Welcome, Suzy! Before we get to the interview, can you tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
I'd love to! My name is Suzy Turner and I've been writing YA urban fantasy and contemporary romance books for the past five years from Portugal where I've lived since I was ten years old. I live with my gorgeous hubby who I started dating when I was just sixteen years old! We live in a lovely house at the foot of the Monchique mountains with our two dogs and numerous cats.
How long have you been a writer?
I actually wrote my very first book about 15 years ago but I never published it. I might, one day! It needs a LOT of work though, lol. I've been writing full time since 2009.
Do you have a day job, or is being an author your career?
I used to work as an editor for a magazine but when I was made redundant, I decided to go ahead with my dream job and I've been writing ever since. I'm very lucky.
What inspired you to become a writer? Describe your journey as a writer.
Initially, it was an interview in a magazine with one of my favourite authors at the time (Jenny Colgan). She was talking about how she'd got a publishing contract and I was so intrigued that it got me thinking about whether I could try it. Then life got in the way and it wasn't until my redundancy that I really became serious about it. I'd half written my first YA book, Raven, and so I finished it and then set about finding an agent. That proved insanely difficult so I started looking at indie publishing instead. The rest, as they say, is history! I've since published nine books :)
Please give a brief description/storyline about And Then There Was You.
Three years ago, Eve Brooke had the most passionate, memorable night of her life. Unfortunately, it was with a man who wasn't her husband. Can infidelity be forgotten? Not when her one night stand moves in next door, it can’t.
Eve has a pretty good life. She’s married to Matt, her childhood sweetheart, has an interesting career and lives in a nice house in the suburbs. If life is so perfect why did Eve sleep with a complete stranger during a trip to London? And why, three years later did he have to move in next door with his beautiful wife? As the attraction between them flares up again, Eve begins to question her marriage and wonders if it is fate or coincidence that has brought them back together…
What was the inspiration for this story?
It started off with a conversation with friends about relationships, then I was listening to that awesome song, All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You about a one night stand and I just started writing. I actually wrote the first draft in less than a week. It completely took me by storm!
How did it feel to have your first book published?
Amazing, incredible – like a dream come true. Terrifying as well though. I was so scared that people would hate it. Fortunately those that love it far outweigh those that don't!
Do you write books for a specific genre?
I write both YA urban fantasy (The Raven Saga and The Morgan Sisters) chick lit (Forever Fredless) and now contemporary romance (And Then There Was You).
What genres are your favorite(s)? What are some of your favorite books that you have read and why?
I love to read all sorts but I do enjoy the genres that I write. I'm a huge Harry Potter and Twilight fan lol. But as for chick lit, there are so many amazing authors out there too – Sophie Kinsella, Jenny Colgan, Wendy Holden, for example. I have tonnes of author pals who all write the most incredible books – Shalini Boland, Patti Roberts, Melissa Pearl (YA) and Poppet are just a few. But my all time favourite books include Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. As you can see, I have eclectic tastes!
Do you have a special spot/area where you like to do your writing?
Yes! My husband built the most beautiful little summer house in our garden this year and it's where I wrote And Then There Was You. He made me the most beautiful desk – I cried when I saw it. It's such a wonderful place to be. It's very relaxing and chilled.
How do you come up with the ideas that become the storyline for your books?
Sometimes I have dreams that inspire me, other times I use some of my own life experiences (the idea for Forever Fredless was based on something that happened to me as a child), but most of the time I just create way out ideas. I do have an insane imagination!
When you write, do you adhere to a strict work schedule, or do you work whenever the inspiration strikes?
I stick to deadlines otherwise I'd never getting anything done! And I always announce when my next book is coming out in advance so I have no choice but to write it within a specific time frame. I usually aim for around 5,000 words per day, five days per week. Although I was writing 10,000 words a day for And Then There Was You!
What aspects of storytelling do you like the best, and what aspects do you struggle with the most?
