Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Suzanne Graham!!

Hey everyone! I'm thrilled to have Suzanne Graham with me today as my Wednesday Wonder Writer. Suzanne is a talented up and coming writer and I'm excited to learn more about her (and see her upcoming books). The interview:

Thank you, Brynn, for inviting me to share my story with your readers today. I am a big fan of your Circle of Three series, and I am honored you have asked me to join you on your blog. [Thanks for being here Suzanne! I'm always thrilled to meet people who like C3.]

Author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

During the week my alarm rings at 6:20 a.m. and gets slapped. Then I snooze for nine minutes before it rudely wakes me again. I roll out of bed, brush my teeth and dress for my cardio workout. I kiss kid #1 goodbye as Dad takes him out the door to drive him to the bus stop. After exercising, I put kid #2 on the bus that stops at the end of the driveway. I grab a quick shower in the twenty minutes before I have to drive kid #3 to his bus stop. By 8:40 a.m., I’m back home and turn on the country and western music channel to fill the house with country love songs. I sit in my Girl Cave (see pic), check email and open my current work in progress.

Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

Sometimes if I’m struggling to get to work, I make myself a promise. Something like, “I get to spend the afternoon reading the next book on my to-be-read pile after I sit here and write this next chapter.”

What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

I’m really good with deadlines, and I’m really bad without them. If I don’t give myself a deadline to finish a story, it will take me months to write 15K words. Whereas when I had a deadline, I finished a 15K story in eleven days.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned since starting work in this industry?

I have been amazed over and over again at how wonderful other authors have been to me as I make my way through this crazy life as a writer. The authors I’ve met have been the most fabulous women I know—helpful, supportive, caring, funny, generous, and empathetic.

What are you working on now?

I have begun to venture into paranormal. My editor is reviewing my first m/m/f paranormal story, and I am now working on a m/m/f shape shifter book.

What’s your favorite genre to write?

I enjoy exploring the complex emotions involved in multiple partner relationships. In my Gifts of Desire series, I had two couples who had to overcome various levels of jealousy to find their happiness in an unconventional relationship.

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

I’m a book slut. I read everything.

Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

I’m a big Suzanne Brockmann fan. I read about her Troubleshooters series in an article in RWR, Romance Writers Report, and ran right out to get her US Navy Seals. Yummy alpha heroes!

Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.

I’ve been a romance reader since middle school when I fell in love with historical western romances from Sunfire publishers in the eighties. Each title was the name of the heroine. These books still sit on my keeper shelf. In the back of my mind, I always imagined myself writing one of those stories. I finally got around to writing my first story three years ago. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had some great scenes delivered to me via a dream. It was a women’s fiction story that now collects dust under my bed. When I joined a local writer’s group, I learned about the exciting genre of erotic romance and decided to write a story that turned up the heat. I wrote it in the summer of 2008. I revised it in January of 2009, and in August of that year it was published by Total-e-Bound. That was The Birthday Present, book one of my Gifts of Desire series. Book two, The Christmas Present, was published in December, and the third book, The Anniversary Present, will be out this summer.

What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

My current release with Total-e-bound is The Christmas Present—book two in my Gifts of Desire series. Tom has a surprise Christmas present for his wife, but he can only give it to her with the help of Mark and Sabrina.

What’s your writing space like?

I have a fabulous home office called the Girl Cave. (The Boy Cave is in the basement where my hubby and my boys have a woodworking workshop.) My shelves were designed by me and built by my handy hubby. The southern-facing windows look out over the woods in my backyard.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

READ! Cook dinner, get kids on and off buses, hang out with my girlfriends, scrapbook, take naps. I’d say the last one is my favorite.

I’m all about ‘giving people something to talk about’. We all experience crazy things from time to time. Can you tell us something unusual that you’ve done or had happen to you?

I love to dance. At the RomantiCon conference sponsored by Ellora’s Cave in October, I won second place in the dance contest. I lost to the author who did the dirty dancing with her Caveman. In the picture, I’m in the background in the short pink dress. First place is straddling her male model, and third place is on the left side of the picture. I won a pink lava lamp and a gift certificate to Ellora’s Cave. It was a 1960s themed party. This year I am practicing the Charleston for the 1920s themed dance contest.

Tell us… What’s your favorite movie and why?

I just watched The Ugly Truth, today. I was laughing out loud. It’s a fantastic new version of the play—Cyrano de Bergerac.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

Thank you for keeping authors in the business of writing by buying books. Every time you read a pirated book, another author loses her wings.

Last questions… Coke or Pepsi? Water

Summer or Winter? Seriously!?! I live in snowy West Michigan. Summer, of course!!!

Cat person or Dog person? Two cat person

Bronte or Austen? TIE! Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice

Star Trek or Star Wars? Battlestar Galatica [Brynn truth: I have the BG series on DVD ;) So with you there. Who's your fav. BG guy??]

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Don’t know either one well enough, yet.

McDonalds or Burger King? Panera

Thanks for being here Suzanne! Readers, you can find Suzanne at:


Leslie B. said...

Great insight into a fabulous writer's life. Thanks Brynn and Suzanne.

Bronwyn Green said...

Book Slut! :D Great title and excellent interview! And I can say, having witnessed Suzanne's dancing abilities, she's fantabulous!

Suzanne Graham said...

Hi Brynn!
Thanks for giving me a spot on your blog today.

Totally hot for Apollo. Are there other men on BG? I only have eyes for Captain Lee Adama.

Thanks, Bron, for the compliments on my dancing.

Thanks for the comment, Leslie.


Kris Norris said...

Hey Suzanne.

OMG!! I love me some Battlestar Gallactica... but I'm totally old school. I'm talking the original of the original. Remember Dirk Benedict, and Lorne Greene? I know. But I had such a crush on Apollo as a teenager.

Great interview.


Regina Carlysle said...

Shoot! I'm a couple days late getting over here, Suzanne (or is that CRAZY LADY). I loved meeting you at Romanticon and so happy you are coming again. We MUST hang out!