Today we are thrilled to welcome Suzey Ingold to Sinfully as she celebrates the release of her new novel Speakeasy.
Q & A with Suzey Ingold
Hi Suzey, thank you for agreeing to Q & A. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you for having me! I’m a writer and linguistics student, currently based in Edinburgh. I’ve been writing for years and had my first short story, The Willow Weeps for Us, published in 2015, in the Summer Love anthology from Duet Books. Speakeasy is about a recent Yale graduate who must discover what he really wants when he meets the owner of a unique Midtown speakeasy in 1920s Manhattan.
Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.
Art always wanted a sibling. Especially in the wake of his parents’ deaths, he wished for someone closer to his own age with whom he could share the experience. In setting up TJ, he feels like he gained a new family: a group of brothers of his own.
Have you ever written something that made you cry?
There was one short story I wrote for fun a couple of years ago and it ended with a character reminiscing of their lover who had died and I’ll admit, there were tears. In my defense, it was late at night, I think I’d had some wine, and I pretty much cry at everything anyway.
Have you ever co-written with someone before?
I have tried, yes—me and a friend tried co-writing a story together but it never really got off the ground even though we had the ideas in place. I don’t know that it would have worked or read very well, to be honest, because our writing styles are quite different.
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Definitely getting started is the most difficult part. You have all the ideas in place—the characters, the general story arc and structure—and then it’s just you and the blank page. I find it daunting, especially at the start of a big project like Speakeasy, because even though what you write first may not end ultimately up being the first words that the reader will see when they open the book, at the time you assume they will be. It’s the first thing they will read and you want it to be perfect, to grab their attention and pull them in. I’ve considered starting from the middle, but my brain just doesn’t work that way! I have to start at the beginning.
Name your four most important food groups.
Pasta, bread, eggs, and bananas—that’s a lot of carbs and starchy foods, but those are basically my lifelines, will-eat-at-any-time-of-day kind of foods. Having eggs in the fridge at all times is a habit I think I picked up off my mum. She taught me that when there’s nothing else, you can always make an omelet!
Publisher ~ Interlude Press
Published ~ 18th February 2016
Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance
In the height of the Prohibition era, recent Yale graduate Heath Johnson falls for Art, the proprietor of a unique speakeasy tucked away beneath the streets of Manhattan where men are free to explore their sexuality. When Art’s sanctuary is raided, Heath is forced to choose between love and the structured life his parents planned for him.
Heath swallows, playing over an idea that had formed shakily in his head after he saw Frankie, since Art walked through that door and possibly longer without him being fully conscious of it. “Maybe it’s time I was honest. Tell them that I don’t want to marry Ginny or work with my father. Let the pieces fall where they may.”
“You would do that?”
“If it meant being with you, I would do anything.” Heath sits up and the sheets fall to pool around his waist. “I know what I want, now. And it’s you and whatever a future with you brings.”
Meet the Author
Suzey Ingold is a writer, linguist and coffee addict, currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brought up in a household where children’s books are quoted over the dinner table, literature has always had a strong influence on her life. She enjoys traveling, scented candles and brunch. Her short story, “The Willow Weeps for Us,” was included in “Summer Love: An LGBTQ Collection,” published by Duet, an imprint of Interlude Press (2015).
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