Interview with Stevie Turner   4 comments

Stevie Turner is a long-time friend from the Open Book Blog Hop and I finally got her to interview with me. Welcome to the blog, Stevie. Tell us something about yourself:

StevieTurner AuthorPicI’m a British author, married with 2 sons and 4 grandchildren, and live in the East of England. I worked for many years as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital, but took early retirement in 2014 due to side-effects from thyroid cancer treatment (I’m in remission now).  I’ve only been writing seriously since 2013, and since then I’ve written 8 novels, 4 novellas, and 18 short stories.  I’ve also just finished my memoir ‘Waiting in the Wings’, which will be published on November 30th.

 

 

Wow. That’s a lot of production in a short time. At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Since the age of 11 when I won an inter-schools’ writing competition.  I’d always enjoyed writing stories even before the win, but once I received my certificate there was no stopping me!  When a London literacy agency debated for a week in 2014 about whether to sign up my debut novel, I couldn’t sleep for the excitement of it.  However, the consensus of opinion was that it needed rewriting, and so that’s what I’m doing now.

 

 

What is your favourite genre…to read…to write?

Stevie HouseI love writing family relationship dramas, humorous books and also suspense stories.  However, I prefer to read autobiographies or biographies.

 

 

What is something you cannot live without?

Due to having only one working vocal cord, I cannot live without a bottle of water by my side, as my voice will dry up altogether if I don’t sip water at regular intervals.

 

 

Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer? Why?

 

I never write from an outline.  My stories sometimes end up quite differently to how I originally thought.  It’s great to make it all up as I go along, because then even I don’t know how it’s going to end!

 

I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaskan cabin for a month.  It’s summer, so you don’t have to worry about freezing to death.  I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray.  What do you do while you’re there, and what do you bring with you?

 

Steve SakeOkay, so if the cabin is remote, then there’ll be no Internet.  In that case I’ll bring a portable CD player, loads of batteries and a pile of rock, blues and reggae CD’s.  I can then play the music as loud as I like and dance around the cabin without anybody laughing at me.  I’ll also take my Kindle and a few autobiographies to read.  At the moment I’m reading Phil Collins’ ‘I’m Not Dead Yet’ and Davina McCall’s ‘Lessons I’ve Learned’.  I’ll also bring my walking shoes for some rambling about outside.

 

If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?

I’d say a lot of my work is based on the intricacies of family relationships, which is written from past experiences or knowledge I’ve gained over the years from talking to others.  I’m always fascinated by human behaviour and why people do what they do, and how their childhoods shape the adult they become.

 

Talk about your books individually:

 

Stevie RepentAll my books can be found on my Amazon author page:  https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/

 

I think maybe there’s too many to name, so I’ll just concentrate on the main ones:

Repent at Leisure is a women’s fiction family drama/suspense novel that has been nominated for one of the Read Freely’s 50 Best Indie Books of 2016.  All votes will be gratefully received!     http://www.readfree.ly/vote-50-best-indie-books-2016/

 

 

A House Without Windows is a suspense/thriller which has gained 401 ratings on Goodreads, and has won a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 and a New Apple Book Award in 2014.

 

 

The Daughter-in-law Syndrome is another family relationship drama which made the Stevie LifeNew Apple Book Awards official selection list in 2015. Daughters-in-law sometimes get the short straw, especially if they have to compete with their husband’s sisters, as Arla Deane found out.

 

 

For the Sake of a Child is my most popular novella, focusing on a housekeeper’s discovery of a paedophile network going on in the offices she cleans, and the effect that this discovery has on her family.

 

 

Life: 18 Short Stories About Significant Life Events is free to anybody who signs up to my mailing list.  It has won a Readers’ Favorite 5 star seal this year.

 

 

No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!  and The Pilates Class are humorous novels.  I have quite a dry sense of humour, and so…

 

 

 

Stevie WaitingA Rather Unusual Romance is not only a romance, but is also partly based on a situation I have lived through myself, though not the romance bit!

 

 

Waiting in the Wings  is my new memoir, detailing the perils of ageing and also focusing on how my mother and I have grown together in the past few years as I have taken on the role of her part-time carer.

 

 

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?

 

The same as one chap did when he read one of my novels ‘The Donor’. He said that he now wanted to read every single book I’d ever written!

 

That is a great compliment. What influenced your decision to self-publish?

 

The difficulty that authors who are not celebrities face in acquiring a literary agent.  However, I will eventually be sending my debut novel back to the London agency when I have re-written it.

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing?

 

The control you have over your work as regards pricing and alterations.

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

The clout of a literary agent to champion your work and put it forward for competitions and awards.

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditionally published?

 

Sure, if they’re very computer literate or want to spend, spend, spend on editors and cover artists etc. Some of my books are published through Creativia.org, an Independent publisher, who does a much better job than I could ever do.  Eventually I hope all of them will be published through Creativia, as although I can do all the proofreading okay, I probably fall a bit short on the layout.

 

Do you have a special place where you write?

 

Yes, at my computer in my front room.  My husband works from home upstairs in his office, and I work downstairs.  We meet up for tea and lunch breaks!

 

When you’re not writing, what do you do?

 

I’ll be reading or out walking around the Suffolk countryside where I live.  In the summer you’ll find me at a music festival or two (or three).

 

You can reach Stevie at the following locations:

Links to social media:

 

Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

 

Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/

 

Amazon Author Page (worldwide):  http://bookShow.me/B00AV7YOTU  

 

YouTube:   https://goo.gl/E8OHai

 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StevieTurnerAuthor/

 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6

 

Pinterest:  https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/

 

WordPress Blog:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/

 

Audible:  http://goo.gl/sz1cXS

 

Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/profile/preview?vpa=pub&locale=en_US

 

Google+:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/105747643789021738179/posts/p/pub

 

 

 

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4 responses to “Interview with Stevie Turner

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  1. Reblogged this on Stevie Turner, Indie Author. and commented:
    I’d forgotten about this one! Thanks Aurorawatcherak for the interview.

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  2. A great interview. I am glad I am not the only one who creates the story as she writes. I have tried plotting the story out but it seems to stop me in my tracks. Keep writing Stevie!!

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    • Me, too, Darlene. Because I write series, I have an idea of where it’s going … an end point, but pretty much no idea how it’s going to get there until at least halfway through writing the book. That goes against some writer advice, but some celebrated authors said that was how they wrote too, so ….

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  3. Great interview. Happy to get to know Stevie a bit more!

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