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Goodreads Interview with Carrie Fisher (Author of Wishful Drinking)

Hello lovely followers,

I was one of the millions that shed a tear when I found out that Carrie Fisher had died last month. I had watched her as the indomitable Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, followed her on twitter and loved watching her on chat shows and being interviewed – what an amazing woman!

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111I thought that I would share with you the interview that I found on Goodreads that they carried out in November 2016. I haven’t read either of her autobiographies or any of her novels but I will be adding The Princess Diarist to my Amazon wish list and having a look at her other books now too.


Even if Star Wars had never happened, Carrie Fisher‘s life would have been fodder worthy of fiction. She is the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, and her childhood was overshadowed by one of Hollywood’s biggest scandals: Her father left her mother for Elizabeth Taylor.  

During the last 40 years, Fisher has appeared in numerous movies and television shows. She’s also written four best-selling novels and two previous memoirs.   Meryl Streep even portrayed her in the movie adaption of her book Postcards from the Edge.

But, of course, the world will always know her as Princess Leia. Fisher was just 19 when she landed a lead in the small-budget film—a role that would change her life.

Recently, while rummaging through a storage area in her home, Fisher came across the journals she kept while making that movie. The diaries not only captured what would become film history, but also her secret affair with her co-star Harrison Ford, who was married at the time.

Those journal entries, along with Fisher’s witty recounting of the early Star Wars days, make up her new memoir, The Princess Diarist.

When Goodreads talked to Fisher, the news had just broken about her affair with Ford. As the internet reacted, Fisher was sick in bed with bronchitis and watching in horror as the headlines quickly multiplied.

The Harrison Ford Affair

Goodreads: You are the hottest news in entertainment right now, so congrats!

Carrie Fisher: Am I? How do I find that out? Am I trending? No, I Googled myself earlier and I saw a headline that said ‘Carrie Fisher says Harrison Ford was bad in bed.’ That’s what it said. As if I would say that, who does that? Yeah, that was a little shocking though. I didn’t think they’d be able to do that, just write whatever they want. But why wouldn’t I think that?

GR: Why did you decide to both confess to having an affair with actor Harrison Ford and write about it now?

CF: Well, it’s 40 years later so it’s pretty much ancient history. I found the diaries about a year and a half ago and I thought they were really amazing and I’d forgotten I’d written them. I don’t have anything else like that that I’ve written over a finite amount of time and it was really emotional. I wrote it with abandon never thinking it would be published.

There’s a part of me that thinks ‘Why did you do this’? And that would be the part that saw that headline that said ‘Carrie Fisher says Harrison Ford was bad in bed.’ It just turns it tawdry and I probably should have anticipated that. But how do you anticipate that, truly?

GR: If you could give that 19-year-old version of yourself advice about the affair, what would you say?

CF: There’s nothing you can tell yourself. There’s no way I could’ve not done that. It wasn’t a choice I made, it was sort of an indirect choice. And I think it’s funny that it happened. I mean, what would be more awkward than [to] have that happen and then be together for the rest of your life?

GR: It’s a little unclear in the book. The affair lasted during the three months you filmed Star Wars. Did it end before you, Ford, and Mark Hamill went on the press tour to promote the first film?

CF: Essentially. Yeah, if it isn’t correct, I’m not going to correct it. But yes, and when we went on tour it was like we were roommates, the three of us together.

GR: It just seems so cringe-worthy to have this hookup with a costar you would unknowingly be linked to for the next 40 years.

CF: Well, and an awkward hookup is a one-night stand, so this wasn’t really that. And if you do something like that [have an affair], it should be with Harrison. But it was a big learning experience, I guess. Although, I don’t know quite what I learned. Not to have an affair with a married man, though. But I knew that already.

GR: Did you tell Ford that you were going to write about your affair?

CF: I saw him and I said ‘I found my journals from the first movie and I’m probably going to publish them.’ And he said “LAWYER!” Yeah, he was joking. I said, I’ll show [the book] to you and if you don’t like anything I’ll take it out. And I sent it to him and I never heard back. I assume it embarrasses him, anything about him embarrasses him. This is probably an extreme version of that.

