Author Interview – Susie Warren @susiecwarren
Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Susie Warren here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Susie Warren every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
I had been writing in my spare time for about ten years. I finally decided to take it more seriously and made a commitment to write an hour each day. It changed everything. I completed a novel and sent it off to a traditional publisher. It took about four months to get a response. It was a rejection. A good friend of mine was successfully self-published and convinced me to give it a try.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your book or getting it published that you would change?
Yes, I wouldn’t write a novel for a particular publishing house. I think it’s important to understand the market but I think writers should have the freedom to write the novel that they find most interesting or compelling.
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
I think every writer writes in their pajamas or something equally comfortable. It’s one of the perks of not having to leave your office.
What is your favorite place to travel?
The beach. I’m from the northeast so one of my favorite getaways is Cape May in New Jersey. But I’m immensely happy to go to any beach.
Do you prefer print books or ebooks?
I take a hybrid approach. I do purchase some print books but I also download books to my kindle. I think they both have advantages.
What types of books do you write?
I write contemporary romance with smart plot lines and tons of conflict.
When it comes to writing- what are your strong points? What are your weaknesses?
Plotting and dialog are my strong points. In terms of weakness, I have to fight against cutting a scene too short and allow the scene to play out.
How many books have you written?
I just completed my third novel which is due to be released this month.
Are you self published or traditionally published?
Self-published which has been an interesting process. I love the freedom but it’s amazing what you need to know as a writer in terms of promotion and marketing.
What’s the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Deciding how to tackle revisions. After I print out the first draft, I have to remind myself to let it sit for a couple of weeks to gain some perspective.
How long does it take you to write a book?
My novels are about 50,000 words and the first draft takes 60 – 65 hours. Then I spend at least that amount of time on rewriting. So it takes me about three months to finish a novel.
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
Most of the time, I figure out the setting first. Either from images or traveling. I like to look at landscapes and imagine what type of character would live there. Sometimes it starts with a question. For example, when I visited Florida – there was an exclusive jewelry store without door handles and a sign that said ‘by appointment only’. I began to wonder why a jeweler would want to do that.
How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?
I’m self-published so it took three weeks for the cover design, formatting and final editing.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
For Ruthless Perfection, I came across a beautiful coffee table book with images from the Carrara Marble Quarries in a local bookstore. The images were so captivating that I purchased the book and began to consider setting a story with the marble quarries as a background. I spent time researching the history of the marble quarries and the background for the characters naturally evolved. I knew I wanted to weave in a character’s struggle with the issue of seeking perfection in their life and how that would impact a romance.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Remaining patient and kind when someone interrupts me.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Keep writing. There is so much to know and learn about the industry but the first step is putting words on a page.
What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
Enjoyment. I hope readers will be drawn into the story and forget about mundane issues for a brief period of time.
Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?
The second novel in this series, The Exiled Jeweler, is coming out this month. It tells the story of Isabel Neri’s cousin. Emilia Berceto is a shy heiress to a jewelry empire and captures the attention of a celebrated business entrepreneur when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective family sends her far away.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
The title for Ruthless Perfection was difficult for me. I knew that some readers might have a reaction to the concept of perfectionism. But I kept coming back to the idea because the hero was battling with control issues and the need to be perfect in his work. He doesn’t realize that the heroine is hiding scars from an accident and is reluctant to let her guard down around him because he insists on such high standards. But the heroine doesn’t realize at first that he applies those standards to himself and not others. Throughout the story, they both have to grapple with seeking perfection in their work and themselves.
What inspires you as a writer?
I’m drawn to the limitless possibilities in creating a story. I started writing for the sheer joy of storytelling. I like to experiment with language and enjoy learning about the craft. As a writer, I have ultimate control and can let my imagination run wild. For me, there is something so satisfying about telling stories and having readers read them. I love to imagine an unknown reader downloading one of my books and sitting down on the sofa ready to begin an adventure.
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Susie Warren. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
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by Susie Warren
A filmmaker wanting to honor her family’s legacy approaches a reclusive billionaire for help
Isabel Neri’s innocence captures the attention of a well-known Italian marble mogul, Marc Santoro, when she approaches him against her family’s wishes. Wanting to honor her disgraced grandfather, Isabel needs Marc’s permission to produce a film about the Carrara marble industry.
Faced with honoring an old family obligation, Marc allows Isabel to travel to Italy with him but seeks to limit her exposure to his family’s tragic past. Isabel discovers the untold story and challenges Marc to reveal the truth. She is forced to expose her own secret as their desire sparks out of control.
Isabel couldn’t believe she allowed herself to get drawn into this conversation. It was none of her business. She needed to go home and work on the schedule for tomorrow.
He looked at her and she could feel her heart race. “I have a completely different feeling about you. You are incredible at getting people to open up and, if anything, you tempt me to say and do things that I wouldn’t normally do.”
Without thinking she said, “What do I tempt you to do?”
He stepped closer and she could feel the nerve endings in her spine become heightened with anticipation.
Unconsciously, she bit her lower lip. She watched in fascination as he moved closer to her. Knowing that she should break the spell and step away, she felt powerless to do so. Her body felt hot all of a sudden and she waited for his touch without drawing a single breath. He traced his thumb over the sensitized area where her lower lip met her skin, causing her to draw in much needed air. His hand moved to the back of her neck, pulling her forward, and his mouth came down on hers. His kiss was gentle and coaxing until she opened her mouth fully and moved closer to him and then his kiss become more demanding.
Suddenly his hands were on her back, urging her closer, and his tongue deliciously explored her mouth. His body felt warm and solid as she pressed against him. The sound of their harsh breathing echoed in her head as she ran her hands over the taut muscles in his shoulders. She felt a tremor go through his body and it excited her.
She moved closer yet and luxuriated in the feel of his hard, strong body. He kissed her again and she moved onto her toes to fit her body against his perfectly.
He began to unbutton her shirt and she froze. Breaking away, she said, “We need to stop.”
“We are completely alone, cara. And you are driving me insane.” His voice was soft and coaxing as he gently touched a strand of her hair.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
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