Name… Susannah Hutchinson
Where are you from? I live in Norfolk, England, but grew up in the northeast of England.
A little about yourself…`ie your education family life etc.
I have been with my long term partner for 23 years, he is an artist and I am his PA. We don’t have children. I`m a qualified chef, and I`m a conservationist and support a lot of wildlife charities. I`m horse mad.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I had a short story accepted for pod cast with ‘The Wicked Library’ which was broadcast on 21st March ‘14. They have invited me back, so I hope to find time to write another short for them. My first novel ‘Never Too Late’ is in its final stages of editing and will be published later this year.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
My greatest passion is words and language. Creating pictures with words is fascinating. I adore books. I always wanted to write a novel from an early age. I did write two when I was 13… all about horses.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think anyone that writes creatively can call themselves a writer. However, after my work was recognized and accepted it made it seem more real to me.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Although I always wanted to write a book, life and other stuff got in the way. However, my mentor and writing group tutor Caroline Smith was my inspiration. She gave me the confidence and self-belief to fulfill my dream.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I think all writers have their own style but personally, I don`t like to over describe and fill the reader with unnecessary detail. I think some things can be left to the reader`s imagination.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
This one is easy. ‘Never Too Late’ has a double meaning, It`s never too late to start your life again, and my main characters husband hates her being late. My book cover has a symbolic meaning too.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, life is too short to put up with people and things you do not like or want to do. You have to be the star of your own life, not an extra.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
For this book I interviewed several women and have a police officer who helps me with the technical stuff. I use a counsellor too. It`s very important for me to keep it as realistic as I can.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Yes, some… but I also had a great team of women who had gone through similar things that are featured in the book.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I don`t think books have influenced my life, but the number of books I have read may have influenced my writing style.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I have read and enjoyed many different authors` works, but if I had to pick one it would be Patricia Cornwell. Her research is meticulous, her writing style tight, and she can tell a good story.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Karin Slaughter: ‘Indelible’, but I have recently finished James Herbert`s ‘Ash’ and Dan Brown`s ‘Inferno.’ Both of which were brilliant.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I have read a lot of up and coming authors. Two that stand out, which are relatively new, are Cait Jarrod who writes romance thrillers’ and Robert J Watson, who writes crime thrillers’.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Editing my novel ready to send to my editor. Continue the research for my next novel. Also, as mentioned previously, I hope to write another short for ‘The Wicked Library’.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
That`s not easy as both these dear friends and fellow authors have been equally supportive. They are Caroline Smith, and Robert J Watson.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I had to do it all over again, I would not change anything.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have a saying, “In order to be a good writer you need to read a lot”. I just loved it from an early age. I always had a book on the go. Even now, when I finish reading one, I pick another one up straight away.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here is a short synopsis to whet your appetite:-
‘Never Too Late’.
Tina suffers at the hands of her husband’s narcissistic, controlling behavior. She plots to kill him – and get away with it:- with an untraceable murder.
Along the way. There are unexpected twists, but despite how careful she is, the police take an interest as well as a blackmailer.
Can she finally be free?
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Oh, yes, I think we all find things challenging. I love to describe things, so I have trained myself to rein back. (Pardon the horse pun).
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Apart from Patricia Cornwell, I also really like Lee Child. I love his simple but effective writing. He never gives too much away at once, threading tiny details through the story.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
It depends, in this book the murder takes place on the Norfolk Broads, which is not that far away from where I live.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Normally the publisher, but for this novel, a talented illustrator called Bret Bouriseau produced the artwork for me.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part is making sure it is as good as I can get it before sending it to the editor. That, and I think its standard practice for authors to beat themselves with a stick now and then, it goes with the territory.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Patience and writing technique.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write every day, even if it`s not for long. Never rush to put your work out there. Check, check, and check again! Always take feedback in a professional way – if you don`t want constructive criticism, don`t ask. It is how we grow as writers.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A big thank you for reading my work, and if you like it tell your friends.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Anna Sewell’s ‘Black Beauty’.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
My list is endless, but particular favourites are; Art, nature, and I have recently developed a keen interest in Astronomy.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Crime, thriller, horror – again too many to mention them all. I do enjoy ‘Only Fools and Horses’. It was the best TV comedy ever, and written by the late John Sullivan.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
My favorite colour is green. Music, again I have a varied taste from Lynard Skynard and Credence to Mozart. Food – I like most things but I can`t get on with Sushi.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have loved to have been a riding instructor or an event rider.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I have an author page on facebook.
The wicked Library link. http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/H2wgRRyx
My author page link. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Susannah-Hutchinson/185931084897267