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Susie Day - Author

About the Author

Describe yourself in three words.
Prone. To. Cheating. :P

Oh, all right then:

Dorky. Obsessive. Verbose.

What’s Big Woo/Serafina67 all about then?
Serafina67 is a 15-year-old with a kind of messy life. Her parents have split up, her far-far-away dad’s marrying a Monster, and her mum has arranged for her to see Crazy Pete: Brain Prodder to check if she’s actually gone mental instead of just a bit emo. She’s not quite sure who her friends are, she’s sort of in love (when you meet patchworkboy, you’ll get why), and then there are exams and gigs and hair dye and weirdo internet friends and being nearly 16 and omg, just, stuff. So she sets herself this ‘Happiness Deadline’, where she has to achieve all the things on her list by a certain date in order to be happy.

The whole book is written like a blog, so we only know what serafina chooses to tell us, and we only get to know her friends from the conversations they have online.

It’s ‘Laugh-out-loud funny, stunningly authentic and totally original.’ (I didn’t write that bit: my head’s not that big.) Allegedly it made some people cry. Hopefully it might make you chuckle, anyway.

Why are there two different covers?
Big Woo is the book’s title in the UK (black ‘laptopgirl’ cover): Serafina67 is the US edition (pink cover, out in hardback August 08). The US version is pretty much the same as the UK one, but there’s a little glossary at the back to explain the difference between pants and trousers and that sort of thing.

Is serafina based on anyone you know?
Serafina isn’t based on any one person: she’s got elements of one of my nieces, and other teenagers I know, plus some bits of me when I was that age, and the rest is just what comes along when you create a character. The same goes for the rest of them. Although my sister is convinced that patchworkboy is based on her son…

Why write a blog novel?
They say ‘write what you know’ - and I’m a big internet geek. There’s always a lot in the press about the dangers of the internet, the nasty stories about kids being groomed in chatrooms and so on, and I wanted to explore blogging and social networking in a more balanced way: to show the positives too, the reasons why so many of us live half our lives online. It throws up loads of questions about trying to find your real identity, which is such a huge thing when you’re a teenager. Plus I liked the idea of the writing challenge: whether you could actually tell a story, or create distinct characters, without all the descriptions and so on you usually get in a novel.

How did you get into blogging/social networking?
Virginia Woolf. No, seriously! I was doing research for a doctoral thesis on popular representations of Woolf: it was the early days of social networking, all on forums and messageboards, but I was really intrigued by the close relationships these online friends seemed to form. The technology’s moved on, but the same issues come up, about privacy, intimacy, creating a virtual persona. (Alas, the thesis is still in my airing cupboard, not quite finished. Curse you, internets! *shakes fist*)

When did you decide to become a writer?
I remember being 7 years old, and sternly making myself promise that Future Me would write children’s books, rather than any other kind - as if being a writer was a given, somehow. I don’t think I ever seriously considered anything else when I was growing up, to be honest.

What else have you written?
Awful poetry, multiple unfinished novels, excruciating short stories, terrible tv scripts: the concept of VTNs didn’t come from nowhere! All of these are of course safely stowed under my bed, or got sent to the Recycle Bin years ago.

I have published before: my first book, Whump!…in which Bill falls 632 miles down a manhole, won the BBC Talent Children’s Fiction Prize and came out in 2004. It’s very different from serafina’s story, though: a fantasy adventure for 8-12s, in which the aforementioned manhole hurls hapless hero Bill into the company of a princess, an elph, a Quxynggrotly, and a rather brainy antelope, all hotly pursued by evil supervillain The Great Spondozo. It’s out of print now, so good luck finding a copy!

What are you writing now?
My next book isn’t a blog-novel, but the internet and how we use it is still a huge part of the plot - and there’s another smart-yet-daft heroine at the centre, of course. It’s about cups of tea, secrets, and imaginary boyfriends. I can’t give away the real title, but if you see me talking about ‘Biscuits and Lies’ on my blog, that’s the one.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read. Think. Write. Repeat.

Favourite book?
I officially hate this question: different day, different answer. My favourite YA novel is probably The Changeover by Margaret Mahy: sort of a supernatural romance, but a million times cleverer than that sounds.

Favourite music?
My three older sisters gave me an eclectic musical education: one liked everything from Bowie to Barry Manilow: one was a huge Duran Duran fan: one introduced me to The Smiths. I remain a 90s indiekid, and still regard my Ned’s Atomic Dustbin t-shirt fondly, but I’m a bit more open to ridiculous pop these days. Favourite band would probably have to be The Auteurs.

Favourite film?
North by Northwest: I loves me some Hitchcock. Closely followed by The Empire Strikes Back.

What question do you wish you’d been asked instead of all these others?
How do you make the perfect bacon sandwich? (Please provide sample.)

Want to ask a question? Write a review? Squee about a book Susie might like to read?

