Today, Writing Wicket interviews Suzanne Seddon, author of A Fool’s Circle.
I asked Suzanne:
Q. Have you ever cried with one of your main characters?
Yes. I cried for Kate and Sophie. Mainly because I could understand and relate to both characters. The book is a hard read. But it was really hard for me to write.
Q. Do you believe in writers block?
I knew where this book was going. In fact, the characters more or less led me through the whole book. So, I never experienced any writers block although there were moments I had to shut down my laptop and take a break for a few days.
Q. What genre do you favour?
I definitely favour crime fiction and thrillers. although I’m quite partial to the odd autobiography.
Q. What is your favourite childhood book?
My favourite childhood book was definitely The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. I had them all. My favourite character was Timmy the dog.
Q. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Having so many ideas swimming around in my brain and trying to get them down on paper as fast as I can. Not being able to switch off is also hard. Sometimes I have woken up in the night with an idea and had to get up and grab a pen and paper.
Q. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I think it’s a bit of both, to be honest. The thought process seems to exhaust me. But once I have a chapter finished, I feel totally energized and ready to start over again.
Q. What is your writing Kryptonite?
I’m a bit of a perfectionist and worry that my scenes are making perfect sense to the reader. So, I tend to go over them more times than I should. I’m also not a lover of writing sex scenes and let my friends read them first to get their opinions, which have been very good. They all agree I have a very vivid imagination.
Q. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I wanted this book to raise awareness about Domestic Violence and Mental Abuse, so I didn’t even contemplate writing under a pseudonym.
Q. Do you think someone can be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
That all depends what the subject matter is they are writing about.
Q. If you could be any author, who would it be and why?
Charles Dickens, for sure. I would love to get inside his head. I love the way he developed his characters. I get transported to a different time and really enjoy the journey.
Q. What was the first book that made you cry?
That was definitely the Lassie books, about a border collie, by Eric Knight. They made me smile and cry at the same time. But recently, I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and found myself in floods of tears when Dobby died. I had to pull myself together before my daughter returned from school.
Q. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think a common trap for aspiring authors is that they worry if their work is going to be good enough or interesting enough. They also worry that it has all been said before. It probably has. But just not been told by you.
Check out Suzanne’s links:
https://amzn.to/2TJa54E ( Amazon)
https://bit.ly/2FwUO3M ( Barnes&Noble)