By A.C. James
I’m talking today with novelist Suzanne Wright. If you like what you read, please investigate her books on Amazon UK.
A.C. James: Hello, Suzanne. Please tell my blog readers something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Suzanne: I’m 29 years old, I was born and raised in England, I have two kids, and I’m married to someone who is willing to ignore that I hear voices in my head. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been writing things, but I’d say it wasn’t until January 2012 when I self-published ‘Here Be Sexist Vampires’ using Amazon’s KDP that I could officially be termed a ‘writer’.
A.C. James: I love the KDP platform. What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?
Suzanne: I write fantasy and contemporary romance, and have published five books to date: ‘Here Be Sexist Vampires: The Deep In Your Veins Series, Book One’, ‘The Bite That Binds: The Deep In Your Veins Series, Book Two’, ‘Feral Sins: The Phoenix Pack Series, Book One’, ‘Wicked Cravings: The Phoenix Pack Series, Book Three’, and ‘From Rags.’ I love eBooks because I simply don’t have enough room in my house for the amount of books I own (it’s close to ridiculous), but I’ll always love paperbacks too. I love the new-book smell.
A.C. James: I concur on the physical shelf space issue. I had to cart an ungodly amount to books through three states and over two dozen moves. So I’m a big supporter of e-readers. Have you self-published? If so, what lead to you to become an indie author?
Suzanne: Yes, I self-published four of my books—one of which was re-released with a publisher. I decided to self-publish because I truly didn’t think anyone would enjoy what I write. As an avid reader, I’m aware of just how different my writing style is. I mean, I’m pretty sure I break every ‘writing rule’ there is, so I didn’t think a publisher would be interested in my books. Plus, I like a challenge.
A.C. James: There is a lot to learn with self-publishing but the freedom, control, and exhilaration make the learning curve worth it. Do you have a favorite of your stories or characters?
Suzanne: Haha, I can’t answer this question—it’s like being asked if I have a favorite child. I have soft spots for some of the characters though, such as Jaxxon (‘From Rags’), Fletcher (‘The Deep In Your Veins Series’), Taryn, Dominic, and—even though she’s horrid—Greta (‘The Phoenix Pack Series’). It was a real surprise to find that I care for the old crone in my own way.
A.C. James: Ah, there’s always the sympathetic villainous character that we fall in love with despite ourselves. Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?
Suzanne: I mostly read books by Stephen King and, yes, I think he did. He has a style that I love—he pushes boundaries and is unapologetic about it. As I write for myself, hoping others will enjoy my books too, that’s probably why I break rules and don’t write within the ‘writing perimeters’—I write what I’d like to read, and I like anything that pushes boundaries.
A.C. James: I love Stephen King too! Who else could pull off writing about a 200 pound St. Bernard who loves to chase rabbits then wanders into a cave to become infected with rabies which results in horror and mayhem?
Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?
Suzanne: I do write something every day; I feel restless if I don’t, like something is wrong. Mostly, an idea just pops into my head and then sprouts in several directions as my imagination is a little overactive. I then have to choose which direction I want to go down.
A.C. James: And do you do a lot of editing or research?
Suzanne: Editing…This isn’t going to make sense, but I write what I see. For me, it’s all playing out in my head like a film and I’m typing away, trying my best to keep up. That’s why I find editing hard—I type in a rush so I make the dumbest mistakes. Of course I’ll proof what I’ve written, but then I’ll make changes and forget to proof them. And then I’ll make more changes. And more. Of course I’ll proof the final manuscript as best I can, but by that point the story is practically memorized, so I’ll miss stray words, or grammatical errors, etc. God bless my Beta reader and my editors. I don’t like doing research as it’s time I could have spent just writing, but I’ll do it if needed.
A.C. James: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?
Suzanne: I prefer the third person, because I like hearing the two main characters’ point of view and it means I can flesh those characters out more. I haven’t tried writing in the second person—I’ll keep it in mind for a future challenge.
A.C. James: Second scares me too. What’s your favorite or least favorite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?
Suzanne: My least favorite? I can’t think of anything. I honestly love everything about writing. What never fails to surprise me is that the tiniest idea can turn into a hugely complicated story filled with elaborate themes and twists—I love it when that happens for me.
A.C. James: Are you involved in anything else writing-related other than actual writing or marketing of your writing?
Suzanne: Other than helping to design my covers—I love doing that—no, not really.
A.C. James: Designing in Photoshop is fun to experiment with. Are you on any forums or networking sites? If so, how valuable do you find them?
Suzanne: They’re always valuable, but I unfortunately don’t get the time to visit them as much as I’d like to—once I start a book, I’m in ‘cave mode’, and only my kids can get me out of it.
A.C. James: What are you working on at the moment or next?
Suzanne: I’m working on the third book in ‘The Deep in Your Veins series’, which again centers round Sam and Jared.
A.C. James: I’d love to hear more about it when it’s released. Tell us more about ‘Wicked Cravings’ and why it’s been such a big hit with your readers.
Suzanne: From what I can tell from the fan mail I receive, the readers love that Jaime has backbone and perfectly matches Dante, despite that he’s such a dominant male; she doesn’t blush or trip over flat surfaces at the sight of him and will face his temper with a snort and a ‘whatfreakingever’.
Great characterization by the way. Where can we find out about you and your writing?
Suzanne: Information about my books, upcoming releases, etc., can be found at:
If there’s a question that can’t be answered on those sites, people are welcome to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A.C. James: Thank you for interviewing today on my Paranormal Passion blog! Good luck with book three of ‘The Deep in Your Veins series’ and I look forward to having you back when it’s released. Suzanne is giving away 15 e-book copies of Feral Sins. So if you haven’t entered my Red, White, and Wolf Giveaway I suggest you do for a chance for 50 winners to win 3 great prizes from 6 amazing authors!