Name Sue Barnard
Age Closer to 40 than to 30. Draw whatever conclusion you like from that.
Where are you from? Originally from North Wales, but I spent my formative years in Manchester, UK

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have a degree in French from Durham University and have also done a series of short courses on Creative Writing with the Open University. I’m married with two grown-up sons (one of whom once described me as “professionally weird”).

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Sue: My debut novel The Ghostly Father (a new interpretation of the Romeo & Juliet story) is due to be published in February 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Sue: I’ve always dabbled with writing ever since I was a child, but it’s only in recent years that I’ve begun to take it more seriously.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Sue: A couple of years ago, when I first started doing freelance copywriting assignments and started earning money for what I was producing.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Sue: I once heard that everyone should write the book they wanted to read. I’ve always wanted to read a version of R&J which has a more satisfactory outcome. So I wrote one!
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Sue: No, not really; it depends on what I’m being asked to write. But I do try to keep it grammatically correct. I can’t stand bad English!
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Sue: It’s based on a quotation from the Shakespeare play.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Sue: Don’t harbour grudges. There’s a strong sense of forgiveness in the story, for reasons which I hope will become apparent to anyone who reads it.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Sue: In terms of sentiments, almost all of it!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sue: One of the secondary characters, and the way in which his actions affect the main character, is based on a real person.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Sue: One of the most influential books I ever read was That Devil Called Love by Lynda Chater. It’s a modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which the heroine learns the hard way that youth, beauty, fame and wealth don’t necessarily hold the key to happiness.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Sue: My friend Sally Quilford. I’ve done several of her writing courses and I feel that my writing has improved considerably as a result. She’s a great writer and a truly lovely person.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sue: A Christmas Moon by Sally Quilford
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Sue: Yes, lots. Since I was signed by Crooked Cat Publishing I’ve had great fun discovering all their other authors!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Sue: Trying to make some kind of sense of my pile of scribbled notes!

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Sue: I have a great network of friends who have all been wonderfully supportive.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Sue: It would be good to think so!
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Sue: Pass!
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Sue: No. I think it’s something which has always been there.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sue: My current WIP is still very much in its raw state, but you can find some of my poems on my blog (see below).
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sue: I don’t like being nasty to my characters – which can be a problem when you can’t have a plot without some kind of conflict!

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Sue: I can’t really single out one particular author as being a “favourite.” I read all sorts of genres and enjoy all of them.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Sue: For The Ghostly Father I had to visit Verona and Mantua (where the initial story takes place) and also Venice (where some of the scenes in the book are set). Purely in the course of research, of course…!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Sue: Crooked Cat Publishing’s in-house designer.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Sue: Finding the time to keep going with it. The first draft took me about six months to finish.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Sue: I found that the feedback and advice I received from sympathetic friends was invaluable. There is always a danger of losing all sense of objectivity with one’s own work, so a fresh pair of eyes can pick up typos, or holes in the plot, much more effectively.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Sue: Believe in yourself and don’t give up.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Sue: I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve written!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Sue: The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown. It’s the first of a series of novels about a group of children who set up their own theatre company.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Sue: I enjoy walking and birdwatching, reading, listening to music, and I’m a member of my local Amateur Dramatic society. I’m also very interested in Family History. My own background is stranger than fiction; I’d write a book about it if I thought anybody would believe me.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Sue: Good-quality comedy, crime dramas, and anything involving travel or nature.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Sue: I love Italian food; I could quite happily live on pasta!

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Sue: I’d like to think I might have been an actress.
Name Sue Barnard
Age Closer to 40 than to 30. Draw whatever conclusion you like from that.
Where are you from? Originally from North Wales, but I spent my formative years in Manchester, UK
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I have a degree in French from Durham University and have also done a series of short courses on Creative Writing with the Open University. I’m married with two grown-up sons (one of whom once described me as “professionally weird”).
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Sue: My debut novel The Ghostly Father (a new interpretation of the Romeo & Juliet story) is due to be published in February 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Sue: I’ve always dabbled with writing ever since I was a child, but it’s only in recent years that I’ve begun to take it more seriously.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Sue: A couple of years ago, when I first started doing freelance copywriting assignments and started earning money for what I was producing.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Sue: I once heard that everyone should write the book they wanted to read. I’ve always wanted to read a version of R&J which has a more satisfactory outcome. So I wrote one!

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Sue: No, not really; it depends on what I’m being asked to write. But I do try to keep it grammatically correct. I can’t stand bad English!

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Sue: It’s based on a quotation from the Shakespeare play.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Sue: Don’t harbour grudges. There’s a strong sense of forgiveness in the story, for reasons which I hope will become apparent to anyone who reads it.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Sue: In terms of sentiments, almost all of it!

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Sue: One of the secondary characters, and the way in which his actions affect the main character, is based on a real person.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Sue: One of the most influential books I ever read was That Devil Called Love by Lynda Chater. It’s a modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which the heroine learns the hard way that youth, beauty, fame and wealth don’t necessarily hold the key to happiness.

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Sue: My friend Sally Quilford. I’ve done several of her writing courses and I feel that my writing has improved considerably as a result. She’s a great writer and a truly lovely person.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Sue: A Christmas Moon by Sally Quilford

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Sue: Yes, lots. Since I was signed by Crooked Cat Publishing I’ve had great fun discovering all their other authors!

Fiona: What are your current projects?
Sue: Trying to make some kind of sense of my pile of scribbled notes!

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Sue: I have a great network of friends who have all been wonderfully supportive.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Sue: It would be good to think so!

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Sue: Pass!

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Sue: No. I think it’s something which has always been there.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sue: My current WIP is still very much in its raw state, but you can find some of my poems on my blog (see below).

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sue: I don’t like being nasty to my characters – which can be a problem when you can’t have a plot without some kind of conflict!

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Sue: I can’t really single out one particular author as being a “favourite.” I read all sorts of genres and enjoy all of them.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Sue: For The Ghostly Father I had to visit Verona and Mantua (where the initial story takes place) and also Venice (where some of the scenes in the book are set). Purely in the course of research, of course…!

Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Sue: Crooked Cat Publishing’s in-house designer.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Sue: Finding the time to keep going with it. The first draft took me about six months to finish.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Sue: I found that the feedback and advice I received from sympathetic friends was invaluable. There is always a danger of losing all sense of objectivity with one’s own work, so a fresh pair of eyes can pick up typos, or holes in the plot, much more effectively.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Sue: Believe in yourself and don’t give up.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Sue: I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve written!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Sue: The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela Brown. It’s the first of a series of novels about a group of children who set up their own theatre company.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Sue: I enjoy walking and birdwatching, reading, listening to music, and I’m a member of my local Amateur Dramatic society. I’m also very interested in Family History. My own background is stranger than fiction; I’d write a book about it if I thought anybody would believe me.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Sue: Good-quality comedy, crime dramas, and anything involving travel or nature.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Sue: I love Italian food; I could quite happily live on pasta!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Sue: I’d like to think I might have been an actress.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Sue : http://broad-thoughts-from-a-home.blogspot.co.uk/

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Sue : http://broad-thoughts-from-a-home.blogspot.co.uk/