Morning everyone! It’s finally cooled down a bit here and my garden is grateful for a bit of rain! This morning I’ve got another fabulous Meet the Author interview for you. I’m talking with Suzie Tullett about dreams of presenting the Eurovision Song Contest, dressmaking, stories that make us laugh, and her most recent book, Six Steps to Happiness…..
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I have a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. My motto is ‘live, laugh, love’ and when I’m not busy creating my own literary masterpieces, I usually have my head in someone else’s.
Hailing from the UK, I’ve been lucky enough to live in Sweden, Greece and France. After a recent move to Ireland in search of a new adventure, however, I hope to soon be living in a little Irish cottage by the sea.
How many books have you written and published?
I’ve written five novels so far and am writing book number six as we speak – my first ever Christmas story, due for release later this year.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
What didn’t I want to do! As a child I had loads of ambitions. When I was very young, I wanted to be a translator so I could host the Eurovision Song Contest. In my little brain, it wasn’t about simply knowing how to say dix or douze points in French, I had to be fluent.
There was a time when I wanted to be a vet – the number of stray dogs I brought home, only to be left in tears when I had to take them back to where I found them. I remember thinking I’d quite like to go into teaching, although it’s at this stage I began to consider a career in writing too.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Aside of being a teacher and a writer, none of the above that’s for sure. But the jobs I have done have provided loads of inspiration as a novelist thanks to the characters I’ve met along the way. Jobs wise, I’ve worked in a café, in offices, a bakery, call centres, and even a bookies. Plus, I’ve been a college tutor and an outreach worker for Women’s Aid. I might not have reached the dizzy heights of presenting the Eurovision Song Contest, but living in France and Greece, I did develop my foreign language skills enough to get by.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I’ve always been a knitter. I learnt when I was about nine years old and it’s something I’ve kept up. A more recent hobby of mine though is dressmaking. I’m an avid fan of the Great British Sewing Bee, but watching it, never thought I’d ever be able to negotiate a sewing machine, let alone understand something as technical looking as a pattern. It was researching my latest release, Six Steps to Happiness, and talking to handbag designer, Philippa Day, that finally encouraged me to give it a go. I found her passion for what she does and the handbags she creates so inspiring, that the next thing I knew I’d bought myself a sewing machine and signed up for a dressmaking course.
What’s your favourite film of all time and why?
I have lots of favourite films. Special mentions would have to go to The Breakfast Club, The Lost Boys, Love Actually, and I adored 2019’s Last Christmas. However my all time favourite film would be I Married a Witch starring Veronic Lake. Made in 1942 it’s an oldie, but a goodie.
Describe yourself using three words only…….
Funny, positive, supportive
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
When writing, my starting point is always my characters. After all, I’m going to be spending a lot of time with these people and both I and my readers have to care about them. That’s not to say I don’t consider my plots and settings though. Great books will have all three.
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
Anything humorous. Who doesn’t enjoy a good chuckle.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Six Steps to Happiness by Suzie Tullett
When Ronnie’s husband, Nick, leaves her for their next-door neighbour, Gaye, Ronnie’s life starts to fall apart.
Devastated by the break-up of her marriage, Ronnie is desperate for Nick and Gaye to set up home elsewhere. But Nick and Gaye won’t budge.
To add to her problems, Ronnie’s daughter and mother-in-law decide to stage an intervention. With her family keeping a close eye on her, Ronnie is forced to become more devious in her actions to get rid of Nick and Gaye.
But just how far will she go?
And is moving on ever that easy?
Six Steps to Happiness is a hilarious look at just how far one woman will go to recover from a broken heart and find happiness again.
Available via Amazon and all good books shops.
final words from chelle…
Thanks so much Suzie for coming over to Curled Up With a Good Book to talk to us! The things you wanted to be when you were little made me laugh – I used to love Eurovision! Dressmaking sounds fantastic – I’ve tried knitting and discovered I don’t have the patience so don’t think I’d do very well at dressmaking, but it must be so rewarding! What a fab hobby to have. I agree with you too – we do need to read a good book that makes you chuckle sometimes; it’s uplifting and feel good! And finally, Six Steps to Happiness sounds brilliant!
If you have any comments or questions for Suzie then be sure to reach out to her through the social media links or drop a comment below.
Have a wonderful day lovelies.