Going Underground by Suzie Tullett with Book Giveaway

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Update: The winner for this Giveaway is Claire VoetYou will be contacted privately by the author, and thanks to everyone for participating!

Today Suzie Tullett is stopping by to talk about her release, Going Underground. She’s also giving away a copy to one lucky reader, so be sure to leave a comment to be entered!

Hi everyone.

Let me start by saying a big thanks to Rosalie for hosting me today.

I’m Suzie Tullett – a scriptwriter turned novelist from the UK; a woman with a dry sense of humour and a theory, both of which feature in my book.  Although to be honest I do, as it happens, have lots of theories and opinions, but admittedly only one of these can claim credit for being the nugget of inspiration behind Going Underground.

Going Underground by Suzie Tullett.

A laugh out loud, feel good novel with Brit Flick flair.

Three men on two scooters (a vintage Lambretta and Vespa) heading down the country to Brighton…  three women and a heavily pregnant belly in hot pursuit – all squashed into a classic, Union Jack roofed mini… with an off duty Police Officer bringing up the rear… and with musically themed chapters, it even has it’s own soundtrack.

I suppose I should begin by trying to explain just what this theory is.  And it will come as no surprise to those of you who know me, to read it involves one of the many differences between the sexes.  Of course, I’m not talking about the more trivial aspects of the male to female disparity, like how one favours the loo seat up, whilst the other prefers it down; or, indeed, how one refuses to stop and ask for directions whenever the Sat Nav plays up, whilst the other insists they should.

Oh no, this theory relates to those times in life when things aren’t just bad, they seem like they can’t get any worse – where one escapes into the past for comfort, reminiscing about times gone by, whereas the other looks to the future in the hope of any happiness to come.  Except in my novel I then take this theory one step further, exploring issues about being stuck in the past whatever the reason, even when the present is good – hence, my character, Jonathan’s need to face up to his past, in order to get on with his future.

Which brings me nicely round to Going Underground’s soundtrack.  A collection of songs that don’t just reflect each chapter either lyrically or in tone, but also represent the time frame within which Jonathan is emotionally trapped.  Although I must apologise to those readers who end up going to bed with the tunes still playing in their heads, which according to what people are telling me has happened on more than one occasion!

Of course, Going Underground is a very human tale; one that follows a series of journeys – physical, spiritual and metaphorical, examining relationships on all levels – not just that of husband and wife, but friendships old and new.  And its fusion of comedy and tragedy demonstrates how one can very often stem from the other.  You know the kind of thing I mean, if I walk into a lamp post it’s so not funny, but if you see me do it, it so is…

Blurb:

At 8 ¾ months pregnant, Tracey Parkes has everything she wants in life. A nice house, even if it is a bit on the small side, a long awaited baby on the way and a reliable husband to boot… Well, as reliable as a husband can be when he’s keeping a long held secret – a secret she’s desperate to uncover. But with Jonathan continuing to keep schtum over the whole thing, Tracey is forced to turn to his past for answers. And it’s the unfortunate death of his old friend, Malcolm, that provides her with just the opportunity she’s been waiting for – an opportunity she soon wishes she hadn’t taken. Of course, the last thing Tracey expects is to find both herself and her humongous belly squashed into the back of a classic, little Mini – all in a desperate attempt to catch up with three men on two vintage scooters. But with Jonathan seemingly hell bent on facing up to a past he’s spent years trying to forget, what choice does the mother-to-be have?

Exerpt:

“Did you know,” asked Megan.  “That the name ‘Louise’ actually means ‘famous battle maid’?”

All very interesting, considered Tracey, at the same time wondering what on earth the girl was going on about.  But a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ will suffice.

“And everyone knows that grief can make people do things they wouldn’t normally do, don’t they?” she continued.

Yep, now I’m completely lost, the mother-to-be couldn’t help but tell herself – unable to quite connect the two statements in relation to each other, let alone with a request to drive both her and Andrea down to Brighton.

“And should one particular famous battle maid feel the grief stricken need, the last thing I want is my Ace Face in a position where he has no choice but to oblige, isn’t it?”

“Right…” said Tracey and in realising this was all somehow part of Megan’s decision making process, she found herself slowly nodding in agreement – despite not having a clue as to what it was that she was actually agreeing with.

In fact, none of what this young woman was saying was making any sense whatsoever and she began to wonder if this had been such a good idea after all.

She looked to Andrea for some assistance.

“So, does that mean you will drive us to Brighton then?” Andrea duly obliged.

“Yes,” came Megan’s simple reply.  “Of course it does.”

Tracey shook her head, by now completely baffled.

“Louise is Malc’s girlfriend,” whispered Andrea, by way of an explanation.  “The plan is for her to meet up with the boys when it comes to them scattering his ashes.”

Not that Tracey gave one iota who planned to be present, as long as by then Jonathan wasn’t amongst them.

“You two load your bags up,” Megan instructed, whilst pointing in the general direction of the garage.  “I’ll go and let mum and dad know where I’m off and then I’ll grab my toothbrush.”

Tracey watched her happily head off back inside the house, at the same time speculating over whether or not she’d inadvertently entered some sort of twilight zone – a feeling that only got worse when Andrea proceeded to lift the up and over garage doors, revealing what had been hidden within.

She looked from what she saw to Andrea and back again.

