Love that you own a purple feather boa…Do you actually wear it? In public?
Yes, I do! Sort of. But not in public. I used to wear it for playing dress ups and tea parties with my daughter, but she’s a bit older now so it’s actually been a while since the purple feather boa has made an appearance. Maybe I should get it out again…
Please tell us about abseiling down cliffs, at night no less. Don’t think I could do that, I’ve developed a thing about heights since having children.
Ah, the abseiling. My husband introduced me to abseiling, and it’s great, once you can convince yourself to step backwards off a cliff. The nighttime abseil was quite an experience. There was a group of us and we decided to descend North Head. The cliffs there overlook the sea and Sydney Harbour. We started at dusk and it was dark by the time we all got to the rock platform at the bottom. It was fantastic, watching the day fade into black over the harbor, but it was windy, and halfway down the cliff my hair blew into the device and got stuck. Not fun. For a few moments we thought we’d have to cut my hair out, but my husband managed to untangle me. The scariest part of the whole thing, really, was climbing back up the cliffs in the dark afterward.
Did you always want to write?
Always. I wrote my first story when I was seven and I was hooked.
Is everything plotted out or do you go with the flow?
Bit of both really. I start out with an idea, a couple of key plot points, but the story often shifts and changes as I write.
A bit about THE THUNDERSTORM, please.
The Thunderstorm is a short story about love lost and love rediscovered. And the lengths someone will go to find that special person again.
The Thunderstorm came about when I was contacted by AudioGo to take part in a writing contest. There were five authors involved and the brief was to write a Young Adult romance of 5000 words, with the theme of Lost and Found. It was harder than I thought it would be, trying to fit a story into 5000 words, and in this case it was the story’s ending that came first. I could see the final scene in my head so clearly and I sort of worked backwards from there.
Why Young Adult or whatever they’re calling it now?
In the case of The Thunderstorm it was just part of the brief for the competition.
About OVER THE EDGE, please.
Where to start. I say that Over the Edge is a romance with a laugh. And it is. But it’s also about Zoe’s journey. She’s got this idea that she should be living a particular life, following a particular plan, but when she tries to fit the pattern it’s just one disaster after another. And Angus is always there. He has his own issues. His heart is guarded, but Zoe becomes a chink in his armour and we see glimpses of his vulnerability as the story goes on. Their friendship grows, slowly becoming something more, but Zoe is still trying to follow her plan…
So, Over the Edge is about Zoe’s journey and where it takes her, with Angus, humour and romance weaving their way through that journey.
Is there another genre you’d like to try?
Sometimes I think an historical romance would be fun to write. And I’ve had an idea for a “mystery”, too.
Do you think you’ll stick with contemporary romance, YA, or bounce between the two?
Most of my ideas revolve around contemporary romance. I have no plans for more YA at the moment, but it could happen.
Is there anything you have to have to get your creative juices flowing?
No, not really. Nothing specific comes to mind. That sounds so boring, doesn’t it? Although, looking through Pinterest has been known to spark something, lol. Some of those photos are amazing and I can sometimes see stories in them.
We had to do that in English once. We were shown pictures and had to choose one to write a poem or short story about.
Do you listen to music while writing or do you prefer silence or white noise?
Silence. I can’t listen to music when I write because I get too distracted. I start dancing in my chair and singing along and nothing gets written.
Is there a WIP you can tell all the Manic Readers out there about?
I’m currently fleshing out an idea that I’m pretty excited about. It’s another romance, set in Australia and the UK, but there’s a bit of a twist. We’ll see what happens with that.
Anything you’d like readers to know?
I love pasta. And port. I have a thing about lighthouses – I love them. I get equally nervous and excited about people seeing my work, but mostly, I just really hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.
Thank you,Suzanne, for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit Manic Readers.
I’ve enjoyed it.
Thank you so much for having me, it’s been fun 🙂
In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realizes she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiancé, and his mother—who has joined the fight via conference call.
Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no romantic entanglements. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.
Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.
Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicized failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.
What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realizes where her heart lies, will it be too late?
My review of OVER THE EDGE for those who may be interested.
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Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and children. By day she works in an office where she sneakily scribbles plot ideas on yellow sticky notes and hopes they don’t accidentally end up on the departmental monthly report.
One such sticky note has turned into her first novel, Over the Edge.
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