Huge My Book Corner welcome to picture book writer Suzi Moore, author of Wolfish Stew.
Tell us about you in 25 words or less.
I grew up in Manchester and I now live in Somerset with Philip and son George in a house by the sea.
What makes you happy?
My son’s laughter, Philips perfect omelette and the writing. Always the words.
Where is your favourite place to write?
Isolated, uninterrupted, dark and silent but preferably with a very large desk and lots of biscuits.
What’s on your TBR pile at the moment?
Nothing I don’t read when I’m writing.
What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
What’s your favourite fictional character trait and why? – I cannot answer that
What’s your worst habit?
What’s a habit? Worst habit? Not sure I can answer that although always eating the last slice of lemon cake before anyone else has a chance is pretty bad.
Your favourite word(s)?
Cellar door. It’s the way it sounds and it sounds like a story. What’s behind the door? Who is in the cellar?
How did ‘Wolfish Stew’ spark into life from your imagination?
I was chatting to an illustrator author about a book idea and she said one thing and I said something else and before I knew what was happening the words for Wolfish Stew happened.
What are your top tips for budding picture book writers?
Hmm, what are my top tips? Hmm? Depends what kind of writer you are. Are you all about the words? Are you all about the sales? Are you screen or stage? If it’s the latter, then just write. Write what you can, write, rewrite and rewrite some more. Don’t talk about it to anyone, let yourself feel your way through your own work. Listen to direction and don’t be afraid of editors because they can see In you the book you are trying to write. The will lead you to the book you always wanted to write. So, if you are that kind of writer, if you have that kind of soul don’t let outsiders plan your process. I’m pretty sure Frink never allowed a man from sales to determine the shape or form of a sculpture.
Can you give us a glimpse / hint at your current WIP? (I can bribe you with cake & biscuits!)
I’m rewriting the four Books of Moses. I jest, it’s a novel about modern family.
Did we forget anything?
Wolfish Stew was illustrated by Erica Salcedo who is an extremely talented illustrator.
Just For Fun
Tea or coffee? Tea
Paper books or e-books? Paper
Cake or chocolate? Cake
Write or type? Both
Poetry or prose? Both
Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin? All
Hot or cold? Tepid