I have something a little different on my blog this week. I have followed Sue Kittow for many years on social media and on her own blog. She’s agreed to join me today to share three lesser known facts about herself and some details about her walking books. The latest is Walks in the Footsteps of Rosamunde Pilcher. Over to Sue …
Three lesser known facts about me…
One – I’m a late starter. I didn’t marry until I was 41 (on the other hand, I was widowed at 52). I had my first journalistic commission when I was 50, my first walks book was published when I was 54. I would love to have my first novel published before I’m 64….
Two – Despite having written five books on literary Cornish walks, and written probably another 50 walks for Cornwall Today and other magazines, I have a lousy sense of direction. This is why I make sure I don’t do new walks on my own … If we do a walk, I have an excellent sense of recollection and can picture it in my head, but give me a map and my mind goes blank.
Three – I was anorexic for many years from the age of about 12 until I was in my mid twenties, though it’s difficult to give a cut off point, because eating disorders have immensely long, powerful tentacles that wrap themselves around you. But it wasn’t till a friend pointed out, when I was 53, that I needed to eat every 3 hours, that I finally realised why I kept getting tired and grumpy. It was lack of food, as I have a high metabolism. So wherever I go, I am accompanied by cereal bars.
This was the reason I decided to write my novel, HUNGER, which is a love story but written by a mother whose daughter is anorexic, and also the daughter’s diaries, so we get both points of view. I wanted to prove that, while this is a devastating, terrifying and complex disease, there is life after eating disorders.
Wow that novel sounds amazing! Good luck with it. Mx
About Sue Kittow’s Books
Latest book – Walks in the Footsteps of Rosamunde Pilcher
Walks in the Footsteps of Rosamunde Pilcher features eighteen walks each associated either with a places special to her or a location from her books and films. Rosamunde Pilcher was born and brought up in Lelant, Cornwall, and started writing at the age of seven in a house overlooking the Hayle estuary. Her love of Cornwall is evident in her descriptions the sea s varying shades of blue and green, the way it sighs and swells like a living being; her knowledge and love of the Cornish landscape and its people which is reflected in this book of carefully selected walks. Walks in the Footsteps of Rosamunde Pilcher is a unique tribute to this writer who sadly died in February 2019. Buy here.
It is well known that Daphne du Maurier fell in love with Fowey at the age of 18, and soon made Cornwall her home. Her life long love affair with the county is evident: no one can describe the creeks, the moors, the birds or the sea quite like her. Her deft observations of people are wry, accurate and can be frighteningly vivid. Walks in the Footsteps of Daphne du Maurier is an unusual tribute to this great and unusual writer. Each of the 14 walks is inspired by her books, characters or places special to her. Some are famous Frenchman s Creek, as the setting for the novel of the same name while others are less familiar, such as Stowe Barton near Bude the starting point for The King s General. Walks vary from three to seven miles, have concise directions, clear maps, and essential information: length, refreshments and places of interest. Buy here.
Walks in the Footsteps of Winston Graham s Poldark features 12 walks each associated with a different Poldark location from the books, a character, or where an event was filmed for the TV series. Winston Graham was so good at evoking the real landscape of Cornwall, the Cornish people and the unpredictability of the Cornish weather. Feature in page turning plots and empathetic characters, and you have a winner, which the Poldark books have proved to be. Enjoy these walks and learning more about the Poldark places, characters, and history. Each walk includes details of maps, refreshments, history, points of interest and clear directions and sketch map. Buy here.
Circular Walks with Cornish Writers features 20 walks each associated with different writers connected to Cornwall. It is a fascinating insight to contemporary authors and their favourite walks as well as the places that were so special to those well known writers who are no longer with us – and why they were so special. Some writers, like John Betjeman, have made their favourite places famous through verse or novels. Others, like Philip Marsden, use regular walks as a valuable part of their writing day. From Derek Tangye s books based in Lamorna to the Reverend Stephen Hawker at Morwenstow, here are a variety of walks that inspired the authors, and it is hoped will inspire readers too. Each walk has an introduction, a factbox with all essential information, and details of maps, refreshments, history, points of interest and clear directions. Buy here.
About Sue Kittow
Sue Kittow is an author, researcher and freelance journalist, having written for the Daily Mail, Woman’s Weekly, Classic Boat, Classic Sailor, Sailing Today, Vision Now and Cornwall Today, where I have been Sailing Correspondent, columnist and a regular contributor since 2008.
She writes personal profiles, health pieces, sports articles, features, reviews, author interviews and walks.
Sue has interviewed many authors including Bill Bryson, Ian Rankin, Lionel Shriver and Rosamunde Pilcher for the international writing magazine, Writers’ Forum and Cornwall Today.
Sue is now seeking representation for her novel Hunger and writing another one.
To keep in touch with Sue you can use the following links:-
Twitter – @floweringpot
Website – www.suekittow.com