GR: Have you seen Ford since writing this book?

CF: No! I just sent it to him fairly recently. And I finished the book fairly recently.

GR: Are you nervous about seeing him now that this book is out?

CF: Yes, but no more than usual. Yes, I’m always nervous to see Harrison. And no, no more than usual.

GR: What’s it like to see people react to this book?

CF: So, I don’t like the thing that said he wasn’t good in bed or whatever. I hate that stuff. I don’t like that I sort of lost control of it. And, you know, of course I did. But I couldn’t have anticipated what that would feel like. I don’t love it, so I’m hiding in my room. But I was sick anyway.

GR: What’s your relationship like with Mark Hamill?

CF: Much easier, like siblings. I think if you pretend something long enough, it comes true. Mark and I were more alike in a sort of ‘people pleasing’ way. Harrison was the grownup and [Mark and I] were both closer in age. But it was new to all of us, so in that sense we were all the same age.

GR: It’s interesting to read that your romance was happening with Ford at the same time sparks were flying on screen between Princess Leia and Han Solo.

CF: The way Leia behaved with Harrison is not dissimilar from the way I did. A little bit shy and combative. I don’t know what I think. I don’t know if art imitated life, or if life imitated art, or if it’s art at all. But it’s not dissimilar in a few ways.

On a Lifetime of Being Leia

GR: In the book, you talk about a lifetime of being Princess Leia. How do you think of Leia?

CF: What would Leia do? Leia usually does the right thing. She would kill Jabba. You know, she gets in the way of the bad guy and she wears a mean bikini. No, but I think of doing the right thing and being trustworthy and telling the truth and trying not to hurt anyone.

GR: Has being Leia informed who you are today?

CF: Oh, definitely. It’s informed my entire life. I’ve been Princess Leia all these years, not just when they remade the movie. You know, there’s no getting away from it, so you’d better make peace with it. And I was never at war with it. I choose to see it as a positive and I do see it as a positive now. But I was never going to have a problem with it, because that would be a really bad way to live your life.

People get me and Leia confused. It’s difficult to separate it out. They think of my trials with being bipolar like Leia’s trials with Jabba the Hut and being a strong woman. We’ve sort of become each other, Leia and I. But, her being strong, and Leia doing whatever she wants to do or thinks she needs to do…We’re alike that way.

GR: A whole section of the book is excerpts from the old journals. What was it like to revisit your 19-year-old self like that?

CF: I feel bad for me that age. I do. I’m just so insecure and riddled with self-doubt. And that’s too bad. And I’ve chosen the wrong profession if I have those kinds of intense feelings in that direction.

GR: There is no fan quite like the Star Wars fan. What is your take on the rabid fan base?

CF: I love the fans, with the exception of, like, five of them that are really insane. They love the movie, it brings them joy, and it provides them with more than movies usually provide them with. Families do things around it and that’s what I’ve watched over the years. So I have an appreciation of Star Wars that goes beyond it being a film.

I don’t quite fully understand it. I mean, it has a religious tone to it. I don’t know though, the way that it’s gone on like this—and increased over time really—is extraordinary.

Returning to Star Wars

GR: What’s it like being back in Leia’s shoes for the new Star Wars movies?

CF: Well, it just makes it OK. I mean, I felt like I was in more Star Wars films before I was in more Star Wars films. So, it just kept it going in a way I felt it was already going.

GR: Can you tell us anything about the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, hitting theaters in 2017?

CF: Well, I’m not supposed to. They wouldn’t let my dog on the set as a result he’s very neurotic about film sets now. And I don’t like my film hair in any of the movies.

GR: What was it like for you when Episode VII came out in 2015?

CF: It was intense. It was weird for me. I never liked looking at myself, so I don’t like looking at myself in these films. Then comes the thing of “did I age well?” And I involve myself in that dialogue. So, you know, all this stuff comes with it. That’s what you get to do. It’s good baggage and bad baggage. But I’m up for the dialogue. And I don’t think many people would be.

On Being a Writer

GR: Obviously you kept a journal while shooting Star Wars and you’ve written six previous books. Tell us about your writing.

