Win Raven - the ebook:
You must leave a comment for entry.
A valid email address needs to be included in your comment. If you're worried about spam, please modify your address, such as pattiroberts7 (AT) gmail (dot) com
Follow this book blog
Follow Suzy's blog (details all below)
Follow the author on facebook
Follow the author on Twitter
The contest ends on 28th August. And winners will be notified on this blog and by email.And keep watching here for the release of her new book December Moon - coming soon!
Hi Suzy, where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in a town called Rotherham in South Yorkshire, England, but home is the Algarve, Portugal. I moved here with my family when I was ten. My husband and I occasionally think about moving. We do love Canada!
How long have you been writing? And is writing your full time occupation?
My first job was a trainee journalist so I've been writing since then. I moved on to become assistant editor, features editor and then magazine editor but I was made redundant last year so my full time 'job' is now working on my books (I'm very lucky to have a very supportive husband!)
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Raven: Part I of The Raven Saga. Girl's parents disappear. Girl moves to Canada. Girl discovers some scary truths about her and the supernatural world.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Yes, I'm writing the sequel now. It's called December Moon and will be out in September. There will one final book in the series.
What or who inspired you to write?
I guess it would be other authors that have inspired me. I've always been a serious bookaholic, ever since I was a kid. I adored books by Jilly Cooper, Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins when I was a young teen. It was only when I was quite a bit older than I discovered a love for YA fantasy books like Harry Potter and Twilight - both of which were a huge inspiration to me.
Would you like to giveaway a copy of your book on this blog? thank you - details above.
How did you come up with the title and cover design?
It was during a visit to Canada in 2009 that inspired me to write the Raven Saga. I guess it was all the ravens everywhere, squawking. It was so eerie and mysterious that it just seemed like a natural title for the book. I actually had a different cover design to start off with. It was a picture of a girl walking into the forest. Unfortunately I decided it was too amateurish (the photo was of me!) so I decided to find an image that seemed to fit from an image stock site.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
I'd love to meet JK Rowling... I just adored all the Harry Potter books, they were amazing. But otherwise, there are a number of self-published authors I've become friendly with (online) that I'd love to meet. You, Shalini Boland, Johanna Frappier, Pauline Barclay.... I could easily go on!
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I was always a paperback girl but now I'm a total Kindleholic!
Patti Says: Me too!
Where do you prefer to buy your books?
Anywhere that sells ebooks, but I do like amazon and smashwords.
Are you a self published (Indie) Author?
Yes... after 18 rejections, I decided to go it alone and I'm so glad I did. I've had wonderful feedback from people that wouldn't otherwise have had the chance to read my book.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes! Memoirs of a Geisha and the Handmaid's Tale. I also plan on re-reading Hidden by Shalini Boland and Fairy Circle by Johanna Frappier. I also have the distinct feeling that Paradox will be among my to read again list (I just started it and it's scrumptious!)!
Patti says: Why thank you!
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
The Devil Wears Prada was a pretty amazing film. I enjoyed the book but the movie was just a tiny bit better!
Patti Says: I notice you are a Practical Magic fan, me too.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
lol... that would be yours! Paradox in ebook format.
Patti says: COOL!
What book do you know that you will never read?
War and Peace... I can't be doing with overly long books (and I'm not keen on reading about war either)
Do you have a book trailer?
What are your thoughts on book trailers?
I ADORE them! So much so that I created two blogs purely for book trailers. One is for YA books (http://yatrailerpark.com) and the other is for chick lit (http://chicklittrailerpark.
Patti Says: I totally agree and I have recently made 2 for a couple of great friends on Goodreads.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don't give up! If you keep getting rejections, then go it alone. Self publish. It's so easy these days.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
To self publish!
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
No, I have to be up, dressed, breakfasted, etc before I can start.
Cats or dogs?
I have four cats and two dogs... I love them all (although cats feature strongly in Raven)
White wine or red?
White (my husband says I'm not very nice after drinking red!)
Coffee or tea?
Decaf rooibos tea first thing in the morning, decaf coffee mid morning.
Oriental (Japanese / Chinese / Thai)
Vanilla or chocolate icecream?
Lactose free vanilla ice cream with lashings of dark chocolate sauce.What is a movie or TV show that you watched recently and really enjoyed?
Pretty Little Liars. There's an enormously cute guy in it who looks like a young Matthew McConaughey! His character name is Alex.
Where can your readers follow you?My blog: http://suzyturner.blogspot.com
My facebook page: http://facebook.com/
My Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.
Is your book in Print, ebook or both? Just ebook at the moment.Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me and allowing us a glimpse into your writing word.
Thank you so much Patti... it's been an absolute pleasure!