Meet Stevie Turner

Stevie Turner interview

Today on Reade and Write I welcome Stevie Turner, award-winning author of A House Without Windows and The Daughter-in-Law Syndrome, among many others. I was recently interviewed on her blog, and she’s here to promote her new book, Repent at Leisure. Welcome, Stevie!

Tell me about your new book.

My latest women’s fiction book ‘Repent at Leisure’ has been taken up by the independent publishers Creativia.  It is told from 2 perspectives; that of Paul McAdam and his fiancée Anita Fairfax.  An excerpt has made the shortlist of the U.K’s Escalator Writing Competition.

Paul wakes up to the sight of a strange woman in his bed whom he has never seen before. Cat Taylor worms her way into Paul’s life and his Edinburgh flat with sex as her main bargaining tool, and of course Paul succumbs.  On an evening out with a friend, Paul meets Anita, the girl of his dreams, and he then needs Cat out of his flat and his life.  However, Cat has other ideas and refuses to go…..

Who is the audience for the book?

Adults, and I think also men would enjoy this story as well as women, as they can probably relate to Paul’s side of the story.

Tell me about the setting of your book – how did you choose it, what kind of research did you have to do, and why did you choose it?

I went up to Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve 1999, and wanted to incorporate the experience into the story.  I looked back at all my photos from that night, and the memories came flooding back.  I had to research the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Google for Paul and Terry’s climb as I’ve never been to Australia before, but all other places in the story I’ve been to, such as Binibeca in Menorca.

What was the hardest thing about writing the book?

Getting enough time to actually write it.  I seem to spend most of my time marketing my other books these days.

Are you in one or more critique groups or partnerships?

Yes, there’s Inkitt, which is a good site.  Also Wattpad and Koobug.  I also belong to various Facebook author groups, and am taking part in my first author signing event on 13th August!  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/manchester-author-event-gig-2016-tickets-19745695908

If your book was made into a movie, who would you like to see playing the main characters?

Oh dear, I’m always terrible at this because I don’t watch too many films.  My two characters are both in their early twenties, and to be honest I prefer to watch films with older stars I’ve grown up with who are now too old to play Paul and Anita.  Off the top of my head I cannot think of any young actors or actresses at all!

And you’ve written other books, right?

Yes, I’ve written 8 other women’s fiction novels, four novellas, and a collection of short stories called Life: 18 short stories about significant life events.  All my books, their descriptions and previews can be seen on my website http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Do you write every day?

I try to, although life does sometimes get in the way. And then there is the fact that I have to undertake much hated marketing!

When you read a book, which authors/genres do you like the best?

I like to read what I write; that is women’s fiction.  I like stories about family relationships, and also psychological suspense.  Authors I like are Gillian Flynn, Emily Bleeker, Paula Harding, Lucie Whitehouse, and Mark Edwards.

Where would you like to go more than anywhere else on earth?

A place I’ve seen often in films, and finally I’m actually going there in February 2017 – New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival as part of a 14 day cruise.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

You’ve written the book, but now you’ve got to get your name out there and join the millions of us who are hustling our wares online.  Sad but true; you’ve got to spend at least half of your day marketing the thing because it won’t sell itself!

What is your favourite movie and why?

Actually I have 3 favourite films; the 1970 version of ‘The Go-Between’, ‘Out of Africa’, and ‘The Godfather Part 1’.  I’m nearly word perfect in all of them as I’ve watched them so much!  Wonderful stuff.  However, if I had to choose one I’d pick ‘Out of Africa’.  It’s got it all; a true story, wonderful music, and Robert Redford.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I probably wouldn’t have listened, but I’d say two words…..’SAY NO!’

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Hair.  Glasses. Daydreamer.

Is there anything I haven’t asked that you wanted me to?

Just that my book Life: 18 short stories about significant life events will be available for a free download from June 18 to June 22, 2106.

Where can readers connect with you?

On these links here:

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/stevie.turner.9887

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6

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

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

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

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Email: stevieturner3@hotmail.co.uk

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

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWFuLQHDqGmOM3KbKJ-Z0g

Where can readers find your books?

Descriptions, reviews and previews are available on my website http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk  and books can be purchased from Amazon using this worldwide link: https://www.amazon.com/Repent-at-Leisure-Stevie-Turner-ebook/dp/B01DFTXW2A?ie=UTF8&keywords=stevie%20turner&qid=1464633860&ref_=sr_1_5&s=books&sr=1-5

 

 

 

 

Ready or Not

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This past weekend I watched my eldest child get ready for her senior prom. A friend of ours came to the house and spent several hours on her hair and makeup, then my daughter put on her dress, her sparkly jewelry, and her fancy silver high heels. Our friend put “pixie dust” on her shoulders, hair, and back, and she looked just beautiful…and grown up.