CF: Well, it was always very therapeutic for me and you can see now that that’s what it shows in those journals. That’s who I talked to. That’s where I could go. It got it out of my head and onto the page. So, that’s where I wanted it be. In my head was very crowded and not very friendly then. So it’s not the same now, it doesn’t serve the same purpose, but that was its roots.

And I still handwrite. I think there’s something very calming in that. When you’re putting something in words, you’re getting it out of feeling. And I obviously have an intense emotional world I want out of.

GR: In the book, you say you were conflicted about becoming an actor. How do you explain that to yourself?

CF: I mean, the second movie I did was Star Wars, so it was just assumed that I wanted to be an actor. I went along with the assumption. But I really did want to be a writer. I never went into show business. It would have taken more of an effort to get out of show business. And I never made that effort.

GR: Obviously you are a writer. But when you were thinking of becoming a professional writer instead of going to show business, what did you want that to look like?

CF: I wanted to be Dorothy Parker! Well, I am Dorothy Parker now. I’m half Jewish, I have brown eyes, brown hair and we both married gay men. Well, not married, but, whatever, she married him.

GR: How do you feel about Dorothy Parker now? Is she still an idol of yours?

CF:I haven’t read her in a while but I think she probably would be because she was such a big thing for me when I was a teenager.




Source: Goodreads | Interview with Carrie Fisher (Author of Wishful Drinking) November, 2016

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Spending my gift vouchers

Hello lovely followers,

Last month I was lucky enough to get Amazon vouchers, not only for Christmas but for my birthday too. My family and friends know me so well! 🙂

As you can see from my “So, What’s on my Kindle” page , I have read and absolutely loved standalone stories as well as book series from a number of different authors. Both Amazon and Goodreads e-mail me when authors that I’ve read before release new titles (very kind of them) so I know that a couple of my authors released books in December and so guess what I spent some of my vouchers on… lol!

a-stone-kissed-sea-by-elizabeth-hunterA Stone-Kissed Sea (Elemental World #4)

by Elizabeth Hunter (Goodreads Author)
Released 6th December 2016

An immortal wanderer. A brilliant scientist. A centuries-old menace written in blood.

Lucien Thrax, son of the earth and child of the ancients, is a healer of immense power. But years of work on a deadly vampire virus have not led to a cure, nor have they softened the wall he built around his heart. When he’s forced to work with Doctor Makeda Abel, Lucien is convinced he’s reached his limit of patience with humanity.

Makeda Abel may be human, but she’s far from impressed with the brooding vampire healer, even if his mind draws her reluctant admiration. She’s learned how to survive in the immortal world, and it’s not by being afraid. Working together may lead them to answers, but it also pushes Lucien and Makeda’s attraction to the boiling point.

When nightmares become reality, Makeda will have to trust Lucien with her life. Finding answers has never been more vital. Finding love has never been more deadly. To heal the Elemental World, Lucien and Makeda must follow ancient paths and ask for help from the most inhuman of immortals. Because even with a cure in hand, the battle has only begun.

one-fell-sweep-by-ilona-andrewsOne Fell Sweep

(Innkeeper Chronicles #3)

by Ilona Andrews (Goodreads Author)
Released on 20th December 2016

Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, is glad to have you. We cater to particular kind of guests, the ones most people don’t know about. The older lady sipping her Mello Yello is called Caldenia, although she prefers Your Grace. She has a sizable bounty on her head, so if you hear kinetic or laser fire, try not to stand close to the target. Our chef is a Quillonian. The claws are a little unsettling, but he is a consummate professional and truly is the best chef in the Galaxy. If you see a dark shadow in the orchard late at night, don’t worry. Someone is patrolling the grounds. Do beware of our dog.

Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your host, Dina Demille, will defend you at all costs. We ask only that you mind other guests and conduct yourself in a polite manner.

Source: Goodreads | New Releases for *Tabytha* December 2016 (my authors)

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111Both of these books continue series and it was quite a while ago that I read the previous book,s so I think I will have a bit of skim reading to do so that I can refresh my memory with the various characters/plot etc.

