The Writing Life of: Suzanne Seddon
This week I am thrilled to be interviewing author Suzanne Seddon. Suzanne will be sharing with us detail of her writing life, telling us all about her latest book ‘A Fool’s Circle‘, which was released on 17th March 2019 and answering a few fun questions too. This post contains affiliate links.
Suzanne Seddon was born in 1968 in Islington, London. After leaving school she had many interesting jobs, from swimming teacher to air hostess, and was able to travel the globe. Now a single mum to her teenage daughter Poppy-willow, Suzanne spends her days writing and has written several articles for magazines and newspapers.
Growing up, Suzanne witnessed mental and physical abuse within her own family which strongly influenced her when she wrote her first play, A Fool’s Circle, when she attended the famous Anna Scher Theatre. Suzanne, however, was not content to leave it there and decided to go ahead and transform her play into a novel.
Not one to shy away from exciting challenges, she also wrote, acted, directed, cast and produced a trailer for the book around her hometown in Islington with the support of local businesses, who recognised the drive and importance of Suzanne and her work.
Suzanne is a passionate writer and she is determined to be heard so that the issue of domestic abuse is raised amongst the public’s consciousness, empowering others to speak out. She wants those who suffer at the hands of another to have their voices heard, loud and clear.
1) As a child did you have a dream job in mind?
I didn’t have a dream job growing up. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. That’s probably why I have had so many. I was a lifeguard at the age of sixteen and then a qualified swimming teacher by the age of twenty-one. At twenty-four, I owned my Pub and at twenty-eight, I worked for an airline as a member of the cabin crew, flying around the world.
2) Who was your favourite childhood author (s)?
My favourite childhood author was definitely Enid Blyton, with The Famous Five books. I read every one of those books. Probably more than once.
3) Was there a particular point in your life that you realised you wanted to be a writer?
It was when I attended the Anna Scher Theatre School in Islington and had to write a play, cast it and perform in it front of everybody. That moment was amazing. It wasn’t so much about how good the play was, at the time, but how it had come to life. The characters were now real. They had actually jumped off my page on to a stage and I could see them.
4) What is your average writing day like? Do you have any special routines, word count, etc?
Being a single mother, I don’t have an average writing day. My daughter is now a teenager so I grab as much ‘me’ time as I can to write. That’s when I’m obviously not in a scene from a Catherine Tate sketch or part of the Kevin and Perry Harry Enfield show. I doubt she will read this anyway, ha ha!
5) How many books have you written? Any unpublished work?
This is my first book which I took from a full-length feature film I wrote. I have also written a few articles for magazines that have been published. I wrote an article for The Sun newspaper years ago and won a holiday abroad. Was over the moon. My daughter and I were already on holiday in Egypt at the time when I got the news I had won. The only problem is it was for two days after we returned. Anyone wanting tips on how to wash, dry and iron two full suitcases in a day, drop me a line!
6) Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I sort of knew where I was going with this book. It’s hard to explain. But writing it as a play first helped. Then I thought I would write a short script. After that I had my characters although I never really knew how it would end. I just sort of let it play out in my head.
Every time I opened up my laptop. I could see the characters vividly. The way they spoke and even their personalities. It was like I was entering a different world. Although I had to jot down a few things here and there. I suppose I am what one would call a hybrid! A bit of both.
Concerning your latest book:
Publisher – Wallace Publishing
Pages – 328
Release Date – 17th March 2019
ISBN 13 – 978-1999613631
Format – ebook, paperback
Kate Sanders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago.
As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor. Kate’s old aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune.
For the first time, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a fresh start, a new home, a new life. What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are both desperate to get their hands on her money.
Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathon Jacobs in what she believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance, unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan.
But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder.
7) How did you go about researching the content for your book?
Growing up in a dysfunctional family, I witnessed a lot of domestic violence and mental abuse. Topics like these were never spoken about. I didn’t need to do any research. I had lived through it, in so many different ways. I wrote this book whilst I was grieving for my Mother. I had already written the feature film script for A Fool’s Circle and made a film trailer. But it was my Mother’s dream to be honest. She always wanted to write a book. After she passed away and I found out that my biological father wasn’t my real father after nearly forty-eight years, I was devastated. Disowned and alone with my daughter, I decided to change tactics and wrote my script as a book instead.
8) How long did it take to go from ideas stage to writing the last word?
I started writing the book after my Mother passed away in April 2016. I completed the first draft in 2017 after a lot of re-writing and it was finally ready to go in August 2018. It will be released on what would’ve been my Mums 74th Birthday.
9) How did you come up with the title of your book?
A Fool’s Circle. Only after you have read the book, will you understand the title and what it means. If I tell you that now, I might have to kill you in my next book.
10) Can you give us an insight into your characters?
Kate Saunders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year old daughter, Sophie. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago!
11) What process did you go through to get your book published?
I contacted a few publishers then I come across Wallace Publishing. It’s a small but up and coming publishing house that is based in Essex. I was contacted by the owner Leesa Wallace, who was really moved by my book. In fact, it was the same with my Proof-reader. She had been in a domestic violence relationship that had got so bad, it gave her a stutter. She was overwhelmed at the realness in the book and had to proofread in stages. I felt very bad I had let her read it. But I didn’t know her background until she opened up. She told me it was the most honest, truthful book she had ever read. It that was the same thing with my publisher. I wanted to highlight the fact that domestic violence has many victims.
12) What’s next for you writing wise?
Well, I have got so much to write about. I would really like to write my Autobiography but I don’t think people are quite ready for that yet. Or maybe they are?
1) If you could have any super power for the day which would you choose?
To be invisible! I would love to have Harry Potters Invisibility cloak! I could do so much good. But a lot of naughty stuff. I think I could be a 21st century Robin Hood. I would love that.
2) Do you have any pets?
I grew up in Islington. In what some would think was a great council house. My father brought home different pets all the time. Chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits. Being a gambler, even our greyhound dog was bred with the dog of the year! She had 13 pups. I use to take my goat out on a lead. But the best thing that happened when I did that: I met my god-like genius David Bowie who, at the time, lived in a squat around the corner. When I took my goat for a walk he stopped me and asked his name, to which I replied, “Billy Silly.” I have met many TV personalities but that was the best experience ever.
3) If you decided to write an autobiography of your life, what would you call it?
If I was to write an autobiography of my life. I would think about calling it… I can’t tell you this yet… But once it is sorted out. I will let your readers know.
4) Your book has been made into a feature film and you’ve been offered a cameo role, which part would you choose, or what would you be doing?
What started out as a play, then a short film, soon turned into a full-length feature film script. I casted the film trailer as well as directing and producing it. I took the role as Kate Saunders the protagonist in my book, A Fool’s Circle.
5) Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Working for an airline for a number of years was amazing! I got to travel the globe and experience some wonderful destinations. To be totally honest, I hated flying. I took the job to get away from my life. It was a kind of an escapism but I did meet some nice people. I stayed in the best hotels in the world. But as for my favourite destination? It would have to be when I stayed in Turkey for a year. Just me and my daughter, together. Swimming with Dolphins, teaching her to swim, going on boat trips, and bonding. That was my best experience.
6) A baseball cap wearing, talking duck casually wanders into your room, what is the first thing he says to you?
‘Your one strong woman. Quack! Quack!’
I would like to say a big thank you to Suzanne Seddon for sharing with us details of her writing life and for a wonderful interview.