It has to be cake – pictured is a Valentine’s Day one I baked! I grew up with a mum who was a great cook. She was a midday supervisor as well, so brought home delicious recipes. We’re talking old-style suet jam sponges, oven-baked rice pudding, fruit crumbles and dark, sticky carrot cake with homemade custard... I recall often going back for seconds. Oh the comfort and satisfaction. So it’s no wonder I’ve grown up with a sweet tooth and love writing about food. Mistletoe Mansion stars a cupcake maker and my summer bestseller Game of Scones speaks for itself!
Japan – I was lucky enough to visit there in 2014. It was clean, free of graffiti and litter, super safe and polite. We stayed in Kyoto and the temples and scenery were stunning. And it was great to experience a culture completely alien to our own and to manage with hand signals because hardly anyone spoke English. The only challenge was the food. Thank goodness for McDonalds!
I love this one – it’s so true. Negativity from other people can be so damaging. I truly believe that anyone can achieve anything with a positive attitude and determination. It might just take a little while – It took me 8 years to get my novel deal, but I never stopped learning and never stopped brushing myself down after yet another rejection. Just keep on bumbling!
Last Christmas by George Michael. I really enjoyed Christmas 2016 but spent the last five minutes of the twenty-fifth with tears trickling down my cheeks. Not because I was watching Love Actually (great film) but because I’d just read the news on my phone and found out about George Michael’s death. He was a massive part of my youth and represented the whole 80s dream of aspiring to great things. I used to go to a nightclub called Tropicana Beach, drank Pina Coladas and was in hedonistic heaven whenever the DJ played Wham!’s Club Tropicana! George Michael was a sensitive, tortured, romantic soul. A very special person with an amazing writing talent.
Coffee. My next book, probably out April 2017, is set in a coffee shop and a member of my family works in one. So I spend many hours *working* there! I love coffee because it is warm and comforting and goes well with cake. I went on a health kick last year and don’t drink alcohol or sweet fizzy drinks, but I haven’t missed either. My decaffeinated Americanos are a real joy (yes, I’m addicted!) I can’t wait to share my new book which stars a rather dishy, but mysterious barista!
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My husband and kids. I had a challenging 2016 and am eternally grateful for the love and support they displayed. We laugh a lot and are very open with each other. Nothing in the world makes me happier than having coffee and cake out with them J
Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. She loves baking but writing romantic comedy novels is her passion. Her 2015 bestseller Game of Scones got to #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories 2015 Best Ebook award. Her summer 2016 novel, Breakfast under a Cornish Sun was another Top Ten Kindle bestseller. Click here to buy.
Thanks for joining us on My Favourite Things Sam.
Book Angel x