After a year of writing, re-writing, editing, blogging, marketing and getting my name out there, this week I am finally launching my first YA fantasy novel, Raven.
It's taken me a year because a) I've been lazy and b) I've been spending so much time socialising on all these networking sites that I almost lost sight of why I was there in the first place. My novel. So here I am, a humble indie author with her first book about to go live on Amazon, Smashwords and wherever else I can find to sell it. I am, naturally, delighted and a bit scared. Okay, maybe terrified of what will happen. I hope people will buy my book by the bucketload. But more importantly, I hope they like it.
From the response so far, Raven is a real page-turner, hard to put down, and engaging. But can I really trust these wonderfully amazing people that have said such kind words? I mean, they are my friends. Would they tell me if it was bad? I hope so. Also, judging from my book trailer that I released a couple of weeks ago, the general consensus is that it's great stuff. Many people are intending to buy the book on the back of the trailer. Like I said, I'm terrified. I just hope the trailer isn't better than the book!
Regardless of my concerns, the book is out there. It's the culmination of a dream. No, it's the beginning of a dream. Raven is the first of a series about a group of not-so-normal folk in western Canada. It's aimed at young adults and anybody else that reads that kind of stuff (I do and I'm far from a 'young' adult). Raven begins with the tale of Lilly, a youngster whose parents mysteriously disappear from their home in London. She has no choice but to move to Canada to a grandfather she didn't even know existed, and once there, she learns that her family has secrets. Secrets that changes Lilly's entire view of the world around her.
Raven is now on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ZZJ462
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 and husband Michael.
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 her first novel for teens, Raven, which will be the first in a series of urban fantasy. Suzy also writes within the chick lit genre and is working on a novel called Forever Fredless about a woman who continues to search for the soulmate she 'lost' when she was a child.