Interview with thriller author Suzanne Seddon

Novelist
Suzanne Seddon joins me today to
chat a little about her new crime thriller, A Fool’s Circle.

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Bio:
Suzanne Seddon
was born in 1968 in Islington, London. After leaving school she had many
interesting jobs, from swimming teacher to air hostess, and was able to travel
the globe. Now a single mum to her teenage daughter Poppy-willow,
Suzanne spends her days writing and has written several articles for
magazines and newspapers.
Growing up, Suzanne witnessed mental and physical
abuse within her own family which strongly influenced her when she wrote her
first play, A Fool’s Circle, when she attended the famous Anna Scher
Theatre. Suzanne, however, was not content to leave it there and decided to go
ahead and transform her play into a novel.
Not one to shy away from exciting challenges,
she also wrote, acted, directed, cast and produced a trailer for the book
around her hometown in Islington with the support of local businesses, who
recognised the drive and importance of Suzanne and her work.
Suzanne is a passionate writer and she is
determined to be heard so that the issue of domestic abuse is raised amongst
the public’s consciousness, empowering others to speak out. She wants
those who suffer at the hands of another to have their voices heard, loud and
clear.

Please share a little bit about your
current release.

Kate Saunders has
suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her
controlling husband, Alan, and convinces herself that she is only
holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter.
If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she’d have taken the suicide
option a long time ago.

As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor.
Kate’s old Aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune. 

For the first time she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a
fresh start, a new home, a new life.

What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are
both desperate to get their hands on her money.

Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathan Jacobs in what she
believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance,
unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and
well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan. 

But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder?




Excerpt from A Fool’s Circle:
‘Mummy! Please wake up! Mummy! Please
wake up please, Mummy, Mummy.’
Kate woke up with a start and as she
looked at her daughter standing in front of her she could see the fear in her
eyes as the smoke thickened from Alan’s side of the bed.
‘Mummy, Mummy, what’s wrong with Daddy?
Why is he making that funny noise?’
She listened to the weird noise from
the creature next to her. Kate screamed at him to wake up as she got up out of
bed, and ushered Sophie out of the bedroom.
‘Alan, wake up. Alan, the room is on
fire! Wake up will you, Alan!’
Kate could see by the look on his face
as he opened his eyes, he had no idea what was going on, still half pissed. As
the proverbial penny finally dropped, he was up out of bed and on his feet.
Kate coughed hard as she got Sophie out
of the bedroom. She guided her downstairs into the kitchen and grabbed the fire
extinguisher from the cupboard. His voice boomed behind her as he entered the
room.
‘Where’s the fucking fire extinguisher,
woman? For fuck’s sake, hurry up! The whole place will burn down.’
She almost threw it at him. Watching
him fly back out of the kitchen and up the stairs, she turned her attention to
her daughter.
‘Are you okay Sophie? Talk to me, is
your throat sore?’
Sophie was traumatised. She coughed a
few times as Kate, worried, stared at her daughter’s face. Sophie started to
cry.




What inspired you to
write this book?
To
be honest, writing a book was never the plan. I wrote A Fool’s Circle as a play
first. Then, after finding the script a few year’s later in the back of a draw,
I decided to write it as a feature film. I went as far as making a film
trailer. Whilst the trailer was in edit, my mother sadly passed away and I was
a single parent with no support network. It was my mother’s dream to write a
book. So, I decided to change direction and write it as a novel.

What exciting story are you working on
next?
I don’t know if I’m quite finished with A
Fool’s Circle
. I still have a few good ideas where I can take the story
next. Although one day I would really like to write an Autobiography, but that’s
a long way off.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I
don’t often consider myself a writer, funnily enough. I just really enjoy
writing. Also, I enjoyed the transition from script writing to novel writing
fascinating. The two are so different and I really learned a lot from that.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?

I
don’t write full time, although I did whilst writing A Fool’s Circle. I spent
over two years putting it together. It was manic and full on. I’m now just
getting ideas together for my next book. My daughter is now a teenager so I
have a bit more time on my hands to write. But I usually do that after she has
gone to bed.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

I
don’t have spreadsheets for characters. I listen to them speaking in my head
and often find myself asking them questions. I suppose that sounds a bit crazy,
but I often find myself asking one of the characters: ‘What are you going to do
now?’ I can see them as plain as day. I have to keep a pen and paper by the
side of my bed also. I never know when they are going to catch me out and lead
the story.

As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I
was very sporty as a child. So, I wanted to do something in that field. When I
left school, I became a lifeguard. Then, when I was twenty-one, I became a
qualified swimming teacher.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

I
would be really interested to know, who they thought was the best character in
A Fool’s Circle and why?

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