I’m Susie Day and I’m a writer. I’m originally from Wales and currently live in Oxford, England. My first book, Whump! in which Bill falls 632 miles down a manhole, won the BBC Talent Children’s Fiction Prize and was published in 2004. I currently write teen and YA fiction, aimed mainly at girls.
-Taken from Susie's website
I blame the internet! My first book was for younger readers, but after that was done I was spending a lot of time researching online for a PhD, blogging, using social networks – and the idea of writing something in that world became irresistible. That book – Serafina67 (or Big Woo in the rest of the world) – was so much fun to write, and since I’m quite useless at being a proper adult, writing about teens just seems natural. My second job is working in an international boarding school, so I live with 15 teenage boys. They should get credit for providing endless inspiration, too. In return, my home smells like takeaway pizza and feet. You’ve got to suffer for your art.
I’d love to tell you that I absolutely must sit in a special hand-carved chair shaped like an ostrich, writing only on yellow paper, using the teardrops of weeping teenagers for ink – because we all (even writers) like to imagine that there’s some magic secret to it. But I just sit in my kitchen with a laptop and a cup of tea. Occasionally I venture as far as my local coffee shop. That’s as gripping as it gets. I love it, though! But the quirky bits happen inside my head, which is probably for the best.
I’ll just point you to the lovely blog post my editor Rachel made on this one, because it wasn’t anything to do with me! I’m thrilled that people love it so much, though. - http://chavelaque.blogspot.com/2010/05/guest-behind-book-my-invisible.html
Ahh, that’s so tricky! I think sometimes you need to be given the space to mess up, so you really learn from those mistakes. But I suppose my advice to Heidi would be that real friends like you best when you’re just yourself – even if that self wears a weird coat and has nerdy hair and is *gasp* single.
Voice, Character, Plot, Theme: stick ‘em in a bowl and whizz till you’ve got a book. Oh, if only it was that easy. I think my own approach to the kitchen is a pretty good metaphor for my writing: I’ve got lots of recipe books, but I always end up ignoring them and making it up as I go along, because I’ve been cooking for long enough to know the basics. Sometimes it tastes delicious. Sometimes the pastry is too crumbly, the chicken’s still pink, the wilted spinach is still in the supermarket because I forget to buy it, and my editor gets food poisoning. Um. I think I’ve broken this metaphor. OK, it’s like this: I think there are certain ingredients you need for a really great story – but if you feel like throwing in a load of Herbes de Provence as well, then go for it.
Impossible to choose – so I’ll tell you what I’m reading (and loving) right now. I’ve just started R.J. Anderson’s Knife (it’s called Faery Rebels: Spell Hunterin the US), which is about a tiny but fierce faery girl struggling to survive. I’m not usually a very ‘faery’ kind of girl but the writing is just intoxicating. I’m also halfway through Sophia Bennett’s Threads, a British YA about teens helping a refugee girl with an amazing talent. It’s tackling a challenging, sensitive subject with intelligence and tons of charm and wit: really impressive. And they’re both the beginnings of series, so I have lots more to look forward to!
To read my review of My Invisible Boyfriend and to watch the trailer, click HERE.