Wednesday, August 12, 2015

It's All About the Author with Suzy Turner #StormySummer

It’s All About the Author…

Please tell us 5 interesting facts about yourself that readers might not know about you …
* I have a belly button piercing
* Although I’m British, I’ve lived most of my life in Portugal
* I gave up dying my hair a few years ago and I’m loving going silver (!)
* I once ‘stalked’ Bonnie Tyler (one of my childhood idols) around the airport to try and get a photo. I failed :(
* I worked as the Script Supervisor for a feature length British movie a few years ago. It was hard going but an amazing experience.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watch TV. I’m such a couch potato when I want to be :)

Is there one book that you love to read over and over again?  If so, what is it and what is it that keeps you coming back to it?

Strangely enough, it’s a book totally different from my usual reads: Memoirs of a Geisha - I’ve read it several times. It’s just so amazing (the movie is great too). I can’t even tell you why… it’s just so good.

How did you get started writing and have you always wanted to be an author?
I guess I always wanted to do some kind of writing because my career began in journalism. Whilst working for a newspaper in my 20s, I read a really inspiring article about one of my favourite authors at the time, Jenny Colgan. She just inspired me to try and give it a go myself. So I did but it didn’t work out back then so I carried on with life until I was made redundant five years ago and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to become a fully fledged author. I’m lucky to have the most understanding and supportive husband!

If you for some reason couldn’t be an author, what would your other choice be?
I’ve always secretly craved to be a model, but then isn’t that what most women would love? lol!)

Did you like school?  Were you a good student?
Yes and yes! I was actually voted (by students and teachers) to become Head Girl but then I moved schools :(

When you write, is there a specific way you have to write, ie:  certain room, noise or quiet, computer or paper etc…
I’m pretty easy going. The only thing that’s really important is that I need to be alone. I find my husband to be quite a distraction! Having said that, I did once write in a cafe and got quite a lot done.

If you could write a collaboration with another author, do you have one in mind and what would you write?
I’ve made so many amazing online author friends over the past few years and there’s loads I’d love to collaborate with but if I had to choose one, I’d go with Shalini Boland. Her books are absolutely brilliant and to top it off, she’s such a lovely person. I hope to physically meet her one day.

How do you come up with your story ideas? 
I’m inspired me so many things. For example, Raven was inspired by a place in British Columbia, whereas The Morgan Sisters was inspired by an actor I worked with and it was an experience I had as a child with Forever Fredless.

Do titles stump you or do they come easy?  When do you pick a title, before the story is written or when it’s done?
Some books I have the title before I start but others I wait until I’m further into the story. I’ve never had much trouble coming up with them though… it’s part of the fun!

Do you keep a notebook near you for when new ideas pop into your head?
I usually have a notepad by my bed and I used to carry one in my handbag but lately I just use the notes app on my phone.

If you write a series, do you re-read your previous books before you begin the new one?
I usually just read the last one to remind me about everything that happened. I wish I had a better memory!

How does your family feel about your writing?
They’re very proud of me :D

Thanks for sharing “you as an author” with us !  We hope you’ll come back and visit again soon!

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Stormy Summer
Suzy Turner
Chicklit / 174 pages

When Summer Miller is rudely awoken from the best hot 'n' heavy dream she has had in a long time, her day gets progressively worse... until she prangs the car belonging to one of the office's hottest blokes. One thing leads to another and she soon finds herself dating a man who isn't quite what he seems.

When her imagination goes overboard and she thinks he might actually be a 'she', Summer ends up running away to Portugal – straight into the arms of a handsome American stranger...

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About the author

Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, two neurotic dogs and several cats – one who thinks she's a princess.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo (The Morgan Sisters), Forever FredlessAnd Then There Was You and Stormy Summer.

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