It is my extreme pleasure to introduce you to Suzanne Jefferies, the brilliantly talented author of Watched, Touched, The Joy of Comfort Eating, The Hunt, and The Liberty Series. Today, she’ll be telling us a little more about her new release Touched. Don’t forget to drop by her social media links and show her some love ❤
1. What inspired you to start writing?
Joan Wilder and Judy Jordan, two fictional characters from Romancing the Stone and the Lace mini-series who were romance writers (Judy wasn’t though in the book). I thought they were magical, mythical creatures who mesmerised me.
2. Plotter or pantser?
A bit of both. I have an outline but let the characters shape the story.
3. What is your typical day like?
Up at sparrows, running or BJJ, writing my thousand words then working working working before cooking, cleaning and finally, getting some time to myself.
4. Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
I hate writing in coffee shops. I talk to myself a lot – this is not such a good idea in public!
5. What inspired you to write this novel? Where did the idea come from?
I’m nervous to say because the source material differs immensely from the finished novel. It was Stranger Things’s Max and Billy. To be honest, I was shipping the Mike’s mom and Billy storyline (and still am, and will be well unhappy if nothing happens in season three), but then somehow two characters with the same names formed with their own story and off we went!
6. Tell us a little about the characters in your book
Both Billy and Max are trying to shake off their violent heritage, but in different ways. Billy is the original rebel who’s chosen his clean slate with the church. Max needs closure. They both need each other.
7. Do you have a dream cast for your characters? If so, who?
For Billy, Avan Jogia (beefed up a lot more!) and for Max, Maika Monroe.
8. Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
I’ve finished up the third in my Voluptuary Pleasures series (Touched is book two) Heard about a blind woman who meets a man who reminds her of a past she’s trying to bury.
9. Which one of your characters would you like to spend time with and why?
My hero in Heard – he’s delicious.
10. Do you write using your computer or notepad? Both? Something else?
11. What’s the hardest part about being an author? And the easiest?
Hardest – dealing with rejection and horrible reviews. The easiest? Coming up with new characters and what if situations.
12. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve researched for your book?
How to fix a broken washer.
13. What is that one thing you think readers generally don’t know about your specific genre?
That we might draw from real life but it’s still fiction.
14. What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
It took me forever to fall in love myself.
15. When you’re not writing, what do you like to do?
Reading! And running, BJJ, and watching movies.
16. Do you have a must-read book you’d like to share with readers?
I still love Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic. My copy is beyond dog-eared.
17. If you were given the opportunity to form a book club with your favorite authors of all time, which legends or contemporary writers would you want to become a part of the club?
Anais Nin, Angela Carter, Alice Hoffman, Jilly Cooper, Jackie Collins and Fay Weldon (all women, interesting)
18. What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book?
Lord of the Rings trilogy. Superbly done.
19. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Never give up, but do the work!
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