Email her: susie@susieday.com

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Other books by Susie Day

Doctor Who: Ghost Town The Team TARDIS Diaries, Volume 2

Doctor Who: Ghost Town The Team TARDIS Diaries, Volume 2

Author: Susie Day Illustrator: Robin Boyden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

A brand new series of adventures for the Doctor and her TARDIS team! Something has gone wrong with time, and the Doctor - alongside her friends Yaz, Ryan and Graham - is determined to investigate. The trail leads to a dusty mining town at Hallowe'en - and something scary is lying in wait for them ... The second in a new series of illustrated adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor, as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker!

The Brother You Choose Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution

The Brother You Choose Paul Coates and Eddie Conway Talk About Life, Politics, and The Revolution

Author: Susie Day, Ta-Nehisi Coates Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2020

In 1971, Eddie Conway, Lieutenant of Security for the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, was convicted of murdering a police officer and sentenced to life plus thirty years behind bars. Paul Coates was a community worker at the time and didn't know Eddie well -- the little he knew, he didn't much like. But Paul was dead certain that Eddie's charges were bogus. He vowed never to leave Eddie -- and in so doing, changed the course of both their lives. For over forty-three years, as he raised a family and started a business, Paul visited Eddie in prison, often taking his kids with him. He and Eddie shared their lives and worked together on dozens of legal campaigns in hopes of gaining Eddie's release. Paul's founding of the Black Classic Press in 1978 was originally a way to get books to Eddie in prison. When, in 2014, Eddie finally walked out onto the streets of Baltimore, Paul Coates was there to greet him. Today, these two men remain rock-solid comrades and friends -- each, the other's chosen brother. When Eddie and Paul met in the Baltimore Panther Party, they were in their early twenties. They are now into their seventies. This book is a record of their lives and their relationship, told in their own voices. Paul and Eddie talk about their individual stories, their work, their politics, and their immeasurable bond.

Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It

Max Kowalski Didn't Mean It

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

'A beautifully written emotional story to make you laugh and cry' - Jacqueline Wilson The problem with Wales, he thought, was that it was too far away. But that was the point. To leave Southend behind. To get so far that no one would think to look for them there. Max wants to be just like his dad - fun, loud and strong. Instead, he always seems to be accidentally getting into fights and breaking things. But when his dad starts bringing home mysterious boxes, even more mysterious wads of cash starts turning up. Then Dad disappears. And it's up to Max to look after his sisters until he comes home. When they run away to a remote village in Wales, he's convinced that no one will find them. He's Max Kowalski. Of course he can look after three kids with no grownups around! Although, he can't stop thinking about where Dad really went. And the whispers of a golden dragon, asleep under the Welsh mountains... A funny and exquisitely written story, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson and Ross Welford.

The Secrets of the Superglue Sisters

The Secrets of the Superglue Sisters

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Best friends Georgie and Jem aren't just new at school; they're new at being full-time sisters too. Georgie's mum and Jem's dad have finally bought a house together, and they get to share a home at last, just like they always wanted. But being full time sisters is maybe a tiny bit harder than they expected. At school, there are new friends to make and a new class project to complete. Everyone must write down their deepest secret so that their teacher Miss Eagle can set a giant ball alight and they can all watch their worries disappear. But the ball of secrets mysteriously disappears and everyone's secrets are revealed. Can Georgie and Jem discover who the secrets thief is and learn how to stick together in their new family?

The Emperor's New Clothes Band 12/Copper

The Emperor's New Clothes Band 12/Copper

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2017

Build your child's reading confidence at home with books at the right level A traditional tale originating from Denmark about a vain king, who'll do anything to dress to impress, even if it ends up making him look rather silly! Copper/Band 12 books provide more complex plots and longer chapters that develop reading stamina. Text type: A traditional tale. Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends; books from other cultures and traditions This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Pea's Book of Birthdays

Pea's Book of Birthdays

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Fun, families and secrets in the latest story in this lovely series. Perfect for girls of 8 and above. It's Pea's birthday, and all the family are gathered around to celebrate. But there's one person missing - her dad. She has never known him, but is the story Mum always told her (the one about Dad being a pirate) really true? What is this mysterious Piratical Father doing now? So begins Pea's quest to track down her dad once and for all . . .

Pea's Book of Big Dreams

Pea's Book of Big Dreams

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Eleven-year-old Pea and her wonderfully wacky family are back for their second adventure in this fabulously funny series. After securing herself a best friend and settling into London life, Pea is now contemplating her future and what exactly she should be when she grows up. Should she be a writer (like Mum)? An artist (like their crazy new au pair Klaudia)? A footballer? A pet therapist? Join Pea as she attempts to find out the answers - with hilarious results!

Pea's Book of Holidays

Pea's Book of Holidays

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Fun, families and secrets in the latest story in this lovely series. Perfect for girls of 8 and above. Pea's family are separating for the summer holidays. Big sister, Clover, is off to Drama Camp, Mum is staying at home to finish her new book, and Pea and Tinkerbell are going camping. But things don't go quite to plan, and Pea finds her summer suddenly filled with Enid Blyton, castles, ghosts and mysteries . . .

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