Interview with S E Turner

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Basically, I love words. I am fascinated with language and I relish the challenge of finding the best way to express my thoughts and feelings. One of the greatest joys of writing for me, is being master of the world I have created and sharing my story with others the best way I know how.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are many, and I enjoy their writing for different reasons. A few that spring to mind straight away are Catherine Elliot, Ken Follett, Philippa Gregory, JK Rowling and Roald Dahl - if you know these authors you'll see it's a real mixed bag. One thing they all have in common, however, is the complexity of their ideas.
When did you first start writing?
From the moment I figured out how to use a pencil (and probably even before that, but only in my head).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I remember the first poem I wrote when I was five about a kangaroo that lived in the zoo (you can probably tell it was a rhyming poem). There are some real pearlers I wrote in my scrapbook at primary school - one that stands out was 'One day Kendall was eaten by a shark'. Kendall was (and still is, surprisingly given I wrote stories like this about her) my best friend, and I drew a picture of a shark with her little legs hanging out of its mouth. I guess I understood from an early age the importance of conflict to a good story.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea, I think about the idea, it spreads its roots through my mind, I plan, I write, I research, I research, I write, I edit, I edit, I edit, I edit... At some point during this process, preferably near the beginning, I more or less have the whole story figured out, and during the entire process, I seek feedback from others.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a primary school teacher, and that keeps me very busy! I also love the theatre - acting and directing - and I enjoy (some!) exercise, like kickboxing, pilates, and indoor netball. Other than that, I mostly spend my spare time with friends and family, which is one of my favourite things to do.
Describe your desk
Everything has its place on my desk at work. Each cupboard or shelf houses specific types of materials, there are gifts from my students, paperwork sorted into relevant piles, and lots of stationery. At home, its a different story. My desk is more of a dumping ground for papers that need filing, students' work that needs marking, things I don't really know what to do with but aren't ready to chuck out, and still lots of stationery. When I use my desk at home the rubble gets pushed around to accommodate my work materials.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Zealand, and the main influence this has had on my writing is that I like to set my stories there, although I have also lived in the US and UK. I understand the people of New Zealand better than any other nationality, and I think it is good to write about what you know. I also write in New Zealand English, which is virtually the same as British English, because otherwise my writing looks incorrect (which being a grammar Nazi, I can't stand!).
What's the story behind your latest book?
The birth of 'Summer of Fire' came from me thinking about the love triangle between Aphrodite, Ares, and Hephaestus from Greek legend. If you are familiar with both stories you may not see the connection, and the story has come a long way since then, but once I had that seed in my mind the rest took root and grew from there. Ash's appearance, and, consequently, Alice's, is based on Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' painting.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There exists now the opportunity to publish your work independently that previously was not a viable financial option for a lot of authors, including myself. In saying that, the motivation for me to 'become an indie author' went hand in hand with this opportunity.
Published 2014-10-05.
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Books by This Author

Summer of Fire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,410. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
More than just the weather is heating up this particular summer of Alice King’s life, never expecting the inferno that would grow from her decision to research into a missing person case closed by the police over a decade earlier. Summer of Fire is the story of a young woman’s search to discover her true identity, little realising the implications that the truth she unravels will have.