We live in an interact world, so you can check out my progress on by clicking on my profile at Goodreads.

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Finding the Waterwitch at Odiham from Dear Mummy Blog

Hello lovely followers,

I haven’t made any resolutions as such this year, but I am planning to persevere with my goal to reduce my weight and increase my fitness. This lovely post  arrived in my inbox on 2nd January and I feel slightly embarrassed that I’ve been such a couch-potato this past fortnight.

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111Tomorrow, I will be opening up the dormant MapMyWalk app, playing the NHS Couch to 5k podcast on my MP4 and heading off out the front door…

In the meantime, I’d like to share this lovely post with you. Enjoy!


Dear mummy, on the first day of a New Year we left our comfy sofa in search for adventure. One of our resolutions for 2017 was to get a bit more exercise and not let rain ruin play. It’s a miserable grey day but it hasn’t stopped us from donning our waterproofs and heading outside into the fresh January air.

We have a quest today….to find the Water Witch. She’s a witch that lives in Odiham by Basingstoke Canal in Hampshire. My folks promised to find her…little did I know they were referring to a pub!! Well, you need to stock up on some provisions first!! A nice lunch was the perfect magic potion to cure NYE hangovers and welcome in the first day of the year. We needed the food to heat up our tummies before our soggy walk!

The Waterwitch in Odiham is a lovely British country pub and retains many of its 17th century features such as exposed beams and open fires. They still had Christmas decorations up in the pub and it looked lovely and homely.

Situated on the banks of the Basingstoke Canal with extensive gardens stretching right to the water’s edge, it’s the ideal stop off point if you’re out enjoying walk, bike ride or boat trip around Odiham. Even in winter this place is charming and was fully booked when we arrived. The staff were accommodating and our large table was next to a beautiful window with period features and iron fixtures. It had such a lovely atmosphere and catered for families really well. Being a Chef & Brewer we wouldn’t expect any less.

We were a large party of 10 and all ages enjoyed the food. They had a wide range of cask ales and a tasty selection of traditional pub food, seasonal dishes and blackboard specials. The servings were ample and the food and plates hot. They had a great 2-course kids menu and I loved my fish & chips and chocolate flowerpot mousse. Some of the adults ate off the festive menu and the rest enjoyed large roasts and fish dishes. The food was fantastic and great value for money!

We sat at the table for a couple of hours and had plenty of space in a little snug area with a sofa to sit on too. Even though the pub was fully booked it didn’t seem packed and the staff were attentive and speedy. My daddy indulged in the Chocolate Fudge Cake which looked and tasted delicious and my daddy is a bit of a dessert connoisseur.

Afterwards and feeling full we ventured out into the drizzly rain to take a brisk walk along the canal. My mummy told me of a real Witch that lived on a barge called Hazel Witch. We discovered her finger on the footpath covered in moss and an old shoe hanging on the rails to lead us to her hiding place. We picked up stick wands ready to cast our spells on her.

By this time the rain was beating down hard and bouncing off the canal water so we decided we couldn’t brave the winter weather any longer. Well at least we started to keep our 2017 resolution! However we did spot a barge named Hazel…maybe after my Hazel the Witch.

So did we find the real Witch of Odiham? Well kinda…we found the Waterwitch, her local pub.

Love Bella x

Waterwitch, Colt Hill, Odiham, Hook, Hampshire, RG29 1AL

Source: Finding the Waterwitch at Odiham | Dear Mummy Blog

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Snacks I swear won’t ruin your books or your weight! – My Little Book Blog

Hello lovely followers,

Happy New Year!!!

So, the net is abound by resolutions, promises, goals, etc. at the moment. I’m not going to make any drastic changes or promises to the coming year. I’m going to maintain the stuff that’s good and shake off the stuff that’s not.

faery-red-lily-bye-for-now1111I was browsing through some fellow bloggers’ sites to see what they’re planning (or not as the case may be lol!) and I found this post by the lovely Lizzie. I too find it tricky to eat conscientiously, especially when watching a film or reading a book; logging onto My Fitness Pal helps but I’m always on the lookout for tips…

So here I am, sharing the goodness. 😉



God I love snacks and snacking in general. It’s why the scales have resolutely sat in the same place (or gradually span shockingly to the right) over the last year. I’ve mentioned it once I will mention it again, I’m currently in a life re-gig. Clothes wise, exercise wise, hair wise – I’m growing it again if you wanted to know (mainly because I can’t afford to get it cut.)

