounts of selflessness shown in times of hardship.
We are pleased to announce that we can now share these stories with you too and we encourage you to continue to share your #storiesofsupport. You can purchase the wonderful eBook here.Wednesday, October 1 @ 9:54:33 AM
We’re sorry to say that the Q&A section of the Susan Lewis website has recently experienced a glitch, which means that messages have not been getting through to Susan. This has now been fixed and messages are going through, but if you think your message might not have been received, please feel free to resend it. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.Wednesday, September 3 @ 7:01:26 PM
Meet Susan this autumn!
Susan will be doing a series of talks and Q&As in the UK this autumn ahead for the Never Say Goodbye paperback. Find details of how to attend here.Wednesday, July 30 @ 9:24:34 AM
Meet Susan in South Africa!
If you live in South Africa, be sure to look up Susan’s line up of events for when she is over in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Susan will be attending events between the 13th and 19th June and you can find details on how to attend hereMonday, June 9 @ 6:22:40 PM
Susan Lewis announces dates for the year
Want to know what Susan is up to this year? Keep an eye on the Events page on the website, where we will be announcing details of forthcoming appearances.Tuesday, April 1 @ 4:04:32 PM
Have you read Never Say Goodbye yet?
Never Say Goodbye went straight into the Top 10 in hardback – have you read it yet? If so, why not let us know what you think over on FacebookTuesday, April 1 @ 4:02:22 PM
Have you submitted your Story of Support?
Most of us will have been in a position at some point in our lives where we have needed to lean on someone to help us through a particularly difficult time. You might have turned to an old friend, a family member, or perhaps it was someone you’d only just met. It is to honour those who’ve helped us that I wanted to set up the Stories of Support campaign, which launched last month. Its aim is to provide you with an opportunity to thank the person, or persons, who selflessly helped you in your time of need.
All you have to do is tell us your Story of Support in around 500 words and submit it to the link below. The entries should be in by 6th June 2014. After the closing date I shall select five of the most outstanding stories, which will then feature in a special eBook to go on sale in October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. My publisher, Penguin Random House, will be donating all the proceeds of this eBook to Breast Cancer Care. I will also be writing an introduction, so it’s going to be a special publication that we will have created together. I do hope you’ll send your stories in. You can find out more about the campaign and how to enter at: www.susanlewis.com/support.Wednesday, March 26 @ 9:23:52 AM