Interview with Tam Sturgeon

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small market town in southern England, called High Wycombe. This had little influence on me, the area, that is ... My influences came from those I read, Pam Ayers, Burns, Rossetti, Burns, and all the greats of growing up, plus my intense home-life with a bi-polar Mother, I grew up quick when I was 13 years old ... Poetry has always been my first love ... Novels happened only when the ode in me died ... I needed a survival plan ... Novels were it ...
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of 12 years ... My first poem won awards. They did think it was written by someone else because they couldn't understand that a kid, of my age, could find those words. I guess I proved them wrong. I was reading poetry when I was about 6 ... It progressed from there to writing lyrics for songs, written on a bass guitar ...
What's the story behind your latest book?
Champagne Hurricane is all about a Rock n Roll love story. Yeah, okay, we all read about Kurt and Courtney, and we loved it. But I always asked the question, as with my muso marriage, when the lights go down, what's the real story? ... Well, this is the real story, this is what happens ... Life can rip you apart or make you whole, it depends on which side of the tracks you crash and burn ... You have to keep keeping up ... That story never ends, I can promise you that ...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What I have to say, well, I'm not sure main stream could handle it. The tale I have to tell is the same the whole world over. The music business can build you just as quickly as it can ground you, indefinitely. From a distance it looks like you can conquer a world, but the real hard work says something else, just as if you were trying to be a novelist. You might have the greatest song, or story in the world, to tell, but, unless you tell it in the right tune, with the right lyrics, it means nothing. I tell my story because its the only one I know.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has opened a door that I didn't think existed for a writer such as myself. No only am I a published Author ... I am also Publishing myself ... Double bonus ...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
... Writing a novel, poetry, anything, for my own escape, thinking it might not even register with another being, and then finding, to my amazement, they read it and totally connect with me over it ... That's the biggest compliment, ever, and the moments I live for ... If I can achieve that ... all my hard work has paid off ... NEXT ...
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't class them as 'fans' ... They're my friends, their input is important to me ... If they could feed me a story-line to write, regarding The Manley Family, I'd be right there with them ... It's a family concern, I like it that way ... There are no fans, just family ...
What are you working on next?
Ooh, my next project, well, that will be Book 2 of the Champagne Hurricane Trilogy ... ROCKET IN A POND, due to hit SMASHWORDS in early September ... I was trying for a release in August, but the PRESS OFFICE didn't keep to their end of the bargain, so, I have a Sept deadline instead ...
Who are your favorite authors?
Favorite Authors? Jeez, that's a hard one because I came from a background of poetry, but, if you poked around under the surface you'd find Mr S. King, Mr D. Koontz, and a myriad of dangerous groundsmen ... See, I'm a bit of an outsider ... After reading so much horror, over the years, how can a crazy mind, such as mine, find sex and romance in a world full of death and destruction? ... Funny, but I'm still asking myself that ... As I reply ...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My everyday job!!! Even as a part-time Writer I still hold down an every-day job, as hard as that sounds. Writers, who start at the bottom and work their toward the top, such as I, always have a plan B ... If I'm not at my desk, 8 - 5, them I'm writing, Editing or Publishing ... Lets face it, even after a heart attack at 45, there's ALWAYS a reason to get up every day, even if it's just to upset the neighbours with loud, obnoxious music, I class my job as done ...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a million books to Edit or Publish. I thought this would be a hobby, how wrong was I??? Apart from that, I have family who are way too demanding, because I tend to forget them when lost in my latest Manuscript. I write lyrics, and party, as if I might not see another year out. I'm classed as Terminally Ill, so I try to drink and party, visit pals and try be in as many places as I can before my time is called. My life can be a long weekend in Canada one month, and then a week sucking it up in Amsterdam, the story never ends ... Life's too damn short and we're a long time dead ... You work it out ...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read that much ... I'm too busy writing ...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep, I do indeed remember the first story I wrote. It was for a smoking detention at school and it was how a kid rolled a huge joint and burnt the Science Block down. I had another detention for mentioning the word 'joint'!!!!!!
What is your writing process?
I don't really have a process. I see the story running as a movie in my head and I try to write the script! Is that a process? I'm not sure. I do have a huge collection of Writer's Notes! Is that classed as a process?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first POEM I ever read ... Wow, it was in a Sunday Supplement and was the best thing I ever read. That was what opened my wonderful world of words ... I haven't look back since ... And that was over 40 years ago ....
How do you approach cover design?
All my cover designs are done by myself. I can see the book cover as I write the book. Luckily for me, I have a lot of years behind a lens, having studied Photography at College, and have a large collection of pictures to take covers from. I also studied Fine Art & Design, so cover designs and concepts are one of my favorite subjects ...
Published 2015-08-27.
