Seaside memories spark new book

Sue Watson, author
Sue Watson, author
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Lancashire writer Sue Watson says she had always wanted to write about Blackpool, the place where she spent many happy holidays as a child – and still does.

And she has published her new book, Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams, inspired by her time in the resort.

The novel tells the story of a woman who rediscovers herself through dancing, and her goal is to compete in the dance festival at Blackpool Winter Gardens, as her parents had in the 60s.

Sue, who lives in Eccles, says she enjoys writing about real women with real lives and real problems.

The former BBC TV producer, who gave up her job to become a full-time author in 2006, said Blackpool holidays had inspired her latest writing.

She said: “I now have a daughter and we love to visit Blackpool for holidays and days out.

“There is nowhere quite like Blackpool for me – it’s a place filled with nostalgia, memories of my childhood are everywhere, from tea dances at the Tower Ballroom to the zoo and the wonderful Winter Gardens where my parents sometimes took us to watch ballroom dancing.”

Sue, 46, still visits Blackpool every summer and says she will never lose her fondness for the town.

“Though it’s a place that’s constantly changing, it will always hold my heart and I used memories of my own childhood holidays in the book.

“Along with the internationally famous dancing at The Winter Gardens, my parents would take us to tea dances at the Tower Ballroom, where my brother and I would watch as mum and dad danced – we were both too shy to join in, but drank lots of lemonade and ice cream.

“These memories inspired Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams – the heroine, like me, spent many holidays in Blackpool as a child, but her parents were professional ballroom dancers and competed at Blackpool.

“It is such a brilliant place for an author to write about, I’m planning to set a future book in the resort.

“Apart from the lovely sandy beach, where else would you be able to visit a ballroom, a waxworks, a tower and a fantastic fun fair – all within walking distance on the Prom?

“I visited earlier this year with my mum, we called it book research – but it was also a lovely excuse to wander along the Prom and visit some old haunts.

“We both have some wonderful memories – mum’s family holidays as a child were always at Blackpool and we always reminisce together about grandparents, aunties and uncles and the family times we shared eating tinned salmon sandwiches and drinking tea on the beach.”

* Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams, published by Bookouture, is available on Amazon in ebook (£1.99) and paperback (£7.99).