Monday, February 1, 2016

Ask an Author -Open Book Blog Hop

This week on the blog hop we're interviewing other authors who do the blog on a regular basis. Just 7 questions. I got to interview Stevie Turner.

P.J MacLayne’s 7 Questions for Stevie Turner

1.  What sort of conditions are most conducive to your productivity?
Absolute silence, and preferably with nobody else in the room.  I cannot write a word if there’s music playing in the background, or if the TV is on.  I know…I’m really anti-social when it comes to writing, but thankfully not at other times.

2.  If you had to co-author a book, who would be your ideal partner, and why?
I’ve followed the fortunes of published author Mark Edwards for some time now, who writes the kind of psychological thrillers that I like to read.  He often co-writes with Louise Voss though, so I’m not going to get a look in there!

3.  What’s your least favourite aspect of being a writer?
Up until recently I would have said that old bugbear marketing, but recently I’ve starting to look on marketing in a positive way and to view it as a challenge instead.  Now I’d say that awful time between the ending of one book and the start of another, when you wonder if you’ll ever come up with another idea again.

4.  If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Ha ha, that’s easy.  To go back in time and return my body to how it looked and felt in my twenties, but to still retain the wisdom of my fifties!

5.  What’s your favourite food?
Salmon steaks, or plaice with new potatoes and broccoli.

6.  Tell us about one place you’ve been that you never want to go back to, and why.
At the age of 47 I went to hell in my mind when first diagnosed with cancer, and thought of nothing but dying for at least a year.  However, 11 years later I am still here and in a much better frame of mind.  I’ve learned over the years that just because you’re diagnosed with cancer, it doesn’t always mean that your life is about to end.  Instead it sometimes means that you live with a chronic illness, but then again, lots of other people suffering from different conditions do this every day as well.

7.  Out of all the characters you’ve written about, who is your favourite, and why?

That one’s easy as well.  It’s got to be poor old Frances Andrews, my main character in The Porn Detective.  I made her go through hell; much more than I suffered myself, and I’m glad she came out of the experience as well as she did!

Thanks for answering my questions, Stevie! There are one or two of them I didn't want to answer myself. To find out who Traci Carlisle Wooden interviewed, check out her blog HERE

Don't forget to check out her books while you're there.

My Beauty For Your Ashes is the first book, of a Christian-fiction series, that leads you through the lives of four people striving towards different marks with unexpected connections.
Though they hail from backgrounds that are worlds apart, it only takes one fateful accident to rearrange their priorities and set them on roads that intersect, forcing them to acknowledge the relationships they can’t do without.
Elder Paige Morganson has worked hard to overcome the anger, hate, and abuse of her past; Mason Jenson is a self-made man who has been able to create his own fortune and build a home life with his wife and child void of God’s help…so he thinks,; Elder Brandon Tatum’s, new in town, has prided himself on not making a move until he’s heard God; Victoria Branchett has ruthlessly survived the death of her only daughter by fierce determination, but is the strength she has relied on enough to see her through a failing marriage and an ailing grandchild?
This novel merges colorful characters facing one untimely circumstance after another, and mixes in a serious spin on how one views God, both inside and outside of His will. Of course, this is just the beginning. More people emerge from behind the scenes; some to help and others, to hurt. With everything happening simultaneously, one would almost question if God is able to truly fix and heal everything, and the readers will see just how far each person's faith (or lack thereof) will carry them. As they sift through the debris of past dreams and hopes left by the wayside, they are offered a lifeline and given an opportunity to receive God’s Beauty for their ashes

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