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Books by This Author

Alternative Lyrics - Book 3
Price: Free! Words: 7,700. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
This is a collection of poetry inspired by the Canadian Rock Band, Nickelback. I have spent a while working on several Artist’s works, as seen in Book 2. The guys in this band are true Rock Stars, and I thought it would be nice to show them that they are appreciated, even if the Haters give them a hard time most days.
Alternative Lyrics - Book 2
Price: Free! Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
These poems are all inspired by songs recorded by well-known Artists. It is a varied collection, exploring many feelings, but all have one thing in comment. They were all created by a bipolar writer. I’ve never taken my condition literally. Why Bother? Nothing can change me, I am what I am and, sometimes, that reflects in my work.
Between Favours - The Champagne Hurricane Trilogy - Book 3
Price: Free! Words: 105,890. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Told in the first person by three main characters, Tee Jackson, Terri Manley and Stevie Manley, their together journey unravels. Tee knows her feelings for her, married with children, brother-in-law, Stevie, have grown, but she is unable to tell him, and he regrettably feels the same way. When their weakness is confessed to the wrong side, lives change direction, and then everybody loses.
SIMOOM - The Sky's Alight Trilogy - Book 3
Price: Free! Words: 51,240. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Based in Dorset, in 1955, it follows the trials and tribulations of several characters facing an horrific post-apocalyptic situation, ten years after the end of Second World War. All who survive have to make changes and, for some, those changes become nightmares. Facing a blank landscape were the dead wander aimlessly, all could be lost, or so it would seem.
DOWNDRAFT - The Sky's Alight Trilogy - Book 2
Price: Free! Words: 45,830. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Avril Lurton’s 1980s existence is plunged into a world where her speed to learn is critical, if she hopes to stay ahead of the horrors to follow. When hit by a string of devastating events, she must stay strong if she hopes to conquer her ever changing nightmare, the one she never wakes from. Teaming up with an American, Rob Lester, he somehow shows her there is more to life than her daily battle.
SUNDOWNER - The Sky's Alight Trilogy - Book 1
Price: Free! Words: 60,160. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A terrifying event leaves a group of children wondering if they are all that is left in a more than quiet landscape. Survival is all that matters, and for one young lady, Tally, her main goal is to make sure the youngsters in her care are protected against what lies in the menacing shadows. With secrets held within, maybe Tally can find a way to end the torment around them.
A Scritped Life
Price: Free! Words: 48,320. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » General
Tilly Stiller is the author of a book that is swallowed up by a Hollywood Director to become an Oscar winning Blockbuster. Charlie Kerman is a high profile, Rock Star Playboy who is asked to work on the soundtrack with the older English woman. Through a few strange events he realises the cover doesn't always tell the story within and, as his feelings for her change, Charlie finally sees the light.
C.A.I.T. - Cyber Automated Intergrated Technology
Price: Free! Words: 53,510. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
C.A.I.T. (Cyber Automated Integrated Technology) is one mega hard hitting, butt-kicking, pretty hot Cyber-Babe. Based around the latest craze for Video Headset Interaction, this story tells the tale of one such character, created to fill the show-game entertainment market. From Cait’s inside world of the cyber-web, there is only one way for her to survive online, keep fighting.
Different Directions - The Champagne Hurricane Trilogy - Book 2
Price: Free! Words: 180,340. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Many things change with time and loss, but how is it possible to move on when you lose the will to live? Tee A. Manley has to move on, even though her reason for living is no longer gracing the world with his presence. There is a way, only one way in Tee’s mind. Okay, it takes her to some mad places, but, moving on sometimes does.
Landscaped
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,180. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
When miles are the only barricade between lovers, what are the chances they will reach their goal? If dreams are made to last, are words enough to keep two hearts together? This is a collection of poetry written when this dilemma is a fact of life. If two people can still be in love over a thousand miles, will their dream of being together ever be made real?
Jupiter Child
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is the second volume of poetry that came together after collecting it for years. I write poetry as almost a second nature, and some days, like today, I find it pours from me, and there’s just no stopping the damn flow. I can’t imagine my life without writing it, but still kidded myself I would retire when I hit Vol 12. Too late, I've started 13 already ...
Walking My Path
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Everybody holds a book within them and sometimes we have to let them out. I wanted to publish this collection because it has meant so much to me in writing it. I spent 6 months welded to my computer, after my husband left me, because I needed to write how that left me feeling.
Winners or Losers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is an emotional journey through one woman’s interpretation of how you let someone in after years alone. It is a collection of sentimental poetry that examines those feelings that attach themselves to heart and mind. From the very beginning, love at first sight, to the never-ending path, each step is open to view.
Never Forever - The Champagne Hurricane Trilogy - Book 1
Price: Free! Words: 196,580. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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When designer, Tee Jackson, is asked to help a rock band produce an album cover, little does she know that within the month, her life will never be the same again. Getting caught in a love triangle with Max Manley, lead vocalist/guitarist, and his on/off narcotics loving girlfriend, Anna-Lee, she experiences love and hate on a level she's never known before. When the lights go down, does love win?