Thursday, October 23, 2014

Author Thursday: Interview with Susan Rae

Today's guest is romantic suspense author Susan Rae. Chicago authors have a special place in my heart, so I'm excited to have her here today. I'm definitely going to check her DeLuca series out. (Hot Chicago police officers? Yes, please!) ;-)

1. What flavor is your writing? (Contemporary? Historical? Spicy? Action? Space odyssey? Ninjas? All of the above?)

Definitely Steamy Suspense!

2. Where do you get your inspiration?

Very often, the ideas for my suspense storylines come from the newspaper. I read the newspaper every morning and every so often an article will spark my imagination. I often combine one or two story ideas and work with them as I create the hero and heroine for a novel, and their love story.

3. What is your favorite thing about being an author?

I love creating lives for my characters, throwing them into jeopardy, bringing both the love story and the suspense to a climax (pun intended :-) ) and then figuring out how to make both come out all right in the end. However, my absolute favorite thing is hearing from readers who truly enjoy my books. It’s awesome when readers get my writing.

4. What are you reading now or what books do you have in your TBR pile?

Sandra Brown’s Best Kept Secrets, Catherine Coulter’s The Lost Key, and Nora Roberts Night Moves.

5. What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a romantic suspense novel titled Moonshadows. The action follows journalist and Native American Maggie Long as she returns to the reservation to cover a controversial mining project and comes face-to-face with her one-time lover, Darin Lighthawke.

You can fine out more about Susan at these links:
TRUE blue, Book #3 in the DeLuca Family Series

Sometimes we must revisit the past to embrace our future.

Twenty-four years ago, the murder of a Chicago police officer changed Joey DeLuca’s life. He lost his best friend and first love, Meghan McConnell, when her mother whisked her out of town. Now, on the eve of another officer’s death, Meghan is back and about to step into his life again.

There is very little gray in Joey’s line of work as a Lt. Detective–it is either black or white, right or wrong. But Meghan’s insistence on finding answers to her father’s murder threatens those beliefs and throws his marriage to CPD Detective Andi, his career, and the entire DeLuca family in jeopardy when new revelations come to light.

Can Joey save his marriage, solve the murder, and keep his family together all at the same time?

TRUE blue can be purchased at Musa Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.
Susan grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College, Missouri with an emphasis in creative writing. She penned her first melodrama in fifth grade for a Girl Scout Drama badge. Complete with hero, heroine, and dastardly villain, it wasn’t so very different than the romantic suspense she writes now.

“I love writing romantic suspense because it allows me to combine a sexy, passionate love story with a gritty suspense tale—in my opinion, the best of both worlds. It also allows me to express my appreciation for the outdoors in the setting that I recreate on the page.”

Freefall, Susan’s second novel, takes place in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine Forest and beautiful Door County. ICE blue returns to the busy streets of Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan to continue the story of the DeLuca family which began in her award winning first novel, heartbeats. In TRUE blue, the third book in the DeLuca Family series, she was thrilled when it became apparent that her characters must take a trip to Montana’s majestic Glacier National Park.

When she is not sketching characters, you might find her on the golf course working on her handicap, or traveling around the country seeking out new settings for her novels with her husband and empty nest puppies, Ginger and Nikute. To read more about Susan’s novels and the writing life, please visit her website/blog at www.susanrae.com.

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