Monthly Archives: May 2013
I’d like to introduce you to the thirty-fifth interviewee in my ‘Meet the Author’ series. She is Gev Sweeney.
QUESTION: Hi, Gev! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. Can you tell us a bit about your background as a writer?
ANSWER: Thanks, Susan! I’ve worked as a newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, and as an editor of non-fiction books. I also have a Master of Arts in Corporate and Public Communication, which means I know a little more about the “craft” part of the saying “writing is an art as well as a craft.”
QUESTION: Your most recent historical novel, ‘The Scattered Proud’, was published in January, 2013, by Captive Press. Can you tell us a bit about your book? What inspired you to write it? Is it related to your first book?
ANSWER: The Scattered Proud is the massive re-creation of The Lessons of Darkness, something I’d drafted when…
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A Review of Bustles Lloyd’s The Greenwood Tree
I suggest you open this mystery novel the way you open a beautifully wrapped gift: with heightened perceptions and the tiniest bit of doubt. What if it’s not my size? Most mysteries (correct me if I’m wrong) are not stylized, legend-inspired stories that have bigamous murders occurring two centuries apart. But open the book. You will find yourself competently led back and forth between centuries by the charming central character, Julia Warren, as she begins researching her novel from Pringle’s Bookshop in London. Researching leads to detecting, and before you can say “Green Man,” you and she are deep in the parallel goings-on of 1783 and 1927.
In its prose, artistic structure, and delicate silhouettes scattered throughout the text, The Greenwood Tree is as winsome as the green world Julia encounters when she travels from London to Aunt Isobel’s country estate…
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I knew that this was going to be a difficult interview from the start. I had received some brief and slightly contradictory instructions on how to find a particular bar, hidden somewhere in the heart of the seaside town of Westerby on Sea; consequently I spent nearly an hour walking in circles and was late for the appointment. Only when I found the place did I realise that I had walked past the front door twice already, not realising it was my destination.
Even inside I wasn’t sure if it was the right place. Walking in from the bright sunshine felt rather like walking into a cave, and it was all I could do to stop myself tumbling down the steep stairs into the basement bar itself. I bought myself a drink, briefly marvelled at how cheap everything was in 1962, and told the barman I was looking for a…
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I’d like to introduce you to the twenty-seventh interviewee in my ‘Meet the Author’ series. She is Evelinn Enoksen, from Norway.
QUESTION: Hi, Evelinn! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. Can you tell us a bit about your background as a writer?
ANSWER: Hello and thanks for having me. I started writing when I was around fourteen, but I had little confidence in myself at the time, so I never showed anyone what I’d written. It took years before I said anything. My father wrote a book when I was little (a YA fantasy/mystery) sadly he never published it though, but I aim to help him with that in the future. He also wrote books for children, and I’m going to illustrate them. I write both in Norwegian and English, it can get a little confusing at times since the grammar is very different, but the first story I…
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DarkSpire Reaches, The Absent Woman, The Guardians of Evion, Healer’s Touch, Strange Tales from the Scriptorian Vaults and Greenwood Tree – all spread out on a carpet for you to pick from ….
I’d like to introduce you to publisher Sammy HK Smith of Kristell Ink Publishing.
QUESTION: Hi, Sammy! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. You run the Kristell Ink imprint of Holland House Publishing, a U.K. company, and you also control the marketing, publicity, and publication of all the Holland House Books’ titles. Can you tell us more about your background and how you became a publisher?
ANSWER: Hi Susan, thank you so much for having me. Well, I guess I should start near the beginning! Around three years ago I started to write fiction; it was a transitional time for me in my personal life and I needed that cathartic escapism that comes with writing (outside of the writing world I work as a detective in the UK police). In the October of 2011 I joined an online writing community and made many new friends. One of those, Robert…
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