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Guest Post and Giveaway: Suzy Turner

I've always considered myself to be an ambitious person. Apparently it's a trait most Capricorns have. Am I a true Capricorn? Well, I'm also very down to earth, practical and helpful, so I guess so. But back to the ambition bit. Ever since I started on this road of writing novels, I've always thought, 'one day I'll be up there walking the red carpet, accepting an Oscar for best original screenplay, rubbing shoulders with JK...'

Yeah, I know what you're thinking, that's what all authors think... isn't it? Whatever... I know I'll be successful, so there!

Seriously though, I first began writing fiction about 15 years ago when I penned my very first chick lit novel. It was a simple book entitled Molly that was rejected too many times by literary agents than I care to remember. I did, however, get some really good comments about it. One agent even likened it to Bridget Jones. Woo Hoo... so why didn't she pick it up? Because Bridget Jones was being done to death or something like that.

But then I got married and settled down, got a new job and Molly was put in a drawer somewhere and forgotten about. And then, in 2009 when I was on holiday in western Canada, the cogs of my brain started to go into overdrive and I decided it was time to start writing again. That place was so incredibly beautiful that it inspired me to write a YA series called The Raven Saga (this also coincided with redundancy from my job as a magazine editor).

I penned the first book, Raven, shortly after returning. I tried to go the traditional route for a while, but got so tired of receiving the same old rejection letter that I began to feel a bit down. And then, something remarkable happened. I was introduced to Amazon KDP and Smashwords. I was utterly amazed at the possibilities that lay before me. I could self publish!

So I duly did that and waited to become a millionaire. Of course this didn't happen (but I haven't given up hope yet!), but sales very gradually began to climb, the reviews started to come in and people suddenly knew my name. It was working... and on top of that, I started getting mail from readers who had read my books and loved them. I've since made the first book free and sales for the rest have gone through the roof!

I recently started a brand new series, also for young adults, called The Morgan Sisters. Currently, there is a free novella (Daisy Madigan's Paradise) and a full length novel (The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw). You should see the reviews I've been getting! Woop Woop! One reviewer even said this could be the next Harry Potter. Well, I did tell you, right?

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     About the Author     
Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart husband Michael and their menagerie of cats and dogs. Suzy's career began soon after completing her A levels when she was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she moved on to become assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher. Since then she has also worked as the editor of one of the Algarve's most loved monthly lifestyle magazines. Early in 2010 however, Suzy began working as a freelance writer and author. She has since completed three novels for teens, The Raven Saga, a trilogy.

Suzy has just launched a brand new series, The Morgan Sisters, the first of which, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw is out now!
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With love,
Margaret

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Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013

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February 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Thank you for having me on your FAB blog!! It's awesome to be here :D

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