Basically, my normal snack of choice, Pringles just can’t be my only snack of choice. They taste incredible but they are just so bad for you. Now before we go on I know that portion size and all that helps, I like most other humans struggle with CORRECT portion size; a Lizzy sized portion, i.e. the whole tube isn’t a problem for me, but it’s not good for me. So I thought I would mention my top reading snacks at the moment that might be a little better for you than said amazing Pringles.

Also please don’t be mean if you disagree – I’ve lost over a stone so far so play nice, must be doing something better.

Rice Cakes (Salt n Vinegar Flavour) with cream cheese and hot-sauce

I know this might sound a little odd but oh my does it taste delicious. I’ve specified Salt N Vinegar but the cheese variety work too and Kallo rice cakes (normally cheaper) are a good alternative. They are smaller though so, shrugs. I prefer cream cheese with chilli and Franks hot sauce but that’s just me.

You could also experiment with different flavours. Caramel rice cakes with a smidge of Nutella, or hummus or even avocado. I’ll be sticking to the above; but rice cakes are a win.

Metcalfe’s Skinny and Salt Popcorn

If you haven’t tried this stuff yet – you have to because, oh my it is a life saver when you just want to snack. Do you think there’s a certain gene you might have that causes you to snack? No thought not.

A 25g portion is only 115 calories and to be honest that’s the perfect amount for a bookish snack and if you do feel like losing control it’s not too horrendous to have a second portion? Right? RIGHT?

Lentil, Hummus or Quinoa crisps by Eat Real

These are a recent find for me but they are so, so good! They come in lots of different flavours for each including; creamy dill, sea salt, tomato and basil, chilli & lemon, and chilli & lime. They are also pretty healthy around 130 – 165 calories a bag and they are both vegetarian and vegan!

They are great to snack on, on their own or I love making this dip to go with.


1 garlic bulb

1-2 tbsp olive oil

1 aubergine

200ml (7fl oz) crème fraiche (you can use low fat too.)

½ lemon, squeezed

pinch ground cumin

Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C (which ever you use.) Slice the top off the garlic bulb. Stick it on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil.

Scrunch the foil together to make a parcel and put on a baking tray, with the whole aubergine. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until the aubergine is blackened and tender.

Allow the aubergine to cool, then peel and discard the skin. Finely chop the flesh and transfer to a bowl. Squeeze out the yummy roasted garlic from the garlic bulb and add to the bowl with the crème fraiche, lemon juice, cumin and a pinch of salt.

Mash the mixture together with a fork then serve with the chips. You could blitz it if you want it to be super smooth.

Chick Pea Pops

I found this recipe ages ago and whenever I get a little hungry but don’t want to grab the Pringles and devour the whole lot, I make this. Take a can of chickpeas, drain and rinse them and then dry with a paper towel. Spritz with extra-olive oil (or low cal cooking spray,) season with herbs such as oregano, or mixed herbs (have a look what’s in the cupboard,) and then roast at 200C or 400F. Then just take them out, wait a second so they don’t burn your lips and that’s all there is too it.

You could eat them all or as I do try to half the portion and then keep the second in the fridge and eat the next day (or an hour later. COUGH.)

Vegetables and Tzatziki Snacks

Final snack recipe, if you can call it a recipe. One of the things I’ve been loving is Tzatziki with vegetables. All I do is buy a tub and then when I get home cut up a load of vegetables; mainly carrots, peppers and courgettes. Then I tend to add hot sauce on top of the Tzatziki cause I’m a monster, and DIG IN.

So there are my favourite snacks for eating whilst reading. They shouldn’t mess up your books if you’re careful with your sticky fingers (I see you.)

Source: Snacks I swear won’t ruin your books or your weight! – My Little Book Blog