Welcome to Introduce Yourself, a new and exciting blog segment of The PBS Blog dedicated to introducing to you new and established authors and their books.
Today I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Stevie Turner. Welcome to The PBS Blog! Let’s get started.
Go ahead and Introduce yourself. Tell us your name and where you’re from.
I’m Stevie Turner, born and bred in London, but now live in the East Anglia region of England.
How many siblings do you have?
None, unfortunately. I am an only child.
What songs have you completely memorized?
I’m very musical, and find it easy to memorize the lyrics to songs. Therefore, there must be hundreds that I can sing from start to finish, but probably only if they were a hit before 1990!
Lol. What’s your favorite color?
Yellow is beautiful. What was your childhood dream?
To become a doctor, but as I’m virtually number illiterate, that was never going to happen.
As you know, we be in here jamming it out on Throwback Thursday so I have to ask, what kind of music do you like?
Rock, reggae and blues, probably in that order. Also like some classical, but not opera or jazz.
Not Jazz!? What is wrong with you Stevie! Lol. Let’s get a little serious, what do you think of this world we live in?
Technology has advanced so much since I was a child in the 1960’s. It has now given us people addicted to social media who are looking down at their phones all day. What with online bullying of schoolchildren these days who are afraid to play out in the street, global warming, and terrible ‘music’ that just sounds like people shouting, I’m glad I was born in the late 1950’s, that’s all I can say.
Man, you are so right. I love hearing stories from that time. It is also why I loved your memoir. Can you tell us about some of the major differences you see between let’s say 1960 and 2017 that you haven’t already mentioned?
There were no mobile phones and microwave ovens in 1960, and not all homes even had washing machines or a landline phone (I was 18 before my parents got a landline phone and a washing machine). Our TV in 1960 had 3 channels, and the last program finished at 10pm, when the National Anthem played. However, children like myself didn’t watch a lot of TV. I played outside for hours in the streets with friends, roamed around my local area unsupervised, walked to school on my own, and stayed at home by myself from the age of 9 during school holidays while my parents worked, making my own decisions, right or wrong. Children were free. My granddaughters are guarded 24/7, and if the 11-year-old even goes across the road to call for a friend, her mother is constantly ringing her phone to make sure she is okay. My granddaughter complains to me that she is given no freedom. I feel so lucky that I was a child in the 1960’s!
Wow. I asked my in-laws this same question and my mom-in-law gave the same answer. She said that when she was little it was safer for her to go out and play. My dad-in-law said people treated each other better. I love hearing stories about the 50s and 60s. I will sit and ask you questions all day lol. What TV channel exists but really shouldn’t?
In your own words, what is truth?
Truth is how we are meant to live, to live true to ourselves. If we are living a lie it will make us unhappy. Truth is being able to sleep with a clear conscience. Truth is the way forward.
“Truth is the way forward.” I like that. What do you hate most about writing advice? What do you love?
I hate reading blogs about writing where the blogger has stated advice that is common sense and doesn’t really need to be stated, obviously because he / she cannot think of anything else to write about. Stop it! However, I love it when I actually read some great advice and learn something from it.
But common sense is anything but common, right? What if what is common sense to you is confusing and unclear to someone else?
Yes, you have a good point Yecheilyah. What is common sense to me might not be to somebody else. As with all the other answers, I have given my own opinion. However, there are some blogs which I read and I think to myself…does this really need to be said?
True, true. You’re right. Speaking of blogging, does it help you to write?
No, it distracts me from writing. Time has to be taken ‘building up a platform’ and that includes publishing a blog every day to gain a wider audience. It has to be done, but I’d rather be writing a novel.
Interesting. What skill would you like to master?
To play the piano. I could only master up to Grade 4.
I would LOVE to play the piano. What would your favorite writing / reading room look like?
A view out to open fields, air conditioning, and total silence. Hey, it seems I already have that in my front room!
What takes up too much of your time?
Marketing and promoting my books. A necessary evil I’m afraid.
I feel you. If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house look like?
At least 6 bedrooms for the children and grandchildren to stay in when they like, three or four bathrooms, a swimming pool, a gym, and a huge room for parties. My house would be in the arse end of nowhere in the countryside, all on its own. I’d have my own writing room as well!
What’s your favorite drink?
Water, closely followed by green tea.
Yea, I have to admit, green tea is the bomb.
Stevie, we learned a lot! Thank you for spending time with us!
Stevie Turner retired early from her post as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital to concentrate on writing suspense, women’s fiction, and humorous novels. She won a New Apple Book Award in 2014 and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Award in 2015 for her book ‘A House Without Windows’, and one of her short stories, ‘Checking Out’, was published in the Creative Writing Institute’s 2016 anthology ‘Explain!’ Her psychological thriller ‘Repent at Leisure’ won third prize in the 2016 Drunken Druid Book Award contest, and her thriller screenplay ‘For the Sake of a Child’ won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival, and it will now be read, along with the other winners, by a major independent film production company in Los Angeles.
Stevie lives in the East of England with her husband Sam, and she signed a contract with Creativia Publishers in 2016. She has also branched out into the world of audio books. ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’, ‘A House Without Windows’, ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’, ‘The Noise Effect’, Lily: A Short Story, ‘A Rather Unusual Romance’, and ‘Waiting in the Wings’ are all available as audio books. Some of her books have also been translated into German, Spanish and Italian.
Stevie can be contacted at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazon page http://bookShow.me/B00AV7YOTU