Safkhet Publishing ~ Summer Reads

Monday, 17 June 2013

Cover Reveal & Guest Post ~ Little White Lies and Butterflies by Suzie Tullet

Today, I’m delighted to be hosting fellow Safkhet Publishing Author, Suzie Tullett!
Suzie is here to show off her lovely cover and share a little about the inspiration behind her fabulous new Romantic Comedy, ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’.

Suzie, I love the setting for your book! What attracted you to this particular location?

Choosing the Greek island of Kalymnos as the setting for Little White Lies and Butterflies was easy. After all, who doesn’t like a bit of sun, sea and sand in their holiday read? I know I do. More than that though, is the fact that I was lucky enough to live there at the time and having all things Greek at my fingertips was too good an opportunity to ignore. 

The mountainous landscape of the place is absolutely stunning and so dramatic it didn’t just remind me of a scene from Jason and the Argonauts, it provided a great backdrop against which the story could unfold – Lydia’s ups and downs rising and falling just like the mountains themselves. And because Kalymnos is a mecca amongst the world’s climbing fraternity, the landscape also inspired Lydia’s love interest, Sam – not that I have ever, personally, partaken in this activity. Like Lydia, I much prefer my feet to remain safely on terra firma!
Then there’s the Hellenic way of life, which in many ways is much more relaxed than ours in Northern Europe. So whilst we’re rushing around from A to B all the while trying to meet deadlines, the Kalymnians are enjoying a spot of café culture, spending three hours chatting over a single cup of coffee… I know, it’s hardly surprising the Greeks invented the frappe, is it?
However, socialising also tends to involve big family get togethers that include lots and lots of eating – food playing an important role in seemingly every Greek household. As, indeed, it does in the book, hence, my weight gain during the writing process… The things we have to do in the name of research!

Moreover, such families are made up of the most wonderful and engaging of characters. And whilst those in Little White Lies and Butterflies are completely fictitious, I have to say that as a writer, their colourful attitudes did give me loads to draw upon… and so the Fatolitis family was born.
Even the culture and history of Kalymnos didn’t escape my attention, although to tell you how would be to spoil the book before you’ve even read it. Something I most certainly don’t want to do. And whilst I’ve sadly left the island in search of pastures new I just hope that by the time you reach ‘The End’ for yourselves, your experience of Kalymnos will have been as much fun as mine.

Sigh. I’m tempted to book my flight. And, as I have done a bit of mountain climbing (well, more mountain walking and falling over the odd rock), I’d definitely appreciate those views. This sounds like a holiday must-read for me. I am, in fact, reading it! Best of luck, Suzie.

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Carol E Wyer said...

This looks a fabulous read and the cover is wonderful. I can't wait to take this on holiday with me.
I feel all Summery now.

Suzie Tullett said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Sheryl and giving the opportunity to about Kalymnos as the book's setting. It's such a wonderful place for so many reasons.

I can't wait to hear what you think of Little White Lies and Butterflies x

Thanks for your lovely words, Carol. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as your holiday x

Sheryl said...

Pleasure to have you here, Suzie! I love your cover! Carol's right, it's very Summery - and she should know. She's a Summery sort of person. Best of luck, sweetie! :) xx

Nicky Wells said...

WHOOOP what a gorgeous cover, I love it. Pink with butterflies, totally perfect! Happy cover reveal, Suzie!!!

Paulita said...

I would love to escape to Greece for a week, or just for the length of your book.
I think the setting becomes another character in the book. For me, simply setting my book in France automatically draws readers. Of course, I have to deliver once the reader gets the book.
Fun post

Suzie Tullett said...

It is a lovely cover isn't it, Nicky? And once you get to know, Lydia, the book's protagonist, you'll realise just how perfect it is! x

Suzie Tullett said...

You're so right about places becoming another character in their own right, Paulita. They can give a story an added depth x

Sheryl said...

Thanks for commenting, Nicky! I love the flutterbies, too! :) xx

Sheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by, Paulita. I think serious on location research is called for! ;) xx

Janie said...

Suzie your cover is pretty in pink! Fun interview. Always love to see behind the scenes as to how a story is crafted. Much success! Love Janie

Suzie Tullett said...

Thanks, Janie. Your kinds words are much appreciated. The cover is lovely, isn't it? I can't wait for publications so I can see it for real x