Good Tuesday all today is my last day of interviewing victims for the NOVEMBER TO DISMEMBER over at READING ZOMBIE on facebook . Today our victim is Suzanne Sussex and her SAFE ZONE books
Good morning Suzanne thank you for joining us today
Thank you for having me
Tell us a little about yourselfI live in the UK, in Wales but right on the border to England with my boyfriend and slightly neurotic cat. I've worked full time for the same company for over 20 years. When I'm not working or writing I love being outdoors, preferably in the hills. Over the last couple of years I've done a number of walking events, including walking 106km around an island in one day.
Tell us about your books
I have two books published at the moment with a third in progress. They are a trilogy called Safe Zone. The first is Safe Zone: The Greater Good and tells the events following a zombie virus outbreak in the U.K. The second is Safe Zone: The Descent, which is set twenty years after the first book.
How do you select the names for your characters
It varies, sometimes they just name themselves, which sounds odd, but the name just pops right on to the page. Others I've ended up using baby naming books to get inspiration.
Do you hide secrets in your books that only a few people will know and understand
The antagonist in the second book actually makes a very brief appearance in the first. I'm not sure how many people have spotted that. There is also quite a lot of myself in Chloe, the main character from the first book. Only people that know me would understand which bits are more me or intentionally the opposite of me. For example Chloe hated climbing Snowdonia (highest mountain in Wales) whereas I love the whole mountain range.
As a child did you have a favourite book
If you didn't write what would you be doing
What is your favourite part of the writing and publishing process and the least favourite thing
My least favourite part is coming up with the title. Firstly because there are millions of books out there so originality can be a challenge, but also because of the pressure of getting the right title. The cover and the title are what readers see first. My cover artist Claire is incredible and can translate my ideas into amazing covers, but the title is all on me.
if you could do one thing differently as a child or tee to make you a better writer what would it beWrite! I used to start the odd story as a teenager but I never committed to actually finishing any of them.
Do you read reviews on your books and what do you do when you have a bad reviewI read every review (and over analyse every word.) I've not actually had a bad review (yet) although I've had a few low ratings on Goodreads, I'd like to think that if the criticism is something I can learn from then I'll take it on board as in future work. If it just along the lines of not liking zombies or the lack of guns in the books, then I guess I'll just shrug my shoulders and move on with my life.
When you were writing Safe Zone how much research did you do
I researched as I went rather than plot out the book. I suspect my google search history is a bit questionable.
Do you believe in writers block
NOW FOR SOME FUN AND FAST QUESTIONS
COFFE TEA OR OTHER
Coffee. I am addicted to it
DO YOU GOOGLE YOURSELF
I have a couple of times but I don't get many results
IF YOU HAD A SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE
I'd be able to slow down time so that I could get more done in a day
Big Mac. I never have anything else from McDonalds.
Last but not least
What would you tell any aspiring writer out there .
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU
I have a website http://suzannesussex.com/ on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/suzannesussex1/ or on twitter @suzannesussex
The links to the book are https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074PXHWQR/ref=s9u_simh_gw_i2?ie=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pd_rd_i=B074PXHWQR&pd_rd_r=2ZDHR1SKX4GDAN1Y1D81&pd_rd_w=TGY0T&pd_rd_wg=KqCKz&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=&pf_rd_r=GETSR0E6562PVK880XT3&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=8f696f0a-3abd-4660-b9bd-1931764e0008&pf_rd_i=desktop