#Interview with Susan Willis, author of ‘His Wife’s Secret’ #BlogTour
I am very happy to welcome Susan Willis to my blog today! She has kindly answered my questions and I am sharing her replies with you today.
Read on to discover her responses, more about her and her book ‘The Wife’s Secret’!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
Although I don’t watch Coronation Street on a regular basis, I knew they were exploring domestic abuse last year. This wasn’t in the usual format of a man to a woman but the other way around. I was interested in this situation and made up the backstory and motive for my fictional wife’s behaviour.
What is your writing process?
Standard, I suppose. I write my plot and storyline. Then I flesh this out into what should go into each chapter. I always have a wordcount to work towards. For years I wrote in third person but two years ago I switched to first person for the psychological suspense stories. I found this worked much better and is easier to write.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I write on a laptop in my office. I do, however, always carry a notebook. I often scribble when travelling and observe other people for character appearances.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
In one of my short read cozy crimes, ‘An Author is Missing’ I created a lady who suffers from poor mental health. She had a torturous childhood and in later life her obsessional fantasies become a reality.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I certainly wouldn’t like to be Erin in this novel, ‘His Wife’s Secret’. But, I’d quite like to be Alice in my ‘Christmas Intruder’ cozy crime short read.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
It varies. If I hear an unusual name that I like I use it. A few years ago, on holiday there was a tour leader called, Davina which I thought was a lovely name and she became my heroine in a Christmas story. At 2019 Harrogate’s Crime Writing Festival there was a man sitting behind me called, Rupert. Instantly, I thought, he’s the next character in my story.
Thank you for your great answers to my questions, Susan!
Read on to discover more about His Wife’s Secret and Susan Willis . . . .
When David meets old school-friend, Erin again he falls head over heels in love. He leaves his wife and their sixteen-year-old daughter to marry Erin. But, in a small village people have long memories and they move south for a fresh beginning. Erin’s behaviour starts to change in a very strange way and David wonders if she is punishing him for something he’s done?
Susan Willis is a published author of four novels and five novellas. She lives in Co-Durham surrounded by a big family and dear friends. Susan works as a food technologist developing new recipes and weaves the different aspects of her job into stories.
Her last two novels are psychological suspense. Readers who have left reviews on amazon love the books because they are realistic with everyday people in situations that can happen.
She has a collection of Fun-Size Tales of Love & Family which are available in Ebook and paperback.
Susan is now writing Cozy Crime Short Reads and incorporating up to date issues of poor mental health in a kidnap scene, the perils of social media, and an intruder on Skype. Next year she hopes to publish these stories into a collection.