Thursday, May 26, 2011
Guest Author Interview: Suzy Turner
Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Suzy Turner! Suzy is the author of Raven.
EJ: When did you begin writing?
Suzy: I've been a writer since I started working aged 18, first as a journalist, then assistant editor, features editor and finally magazine editor.
I wrote my first book in the late 90s... although I got some good feedback, I decided it wasn't good enough so I put it away and pretty much forgot about it. A few years later I began writing a couple of other books, one a children's fantasy adventure and the other a romantic drama. Life kind of got in the way though and so I put them on the backburner. It wasn't until 2010 when I was made redundant that I sat down and actually wrote my favourite book so far, Raven.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
Suzy: I've always been a fan of all things spooky, the unexplained. I used to love watching really old re-runs (black and white!) of the Twilight Zone when I was growing up, followed by the X-Files later on. But when it comes to writing, I guess its through reading the likes of Harry Potter and Twilight. JK Rowling is a genius!
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Suzy: That's a difficult one! Hmmm...I love animals (I have two dogs and four cats!) and it often bugs me when I can't understand what they want, so I guess I would love to have the supernatural ability of communicating with them. That reminds me of another show I used to watch, Manimal. It was about a guy who could turn into animals. Some people think I have a weird taste in TV shows!
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
Suzy: Its eerie and mysterious... the kind of thing I love to read! The main character, Lilly, lives in England with her parents. But when they mysteriously disappear, she has to move to Canada to family she didn't even know existed. There she discovers some unusual and frightening family secrets. She also finds out that she has a very special, and terrifying, ability.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
Suzy: Oh great question!
Lilly Taylor - Georgie Henley. Lilly needs to be played by an English actress and I think Georgie is perfect. Have you seen her in the Narnia films? Awesome!
December Moon - Chloë Moretz. She was so fantastic in the vampire film, Let Me In. Just amazing. December Moon is also the title of the sequel to Raven so you can imagine why I need someone so gorgeously spookily talented!
Jo - Alexandra Daddario. Jo has to be played by someone captivating, someone electric. Google Alexandra and you'll get it!
Oliver - Colby Paul, because he'd look perfect with Georgie and he looks like your cute guy next door.
Ben - Charlie Cox. He was amazing in Stardust and he just looks so damn adorable, which is what Ben is.
Gabriel - Gabriel Byrne... just because I've always had a crush on him!
Rose - Sally Field. Not only is she very beautiful (which is very important for Rose's character), but she could easily pass as a relative to a certain other character! She's an amazing actress too.
Raven by Suzy Turner.
After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...
Thank you Suzy for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Suzy Turner and her books, please visit her website.