Welcome to the 2018 author interview series. Author interviews will be posted every Friday throughout the year.
I am honored to continue this series with English author and blogger Stevie Turner.
For those of you that have read my interviews in the past, you’ll find a new set of questions in this series. You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.
If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, please enjoy this interview with Stevie Turner:
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try and be original, so as not to write just another version of something that has been written about hundreds of times before. Of course I know that there’s probably nothing that hasn’t been written about by other authors, but there’s no harm in trying!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t go overboard spamming your books left, right and centre. People do not want to know!
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
It’s got to be ‘Didn’t Get Frazzled’ by David Z. Hirsch, MD which I’m reading at the moment. The author has my sense of humour, writes of a subject I’m interested in, and I found even (bizarrely) has the same names for his characters as I currently have in my WIP.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes I do read my reviews. I promote the good ones and leave the bad ones there without commenting, as I’m sure every other author does as well.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Our past experiences always give us something to write about. However, I leave it up to the reader to work out for themselves which parts of my novels are fiction and which parts are true.
Do you Google yourself?
No, because I receive email notifications when my name appears on Google, so I don’t have to search!
What is your favorite childhood book?
The Island of Adventure, by Enid Blyton. In fact any of those ‘Adventure’ series, but ‘The Island’ was the first one I ever read.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Go to University and get an English degree.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I used to write them in about three months, but now it takes me all year as I’ve gone back to work part-time. The trick is not to rush it.
Connect with Stevie:
Amazon Author Page (worldwide): http://bookShow.me/B00AV7YOTU
WordPress Blog: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/
Stevie Turner works part-time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital, and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and humorous novels in her spare time. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories, ‘Checking Out’, was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’ Her psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ won third place in the 2016 Drunken Druid Book Award contest.
Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. ‘A House Without Windows’ is currently being read by the director of a reputable film production company based in New York.