It’s that grown-up part I didn’t like . Because that signals to me that changes are coming, ready or not. Pretty soon she’ll graduate from high school, then before we know it she’ll be off to college. And those changes are not going to be easy.

Here’s what I was thinking while she got ready for her big night:

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I hate those movies where the mom is going through some crisis and pictures of her children’s lives flicker through her mind in bits and pieces. You know what? That actually happened to me. I pictured her learning to walk on our street in New York City, at her nursery school graduation, her first race on the swim team, those days when she wouldn’t let me brush her hair.

I thought I wouldn’t have a hard time. I thought I’d watch her go off to the prom, then the rest of us would have dinner, then it would just be a typical Saturday evening. But I was in a funk all weekend. My husband kept asking me, “What’s wrong?” And at first I didn’t know, but eventually I realized that it was because something was different- someone wasn’t home and that’s going to be the new normal in just a few fleeting months (actually, my son was away all weekend on a camping trip, too, but he’s got several more years at home). And here’s something weird- just hours after the prom started, I went to bed and I dreamed about my daughter as a baby. I hadn’t done that in years.

I was driving on Sunday, listening to the radio, and Spandau Ballet’s song “Time” came on. I almost lost it. But then I pictured the headlines in my mind (“Prom Mom, Distraught Over Song on Radio, Flips Car on Garden State Parkway”) and managed to keep it all together. But I started to worry- what if “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities comes on? What if “Changes” by David Bowie comes on? I couldn’t bear the thought of it, so I turned the radio off.

Am I doomed to keep the radio off for the rest of my life?

Thought it might stay off for a while, I doubt it will be forever. Because we all survive these changes. If there’s one thing that gives me comfort, it’s this: millions upon millions of parents all over the world have had these exact same thoughts for centuries – probably longer – including, I suspect, my own parents. And everyone turns out fine. Life goes on. It’s not easy at first, as I’m beginning to learn, but I will eventually get used to the new normal. And by the time I get used to it, my younger daughter will be ready to graduate…. then my son… but let’s not go there now.

I used to worry that if I remained a stay-at-home mother forever, what would happen when all my kids went off to college, then careers, then homes of their own? What would I do with myself? I knew I didn’t want to practice law again. And that’s part of the beauty of writing. I hope I can do it forever. I work at it full-time now, so I’ll continue to throw myself into it during all the changes that will be taking place over the coming months and years. And writing is already helping me through the transitions, because they’re starting, ready or not.

Until next week,

Amy

Meet Kristina Stanley

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Today I welcome Kristina Stanley, author of The Stone Mountain mystery series and other books of both fiction and non-fiction. Glad you could stop by, Kristina!

Tell me about your new book.

Avalanche: On a cold winter morning, the safe at Stone Mountain Resort is robbed, and Kalin Thompson’s brother, Roy, suspiciously disappears. As Director of Security, Kalin would normally lead the investigation, but when her brother becomes the prime suspect, she is ordered to stay clear.

The police and the president of the resort turn their sights on Kalin, who risks everything to covertly attempt to clear Roy’s name. As threats against her escalate, she moves closer to uncovering the guilty party. Is Kalin’s faith in her brother justified? Or will the truth destroy her?

Who is the audience for the book?

Avalanche is for mystery readers who like a little it of adventure along with the story.

Tell me about the setting of your book—how did you choose it, what kind of research did you have to do, why did you choose it?

Avalanche takes place in Stone Mountain. A mountain as deadly as it is majestic. I used to be the director of security at a ski resort in the Purcell Mountains. That job was my muse and inspired me to write about life in an isolated mountain resort.

What was the hardest thing about writing the book?

This was the first novel I wrote. After working with a literary agent, we decided together it belonged as the third novel in the Stone Mountain Series, so I rewrote the story to fit later in the series.

If your book were made into a movie, who would you like to see playing the main characters?

This is hard. Kalin Thompson would have to be played thirty-something, fit actor. She’s tender yet tough, and I’d like an actor who can portray those characteristics.

Tell me about your other books.

Descent and Blaze are the first two novels in the Stone Mountain Series. I’ve also written Look The Other Way, a mystery novel that takes place in the Bahamas, and I have just finished receiving feedback from my beta readers. I’ve also written The Author’s Guide to Selling Books To Non-Bookstores, to be released May 28th, by Imajin Books. This is my first non-fiction title.

Are you in one or more critique groups or partnerships?

