Thursday, July 28, 2011

Interview with Suzy Turner


Tell us about The Raven Saga:
Book I in The Raven Saga is entitled Raven and is about a young girl whose parents mysteriously disappear from their London home. She has no choice but to move to Canada where she discovers a family she never knew existed. But that's not all she discovers. She also finds out about some frightening and intriguing family secrets. One of which is about her: she isn't who, or what, she thinks she is. Book II, December Moon, comes out in September.
Where are your books available?
At the moment they are available as ebooks on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Apple.

Where did you get the idea for your books?
It was during a visit to Canada in 2009. I was totally inspired by the beautiful surroundings there, particularly in British Columbia. It was so awe-inspiring. Those majestic mountains, the deep blue icy lakes, the dark forests, the vast ocean... it was all so dramatic and I thought it would be the perfect setting for a series of YA urban fantasy. One day we picnicked on a small beach in Powell River and the ideas just started to coming to me.
How did you come up with the titles?
To me, ravens are eerie and mysterious, just like my stories. That and the fact that there were so many of them where we visited in Canada! I'm not sure how I came up with December Moon to be honest... but I love it!
Who designed the covers?
I designed my first cover using a photo my husband took but after a month I realised it wasn't right, so I went online and searched the stock photography sites so I could purchase the perfect image. I eventually found it and designed the new cover around it. For December Moon, I did the same thing. I have to say, I'm totally in love with the December Moon cover! The picture I found is just exactly as I pictured the main character, December.
Who was your inspiration for writing?
There are so many authors who inspire me. JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Margaret Atwood, Jean Auel, Sophie Kinsella, Ken Follett, Jenny Colgan... I could easily go on! But I am easily inspired, not just by people but by places, music and photos.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I've actually written three. The first, Molly, I wrote about 12 years ago but I got so tired of receiving rejection after rejection that I gave up writing books for a long time. I started again last year after I was made redundant and I've since written Raven and December Moon. My favourite is probably December Moon.
Do you have to travel a lot for your books?
I'd love to be able to say yes but I've never travelled for my books. I've been travelling and been inspired to write but never the other way round.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was in my early 20s in the late 90s!
Do you think your books have the potential for a good movie?
Absolutely! Especially if it was filmed in British Columbia. That would be totally awesome. But then I guess all authors would say that.
Do you have any suggestions for me on how to become a better writer?
The best advice I can give you is to read, read, read! And then write, write, write. Reading other people's work really helps you to hone your own writing skills and the more writing you do, the better it will get. Don't just stick to one genre... read as many different styles as possible. It surprised me how much I learned that way.
About Suzy Turner:
Suzy was born in Yorkshire, England in 1975, where she lived until she was ten when she and her family moved to Portugal. The Iberian country continues to be Suzy's home, where she lives with her husband, Michael. After a career in journalism and editing, Suzy began writing YA urban fantasy and chick lit full time in 2010.
She frequently blogs at http://suzyturner.blogspot.com and she is also responsible for the YA Trailer Park website http://yatrailerpark.com where authors can send in their YA and kids books trailers.

Her website: http://suzyturner.com
Her Twitter: @suzy_turner

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