Interview with Stevie Turner

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in East London and was fortunate enough to attend an excellent primary school. The Headmistress at the time encouraged creative writing, and I flourished. I won an inter-schools' writing competition aged 11, and remember receiving a certificate in front of the whole school. This of course spurred me on to write further. I still have the certificate, albeit a little yellowed and frayed around the edges.....
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I get to keep the rights to my book!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The satisfaction of seeing a tentative plot eventually fill out and become a finished novel. Also I am definitely not a 'team player', and prefer to work on my own. Writing lets me do just that!
Who are your favorite authors?
L.P Hartley and D. H Lawrence. Also I enjoy reading autobiographies, especially of musicians.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I want to be productive and write at least another chapter before the day is done.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The story that won me the certificate aged 11 springs to mind; it was a story about being kind to pets. I wrote about my budgie and how it frightened my grandmother when I let it out of its cage. I can still see her flapping her arms about in horror......
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'The Island of Adventure' by Enid Blyton. I was hooked on her books for years after that. That particular series was enthralling as I remember. I was entranced with the adventures of Jack, Philip, Lucy-Ann and Dinah, and of course Kiki the parrot.
What do your fans mean to you?
What is your writing process?
I think of a beginning and an end, but the middle bit I make up as I go along. As long as I have peace and quiet to concentrate I find the words usually come tumbling out.
What do you read for pleasure?
Autobiographies, and stories where the protagonist triumphs over some kind of adversity.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Repent at Leisure is a psychological thriller, which was shortlisted for the Escalator Writing Contest and reached number 46 in's 50 Best Indie Books of 2016:

Who are we if not our past?

Plagued by a troubled upbringing, Paul McAdam is unconcerned when he wakes to find a mysterious woman in his bed. With no recollection as from where she came, Cat Taylor worms her way into his life and eventually moves into his Edinburgh flat. This arrangement suits Paul quite well — until he meets Anita Fairfax. Wishing to marry, Paul tells Cat she has to go … something she does not do easily.

Then Cat is found dead in Paul’s apartment. Despite little evidence, the police suspect him of murder. Anita willingly stands by her new husband, but doubt creeps in as his behavior becomes increasingly erratic and violent.
What are you working on next?
I am re-writing my debut novel 'The Porn Detective', which I hope will be published in the autumn of 2017.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I took early retirement in 2014 from my job as a medical secretary, and so I tend to walk to keep fit when I am not writing. I live in a lovely part of the UK countryside, and there are plenty of paths to amble along. I am also a part-time carer for my 92 year old mother now, and visit her every day.
Published 2017-01-24.
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