Interview with Susan Buchanan author of The Dating Game

thedatinggameI am ecstatic to welcome Susan Buchanan to The Book Tart! I met her months ago on twitter and she’s been incredibly generous and patient with my spazzy self. 😀 I just finished reading The Dating Game. Click HERE for my review. If you enjoy Chick Lit and dating adventures… and misadventures <g> give it a try. 😀

Susan has a great blog as well and she just recently did her Liebster Award post with eleven fun random facts about herself. lol Check it out! Click HERE She had to nominate eleven other blogs and I’m one of them! *Snoopy Dance* I’ll try to get on that this week. hmmmm eleven random facts about me…

So relax. Grab a Kit Kat bar and enjoy our silly chat about books and boys and twitter and madlibs!

(((hugs))) Kat

The Queen of Tarts

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Banner-Extra2Susan! You’re here! Come on in, how was your trip to my little kingdom of Tartlandia? Let me have your coat and things, just take a seat on my virtual red couch…. Oh! Can I get you something to drink? Coffee, tea, water, something stronger? I always have snacks…. *points to crackers and cheese and chocolate on the table*

Your debut novel Sign of the Times has a unique take on the zodiac! Love that 😀 Can you share a bit about your writing journey and maybe what you are working on now?

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 Susan: Hi Kat, thanks for having me. Is that Kit Kats I see? Lovely, thanks. Since I’m eating for two, I’m making the most of it!

Well, Sign of the Times was totally a labour of love. It took me five years to write it whenever I was on holiday and then I took a year off work and finished it. I then sent it to publishers and agents in 2008 and after probably about 15 rejections, I went back to the real world and International Sales, which meant no time to write, as I was travelling worldwide.  But in Feb 2012, my job came to an end. My other half convinced me to self-publish, so I did in March last year. I then decided that I would write full-time and The Dating Game was born and finally released in Nov 2012. My next book, What If, a story about a man who wakes up one day and wonders if he is living the life he is supposed to be, will probably come out in Nov.  I have just started maternity leave, so I’m chilling out and looking forward to the next chapter! (pun intended)


Me: awww *bounces on couch* Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. You also give me hope for me. 😉 *daydreams* Ok. ok. I’m back! I just read The Dating Game and I love how you write characters! The girl talk reads so absolutely relatable and I was highlighting and giggling and nodding.  Can you tell us a bit about how The Dating Game came to be?


Susan: Yes, I am lucky that I am often praised for dialogue. To me the trick is to read it aloud. Plus as I write about local places, I can use the phraseology that I, my friends, acquaintances, etc would use. Dialogue is also a lot of fun to write. The Dating Game came about, as a friend of mine had joined a dating agency for professional people in Glasgow. She used to show me the profiles and ask my advice. Some of them were OK, but some of them were horrors and some of the dates were quite frankly, ‘so up their own ass’ it was unreal! I didn’t replicate any of her experiences in my book, but the seed for the novel was born.


Me: Now I know authors don’t do everything they write about *grabs handful of m&ms* if they did our mystery and horror authors would be in jail… and some of our romance authors would need to be contortionists! But… Have you ever used a dating agency? I ask, cause I love your Happy Ever After agency…


Susan: Nope, I have never used a dating agency. I’ve had a couple of blind dates, many years ago, but that’s about it. I am naturally a very outgoing person and have never had a problem to go up and talk to guys (unless I really like them!) But I can see the merit of dating agencies, particularly for someone like Gill, a workaholic with no time. I was thrilled to bits last week to have a reader ask me if I had worked at a dating agency, as apparently she worked at one just like Happy Ever After! No greater accolade and all that!


Me: Nice! I would totally sign up for the Happy Ever After dating agency. 😉


Ok. Hold onto your brolly! It’s about to get silly in here. By the way- I felt like I was on holiday reading The Dating Game. I got a kick out of the different terms for words, like brolly for our umbrella. 😀


Susan: Yes, I too, when in the US, like eggplant, sidewalk and rental car!


Me: *giggles* sidewalk is rather funny. And eggplant! I’m not even sure I’ve eaten it before… hmmm


How could you compare writing to riding the bus?


Susan: Some writers spend ages waiting for the ideas to come round – many people in the west of Scotland have the same problem, as Gill does in The Dating Game, waiting for the bus to show up in the first place!


Me: OOooohhh.  *nods* nice. I loved the bit in The Dating Game when Gill was riding the bus to be green. 😀


I just made up a word twitwinology please make up a definition and use the word in a sentence. 😛


Susan: Twitwinology is the study and drinking of fine wines by Twitter users. I have a degree in Twitwinology!

Secondary meaning is the study of drunken owls! I think I prefer the first definition.


Me: lol LOVE it! I might join you and get my degree in Twitwinology!


