Today I am joined by author Sue Fortin to talk about all things bookish as part of the blog tour for her novel, The Birthday Girl.
But first, here’s the bookish details …
HarperImpulse (14 Nov. 2017)
Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea
Come and join me for my fortieth birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises the like of which you can’t imagine.
When Joanne’s friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting.
One of them is hiding a secret.
And Joanne is planning to reveal it…
A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun – until no one can hear your cries for help.
A party to die for.
Who will survive?
This sounds bloody brilliant! Now, Sue, what inspired you to write The Birthday Girl?
I love the dynamics of friendships and how they shift and change over time, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Often what you see on the surface is not always what is going on beneath. Our friends can be both our allies and our enemies all at the same time.
What would be your main advice for someone trying to write a thriller?
Use all the senses to build up tension. You don’t have to speed through a scene to get the reader’s heart racing. Taking it slower, examining almost in slow-motion the thoughts and emotions of a character can build that tension very effectively. Often it’s the anticipation that’s key, the thought, the idea, the unknown. Give your reader time to raise these questions and feel the story rather than just read it.
What does your writing day look like?
I’ve been trying a new tactic recently of getting up early and being at my desk by six in the morning. It gives me an hour or so to get some writing done before the school-run. Then I spend most of the day, until about 2.30 writing. I break the time up by nipping onto social media and answering emails. If I haven’t had a particularly productive day on the writing front, I may squeeze in another hour or so after tea, but it all depends on what’s going on at home. At weekends, I tend not to write for long periods of time. Again, it will be early in the morning before the day gets going.
If you had to invite any three fictional characters to a birthday weekend away in the countryside, who would they be?
Oh, gosh. That’s a hard question. Three fictional characters … I’d take Olive from Catherine Miller’s Gin Shack series, having a fun loving 80 year old would make for a crazy weekend. I’d also take Payne and Jones from Chris Kuzneski books, just in case I needed some muscle and special forces knowledge to get us out of any scrapes Olive might land us in!
As it’s Christmas soon, could you describe some of your favourite Christmas traditions?
We always have a cooked breakfast on Christmas morning and tend to have our dinner later in the day. My husband usually takes over the cooking, which I’ve decided is now a tradition in our home! We always wait for everyone to be up before we open our presents and we open them all together. This is fine for my older children, but my youngest finds it quite torturous as she can’t wake the others up until at least nine o’clock. We have a candle on our table when we have Christmas dinner and this is always lit by the youngest member of the family. The other tradition which I’ve adopted from my parents is to have a little nap in the afternoon!
I don’t think there is anything better than an afternoon nap, Sue! Thank you so much for joining me today, it’s been great chatting to you.
You can grab your copy of The Birthday Girl over at Amazon …
About the author …
Published by Harper Collins’ imprint Harper Impulse, Sue Fortin writes mystery, suspense and romance.
Sue is a USA Today and an Amazon best selling author, with The Girl Who Lied reaching #1 in the Amazon UK Kindle chart in 2016 and translation rights sold internationally. Her latest novel, Sister Sister, is a top ten Amazon UK Kindle best seller and is due to be released in paperback in April 2017.
Lover of cake, Dragonflies and France. Hater of calories, maths and snakes. Sue was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex.
Sue is married with four children, all of whom patiently give her time to write but, when not behind the keyboard, she likes to spend her time with them, enjoying both the coast and the South Downs, between which they are nestled.
You can find out more about Sue at
Twitter : suefortin1
Facebook : Sue Fortin Author