Author Sue Thompson

Welcome, Sue Thompson…

 Author pic~head and shoulders

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine? Beer?

Ooh, tea would be nice.

*Hands tea to Sue*

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I came to writing very late but since I moved to Suffolk in 2013 I felt I wanted to share my experiences with others who may be thinking of relocating. I write in my own name because the stories are about my own experiences.

What is the title and genre of your book?

It is called Harmonicas Round my Hat, as the music scene in Suffolk is very close to my heart and this refers to a very special day in my life, the day I decided to become an author. I suppose you would call it a memoir, hopefully in the vein of Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart.

 

Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why

I write in the first person as the book largely happens in real time, like a diary, and is written from my own point of view. Now that I am writing my second book I find this suits my style and the ‘author voice’ that I hear in my head when I write.

How did you come up with the story?

I just recounted the amusing events and characters that became known to me over our 4 years in Suffolk. When my husband was very seriously ill in 2015 I kept a diary which covered everything that happened in minute detail including texts from friends and my daily moods. It kept me sane and helped me make sense of events when thankfully this episode was over. I also wanted to thank everyone who looked after both of us at this time.

It has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

I designed the cover myself using two photographs which I thought summed up the spirit of our beautiful new home. My brother-in-law, who was a professional photographer, helped with the technical side. I also wanted to use quotes from friends on the cover as it is such a personal book and their help meant a lot to me.

Sue Thompson cover

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Become obsessed. Keep the thought in your head that you are an author and eventually you will be one.

What is your writing routine?

I carry a notebook around and jot down ideas, amusing things people say, lyrics to songs when we go to performances, anything I might use later. I find that if I wait until I have lots of ideas it is easier to write than if I just try to come up with a story. Then I write it in longhand in my special notebook. I don’t put anything on the computer until I have a whole chapter I am happy with.

Do you have an editing process?

I can’t edit as I go along, I have to do a chapter at a time or I don’t feel that I have achieved anything. I try not to over-edit as then my style gets lost and the writing feels stilted.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I feel happy when the words are just flowing and I feel that I am involving the reader in my book. I don’t like typing onto the computer, it makes my back ache!

Where can people find you on the internet?

I’m not much good with technology so I tend to stick to Facebook, but I do use this a lot, probably too much….

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Thompson-Author-1784360638472543/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmonicas-Round-Hat-Sue-Thompson/dp/1545419027/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500915538&sr=1-1&keywords=sue+Thompson

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Thank you to everyone who has bought my book. My second book is about the pub/festival/folk scene in Suffolk so if you see me at any events scribbling in my notebook you’ll know why.

I am appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture in the Ambassador Room at the Hatfield Hotel in Lowestoft on Sun 10th Sept and would love see my readers there.

Thank you for a lovely interview. It’s been fun.

 

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Author: Alan Kemp

Welcome, Alan Kemp….

Alan Kemp~head and shoulders

 Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine? Beer?

 Beer, please.

 *Hands a beer to Alan*

Glass of beer

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I worked in construction for nearly 20 years before becoming a lecturer, I am now a high school maths teacher but enjoy restoring vintage caravans as a hobby.

What is the title and genre of your book?

My book is titled Callahan the Camper van and is a Children’s picture book.

Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why

I write as though I am Callahan and experiencing the sights, sounds and feelings he is.

How did you come up with the story?

I often attend VW rallies and love to look at the restored vans, this was the inspiration for the story.

It has a lovely cover, did you have any say in what you wanted the cover to be?

I chose the cover from a number of illustrations I had commissioned.

Alan Kemp~front cover on Amazon

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Never give up and know your limitations.

What is your writing routine?

When I have an idea I just jot it down, then when I have a quiet moment I put the meat on the bones.

Do you have an editing process?

When I think it is finished I get my wife Tracey to proof read it, then I split it into pages around what I think would make a good illustration, finally I put ideas down as to what the illustrations should be before sending it to my illustrator.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

I like using my imagination to picture and feel the adventures that I develop for Callahan. 

Where can people find you on the internet?

I am currently on Facebook, Amazon, YouTube and Twitter

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Callahan-Camper-Van-Alan-Kemp/dp/1537663607/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500546404&sr=8-1&keywords=callahan+the+camper+van

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Callahan-the-Camper-Van-191220104676479/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-yucfkK7s8

Twitter: https://twitter.com/?lang=en-gb  

 

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

My sons were raised on Thomas the Tank Engine and I feel this has had a large influence on the adventures of Callahan. I am currently working on book 2, Callahan and the Warrior asp Gang.

I am appearing at the East Anglian Festival of Culture in Lowestoft on Sat 9th and Sun 10th Sept and would love see my readers there.

Thank you for a lovely interview….

You’re welcome and thank you for taking time out to tell us about your fabulous book and we look forward to hearing when book two is published.

Alan Kemp~front cover on Amazon

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Callahan-Camper-Van-Alan-Kemp/dp/1537663607/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500546404&sr=8-1&keywords=callahan+the+camper+van

Busy! Busy! Busy!

It’s been a busy time for some members of the Waveney Author Group.

Here are some of them at The Loddon Street Fayre:

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Under the willow tree

We were in the red gazebos under the beautiful willow tree in the Millenium Gardens, aptly named Literary Garden for the day.

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Sandra showing us her new t-shirt

Aisha reading

ADP Sorisi reading from her book ‘Tutankhamun:  He Is Born (Book 1)

Me and a buyer

Suzan has just signed for this lady

Viv supporting us

Sandra Delf book signing

Two sandras

Sandra Joanne Forder and Sandra Delf (on the right).

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10 members of the Waveney Author Group are invited to TAKE OVER the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library. Some arrived by bus, some by car and these, well…

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Having arrived at Norwich Station authors Davina Baron, Suzan Collins, Diana Bettinson and Enrico the much loved character ‘Big Fella’ from Bertie’s Diary, get a photo before climbing into the taxi.

Di and Aisha

 

Busy start to the day for Diana Bettinson and ADP Sorisi.

Di reading

Diana Bettinson delighting readers with tales from her book, ‘GARI’.

Viv reading

Davina Baron reading from her book, ‘Bertie’s Diary’.

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Suzan Collins reading ‘Stealing Poop’ from the Chatty Cat book series ‘Chatty Cat: My Purr-fect Friends’.

Sandra D reading

Sandra Delf reading from her book, ‘Keep Smiling Through’.

It was a really busy day and we didn’t get chance to photograph all of the 10 members. Sorry.

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Until next time, happy reading x