Monday, 30 November 2015

Suzie Tullett - A Life of Humourous Contemporary Fiction and Romance

I had the opportunity to ask the successful author Suzie Tullett some questions about her life as a writer and her books. Suzie has a Masters Degree in Television and Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist.
Suzie Tullett, Author

Did you always want to be a writer? The simple answer to that is ‘yes’.

You write humorous contemporary fiction and romance. What drew you to these genres?
For me, these genres best suit my voice. I like to write about real people, living real, everyday lives, but who are eccentric enough in their way of thinking to be different. Of course, this leaves them making choices their peers wouldn’t necessarily make, but I like to celebrate these differences, not shy away from them. I also like to make readers smile and what better way to do that, than by writing humorous fiction. And because relationships are a part of all our lives in one way or another, why not throw in a bit of romance from time to time?

If you think about the days before you became a writer what has changed about your life?
I think the biggest change is the amount of freedom I now have. As long as I have a keyboard or a pen and notepad, I can work anywhere and at any time. I’m not tied to someone else’s desk, or clocking in and out according to someone else’s timetable. Although, I have to admit I do work more hours as a full-time writer. Even when I’m not planning or writing a novel, I’m thinking about planning and writing a novel.

Were you able to use any of your life experiences as inspiration?
 I think, for most fiction writers, it would be hard not to draw inspiration from real life in one way or another. For example, it was my husband’s love of all things Mod that inspired my first novel, Going Underground. After all, there’s only so many times a woman can wake up to The Jam’s A Town Called Malice before putting the experience to good use. My second novel, Little White Lies and Butterflies, is set on a little Greek island called Kalymnos, an island on which I lived for six years. And the idea for my third novel, The Trouble with Words, was initially sparked by my role as a mother.

Has your script-writing helped you in the transition to novelist?
Definitely. Scriptwriting taught me how to write visually from the very beginning of my career, without being excessive on the word count, or too obvious in what it is I want to say. And although the two forms of writing are different in many ways, there are some similarities that I was able to carry over from one to the other.
For example, when it comes to anything I write, I always begin with my characters. So for me, one of the biggest similarities between writing scripts and writing novels, is the need for strong characterisation, characters that a reader or viewer can identify with or care about on some level. Good dialogue is also important for both, it needs to be clever, saying a lot without actually saying much at all. Be it a book or a TV show, bad or out of character dialogue screams out at the reader/viewer, something we writers definitely don't want. Scriptwriters and novelists also have to do the same amount of research. If we don't know our stuff, our audience/readership will certainly tell us.

If you could swap places with just one of your characters who would it be and why?
That’s a really difficult question. It’s not that I don’t like my characters because I adore all of them, they’re quirky and fun. It’s just that, as a writer, I like to fuse both comedy and tragedy, demonstrating how very often one stems from the other. This means if I traded places, I’d have to experience both of them too. As you can imagine, it’s the tragedy element that’s putting me off.

What are you currently working on?
I’m currently writing my fourth novel, The French Escape, a story about an abandoned wife, an abandoned chateau and a gorgeous, yet mysterious, chainsaw artist.

Suzie Tullett's third novel

The Trouble with Words
Promises – easy to make, hard to keep 
Having long made a promise to her husband, young widow, Annabel, has no intentions of breaking it. What she does plan to do though, is have a baby. Not the easiest of tasks for a woman with a deceased other half and having explored all the options, her only choice is it to take the unconventional route. Setting out to find her own donor, Annabel meets Dan. Single, fun-loving and definitely not looking for commitment, this unruly blonde haired, blue eyed man seems perfect for the job.
Dan wants nothing more than to find his dream woman. But with a mother intent on sabotaging his every relationship, he can’t help but think he’s destined to remain single. Of course, he knows his mother doesn’t really want him all for herself, why else would she keep insisting he meet Maeve? Why else would she insist Dan promise to find himself a wife before she meets her maker?
Forced to negotiate matters of love, life and death, Annabel and Dan seem the answer to each other’s prayers. But will they really be able to keep the promises they made? And is having a baby really the solution?




Under The Fable Literary Magazine

What a fantastic start to my Festive Season! After my ten-day book launch in Ireland and then my author event as part of the Outsiders On The Fringe Festival the literary magazine UNDER THE FABLE reviewed my new dark and chilling thriller CRUSHED. Sadia (Saz) Parveen read it and then emailed me to say how she hadn't read anything like it before and that she loved the characters and story. She then asked if she could interview me and of course I jumped at the opportunity.

"I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I can guarantee you will too  especially the ending!"

You can read Sadia's review and my interview by following the links below.

Under The Fable Literary Magazine - Crushed Book Review

Under The Fable Literary Magazine - Interview with Denise Greenwood, Author 

Crushed is currently available in paperback in Ireland bookstores but will be launched in the UK early 2016 (dates and venues TBC). However, it is available as an eBook currently at Kobo and Indigo Books before it becomes available on Amazon and all other online book stores.

Link to Kobo - Crushed

Link to Indigo Books - Crushed
Crushed - dark + chilling Thriller at Ireland bookshops

Crushed - Ireland bookshops

Friday, 27 November 2015

Outsiders On The Fringe Festival

Last night I hosted a presentation, talk, readings from my books and then book signings at The Baum in Rochdale town centre. It was my Meet The Author event as the closing artiste of the Outsiders On The Fringe Festival. My thanks to Steve Cooke, Director of All Across The Arts for inviting me and organising the event. 

