Name: Skye Turner
Where are you from?
Near Baton Rouge, Louisiana
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc.:
I’ve been married to my love, James, for 10 years this October. We have 2 beautiful babies. A diva, 7, and a little man, 5. My little man has a congenital heart defect, but is a blessing a miracle who doesn’t even know he’s sick for the most part.
I attended Southeastern Louisiana University where I majored in Mass Communication, centering my studies on Broadcast/ Print Journalism. Unfortunately, life intervened and I never finished my studies, tough I only have about 15 hours left.
Writing is something I’ve always done, though I never imagined I’d write for the masses to read and make a career out of it.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’m currently working on a new 2 book series, titled James Black. James is a complicated character. A movie star who’s in Louisiana filming a few movies. He meets a feisty, southern woman and well… neither of their lives will ever be the same.
The 2nd book will actually be his past.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written for as long as I can remember. I always jotted crazy ideas down and I started writing poetry and short stories in middle school. It’s just always something I’ve done. And now, it’s my career.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s a tough question. I have six books out and am an Internationally Bestselling Author. I’ve hit that with four of my six books, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually considered myself a “writer.” It was a pretty amazing feeling.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My characters. I’d had the idea for Alluring Turmoil in my head for about ten years. One day, Jude and Lexi just refused to be quiet, so I let them out and Pandora’s Box was opened. Lol.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I do. I tend to write the way I speak. I’m not a formal type of person, so my stories read as in they’re in real time and it’s as if you’re there, involved. Most people seem to like that.
I also write in dual point of view, so you get both sides of the story in every book.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I brainstorm forever on ALL of my books to find the “perfect” title. It’s really important that my titles convey what my books are about.
I also have people I trust that I run them by.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Every one of my books touches on certain subjects that people face every day. I tend to write about real life issue and insecurities.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
My books are fiction, but every book has pieces of me in it. But overall, it’s very important to understand that while things may be based on real life and some of my personal life, the books are in fact fiction.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
It’s a mixture of both. I write about what I know. Both from things I’ve experienced and things I’ve seen others experience.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? Do you have a mentor?
I’ve loved books since I was a child. My mom used to read to my younger brother and me all the time. So, I grew up loving books and reading.
Books that have stayed with me are To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and a few more. I tend to love the classics.
Authors I greatly admire and look up to are Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Gena Showalter, and Amy Harmon.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Right this second, nothing. But I have American Sniper open on my Kindle.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? There are so many great new authors.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
James Black, Flirty, Inc., Southern Hospitality, and a secret project.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
God. Without my faith and God blessing me with this talent, I couldn’t do what I do.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do now.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would not. I love my books. I grow with each book and some things I see in earlier works, I cringe over, but no. I think my books reflect my growth and I think showcasing your journey is important.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I don’t. It’s just always been there.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I don’t typically share my work before it’s released. I’m anal about that. Lol.
I do teasers, but rarely do excerpts.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sometimes it’s strange when I have an idea on how my story is going to go, but as I’m writing the characters kind of go in a completely different direction. The lead, I follow.
People who aren’t writers don’t really understand that we put the story to words, but it’s not our story, it’s the characters and they constantly evolve.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Gena Showalter, and Amy Harmon.
They all captivate me for different reasons as all have completely different styles and are different genres.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I travel for events 6-7 times a year.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kari Ayasha of Cover to Cover Designs. She’s brilliant!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book(s)?
Giving the right voice to the characters and doing their stories justice.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book(s) and what was it?
I learned that I write the story the characters tell. I’m just the channel.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes, if you have a dream, go for it. But if you decide to do this, do it right. Invest in yourself before you ask others to invest in you. Put out the BEST material you can. Don’t rush and cover your bases. Also, do you research.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading and loving my work. I couldn’t do this without you, so thank you for the support and as long as you want to read, I’ll write!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything. I laugh at myself every single day. Life is a precious gift and so short, so I make sure to take the time to enjoy it! I don’t take myself too seriously.
I’m a very emotional person, though I rarely show that side to the world. You will rarely see me cry. That’s saved for private.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Marilyn Monroe. I love her. She fascinates me. I’d love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her and pick her brain and find out her secrets.
Fiona: What do you want written on your headstone and why?
Here lies Skye Turner. Wife, Mother, Character, Author
She never stopped reaching for the stars.
Because that encompasses all that is me.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I blog, cook, bake, craft, garden, read, dance, make memories.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
TV- Hart of Dixie, Hawaii Five-O, Rookie Blue, Once Upon a Time, Blacklist, Vampire Diaries, Forever, Nashville, Sharktank
Movies- Harry Potter, Anything comic related, anything with vampires or werewolves, All Nicholas Sparks movies, Disney movies, PS I Love You, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Steel Magnolias, 80’s movies.
Fiona: Favorite foods/ Colors/ Music/ Channels?
Food- Pizza, Louisiana cooking, Chocolate.
Colors: Black, Purple, Royal Blue, Emerald Green
Music: 80’s music, country, pop, hip hop, 80’s rock, alternative, classical, jazz, I love all music, though I’m not a huge fan of rap.
Channels- Food Network, SyFy, HGTV
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?