We’re gonna play a game of Madlibs… are you familiar with the game? It’s a word game and you need to fill in the word parts then I’ll plug them into the blanks in a story and the results are pretty entertaining to say the least. Oh! You can make your answers as naughty or nice as you’d like 😀















Rupert   Penry Jones


















Me: *snort* this is gonna be good…. I picked an internet profile one. lol


Adult Mad Libs

Your Internet Profile

Why you should get to know me: I’m a cheeky DOG who likes to party like a rock star. I have a gorgeous LEG and a NEW wit.

Who I’m looking for: someone who is MAINLY sophisticated, who has traveled around the TELEVISION and speaks many GROSS languages. It won’t hurt if he looks like RUPERT PENRY JONES. But appearances aren’t everything. He should also have a GORGEOUS bank account.

Three things I can’t live without: A good HANDBAG to read, my cell SOFA, and my OSCILLATING curiosity.

Best (or Worst) lie I’ve ever told: “I left my WALL in my other BOOK, Officer!”

Place I wish I were right now: In the FEET of a loving SISTER.


Me: hahahaha *gasps for breath* ha! A gorgous leg! And a guy who has traveled around the Television! *snort* though if he looked like Rupert Penry Jones plus had a gorgous bank account I could look past the gross language. 😀 Oh! I kinda have an oscillating curiosity too. 😉

It’s time for The Book Tart Quickie

  1. Time lord or Sherlock?:  – Sherlock, particularly if it’s Robert Downey Jr!
  2. Ring tone on your phone?  –a regular ringtone – sounds like a phone. If I could be bothered changing it, it would play classical music.
  3. Sweet or sour?  Sweet, unless it’s sweet n sour chicken from the Chinese!
  4. Favorite lipgloss/lipstick?:  – lip balm -don’t wear much makeup, if any. Vaseline for lips really. It’s cold here in Scotland.
  5. What are you wearing right now? – am so glad I am not writing this from bed! A blue and white, long-sleeved maternity top, think nautical, with black cord maternity overbump leggings – very comfy – oh and red and white stripy socks and my glasses. I am the height of fashion!
  6. Dream vacation destination – Bora Bora – one day..
  7. Last book your read?:  I am still reading Mhairi McFarlane’ s You Had Me At Hello on Kindle and Emily Barr’s Baggage in paperback.
  8. Morning person or night owl?: Morning – definitely. I am a sickeningly morning person!
  9. Pirate or ninja? : Hmmm.  Ninja if I was fit enough!
  10. Fan of Valentine’s day? – yes, but the lines are blurred somewhat nowadays – too commercial. In fact, I’ve instructed my other half not to do presents this  year.  I was 40 in December and still have so much birthday and Christmas money left over, as I don’t need anything, or want anything. Plus my OH has everything – including me, clearly! He doesn’t need anything either – pointless to spend money on something for the sake of it.  He will be making me a nice dinner, though. Oh yes, he will!

Me: Love that! I’m sure he made you a delicious dinner. I love that you have two books going as well. 😀

Thank you Susan for hanging out with me here at The Book Tart! You definitely need to come back again!


Susan:  I had a lot of fun with it! 😉

Thanks again and of course, I will come back when I release What If!
Me: Yay!

(((hugs))) Kat

Release date: Oct. 29, 2012 |
Publisher: Susan Buchanan
ISBN: B009Z2QPT4 |
 ISBN-13: B009Z2QPT4 |
 Format: eBook


Workaholic recruitment consultant, Gill McFadden, is sick of her friends trying to match-make for her.  Up until now her love life has been a disaster and she’s going through a drier spell than the Sahara desert.  She realises she has to act, as work keeps piling up and at this rate she will have retired before she has time for a relationship. Seeing an ad on a bus one day, she decides to visit Happy Ever After dating agency.  She quickly discovers men are like buses. They all come along at once. Unsure what her type is, Gill decides to keep her options open.   Soon she has problems juggling her social life as well as her work diary. Will she ever strike the right balance? Before long she is experiencing laughs, lust and… could it be love?  But like everything in Gill’s life, nothing is straightforward and she ends up wondering exactly who she can trust.


Buy this ebook from: Amazon | Amazon UK

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susanbuchananMore Susan

I always loved creative writing from about the age of seven. I started writing Sign of the Times 10 years ago, mainly whilst I was on holiday. After 5 years, I took a year off work to finish it and redraft and edit it. Finally in March 2012, I took the step of putting it on Amazon for the ebook market. It’s been a long journey!
The Dating Game I wrote pretty relentlessly over six months full-time and it launched in Nov 2012.
I already have plans for a further five books, one of which will be a sequel to Sign of the Times.  My third book is due for release Spring 2013 – but it’s top secret for now!

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2 Replies to “Interview with Susan Buchanan author of The Dating Game”

  1. Ladies, I loved this interview. You are both hilarious! I laughed until I cried over the Mad Libs. How did you ever come up with “Oscillating” for your adjective, Sooz?

    Thanks for brightening my day with your wit and cleverness, Sooz and Kat!

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