I now have a few months grace before my new dark and chilling thriller CRUSHED is launched in the UK. Time to crack-on with my new novel and prepare for Christmas. It's been a hectic few weeks after months of hard work but it all fades when I think of some of the amazing people I've met who went out of their way to speak with me or seek me out.

After this weekend I must enter my dark side again in order to continue writing my new novel. The short days of blustery cold weather and then long chilly nights will help.
Denise Greenwood with Steve Cooke
Steve Cooke introducing Denise Greenwood

Denise Greenwood talking at Meet The Author event
Some of the audience at Meet The Author event
Listening intently to Denise (and peeping around corners!)

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

My more personal look at Kerry, Ireland (and its pubs!)

The Whiskey Shop at Dublin Airport
Between my author events and launch of my book Crushed in Ireland I was able to see only a little of Killarney, County Kerry. Finding places to eat and warm myself after a blustery, wet and cold day was always a pleasurable activity.

The first thing to catch my eye was this display of boxed whiskey bottles at Dublin Airport before I caught a plane to Kerry Airport.

Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland


Killarney was quaint, beautiful and every other shop seemed to be either a pub or a restaurant. A great place to shop and then sample many delicious dishes. It was also the first time that I'd seen the front of a red mustang hanging out of a building.
Killarney all set for Xmas

Have you noticed the Mustang?

I visited quite a few eateries and pubs in Killarney but my local pub was the Village Inn Pub at Kilcummin, Killarney (also known locally as The Club). It didn't have a sign outside but as most of the village seemed to gather there at night then it was aptly named. It was the sort of place I wished I could transport (and all its people) to where I live in England.
The Village Inn Pub, Kilcummin, Killarney

Welcome - The Failte Hotel, Killarney, Kerry

The Failte Hotel at Killarney was particularly good and a chef who could cater to individual requests was a rare find. Its name meant "welcome."
Kirby Brogue Inn, Tralee, Kerry

The Kirby Brogue Inn at Tralee was also good and surprised me by having a coffee house/cafe at one side but a pub at the other.

Limerick was busy and vibrant but a stroll around side streets uncovered some hidden gems.

The Tatler Jack pub in Killarney was especially cozy and here is my husband warming his toes.

Tatler Jacks Pub, Killarney

A traditional Irish Fry breakfast is a treat


It was a pity that I didn't have time to sight-see but my book launch meant a busy schedule. Hopefully I will return next year and see more than the inside of pubs or airports.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

CRUSHED Book Launch - Ireland

I returned from my 10-day Ireland book launch of Crushed on Sunday, exhausted but happy. Purple Pumpkin Publishing had planned a lot of events for me and together we made a mark in Kerry.

The UK launch will be early 2016 (dates to be confirmed) beginning in Basingstoke then going to Manchester, my home city.

I began my Ireland launch with an interview. Dominic Taylor from the Between the Pages show asked me questions and I read the opening from my new dark Thriller CRUSHED on Limerick City Community Radio. We rushed through traffic so arrived 15 minutes late so you may want to fast-forward.
Castleisland Community College, Kerry
Last week was a flurry of activity. It began when I was asked by Justin Bennett to speak to his class of TY students. I decided to do something a bit different with them than just stand at the front and talk and so it proved to be an interesting time. Let's just say that the students will not forget that morning! They are going to create an article about it for their journalism project.
On a cold and blustery evening I talked to an audience at Killarney Library for over 2 hours about my books and writing process.
Killarney Library, Kerry
My first launch of Crushed was as Eason bookstore in Killarney where I met readers and signed books.
Denise Greenwood at Crushed launch, Eason bookstore Killarney
Eason Killarney display of Crushed
My thanks to John Lynch, photographer for this unusual but effective photo


Nick O'Brien who treated Denise Greenwood to dinner

Amy Naughton, book cover designer
St. Brendan's College was another talk venue. A tough crowd of boys but they rewarded my talk with their enthusiasm and appreciation. Their round of applause certainly took me by surprise.
St. Brendan's College, Killarney, Ireland - My thanks to Sean the Principal for inviting me to talk to his students.
Tommy Frank O'Connor

My next stop was a writing group - Scribhneoiri Sliabh Luachan, headed by a remarkable man Tommy Frank O'Connor. Such a talented group!

Then.... my second book launch but this time at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee where Tommy surprised me with one of the greatest compliments a writer could receive after he had read my book Crushed.

The second surprise was when one lady bought my book, asked me to sign it and then after I'd read out the opening she sat and read Crushed for forty minutes. She said that she wanted to know what happened next!

I stayed after the end of the launch to speak with the audience on a personal level.
This week there is no rest for the wicked. I have my night as part of the Outsiders on the Fringe Festival to do. I will be at The Baum in Rochdale from 7 to 9pm - talking, reading and signing. 

Crushed is in paperback format in Ireland but will shortly be appearing as Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc., at all online retailers before it then comes as a paperback to UK stores early 2016. I'll let you know when and I hope to see lots more friendly and welcoming faces at my events then.

And finally.... my publisher Sharon Fitzpatrick who had planned and organised my Ireland events. Here she is hard at work in Lurkers Corner at the Tatler Jack pub, Killarney. I joked about pop-up offices and how every pub should have one. I will miss the Guinness but one thing is for sure, as Arnie once said: "I'll be back!"
Sharon Fitzpatrick of Purple Pumpkin Publishing