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Author Interview with Suzie Tullett!
Can you tell us something about your novel, ‘The Trouble with Words’?
This is my third novel – a story about two people dealing with loss, whilst at the same time trying to look to the future. Annabel and Dan don’t know each other, however, thanks to circumstance and a couple of promises, their paths do cross. We follow their journey as they try to negotiate matters of love, life and death. Needless to say, it’s a book filled with laugh out loud highs and tear inducing lows. And because I’m a sucker for a happy ending, it’s got one of those too.
Where did you get the inspiration for your novel? Is it in any way based
on your own experiences?
I’m pleased to say the Tullett family has expanded in the last couple of years and becoming a Grandmother (I know, I know, I’m way too young) got me thinking about parenthood and family dynamics in general. Our roles, how we interact, the expectations we place on one and other, things that ultimately led me to think about the promises we make – some of them realistic, some of them not. Although not based on personal experience, these are the seeds that grew into The Trouble with Words.
Can you tell us a bit more about the main character, Annabel?
Annabel is a young widow who’s finally ready to move forward in life – just not in the way everyone expects. She knows raising a child is difficult enough when there are two parents involved and having done her homework, her decision to become a single mother isn’t one she’s makes lightly. Putting her motherhood plan into action, her friends and family are understandably concerned, they think she’s still fragile. It’s a theory that’s tested when Annabel meets Dan, a man about to embark on his own personal trauma. A trauma that could either drag Annabel kicking and screaming one hundred per cent into the future, or send her hurtling back into the past.
Can you also tell us a bit more about the cast of supporting characters in the novel? Which character did you most enjoy writing?
I love the supporting cast as much as I do Annabel. From her sister, Rebecca, with her controlling ways, to her friend, Katie, and her inability to commit, it’s like they each have their own story to tell. Who knows, maybe one day they will have a book of their own too.
As for the gorgeous Dan and his eccentric mother, Gerry, I don’t know if it’s because I’m a mother of sons myself, but I loved writing about their relationship. The two of them share such a strong bond and Gerry’s outlook on life is so positive, even in the most difficult of circumstances she manages to focus on what really matters.
Did you do any particular research for parts of the book?
When it came to writing The Trouble with Words, my research included the need to delve into personal history. Without wanting to give anything away, some people shared some pretty sad stories with me and I’m both thankful and grateful to those who willingly re-lived their experiences. That’s not always an easy thing to do.
Can you perhaps tell us something about your future plans? Are you perhaps already working on a next novel?
I’m excited to say that, yes, I am working on the next novel. Another romantic comedy, this one set in France. We moved here a couple of years ago and with such a wonderful culture to draw upon, you can imagine how much fun I’m having, especially when it comes to research.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
I’d say read lots and across all genres, learn your craft, and definitely don’t give up.
What is the last book you read that you’d like to recommend to others?
There are so many books I could recommend here, but if I had to choose just one I think it would be The Artist by Angelo Marcos. It’s a story of murder, mystery and intrigue, even though there’s never a Policeman on the page. Told from the points of view of the victims and the murderer, the ending really surprised me.
Which book could you not live without?
A copy of Jane Eyre that my husband bought for me.
And last but not least, if you had to describe ‘The Trouble with Words’ in just three words, which words would you pick?
Description wise, I say ‘an emotional rollercoaster’. But if you were to ask me what The Trouble with words represents, I’d say ‘live, laugh, love’.
Thanks so much, Suzie!