Suzi Moore Interview

Suzi Moore has written both picture books for younger readers (Little One’s Bedtime, Two Little Bears) and books for older children (including Lexiland, and Tiger Moth).

Read on to find out more about how Suzi deals with writer’s block and her thwarted dream of winning Wimbledon!

How would you describe your path to becoming a writer; was it a childhood dream or did you find yourself with a story which had to be told?

It was definitely a childhood dream along with winning Wimbledon and scoring a hat trick in the world cup final. I can’t play football and my tennis abilities are quite laughable.

Your books for older children tackle weighty subjects, such as childhood death in Lexiland and adoption in Tiger Moth. How do you approach these sensitive issues when writing for children

I try to keep in mind a sort of balance. If I’m going to say something difficult or a bit ‘grown up I try to remember to balance that with humour or something a little lighter. With Lexiland it just happened but I was much more conscious that I was doing it with my second novel. When I was reading through the latest draft I saw that I often try to explain feelings in a way children will understand and that’s because I’m not the most articulate person myself and it’s kind of what I do in ‘real life’

What has been the highlight of your writing career so far?

Aside from finding out I as going to be published and seeing the real live book? Um perhaps it was hearing from readers both children and adults that the thing that I wrote meant something good to them. (oh and my first fan letter was pretty ace on toast)

If you’re suffering from writer’s block, what do you like to do while you’re waiting for inspiration to strike?

Ha! Cry silently. Eat cake. Grumble to my husband but mostly I go for a run.

I believe you spent a lot of time working with children, prior to becoming a writer. How useful do you think that experience has been, in terms of understanding how children think and behave?

Very important.

Could you tell us a bit more about how you came up with the idea for Tiger Moth? I love the idea of the manor house, with the walled garden and secret beach.

I wrote the first chapter directly after I had finished the first draft of Lexiland so I had an idea for a story then.  It wasn’t until we moved house to a place right near a beach that I decided where to set the story (Exmoor) and during one of those runs I stumbled across something on the marshes that told me what do next. I’ve never run home so quickly.

If you were giving a picture book to a young pre-school child, which book would you choose? (It can’t be one of your own books!)

Can I please choose the pictures books of past present and future?

Each Peach Pear Plum

Books Always Everywhere  (Jane Blatt Sarah Massini)

The Story Machine (Tom Mclaughlin)

Is there a children’s book which has special memories from your own childhood?

The Secret Garden  and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe .

To find out  more about Suzi, you can follow her on Twitter or like her on Facebook.
Suzi is represented by Sophie Gorell-Barnes at MBA Literary and Script Agents.




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