This evening I am very happy to welcome author Suzie Tullett to my blog to take part in A Life in Books. Suzie’s new book The Trouble with Words is released today through Bombshell Books. Suzie has written a guest post which I have included in the introduction section about her books and writing. May I take this opportunity to wish her luck with the book, it looks fab and I will definitely be purchasing a copy.
Suzie Tullett My Life in Books Guest Feature
My writing career began when I got my MA in Television and Radio Scriptwriting. I was lucky enough to be chosen by the BBC for their New Writers’ Scheme, which gave me the opportunity to write for their long running series Doctors. Even though I enjoyed scriptwriting I eventually decided to try my hand at writing books, although looking back at my first novel Going Underground, I can see it’s definitely a transition piece. With its short, sharp chapters there’s no denying my scriptwriting background. It was a wonderful process to go through and writing that book taught me a lot.
I write contemporary humourous fiction and romantic comedy. For me, these genres best suit my voice. I like to write about real people, living real, everyday lives, but who are eccentric enough in their way of thinking to be different. Of course, this leaves them making choices their peers wouldn’t necessarily make, but I like to celebrate these differences, not shy away from them. I also like to make readers smile and what better way to do that, than by writing comedy. And because relationships are a part of all our lives in one way or another, why not include a bit of romance too?
So where do I pen these books of mine? I live in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with my husband and two Greek rescue dogs, and in truth, as long as I have a pencil and notebook the answer to this is anywhere and everywhere. When it comes to a first draft I like to write long hand, so you’ll often find me scribbling away at the local café. When it comes to typing everything up though, up until recently my desk sat in the corner of the lounge. However, I’m pleased to say that I now have a dedicated writing room. Nothing fancy, we converted an old oil store attached to the house, I know, an ambitious project for a couple of DIYers like my husband and myself, I’m pleased with the result. Now I can lock myself away without interruption.
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1. What was your favourite book from childhood?
As a child I always had my head in a book, so there are so many to choose from. That said, I absolutely adored The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. I remember winning a book token at junior school and the excitement I felt at being able to pick any book I wanted from the shelves. I chose The Enchanted Wood, which of course meant I had to then read all the rest.
2. What type of books did you read as a teenager?
The short answer would be anything I could get my hands on. If it was on the shelf, I read it. The books that stick out, however, are those in the Dollanganger series by V.C. Andrews. At the time, everyone was reading Flowers in the Attic and Petals in the Wind etcetera so it’s no surprise I ended up reading them too.
3. When you were at school what was your favourite book you studied?
That’s easy – Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Oh, it did make me cry.
4. What is your favourite classic book?
Again, that would be Oliver Twist.
5. What would you consider to be one of the best books you have had over the last 5 years?
One of my best books during this time would be Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey. Part mystery, part love story, I read it a couple of years ago and am still recommending it. Imagine inheriting an apartment straight from La Belle Époque… For a Francophile like myself, it’s the stuff of dreams.
6. What book to you think you should read but never get round to?
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
7. What do you consider to be your favourite book?
I’m going to be a coward here and say I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to a single favourite. I’ve enjoyed tonnes of books and from a whole range of genres, so my brain would hurt if I attempted to pick just one.
8. Is there a book that you have started but been unable to finish?
Nope, if I start a book I always finish it. As an author myself, I know how much blood, sweat and tears can go into writing a novel. It seems only right I respect the work a novelist has put in and read right up until ‘The End’.
9. If you were stranded on a desert Island which 2 books would you want to have with you?
The first would be my copy of Richard Adams’s Favourite Animal Stories. It’s a collection of animal related short stories whose authors include James Herriot, Rudyard Kipling, Joy Adamson, and Gerald Durrell. It’s the only book I have left from my childhood so it’s too important to leave behind.The second would be my copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Not only is it a great read, but it’s a book that my husband bought for me.
10. Kindle or Book?
I don’t mind, as long as I’m reading.
The Trouble with Words is available to buy now.