Welcome to the six hundred and eighty-fourth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with contemporary, humorous fiction and chicklit author Suzie Tullett. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Suzie. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Suzie: I’m author Suzie Tullett, from Lancashire in the North of England. I’ve been married for almost 25 years and have two very gorgeous sons; one of whom now lives in Holland and one who lives just outside London. Prior to writing novels I was a scriptwriter by profession, although in the early days of my writing career I was also lucky enough to have some poetry and short stories published, too. Up until recently I’d been spending a lot of time out in Greece. The landscape there is absolutely stunning, and the culture and history of the place fascinating. It provided a great setting for ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’.
Morgen: I’ve never been, Cyprus is as close as I have got, but it looks beautiful. You mentioned ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’, genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date?
Suzie: I write contemporary, humorous fiction and chicklit. I’ve already mentioned the short stories and poetry I’ve had published, but I’m also due to have my second novel sent out into the world. It’s due for release on the 1st August and I’m so excited to hear what readers think, you wouldn’t believe.
Morgen: Oh, I would. It would be great to learn how the launch went, perhaps you’d like to come back for an author spotlight later in the year. What do you think of eBooks?
Suzie: When it comes to eBooks, as long as people are reading that’s the main thing. And yes, I do have an e-reader myself, I have a Kindle. I find that living between two countries it’s ideal for keeping the weight of my luggage down. And as I often say, it’s like having a library in my handbag.
Morgen: They do say that e-Readers, mobiles etc have got more people reading so that can only be a good thing. I have 400+ novels on my iPad, plus I get to Facebook and play Word Drop on it. I do love technology. ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’ is published with Safkhet, have you self-published? If so, what lead to you going your own way?
Suzie: Although professionals in the traditional arm of publishing felt my first novel, Going Underground, was well-written and had some great identifiable characters, they also felt it would be a difficult book to market. It didn’t slot into one particular genre quite a smoothly as they’d have liked. So rather than have it languishing in a drawer, when Mirador offered to partnership publish the book instead, I thought why not? Thankfully, the traditionalists’ concerns proved unfounded as readers are still enjoying it to this day. However, that’s not to say I didn’t take their feedback on board; as a first time novelist I felt it important to gain as much knowledge as I could. Which is probably why this time round I am, indeed, being traditionally published.
Morgen: Ah yes, the old cross-genre pickle. I think most books have blurred boundaries; thrillers often have romance for example. Do you have a favourite of your stories or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?
Suzie: I have to say I love all my characters. In ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’ though, Lydia was fantastic to write. Because of her personality, every time she finds herself in yet another dilemma, instead of getting herself out of it she just keeps making things worse. And I love how Sam is able to use these predicaments to his own advantage – the relationship between the two of them is hilarious. Then there’s Lydia’s family, plus the Fatolitis… Of course, when you read the book, you’ll understand why I’m finding it hard to choose.
As for actors should it be made into a film, I honestly couldn’t say. I’m still enjoying it in book form!
Morgen: Maybe your readers will tell you. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?