Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she
lives with her childhood sweetheart, Michael, two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she's a princess.
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 Fredlessand And Then There Was You.
Can you tell us what prompted you to first start writing? What was the first thing you wrote?
Of course! I've been a keen reader since I was quite young but I didn't get serious about writing fiction until 2009 when I wrote my first
YA novel, Raven (after I'd been made redundant). I'd actually written a chick lit novel about 15 years prior to that but I never published it. I might, after a LOT of much needed editing lol!
Can you summarise your latest work in just a few words?
A married woman has
a one night stand with a stranger and then, a few years later, discovers he has
moved in next door.
was the inspiration for this book?
Conversations with friends about relationships and the song, All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You.
What does a typical writing day involve for you?
When I'm writing to a deadline, I start about 10am and keep going until lunchtime. After an hour's break for a bite to eat, I'll go back into my summer house and
write until I've reached my daily word count. With this book, I was writing 10,000 words a day. It was insane!
Which writers have influenced your own writing?
I'm a huge JK Rowling fan and I do believe it was the Harry Potter books that encouraged me to follow my dream of becoming an author. Stephenie Meyers too.
What are you working on next? Do you have a WIP?
In the new year I'll be making
a start on the next book in The Raven Saga, followed by the final book in The Morgan Sisters series, then I'd like to get Aphrodite's Closet written - my next chick lit novel.
Tell us about your travels.
My husband and I are big fans of Canada - we've been twice and totally loved it. In fact it was there that I got the inspiration to write Raven. We've had enormous fun in Las Vegas and New York as well and we're about to investigate
the wonders of Washington DC! We're very excited about it :)
We actually live in Portugal (even though we're British).
Tell us about your childhood.
I moved to Portugal with my family when I was ten years old. Then I lost
my mum when I was 13 so it was quite difficult in that respect, but otherwise I had a very happy childhood with a very supportive dad, younger brother and older sister. I then met my husband when I was 16 and have been incredibly happy ever since!
Most writers have some quirks – what are yours?
Hm? I have a habit of chewing my tongue when I'm deep in concentration :D
What book(s) are you reading at the moment?
I'm actually proofreading
a book for a friend. It's her first novel, so I can't say much about it at the moment. I'm also re-reading Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life, simply because it's amazing.
Do you have
any advice for new writers?
If you're passionate about writing, don't give up. Don't be discouraged by negative reviews (it's important you develop a thick skin in this business!).
Read as much as you possibly can. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.
Thank you so much for a fabulous chat! Happy Holidays :D
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