“You’ve got to be kidding?” she said. “Someone please tell me this isn’t happening.”

Going Underground is available in paperback and e-book and is on sale in all good book stores and on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Going-Underground-Suzie-Tullett/dp/1908200227/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321188519&sr=8-1

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/going-underground-suzie-tullett/1104012258?ean=9781908200228&itm=1&usri=going%252bunderground%252bby%252bsuzie%252btullett

I can be found at www.suzietullett.blogspot.com

Author Bio:

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had something to say and I’ve always written.  But whereas I’ve continually been more than happy to share my opinions, the same most definitely couldn’t be said of my scribblings…

I was born and raised in Lancashire and after leaving school I undertook a variety of jobs – from office work to teaching in Further Education, from managing a Training & Advice Centre to being an outreach worker for Women’s Aid.  So, it’s fair to say my working life has given me the chance to get to know all kinds of people, from all kinds of backgrounds; a definite asset for anyone looking to write for a living.

Amidst all of this, I was also raising a family, whilst at the same time working towards a BA (Hons) in Women’s Studies.  The latter being something that finally encouraged me to take my writing aspirations more seriously and as such, I then went on to obtain a MA in Television & Radio Scriptwriting.  Fortunately, this led to my being chosen by the BBC for their New Writers’ Initiative – a break that culminated in the opportunity to develop ideas for their continuous drama series, Doctors.

Even so, this still didn’t stop me continuing to dabble in the world of prose – a genre I, personally, feel more comfortable with.  And testing the waters with a bit of poetry and a few short stories, I was lucky enough to garner a modicum of success through publication, allowing me the confidence to put a future in scriptwriting to one side, in favour of a career as a full-time novelist.

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18 thoughts on “Going Underground by Suzie Tullett with Book Giveaway

    Kathryn Anne Merkel said:
    November 30, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

    Nora-Adrienne Deret said:
    November 30, 2011 at 12:15 am

    I definitely would LOVE to win a copy of this crazy funny book.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

    tore said:
    November 30, 2011 at 4:26 am

    I have the book already and can and will recommend it to you – it’s fun how Suzie managed to blend the chapter titles (and corresponding old popular pop lyrics) into her own funny novel!

    Even as a Norwegian 70-years old bloke I enjoyed biking along with plot!

    Rosalie Lario responded:
    November 30, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for stopping by, Suzie. I love that your story has its own soundtrack!

    claire voet said:
    November 30, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Sounds intriguing Suzie, thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! x

    Suzie Tullett said:
    November 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Thank you for having me, Rosalie.

    Keeping my fingers crossed for everyone.

    Suzie x

    Sarah J. McNeal said:
    November 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Hello Suzie. I wonder, how difficult was it for you to move from writing scripts to becoming a novelist? Loved your excerpt.
    I wish you every success.

    Suzie Tullett said:
    November 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Hi, Sarah.

    An interesting question… I actually found it quite difficult at first because in many ways they’re two distinct styles of writing. Scriptwriting tends to be more punchy and less descriptive than novel writing and it took me a while to get my head around that. Also there are extra rules to work by – cost implications of what you can include in a script, for example.

    On the plus side, however, scriptwriting taught me how to write well rounded characters and realistic dialogue (at least, that’s what I’m told I do) and because I’ve learnt to write visually from the beginning, I’ve been able to carry that through into Going Underground, but with far fewer words than some writers might use. Not that I’m saying that’s better, it’s just become part of my own personal voice.

    Hope that makes sense and thanks for you kind words.

    Suzie x

      Sarah J. McNeal said:
      November 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you for answering my question. I figured there had to be some significant differences between the two.

        Suzie Tullett said:
        November 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        No worries, Sarah. If I sit and think about it I can probably write a whole blog post on the subject x

    Miriam Newman said:
    November 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Sounds like great fun, Suzie, and I wish you the best of luck with this book.

    Suzie Tullett said:
    November 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

    And thank you for taking the time to stop by, Miriam x

    Jenny Twist said:
    November 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Loved your excerpt. And I’d love to win the book. I rather think we share the same sense of humour.
    Love
    Jenny
    xx

    Suzie Tullett said:
    November 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Jenny

    Then you’ll definitely enjoy a read like Going Underground… good luck.

    Suzie x

    Jennifer Foster said:
    December 3, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I can’t imagine being pregnant and stuffed into a Mini with two other women and luggage!

    I enjoyed your answer to Sarah. I have always been disappointed when a favorite book became a movie, as they loose so much in the translation. The more developed the story and characters in the book, the worse the screenplay is compared to it. I guess they are trying to fit it in the allotted time.

    Jenny Foster

    Suzie Tullett said:
    December 3, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Hi Jenny

    I suppose when it comes to adaptations, the screen writer will inevitably put his or her interpretation of a novel into the story, followed by that of the director and then that of the actors… and as you say, all within an allotted time frame. And, of course, these will impact on how a story is ultimately told.

    Although I’m sure in most cases they do try and be as true to the novel as is possible – some more successfully than others x

    Neil grant said:
    May 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Very good brilliant this book is awesome and I can put myself in as a character when I was a mod in the k80,s well done Suzie….

      Suzie Tullett said:
      May 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Thanks, Neil. It’s good to know you identified with Going Underground and it’s characters on a personal level. Your comments are very much appreciated x

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