Welcome back to Stationery Love – the series where people share their love of all things stationery with us.
My guest today has a split personality … Suzie writes YA fiction books as Suzanna Williams and books for children as SuzieW. If you take part in the Talk of the Town linky you would have seen the fabulous posts Suzie links. Check out her colourful notebooks, pencils and sticky notes … and I can guarantee you’ll learn something! I certainly did.
Welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Thank you so much for letting me share my Stationery Love on Jera’s Jamboree.
Tell us about your “collection” of pretty notebooks/pens/folders/binders.
As a writer I have many, many notebooks. My favourites have a spiral binding so they lie nice and flat, and the best size is A5; big enough to be useful for stories whilst packing into a bag for notes-on-the-move. Although I do have a couple of A4 books for recording ‘non-fiction’ things, like the instructions to formatting in InDesign which I always forget.
I try not to buy ones that are too ‘pretty’ because then I save them for ‘special’ writing – which means they don’t get used – but I have a rainbow of bright covers.
All my family buy me notebooks for birthday’s and Christmas presents. I particularly love a furry orange notebook that had a flower pen to go with it. Thanks to my eldest daughter for this combo.
Rollerball or fountain pen Suzie?
I love the way the ink glides over the page when writing with a fountain pen. However, these days I’m generally found curled on my writing chair. What if I drop the pen and stain the cushions? So, I generally use a rollerball.
I also like writing with a pencil because the lead changes as it wears down. Writing with a sharp pencil and one that is blunt is a whole different experience. I bought some really funky pencils with rubbers to go with them. The grandchildren love them too. (have to agree with you about the pencils Suzie!)
My current implements of choice include a Talk of the Town pen (thank you, Shaz!) and one from my lovely editor (spot the deliberate mistake?).
Ink cartridge or bottled ink?
One of my many jobs before I became an author was ‘Civil Ceremony Celebrant’. Did you know that the ink used on Marriage Certificates has a really high lead content so it doesn’t fade? It also plays havoc with the inside of your average fountain pen so you just dip the nib in the ink rather than filling it. I bought a new one when I got the job and I still like writing special letters with it although I don’t use the toxic ink anymore. (interesting fact …)
What luxury item would be on your stationery wish list if only you could afford it?
Back in 2014 I entered a writing competition sponsored by Montegrappa. Their pens are not just pens, they are ‘writing instruments’ and they are seriously gorgeous. If money was no object, I’d probably get an Ernest Hemingway rollerball. At a mere £1690 it would be great for jotting Hemingway-inspired story notes, but then for ‘special writing’ I’d get a Pirates Pen. It’s £3600 but it has swords and a skull and crossbones. Ooh, I could write something epic with that.
Sadly, I didn’t win the competition but I did write a story featuring a magic pen.
What can’t you do without Suzie?
Oh, sticky notes. Where would I be without these? I use them for plotting; moving ideas around until the story fits. Their happy colours mark quotes in books as well as being reminders on my laptop, doors, fridge and mirror. One of my piano pupils bought me ‘keyboard’ sticky notes for Christmas. Love them.
Do you have any memorable experiences either sending, receiving or purchasing stationery?
I was eight years old and my Nan gave me a Parker pen for my birthday. It was yellow with black swirls all over and it was the nicest pen I’d ever written with. I felt so grown-up. That pen wrote many of my first stories; so many that the swirls wore off where I held it. It accompanied me to High School, crushed into a furry yellow pencil case with googly eyes on the front together with my new fountain pen which had a clear section so I could see how much ink was left. How cool was that?
Sadly, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. Halfway through the first year the whole pencil case was lost/stolen during a gym lesson. Devastating! The experience compounded my hatred for anything to do with sport. (boo! I feel your pain)
Finally, I took the “What item of stationery are you?” quiz https://www.buzzfeed.com/benwhite/which-item-of-stationery-are-you
And it seems, I’m a pencil.
You are lighthearted, expressive, and really fun. You believe that being yourself is the most important thing in life, and you often encourage others to think the same. You are intelligent and focused but always willing to think out of the box and be more experimental. You can sometimes be a little too sensitive to others’ thoughts and opinions, but you’re always able to understand that everyone is different.
Yay! I like this. Told you writing in pencil was good.
A big thank you to Shaz for Stationery Love.
Thank you for being my guest on Stationery Love today Suzie 🙂
Suzanna Williams lives in the wild, wet, Welsh borderlands surrounded by ruined medieval castles and Celtic mythology where she looks for UFO’s among the stars and imagines all the people she meets have dark secrets.
She writes these secrets into her books for you to share.
I LOVE SuzieW’s Better Buckle Up book video (for children). Highly recommend you watch it.
Head over to Suzie’s YA website where you can grab a free copy of Sarah, a short story in the Ninetyfive percent Human series. Just scroll down the page and enter your details.
*The links below are affiliate links which means I earn a small commission if you purchase using a link. The price you pay will be the same. By using the affiliate links you are helping to support future giveaway’s on Jera’s Jamboree.
A5 notebooks from £1.99 Ryman
Flower Pens from £1.25 Amazon
Pens and Pencils from £4.99 Waterstones
Sticky Notes from £2.95 Foyles
Parker Pens from £6.98 Amazon
Pencil Cases from £5.99 Etsy
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