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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Interview + Giveaway: Suzy Turner, author of Raven

I'm very excited to be joined today by Suzy Turner, the author of the YA urban fantasy novel, Raven (the first in The Raven Saga). Suzy is a fantastic, sweet person and I hope you guys will enjoy this interview!

Guys, please give a warm welcome to Suzy!

E: Evie
ST: Suzy Turner

E: Welcome to Bookish Suzy! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
ST: Thank you Evie, I'm delighted to be here!
I'm an English girl who has lived in Portugal for the past 25 years (I was 10 when we moved), I've been with my husband since I was 16. In fact we are about to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary! We don't have any kids but we have four cats and two dogs.
E: Who or what inspired you to write Raven?
ST: It was a visit to Canada, actually! In late 2009 my husband, myself and two friends spent three weeks travelling around Alberta and British Columbia. We totally fell in love with everything about it - the people, the mountains, the small towns, the big cities, the lakes, ocean... everything! But it was while we were having a picnic on a beautiful little beach in Powell River that my imagination began to run riot. There were huge pieces of driftwood everywhere and fish kept hopping out of the water. It was the most beautiful and serene place yet it had such an air of mystery to it. I was completely taken aback and somewhere deep in my subconscious, the idea started to develop.
E: How would you describe your book in 5 words?
ST: Engaging YA urban fantasy mystery!
E: Which of your characters do you feel is most like you?
ST: Ooh... that's a tough one! I guess that would be Jo. And it's not because she's beautiful (!) but simply because she's so easy going and gets on with everybody. She likes to have a laugh
E: If your book was made into a movie who would you cast for it?
I actually gave this some thought recently and put it all down on my blog.
Lilly - Georgie Henley (from Chronicles of Narnia)
December - Chloe Moretz (from Let Me In)
Rose - Sally Field
Gabriel - Gabriel Byrne
Jo - Alexandra Daddario (she was in Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief)
Oliver - Colby Paul (he's had small roles in Supernatural, Pushing Daisies, etc)
Ben - Charlie Cox (from Stardust)
Serena - Famke Jansen (X Men)
          Neleh - Michelle Ryan (The Bionic Woman & Eastenders)
          Vivian - Charlize Theron
          Sammy Morton - Jensen Ackles (Supernatural)
E: Where is your favorite place for writing? Do you have any special writing rituals?
ST: I write all over the house! It depends on my mood, really. At the moment I'm sitting at the dining table but you can often find me trying to snuggle up on the sofa (but it's not easy balancing a laptop on your knee!). I love sitting outside to write but it's just too bright... I can't see the screen properly! No writing rituals, other than I have to have a cup of tea before I start in the morning.
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
ST: YA urban fantasy, chick lit, the occasional thriller/horror or historical fiction. I'm partial to pretty much anything.
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
STThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. I read it at college and it was just incredible. I bought it again recently but haven't got round to reading it yet.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett - it just blew me away!
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel - truly inspiring.
E: What’s next in line for you, are you working on a new book now?
ST: I'm working on The Raven Saga Part II: December Moon. I'm about a third of the way through and I have to say, I'm pretty excited about it!
E: If you could have a dinner with three people/characters (real, imaginary, famous or not, even dead!) who would you choose?
ST: I would probably want to communicate with animals, especially cats and dogs because it bugs me when I don't understand what they want or when they don't understand what I want. 'Stop peeing on the carpet' for instance! (I have a puppy)
E: What are your biggest pet peeves?
1. I'm a couch potato
2. I have a belly button piercing
3. I chew my tongue when I'm deep in concentration
4. I'm totally useless at sports
5. I love country music 
Random Questions:

- white or dark chocolate? (I'm lactose intolerant)
- coffee or tea? Rooibos tea in the morning, black decaf-coffee in the afternoon
- favorite fictional character? Luna Lovegood (I named my puppy after her)
- favorite movie? As a kid, Neverending Story and The Lost Boys. Now, Practical Magic
- favorite song? Oh, I have a few.... Neverending Story by Limahl, Together in Electric Dreams by Human League, Stay by Shakespeare's Sister, Cry Little Sister by Aiden (from The Lost Boys), American Honey and Need You Now by Lady Antebellum... sorry I got a bit carried away. There are so many!
- favorite TV show? Supernatural, Ghost Whisperer, Charmed..... (I <3 Supernatural!!! -Evie)
- Spring or Autumn Autumn
- ebook or printed copy?  (I'm a recent Kindle convert!)

Suzy, thank you so much for joining us today!  
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your books!

I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Suzy Turner and her books, please visit his website: Suzy Turner or/and her blog. You can also connect with Suzy on Twitter @suzy_turner or Facebook. 

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Raven by Suzy Turner
Published May 8th 2011

     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...
      Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia.

Giveaway Time! 
Suzy generously provided us with an e-copy of Raven

Open to everyone
Ends: Wednesday, August 31st

*Mandatory entry: be a GFC follower of my blog and leave a comment with your email address.
*Extra entries: 
+1 Follow me on Twitter @SeoEvie
+5 Follow Suzy Turner on Twitter
+5 Follow Suzy @ Blogspot

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About the Author
Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
You can find Evie here: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Shelfari | The Library Thing


_yay_ said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
Following your and Suzy's blog via GFC: _yay_
Following you and Suzy via Twitter: (at)_yay_


Rachel said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like a great new series.


Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I follow on GFC as Suz and I would love to win!

susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

Nicole M said...

Awesome giveaway! I'm a GFC of Suzy now.

Margaret said...

I am so excited about this giveaway! I've been wanting to read this book for a while now!

I'm a GFC follower

follow Suzy on her blog

As the book is set in BC, my home I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope I get selected!


melora said...

The book sounds very interesting.

I am a GFC follower of both blogs as melora brock.

melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

Margay said...

Physical books will always be my first love, but I'm really digging my Kindle!

I follow Bookish and Suzy's blogs on GFC

I follow you and Suzy on Twitter


Lieder Madchen said...

This book looks great, thank you so much for sharing! Loved the interview. :)

old GFC follower

I follow you and Suzy on Twitter as @LiederMadchen


scattered_laura said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC follower :)

Following both on Twitter as scattered_laura


Shae Carcar said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love her hair!

JaZziE said...

Hi, please enter me..
Name: Jessica

I've entered all the extra entries..
Twitter: @jessically

Thank You!!

alipeli said...

thanks for giveaway
email -
GFC - alipeli
twitter (both) - @Al20Peli

Kristi said...

Raven sounds like a good book and I would love to win it! Very interesting interview - loved the actors you picked for your characters!

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Kristi said...

I am a GFC follower BTW

I follow you and suzy on Twitter (@kherbrand) and I have also added Suzy to my RSS reader (feed demon)

kherbrand at comcast dot net

Darlene said...

Please enter me in the draw!

I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Darlene said...

+1 following you on Twitter (@DarleneBookNook)

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Darlene said...

+5 following Suzy Turner on Twitter

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Darlene said...

+5 following Suzy's blog
(GFC Darlene)

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

micia said...

gfc follower micia
following Suzy turner on twitter @micia18
following you on Twitter @micia18

Ifrah Kamil said...

GFC Follower
Following you on twitter @Twinklesmile023


Caitlin said...

Great interview. It's amazing how a place could have inspired this story. I recently got this on my kindle app and I can't wait to read it. I would love to be able to communicate with animals that would be awesome. Especially dogs and cats I love them most but any animal in general would be fun to talk to.

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