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Interview with author Stevie Turner

Posted on: July 3, 2018

I am pleased to have as my guest today, author Stevie Turner. I have been following Stevie’s blog for a couple of years and her posts are fun, interesting and informative. She also holds a short story contest most months. She is a prolific writer as you can see and enjoys attending rock concerts. Stevie and her husband love spending time at their holiday home on the Isle of Wight, a place I love and included in Amanda in England.

Stevie and Jimi Hendrix at Dimbola Lodge, Isle of Wight

Stevie Turner grew up in the East End of London and was fortunate enough to attend an excellent primary school which encouraged creative writing. After winning an inter-schools’ writing contest, Stevie began to keep a diary and often added little stories and poems to it as the years went by. However, she did not take up writing seriously until 2013. By this time her two sons had left home and she had more time to herself.

Stevie has now written 10 novels, 6 novellas, 1 memoir, and 18 short stories, winning a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her third novel ‘A House Without Windows’. You can find details of all her books on her website http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Stevie still lives in the same picturesque Suffolk village that she and husband Sam moved to in 1991 with their two boys. One of her short stories, ‘Lifting the Black Dog’, was recently published in ‘1000 Words or Less Flash Fiction Collection’ (2016). She has also written an article ‘Look on the Bright Side of Life’ which was included in the 2016 book ‘They Say I’m Doing Well’ which are articles about mental illness, proceeds of which go to the charity MIND.  Her screenplay ‘For the Sake of a Child’ won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival, and gained interest from an independent film production company based in New York.

1. What made you decide on the type of books you write?

I write realistic women’s fiction with a psychological twist, also suspense and darkly humorous books. These are the genres I like to read, and the type of books I am interested in. I couldn’t write a fantasy novel even if you paid me to do so!

2. How long have you been seriously writing?

Since 2013. I began to work part-time then, the children had grown up and flown the nest, and I had more time on my hands. I had always dabbled with writing poems and stories since childhood, but it wasn’t until I was in my fifties that I realised I had been privy to a wealth of life experiences over the years. I think 2014/2015 were my most prolific writing years.

3. Where do you get your ideas?

From life events, from items of news on TV or radio, and from tales I’ve been told over the years. I only write about realistic situations.

4. What is your writing process?

I don’t have one. I write when I feel like it. When the words don’t come I stop and do something else.

5. Where do you do your best writing?

In my quiet, air-conditioned front room. Sam works from home upstairs in his office, and I sit downstairs and write. Sometimes he comes down for a cup of tea and we even talk to each other.

6. How long does it take you to write a book?

How long is a piece of string? I have no deadlines to meet, and only write when I feel like it. Therefore one book could take months. My latest book ‘A Marriage of Convenience’ was completed in about 3 months

7. Do you work on more than one story at a time?

Never. I’d get totally mixed up with all the names and characters and end up writing a load of gibberish. No, I see one book through to the end.

8. How do you come up with names for your characters?

I don’t like fancy names – plain good old-fashioned names suit my characters. I also like short names so I don’t have to keep typing long ones. I write down various short traditional names and pick the one I like best.

9. What books did you read as a child?

Mostly Enid Blyton’s ‘Adventure’ series or the Mallory Towers’ series. I used to love books about private schools. I also liked the Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene. I wanted ‘titian’ hair like Nancy!

10. Who are some of your favourite authors, and why?

I like the psychological thrillers that Mark Edwards writes. I also like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins’ books, again because of the psychological aspect. I also like books by A.J Cronin, L.P Hartley, and R.F Delderfield.

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11. What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Write for a hobby. Don’t expect to earn your living from it, because there are too many other authors out there all trying to get their books out in front. Expect nothing, and you won’t be disappointed.

12. Tell us about what you are working on now.

Absolutely nothing! I’ve just finished ‘A Marriage of Convenience’, which will be published on 6th July, and I’m going to take a couple of months off over the summer to enjoy my holiday home on the Isle of Wight and spend time with the family. There’s more to life than writing…

Thanks so much, Stevie for being a guest on my blog. 

 

My review of A Marriage of Convenience

Sometimes one hasty decision can affect your entire life. Sophie doesn’t know what she is getting into when she agrees to marry wannabe rock star Gerrie Hermann so he can stay in the UK and pursue his music career. Can a marriage of convenience survive a botched up kidnapping, harboured secrets, lost dreams and undeniable heartache? An easy read with real-life characters set in the exciting London music scene and exotic Rio de Janeiro. Darlene Foster

 

Make sure to connect with Stevie on her social media links and check out her amazing books. 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Amazon.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/

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

BookSprout: https://booksproutapp.com/author/875/stevie-turner

 

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52 Responses to "Interview with author Stevie Turner"

I enjoyed this interview with Stevie. I’m such a nosy person I always like to know more about other writers! I love her guilt free attitude described in her writing process: “I write when I feel like it. When the words don’t come I stop and do something else.” I’m going to try to adopt that policy instead of staring at a blank screen.

