When Michelle Holman (check out her work at http://koobug.com/mjholman?p1696 ) asked me if I would like to join in with the Writer’s Blog Tour, of course I jumped at the chance! The four questions were quite enjoyable to answer, and I’m grateful for the chance to tell you all about my work. My books are available for sale on Amazon and Smashwords, and links to these sites with sample chapters can be found on my website http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/
1. What am I working on?
After publishing ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’ last week, I have just started something different. It’s another suspense story after a news item gave me the inspiration (as it did before in ‘A House Without Windows’). I’m only about 6000 words in so far, but progress is slower than usual due to the fact that there’s some research to undergo on this one, and I have had to send off a few emails. I am awaiting the answers, and cannot really progress until I receive them.
Meanwhile though there is my WordPress blog to keep updated, likewise my website, Facebook, Twitter, and so on and so forth ad nauseam! I have also started another novel at the same time to keep my brain occupied (I’m about 10,000 words in), which is a rather unusual romance. Romances I find are easy to write about, but the suspense story is taxing me somewhat……
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have lived for 56 years and have packed quite a lot of experiences into those years. Apart from the book I am working on now, I haven’t yet had to research any of my previous novels, because they have mostly been written from actual real events I’ve undergone (such as in ‘The Porn Detective’ or ‘The Pilates Class’), or they incorporate places I’ve visited (such as Cornwall in ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’, or the Isle of Wight in ‘Lily: A Short Story’). ‘A House Without Windows’ is the exception, as it grew from a TV news item (thankfully though I’ve never been held captive). I suppose you could say that my books are usually written from the heart. Even ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’ has elements of real-life in it. As with all my books, readers will have to discern for themselves which parts are true and which parts are made up!
3. Why do I write what I do?
I prefer stories that are true to life and realistic enough for the reader to believe that they could have actually happened. All my novels have an element of realism, and I have definitely undergone many of the experiences I have written about. I also try to inform the reader in a roundabout way about life-changing events that most people don’t really want to think about happening to them. What I say is yes, this could all happen to you! Read, digest, and learn from my experiences!
4. How does my writing process work?
Once I get an idea in my head it won’t go away. The words will come tumbling out to the point where I often lay awake at night thinking about the next chapter in the story. I now work three days per week, so Thursdays and Fridays are my writing days. I often forget to start cooking dinner or do other routine chores while I’m writing, and time just flies by. I have never been so happy or fulfilled!
Finally, I want to thank you for stopping here on the tour and would like to introduce you to two other writers. I hope you will seek out their blogs and websites, and learn a little more about their work:
Jacqueline Coote-Artist/Author. Art medium is watercolour, and her genre in writing is women’s fiction. Jacqueline enjoys writing books encouraging other women to fulfil their dreams and to never be discouraged. Many women are fearful of change, and she hopes that her books will give those women self-confidence, self-esteem and inspiration to do what they have always dreamed of doing, no matter what age they may be. Jacqueline’s book covers are copies of her watercolor paintings.
Mark Davies went to school in south west London, mid-Wales and Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife. In between writing song lyrics, magazine articles and comedy sketches – and in the interest of a varied existence – he has played in a band, worked in wildlife conservation, got involved in event event marketing, was a karaoke presenter, ghost writer, guide, film & TV extra, stand-up comedian, kindergarten teaching assistant, toy demonstrator, and counter espionage agent. That last one was a lie.
He lives in Fuerteventura with his wife, two children, and a cat. A Table in Berlin is his first novel.