I have five beta readers. I live in a small community in the Purcell Mountains, and there are no writer groups here. My beta readers all have different skills. One is great on checking character motivations, another on inconsistencies in the story line, another is a fabulous proofreader. I ask all my beta reader to mark in the margin when they think they know who the killer is. I also ask them to tell me when they skim. These are very important areas for a fast paced murder mystery.

Do you write every day?

That depends if you include blogging in this question. If you do, then yes. But I don’t write stories every day.

When you read a book, what authors do you like best? What genres do you like best?

I love to read mysteries, hence that’s what I write. I don’t have favorite authors. I try and read as many as I can. I also try to read every author who posts on my series, Mystery Mondays. Amy’s very popular post can be found at https://kristinastanley.com/2016/04/25/mystery-mondays-the-best-time-to-start-promoting-your-novel/ (Thank you!)

Where would you like to go more than anywhere else on earth?

I’ve been to every province in Canada except for Newfoundland. I’d like to go there one day.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Once you’ve finished your first novel, start writing the second one. Publication takes a long time, and it’s great if you have a second book ready after your first one is out. It also keeps you writing instead of waiting to hear back from wherever you’ve submitted your novel to.

What is your favorite movie and why?

I loved watching World War Z. Very scary, but not real. I actually hid under my coffee table during the scary parts. Pretend villains are much more fun to watch than real ones. Alien was also one of my favorites.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I would tell myself not to throw away anything I wrote. While in my thirties, I wrote the start of a fantasy novel. I also wrote a murder mystery that took place in Aruba. For some reason, I didn’t keep this work. I now wish I had. I’m sure it wasn’t great, but I’d be curious to see what I’d written then. Who knows? Maybe I could have rewritten the stories.

Describe yourself in three words.

Happy, adventurous, loyal.

Where can readers connect with you?

I’m on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KristinaStanley.Author/), and twitter (http://www.twitter.com/StanleyKMS), and my website is http://www.KristinaStanley.com). I love building my network and am good at following people back.

Where can readers find your books?

Thanks for asking. Descent and Blaze are for sale on Amazon world-wide. Avalanche will be published by Imajin Books in June. Descent will be published in Germany by Luzifer-Verlag later this year. The Author’s Guide To Selling Books To Non-Bookstores is available for pre-order on Kobo, Amazon, iBooks and Google Play. It will be up shortly and Smashwords.

Here are the links:

Descent: myBook.to/Descent

Blaze: http://myBook.to/BLAZEbyKristinaStanley

Avalanche will be released June 2016. https://kristinastanley.com/books/avalanche/

The Author’s Guide to Selling Books To Non-Bookstores

On Amazon: myBook.to/SellingBooks

On Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/the-author-s-guide-to-selling-books-to-non-bookstores

On Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kristina_Stanley_The_Author’s_Guide_to_Selling_Boo?id=S40JDAAAQBAJ

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Thank you for visiting Reade and Write to answer all these questions! I enjoyed the interview.

Until next week,

Amy

 

Cybercriminals

This is a scary reminder that we can all use- be aware and alert when you use social media.

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Last week, I had an up close and personal experience with a  cyber-criminal ! I was home alone, reading Face Book posts. I clicked on a picture to open the link and read the text, when all sorts of messages popped on my screen.  I tried to X them  out but was unable to do so. Then as I began to panic, I started reading the messages.  DO NOT POWER DOWN as you will destroy your HARD DRIVE  and/ or FILES.  More messages popped in when  I noticed a phone number to reach a CERTIFIED MICROSOFT  TECHNICIAN.  I have to say I was suspicious but also very  near panic for a “lifeline!” I fit the victim profile perfectly.

First I heard the robo message about “message being recorded for quality control”.  This   obviously was to  further draw the  computer owner into the web.  Next, a very polite and extremely…

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It’s Been Awhile, so Yes It’s Time for a Book Review!

I don’t want to brag or anything, but I had to share this review. It’s such a treat to read and share reviews like this!

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I have to say that I have been quite busy reading in the last week or so. I downed 3 books and started a 4th. I am so happy to be reading again. 🙂

So Today, I will stop and do a book review for one of my favorite authors. I know that you already know this author because I rave about her all the time. She has a talent for making the words fly through her books. I just love them!

Some of you have probably guessed that I am reviewing, Amy M Reade’s House of theHanging Jade! 

Let me start by saying that I now have a new favorite Amy M. Reade Book. This is her third novel, and I loved all of them, but up until now, her first novel, The Hallstead House, was my favorite. That’s probably because the setting was the beautiful Thousand…

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