I agree. That has to be the best attitude ever and is probably why she has written so much in such a short time.

I’ve not written much this year – been enjoying life on the Island instead.

It’s the best way to be, Mary! Enjoy writing and don’t let it become a chore.

Terrific interview’ Darlene. I some joyed learning a bit more about Stevie.

I always enjoy learning more about other authors.

Thanks for your comment, Jennie.

You’re welcome, Stevie. Apologies for the autocorrect, should be “so enjoyed”.

It’s nice to meet the woman behind the author I’ve seen in blog-land for some time now. I like her relaxed but persistent approach to writing. She must be honored that you included one of her landscapes in your Amanda in England book. Wow!

It’s always good to know more about the author behind the novels and blog posts! Her approach to writing is refreshing.

Hi Marian, thanks for commenting and I am honored indeed!

Good questions. What a pleasant person.

I agree, Stevie is very pleasant and no-nonsense.

Thank you! As Darlene says, I am one of those no-nonsense people who tells it like it is. I was brought up that way.

Your welcome. I hope you get a chance to visit my stories where I just tell it like it was, should have been or might be…plain and simple stuff 😉

Leave me an Amazon link and I’ll check them out.

By ‘stories ‘, I meant those short ones on my blog site. I believe you’ve visited there, but you can find them at ‘srbottch.com’. Thanks.

Thanks Darlene, for the interview and promotional opportunity.

You are so welcome, it was my pleasure!

Reblogged this on Stevie Turner and commented:
Many thanks to Darlene Foster for the interview!

A lovely interview with Stevie, Darlene. I also loved Enid Blyton’s adventure stories especially the ones with Jack and Kiki the parrot, and Mallory Towers was my favourite school series.

Enid Blyton stories seemed to be very popular, especially in the UK and apparently in South Africa as well. They were not as well known in Canada. I must see if I can find one somewhere and read it. I´m sure I would have enjoyed them. We had the Bobbsey Twins which I loved.

Brilliant interview! Stevie has the right attitude for this writing business, and it probably helps with the business of living, too!

This sounds like my kind of book. I will definitely get some of her novels. Thanks for sharing. 👍

You will enjoy them and there is a nice variety.

I have just downloaded 2 more mysteries on my Kindle, but I will look into Stevie’s books soon.

Fabulous interview! So glad to see Stevie here. I love Stevie’s writing and have read quite a few of her books and intend on reading all of them eventually. 🙂 xx

She is a prolific writer and I like her style. Thanks for sharing the post, Debby.

Agreed on both counts. 🙂

Always great to learn more about authors. I’m especially interested in the ‘write when I feel like it’ statement. Seems like an excellent idea.

It is a good attitude. I’m afraid I would always convince myself I didn’t feel like it and never write anything. However, it is good to know when to stop and do something else.

This was a most refreshing interview to read. I like Stevie’s down-to-earth attitude.

Thanks, Lorna. I also like her down-to-earth attitude. You would enjoy her books.

Terrific to find out more about Stevie thanks both of you.. Sally

Always great to learn more about other authors and blogging buddies.

It is Darlene, then when we do meet up we feel like we have known each other for ever.. hugsx

Darlene, a lovely interview With Stevie who I have seen around on the blogs but didn’t know much about! Wow, Stevie that is a lot of books in a short time and I am seriously impressed. Congratulations on all your writing and sounds as if you deserve a well-earned rest! Enjoy the summer! 😀🌺

I am such a slow writer so I am also very impressed by Stevie’s output! And agree she deserves a rest. I love her holiday home on the Isle of Wight where she can get away from it all.

What a great interview, was lovely getting more insights into Stevie’s processes. 😀

I like Stevie’s attitude to her writing – write when it suits and not when it doesn’t. It makes a refreshing change from reading about set writing times, deadlines and all the rest. A thoroughly enjoyable interview, thank you, Darlene.

I so agree, a refreshing change. All those rules can make one not want to write, ever. So nice to see you here Barbara. Thanks for stopping in.

Great interview, Darlene…thank you very much for sharing with all of us! You have introduced me to a new writer!! Awesome!!

I love spreading the word about other writers I admire.

I like Stevie’s way of thinking on writing. Write when you feel like it, about real life happenings and be honest with yourself. I’m sure I would enjoy her books.

Her way of thinking comes through in her writing. I am sure you would enjoy her books.

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