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 at susieday.com

Featured books by Susie Day

Other books by Susie Day

The Emperor's New Clothes Band 12/Copper

The Emperor's New Clothes Band 12/Copper

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2018

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

The Secrets of the Superglue Sisters

The Secrets of the Superglue Sisters

Author: Susie Day Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/07/2017

Georgie and Jem aren't just best friends anymore; now Georgie's mum and Jem's dad are together, they're going to be sisters! School is a bit more challenging. Miss Eagle wants the whole class to start a self-esteem project. They'll write their biggest secret on a piece of paper and then float them up into the sky on a balloon and their worries will disappear. Then disaster! The ball of secrets disappears instead and suddenly no one's secrets are safe.

The Secrets of the Superglue Sisters

The Secrets of the Superglue Sisters

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback 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 Secrets of Sam and Sam

The Secrets of Sam and Sam

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

Sam likes being a twin. He likes having two mums. He likes cheese sandwiches and his dog and drawing comics with his friend Pea. He does not like humus - or heights . . . His twin sister Sammie likes being a twin too. She knows that she's perfect best friend material for somebody - the girls in her class just haven't realised yet. And she knows that she's the best Sam - Sam A. Both Sam and Sammie - and everybody in their lives seems to be keeping secrets - which ones will come out?

Pea's Book of Big Dreams

Pea's Book of Big Dreams

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback 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 Best Friends

Pea's Book of Best Friends

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

When Pea Llewellyn's dizzy but dazzling single mum becomes Marina Cove, author of the bestselling Mermaid Girls books, everything changes. It's time to leave their tiny flat in Tenby for a proper house in London, and a whole new life. Pea likes the red front door, and the attic bedroom all to herself. She even likes her hideous new school uniform, in a masochistic Malory Towers sort of way. But there's an empty chair beside her in every lesson, and no one seems to want to fill it. In the absence of volunteers, Pea is going to have to acquire herself a best friend . . . Meet Pea, the girl with a head full of dreams, in this funny and entertaining story where she decides what she wants to be.

The Secrets of Billie Bright

The Secrets of Billie Bright

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

Family; friendships; and fun, diverse, real-life situations and issues. The brand-new book by Susie Day, for girls growing up in a real, modern world . . . Billie Bright's family is pretty big for one that's got somebody missing. There's Billie who is a girl Billie and eleven and about to go to secondary school. Then there are her three big brothers and her Dad, who also runs the cafe under their flat. Life's loud but Billie likes it, even without her mum there any more. But with the new school comes having to make new friends and all kinds of other grown-up things to deal with. And at home it feels like all her brothers are keeping secrets from her. So when she decides to do a project on her mum, she has to do all the research herself and ends up finding out all kinds of things she doesn't expect to .

Pea's Book of Birthdays

Pea's Book of Birthdays

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback 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 Holidays

Pea's Book of Holidays

Author: Susie Day Format: Paperback 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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