Welcome to the current series of Posts from Your Archives… and I will be picking two posts from the blogs of those participating from the first six months of 2020. If you don’t mind me rifling through your archives… just let me know in the comments or you can find out the full scope: Posts from Your Archives – Pot Luck – 2020
This is the second post from author Stevie Turner and this week you get an opportunity to find out more about Stevie as she answers some personal questions…
Twelve Questions From A Guy Called Bloke…
Thanks to A Guy Called Bloke who has invited readers to answer these thought-provoking questions. I have given my 12 answers below, and I’d be interested to read your
How spontaneous are you?
Quite spontaneous in fact, now that we have no dependents. Sometimes I leap up from my armchair and announce to Sam that I fancy a bike ride or a walk. If he’s not working he will usually come out with me. If the weather is fine I might suggest going down to the beach or having a BBQ. It’s nice sometimes not to think ahead and just live for the moment!
How flirtatious would you say you are? If that is not the word you would use, then try the alternatives of ‘teasing’ or ‘playful’. How much are you of this?
If you’d asked me this 40 years ago then I would have said yes, I was more playful than flirtatious and enjoyed a bit of banter with the boys. However, I’m 62 now and I’m done with all that. There was a chap who tried his luck a couple of years ago, but my son soon put him straight!
How serious are you as a person?
Not very serious at all, really. I have a good sense of humour and am a terrible giggler if the fancy takes me. I get the giggles at the most inappropriate times. It’s terribly embarrassing.
Do you think the older we become, then certain emotions are easier to handle, say as an example ‘grief’?
We can cope with emotions better as we get older and mellower. Teenagers tend to get rather hysterical over matters that older people would not.
What is the most adventurous thing you have done to date?
Last summer I inched anti-clockwise around an extremely narrow and slippery ledge circling St. Helens Fort with nothing between me and the rocks below. I did this because it was considered good luck! In the photo below you can see part of the ledge:
What’s the craziest or riskiest thing you have ever done and simply got away with it or got caught doing it?
Rules are made to be broken and I’m a bit rebellious, but ah… we won’t go there…
What do you think the future is of dating, and other ‘other’ now that social distancing has become part of your life? Will your life ‘up close and personal’ with people now be different?
I will probably try to avoid large crowds of people now and also public transport. Thankfully I’ve been happily married for nearly 40 years and have no interest in dating, but for those younger people who want to date, all I can say is… beware!
How different do you really think you are to the next person? Are you prim and proper, strait-laced and serious, wild and abandoned, or rebellious and controversial?
Yes, quite different I think. I can be rather anti-social and a loner at times, although strangely I do enjoy a family get-together or a party. I’m genial, optimistic and an aesthete, coupled with the aforementioned touch of rebellion.
During this time of global concern, how has your thinking changed with regards the planet, conservation and climate issues … or has it not changed one little bit?
It seems that money, livelihoods and profit reign supreme over conservation and climate issues. Because of this our planet is on the way to hell in a handcart.
What ‘topical’ issues considered taboo by society are you deeply passionate with and about to the point of doing something about it?
I care deeply about the destruction of trees. Thousands and thousands of acres of woodlands and forests have vanished in my lifetime. I can’t even bear to see fir trees cut down just because it’s Christmas. I once started a petition to stop the chopping down of trees at Christmastime, but it seems the majority of people would rather cut down a tree, put it in their front room for a fortnight, and then when it’s butt naked of needles and lifeless, dump it on January 6th.
What’s more important, and/or is there a difference between friendship and companionship, and if so, what is that difference?
I would imagine a companion is around more than a friend?
What is your passion as regards writing genres? A) what is your chosen genre, and B) what is the genre you might like to write about but lack confidence to start?
I like writing about family dynamics and relationships, and recently I’ve got into writing paranormal stories. I know how popular fantasy books are, but I wouldn’t have the confidence (or the imagination) to write a fantasy novel.
©Stevie Turner 2020
Well that was very interesting thanks Stevie. Should you decide to interview yourself with these questions, please tag me on Twitter so I can share: @sgc58
About Stevie Turner
Stevie Turner works part time as a medical secretary in a busy NHS hospital and writes suspense, women’s fiction, and darkly humorous novels in her spare time. 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 place in the 2016 Drunken Druid Book Award contest.
Stevie lives in the East of England, and is married with two sons and four grandchildren. She has also branched out into the world of audio books, screenplays, and translations. Most of her novels are now available as audio books, and one screenplay, ‘For the Sake of a Child’, won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival. ‘A House Without Windows’ gained the attention of a New York media production company in December 2017.
Some of Stevie’s books are currently being translated into German, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
A selection of Stevie’s books.
A recent review for The Daughter-in-law Syndrome
The cover made me chuckle a bit… is this a self-help book for quarrelling in-laws? The Daughter-in-law Syndrome is a women’s fiction novel about Arla and her husband Ric. Sick of playing second-fiddle to Ric’s family Arla suggests marriage guidance counselling. The story unfolds with each appointment, I was invested in this because marriage guidance must be a very tricky job. The characters were brilliant. Ric is a people pleaser- but he has his reasons. Arla is spikey and disappointed in life but becomes less so as the book progresses. Arla herself becomes a mother-in-law and the same thing happens again! As for Grandmother Edna, blimey what we have here is a master manipulator. Actually, Arla had a bit of luck thrown in to provide a beautiful resolution to the story. Bravery was employed by the characters, proving there is nothing wrong with saying how you feel. Back to my original point, this is fiction, the cover is fitting and this book will probably make you feel better if you’ve got the in-law blues.
Thank you for joining us today and I know Stevie would love to receive your feedback and it would be great if you participated in this self interview series.