Thursday, 17 October 2013

Author Inspiration: Suzy Turner

I'm going to be running a different type of author feature now and then, where we hear about the inspiration behind the story. A warm welcome to ex-pat British author Suzy Turner, who tells us about the inspiration behind her new chick lit novel, Forever Fredless, which sounds a lot of fun. But first, here’s a little about the book. Thanks for visiting, Suzy!

Forever Fredless

Kate Robinson has spent the past two decades yearning to find her soul mate, the boy she found and then lost during a family holiday.

Shortly after her twenty-eighth birthday, however, she inherits a fortune from an old family friend and becomes something of an overnight celebrity. Can her new-found fame lead her to him after all this time?

Inspiration Behind the Story

Many, many years ago when I was a little girl I was holidaying with my family in a caravan site at the (then) popular destination of Skegness where it rained non-stop. But that didn't matter to me because there was something far more important than the weather there. There was a disco and it was for kids! WOOP WOOP!

So there I was, just a little lass of maybe five or six strutting my stuff on the dance floor (I won competitions, I'd have you know) when someone brushed up against my back. Turning, my world stopped for a few seconds as I saw the most beautiful little boy standing smiling, staring at me. I remember blushing and grinning back. But then, nothing. I can't remember another thing about that charming memory that has stayed with me for thirty years.

It was that little memory that was the inspiration behind my newest chick lit novel, Forever Fredless - a book about a woman who had the same memory, but rather than forget about it, she obsessed over it. Never forgetting that little boy, she spends her life yearning to find him. Will she discover him? Is he what she imagined him to be? Well, you'll just have to read Forever Fredless to find out ;) Love that idea, Suzy!

Forever Fredless is available from Amazon UK and Amazon US and Smashwords

Suzy Turner has worked as a journalist, assistant editor, features editor and magazine editor. Early in 2010 however, she began writing full time and has since completed six books for young adults: The Raven Saga trilogy and The Morgan Sisters series.

Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart and husband of 15 years, Michael, and their two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she's a princess.

You can find out more about Suzy on her Website; Chicklit Blog; YA Blog; Facebook


Joanna said...

Many thanks, Rosemary and Suzy, for a really entertaining post. I love the backstory behind Forever Fredless and it sounds like a wonderful read. What a perfect idea for a plot.

Congratulations and best wishes to Suzy. x

Anne Gallagher said...

I love the inspiration behind the story. It's so cute. Congrats!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for your lovely comment, Joanna!

Hi Anne - many thanks for commenting!

Vikki said...

I too love the inspiration for this story. I checked out your websites, Suzy, and really like the look of your YA books too! Good luck.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks for commenting, Vikki!

Suzy Turner said...

I'm so excited to see all these comments, girls! Thank you so much for such encouragement! And Rosemary, thank you so much for having me on your blog. It was so lovely to be here! xx