Author Interview: Sue Fortin
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Stephanie: Sue Fortin writes women’s fiction; contemporary, suspense and time-slip, all with romance and a touch of danger. Lover of cake, France and dragonflies. Hater of calories, maths and snakes. Sue lives in West Sussex with her family and daft, old Labrador called Tess. She writes for the on-line emag, Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine, about crafts and hobbies. She is one ninth of The Romaniacs where she blogs regularly and, when not there, can be found at her own blog, Love Reading, Love Books, LLM Bookshelf, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Sue is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association under their New Writers’ Scheme and published her award winning, debut novel ‘United State of Love‘ in 2012. This is available in both paperback and digital format through Amazon.
Hello Sue! Congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion and I’m delighted to be chatting with you today. Pease tell me about your book, United State of Love.
Sue: Hi Stephanie, thank you so much, I was absolutely thrilled my book received the BRAG Medallion. I’m delighted to be here, it’s a real honour.
Okay, my book United State of Love, is essentially about a single parent, Anna, whose estranged husband comes back into her life unexpectedly, apparently seeking reconciliation. This coincides with her starting a new relationship where naively, she thinks she can keep the two worlds apart, but they are on a collision course. The novel also looks at the deeper issues of family life; teenage angst, moving on in life, accepting and atoning for the past, but all in keeping with the genre of the book.
Stephanie: I’m intrigued with the premise of your story and that’s a great title for your book. How did you come up with it? And who designed it?
Sue: I wanted the title to reflect that this was a story about two people who were united in their love for each other, but had a whole load of other issues to deal with first. It tied in nicely with the hero being American.
The cover has been through something of a transformation recently. The original cover, which I loved and was very much ‘me’, didn’t quite shout loud enough what the novel was about. So it was redesigned into something a bit more fun and in keeping with the romance/chicklit genre. Both covers were designed by Avalon Graphics who did a wonderful job, despite my vague ideas.
Stephanie: That is really creative was on how you came up with you title. Who or what inspired you to write your story?
Sue: I’ve always been a bit of a romantic daydreamer and I just had this scene in my head about a woman being spotted with her ex-husband by her lover and how this could be misinterpreted. It just grew from there, however, this particular scene never actually made it into the final version of the novel.
Stephanie: Where there any challenges?
Sue: Many! I was completely naive about the whole writing and publishing process. I have to say without the advice and hand-holding of more experienced writers than myself, it would have been a very painful process.
Stephanie: Is this your first novel published?
Sue: It is. I am a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association under the New Writers’ Scheme and United State of Love went through their reading scheme in 2012, where it received a second read. I had a fantastically helpful critique back which was extremely encouraging. At the same time I also submitted my novel to a publisher and it made an acquisitions meeting but didn’t get any further. Spurred on by some great feedback, I decided it was the right time to publish United State of Love myself.
Stephanie: How did you discover indieBRAG?
Sue: Through one of your previous honourees, Pauline Barclay. One of her novels received the award and after reading her blog, I was able to follow the links to the indieBRAG website.