I love creating new worlds, especially supernatural beings – that's the most fun, for sure! And names, coming up with unusual names is awesome (I have two faeries in The Raven Saga called Sheharazalea and Tiffanimelocomelea – but don't worry, they're shortened to Zalea and Tiffani!). As for the struggles of being a writer, I'd have to say editing isn't much fun for me, but a necessary evil. That and marketing / promoting myself. It's not easy!
What are your favorite things to do when you are not writing?
I'm a huge TV and movie addict on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon but during the week, I love to do yoga, meet friends for coffee and shopping. I'm very much a girlie girl! And I love to travel, of course. Hubby and I are about to embark on our next trip (to the States!) and we're very excited :D
What is/was the best piece of writing advice that you have received?
Probably that reading other people's books is a really important tool for writers. It's a great way to improve your own skills. That and the importance of developing a thick skin. There are always going to be people who will trash your work in a bad review and you have to learn not to take it personally. It's hard but crucial.
What is the most gratifying thing you feel or get as a writer?
Knowing that I'm making people happy. It's the best feeling in the world! My books tend to have happy endings for that reason alone :)
How do you usually communicate with your readers/fans?
Via Facebook, twitter and email. I do get the occasional fan email which is amazing!
Is there anything in your book based on real life experiences or are they purely all from your imagination?
I mix both personal experiences with make-believe! That's part of the fun, right?
What authors have been your inspiration or influenced you to become a writer?
JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer for sure. They made me believe that anything is possible and look at me now. My first book, Raven (which is free) has probably been downloaded well over 200,000 times!
What is your definition of success as a writer?
Publishing just one book is a success in my eyes, but if I'm honest I do want it all. I'd like to sell thousands of copies every month and be approached by a producer to make my books into movies ;)
Are you currently writing a new book? If yes, would you care to share a bit of it with us?
I'm taking a break at the moment, preparing for my holiday, but I am planning to write another instalment in The Raven Saga when I return. I started another chick lit novel a few months ago but I put it on hold until next summer. It's called Aphrodite's Closet. Here's an excerpt (bear in mind that it is UNEDITED lol!)
Thank you Suzy for stopping by Jersey Girl Book Reviews and sharing with us a little about yourself and your writing career!
About The Author
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she moved on to become assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher. Since then she has also worked as the editor of one of the Algarve's most loved monthly lifestyle magazines. Early in 2010 however, Suzy began working as 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 Fredless and And Then There Was You.
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And Then There Was You by Suzy Turner
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing / Suzanne Turner Publishing
Publication Date: November 9, 2014
Format: eBook - 210 pages
Kindle - 2297 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Can infidelity be forgotten? Not when her one night stand moves in next door, it can’t.
Eve Brooke has a pretty good life. She’s married to Matt, her childhood sweetheart, has an interesting career and lives in a nice house in the suburbs. If life is so perfect why did Eve sleep with a complete stranger during a trip to London? And why, three years later did he have to move in next door with his beautiful wife? As the attraction between them flares up again, Eve begins to question her marriage and wonders if it is fate or coincidence that has brought them back together…
My Book Review:
An instant attraction between a man and woman leads to a one night stand ... only to have fate step in three years later when they become neighbors ...
Adam and Eve met in London and their instant attraction led them to having a memorable one night stand. Fast forward three years later, and Eve is happily married to Matt, that is until she is thrown for a loop when Adam and his wife Charlie move in next door. Memories of that passionate night plus an undeniable connection draws Adam and Eve back towards each other. While Adam and Eve feel guilty and don't want to hurt their spouses, they can't fight the pull of attraction ... but theirs isn't the only attraction that is happening ... Will their marriages survive, or will they give in to their deep feelings for each other?
And Then There Was You was an intriguing and multi-layered romance story that easily drew me into Adam and Eve's story.
Author Suzy Turner weaves a compelling story about the complexity of relationships that is filled with love, emotion, intensity, and passion, intertwined with conflict, loss, difficult life choices and decisions.
As Adam and Eve's story unfolds, there is enough intriguing twists and turns that will keep the reader engaged and turning the pages. With a realistic cast of characters and true to life relationship circumstances, And Then There Was You is a touching story of true love that will leave a smile on your face.
RATING: 4 STARS
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