Good day, my friends! Today we have author Stevie Turner with us, and she’s going to bare the secrets of her soul. (Just kidding. She’s only going to answer a few questions.)
- Everyone has a story about why they love to write. What’s yours?
I’ve been writing ever since I followed in my mother’s creative footsteps and won an essay competition at school when I was 11. Writing poems and short stories saved me from being a somewhat lonely and introverted ‘only’ child, and now that I’ve taken early retirement in my fifties due to health problems, my new-found ability to write novels fills every one of my days and gives me a reason to get up in the mornings. Increased book sales are adding to life’s pleasures!
- If there’s a particular book you’re trying to market right now, will you tell us about it?
Luckily this promotional spot coincided nicely today with a $0.99 Kindle Countdown Deal that my publisher Creativia had already planned for my women’s fiction novel ‘The Donor’, a contemporary family drama told from several different perspectives. The Donor focuses on the sibling rivalry between sisters Clare and Izzy Ronson, and the effect that their love for the same man, musician Ross Tyler, has on their own relationship and on the rest of their family. When Ross’s band makes the big time, Clare and Izzy lose contact until a tragedy occurs 30 years later.
- Most authors in the market nowadays have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. Will you tell us how the positive moments make up for the negative ones?
A London literary agency debated for a week about whether or not to sign me up when I sent them my debut novel ‘The Porn Detective’. The disappointment was immense when they eventually turned me down, but I picked myself up and published 7 more novels, 4 novellas and 18 short stories. The Porn Detective is now unpublished as I am slowly re-writing it, but in the meantime I have won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for my third novel ‘A House Without Windows’, and my latest novel ‘Repent at Leisure’ was shortlisted for the Escalator Writing Contest this year. Over the past 3 years I have seen increased sales, and In March this year changed from being self-published to signing with publishers Creativia, who are making a great job of re-publishing some of my books.
- If you could say one thing to the whole world, and have each and every person hear you – what would you say?
I would say never give up chasing your dream, whether it be music, books, or anything else. If you have a talent, sooner or later somebody is going to like what you have created.
- Who is your favourite author? Are you more into modern or classic literature? What do you think of modern literature on the whole?
I must say that I prefer reading biographies, autobiographies and faction (fiction based on fact) rather than fiction. My bookshelves groan with autobiographies that I enjoy because I prefer reading about something that has actually happened. However, I do enjoy Mark Edwards’ psychological thrillers and women’s fiction by the likes of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins. I grew up with the classics such as D.H Lawrence, L.P Hartley and A.J Cronin, but I’m beginning to like more modern literature as I grow older.
All righty, then! Thanks so much for reading, folks. And don’t forget what Stevie said: Only $0.99 today for The Donor!
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/