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Sue Conley - Exclusive Interview
By: Niamh, 06 January 2011
We speak to the super lovely and talented author Sue Conley about her upcoming book, her love of horses and her amazing bargain hunting skills!
Sue, we’re huge fans in Beautycouture.ie, tell us what you are working on at the moment?
‘I am delighted to announce that I finished the first draft of my latest novel yesterday! Whew! I am off for my hols, and really wanted to get it done. Here’s hoping my editor takes it up!
I am also working on a non-fiction book about my experience of being a post-divorce lady who takes up horseriding late in life. I’ve been blogging about the horses for years and am keen to get the book together. That’ll be the big project for 2011.’
How did you get into writing?
‘I started writing plays and screenplays when I was living in New York, and that was the first time I formally put pen to paper. I made the films, and several plays got produced, but I wasn’t sure those were the best formats for my writing. I moved to Ireland and started working as a journalist, and decided to give novel writing a try. It feels like a good fit.’
What is it you love about writing?
‘Well, you’re getting me at good time for this question, because I am still buzzing from finishing the latest novel, so feel like I love writing — which I don’t always! What I love about it is the thing that I think puts most people off when they try it: I love having an idea and watching how it changes and adapts, almost on its own. I do make a plan, but a huge part of the joy, for me, has to be about letting things develop away from the original notion. That part is creative, and fun!’
Where does the inspiration for your books come from?
‘Random thoughts about things, something I overheard on the bus, a desire to write about place I know well… I can’t even remember how I got the idea for my second novel, The Fidelity Project! I’ve completely forgotten.’
Would you ever like to see one of your books be turned into a TV or film adaptation? Or do you think a film can never live up to a book?
‘Oh, absolutely, I feel that my books would make excellent films, as I feel that dialogue is one of my strengths. Many books don’t translate well because they are so introspective, and not very plot driven; mine are very plotty, and I think that makes them prime material for the pictures!
P.S- Best adaptation of a book to a film is To Kill a Mockingbird. It is absolutely perfect.’
Why do you think the Irish are so world successful when it comes to writing?
‘Oh, Janie, everyone here has got a story! And they are usually very entertaining or moving. And the Irish get down to the work of writing, rather than merely talking about it, which is really impressive.’
There are a lot of successful women authors out there, how did you manage to get yourself noticed in the beginning?
‘I got very, very lucky, and submitted unsolicited pages for Drama Queen, my first published novel, to Little Black Dress Books, an imprint of Headline. They had a call for manuscripts on their website so I thought, why not? I was the first author they’d signed off the slush pile.’
Who is your favourite author?
‘I read so much, and across so many genres, I really couldn’t say… I am currently addicted to JD Robb’s futuristic romantic suspense series — talk about packing it chock full! — set in NYC. I’ve been reading loads of crime the last few years, I love a good forensic mystery.’
What is your everyday, staple beauty product you’d never leave home without putting on?
‘My new favourite hair product is Lush’s R&B [Revive & Balance] Hair softener.’
Who is your biggest style influence?
‘Don’t really have one. I like what I like, and what suits me. I’ve always been that way, since I was a teenager.’
Favourite high-street haunts?
‘It changes from season to season. I am a high street hussy!’
Heels or flats?
‘I’m 5’9”, I go for a low heel, and flattish shoes in general, but never flat flats … if you know what I mean.’
Best bargain ever?
‘My sister-in-law worked for Barney’s Co-Op in NY, and on top of the sale price, her 35% discount, and the strong Euro, I got a Mark Jacobs shoulder bag for $100, down from $350!!!!!!’ [Beautycoutue.ie are sooooo jealous!]
Any secret celebrity crushes?
‘Sadly, not at the moment, but I looooove a good crush on a movie star! ‘
As a bestselling author how do you juggle family life, friends and your work etc?
‘Apart from the final fortnight, when I don’t want to be anywhere else but at my computer, working away — even Facebook becomes an intrusion! — I manage to work it all in. I tend to do a lot of work on stories when I’m on the bus, daydreaming out the window, so once I get home, or to wherever I’m going, I feel like I’ve gotten work done!’
Any advice for writers out there?
‘Not everyone has the same routine when it comes to writing. If you’re not the type to sit right down at 9am and finish at 1pm, or whatever, don’t panic. Find your own way, because that’s the only way you’ll actually settle down to write.’
What did you want to be when you grew up?
‘When I was in kindergarten, they asked us that question, and I made a drawing of myself as an artist, so, close enough!’