Today, I welcome Susan Royal to Anasazi Dreams. She has a new book she’s excited to tell us about.
What gave you the idea for this particular story?
Years ago, I read Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson, a fantasy adventure about a man who found himself in another dimension and the quest he went took to find out why he was there. The idea intrigued me. From there I went to wondering what it would be like to be an ordinary girl, leading a perfectly normal life, have a handsome stranger show up from another world just in time to whisk you away to another world, where everyone wants the secret they think you have.
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I still work a full-time job. I’m married and a grandmother. Adapt is my middle name. I don’t watch a lot of television, so most evenings you can find me spending time at the computer, lost in one of my ‘other’ worlds.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t. My family was always big on telling stories and it just seemed like a natural thing to do.
What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I hope they find what I always look for in a book: intriguing characters that feel like real people, an escape from the world around me, to laugh, to cry. I hope they are sorry when the story ends.
Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
Time travel, adventure, paranormal, fantasy. Time travel is my favorite, because I like nothing better than to write something that would allow the reader to get ‘up close and personal’ with a place or time in history.
What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
The waiting is the most difficult for me. I’m a very impatient person. It’s easier now that I’ve been published. I seem to be in a perpetual stage of writing, editing, promoting, and constantly learning new things. I love it.
Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
Some of the things my characters do or say or their appearance might have been sparked by something I heard or saw, but most of In My Own Shadow came out of that alternate reality. Well, there is one thing…Lara suffers from debilitating migraine headaches at one point in the book. I drew on my personal experience for that.
How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
Liknesses: Apart from the headaches, Lara is sarcastic, stubborn and determined. She’s also a bit of a loner. Differences: she’s tall, redheaded and has a killer figure.
What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
Since this was a fantasy, I had to create my own world. I did research different terrains, so my descriptions would be accurate and I did a lot of research on different types of combat: using a crossbow, fighting with a sword, martial arts.
Where can people learn more about you and your work?
Not Long Ago book trailer http://youtu.be/vOIQVdWUigU/
Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
Read books by authors who write in the style you like. Take notes on how they set up their stories. Pay close attention to what works. Join an online critique group that will cater to your genre. Write, learn, edit, learn, rewrite and learn some more.
What’s in the future for you?
I’m finishing up a sequel to my first book, Not Long Ago. It continues the story of Erin and Griffin. Next I plan to write a paranormal coming-of-age story about a boy, growing up in the Texas hill country in the sixties.
Thanks so much for having me, Janie. I enjoyed!
Here’s a bit more about Susan….
Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes complete with a female ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar.
Susan is married, with three children and four grandchildren. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. She spent her childhood listening to her grandmother’s stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. Her father shared stories of growing up in San Antonio in the depression, and through her mother’s eyes she experienced how it felt to be a teenager during WWII.
Her newest, In My Own Shadow, is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Her first book, Not Long Ago, is a time travel adventure/romance. Both ebooks are available through MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. She is currently working on a sequel to Not Long Ago, because her daughter insisted there was still more of Erin and Griffin’s story to tell, and she was right.