Super excited to be doing our spotlight on Suzanne Wright author of the Deep In Your Veins and The Phoenix Pack Series to name a few. She will be releasing her newest book Fractured that will be releasing December 16th. Read on to learn more about this amazing author!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Writing has always been a passion of mine, but no, I never aspired that high. It was something I did in my spare time, I had no idea what it would become. Writing has made me very happy though! I love my job.
Are you a full time writer? If so, what did you do in your “previous life?”
Yes, I’m a full-time writer which is just amazing. Before this, I did a three year degree in university.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
To brace myself. I’m not sure I’d want to say anything that would change how my life has gone because everything that’s happened has been a learning experience and it has made me a better person and a better writer.
Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
It depends on how little or how many storylines are going on in my head at the time. It’s wild up there.
Let’s play favorites! Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
I don’t have favourites. They’re my babies, I created them. It honestly surprises me who my readers tell me are their favourites because they all have a place in my heart, it’s personally too hard for me to pick one.
Have you experienced any of your stories personally?
No, I don’t base my characters or my stories on my personal life, it’s more fun for me to just create things out of thin air.
What are your biggest distractions?
Noises! Getting phone calls, notifications from my phone, people at the door, and my dear cats fighting and begging for food and attention. Anything really that requires me to stop writing will take me out of the zone so it’s harder to get back into it when I begin writing again.
What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
What I didn’t realise is how long the publishing process actually is. A lot of time is also spent going through my writing and making sure there are no spelling errors and silly mistakes, and after a while it becomes rather tedious. It’s all worth it though!
Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
Honestly, no. The storylines play out like a movie in my head so it honestly feels like the character’s write themselves and they come fully formed.
What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
Reading and more reading and more reading. I don’t have a lot of time to do anything else. I am a very family-orientated person, so I spend what time I have with my husband, children, and two fabulous cats.
Do you have a favorite author or book?
My favourite author is, hands down, Stephen King. I don’t have a favourite book, though.
Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
I’ve been lucky in a way because I have a lot of strange ideas that come out of nowhere, and I dance to the beat of my own drum. So, no I’ve never actually experienced that.
Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
Yes. I do this really morbid thing that I read somewhere – I pretend that I have 12 weeks left to live and ask myself what I’d change about the story. Whatever is bothering my dying self is what is wrong with the book and what’s causing the block. It’s a question that filters out all the crap swirling around my head.
Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
I have notepads hidden away and a draw full of pens for when an idea comes around, mental notes don’t work well as my memories unreliable.
What does your writing workspace look like?
It’s grey, cushiony, soft, huge, and it spins. It’s my chair, and it’s amazing!
Sharing your work with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
I don’t let myself get upset by reviews as there have been plenty of times that I haven’t liked a book or film or song – it was nothing personal to the authors/actors/artists, I just didn’t like them. Everyone likes different things, so there is no way to please everyone no matter who you are, what you write, or how well you write it. I write for myself and I just hope others enjoy my work too.
Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
No but I have an image of the characters in my mind and enjoy knowing other people have their own. Imagination is a wonderful thing.
Can you tell us what you are working on next?
I am working on the second book of the Mercury Pack series, which will be released in autumn 2016.
What is in your purse right now?
Money, keys, a gun (I’m kidding), baby wipes, and hair bobbles.
Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
I have lots of scenes I love but I don’t pick favourites there either, I enjoy reading over scenes where my characters bicker with each other, they always mange to make me smile and I can reflect upon how fun it was to write them.
Books by Suzanne Wright
MORE ABOUT SUZANNE WRIGHT
Suzanne Wright lives in England with her husband, two children (one angel, one demon), and her bulldog. When she’s not spending time with her family, she’s writing, reading, or doing her version of housework – sweeping the house with a look.