WELCOME Suzy shearer!
So glad you could pop in and share a little about yourself and your writing.
1. What is the theme of the book you are working on?
My current WIP is about an artist and his nude model. As I write erotic romances I think you could imagine what happens. 😉
It’s the 4th book in a series called Dark Desires which explores the kinky practises that happen behind closed doors.
2. What was/is one of the hardest things about writing one of your books/current manuscript? (Did you or do you want to throw it into the fire like frodo?)
One of my books featured a hero who used the Cree language so I had to try to find someone who could translate the phrases I wanted into Cree.
3. Because everyone always wants to know. Are you a panster or plotter?
Definitely a panster. I tend to write all over the place. I may start at chapter 1 but then move to chapter 20 then back to 15 then 2. I flit about like a butterfly.
I could be writing a chapter then have an idea for something further in the book so I write that chapter. Amazingly it all comes together in the end. I’m sure a lot of other writers would be horrified but it works for me. (What ever works. We are all hardwired differently)
I use a program called Scrivener because it allows me to wander about with all my chapters showing as tabs. It also has my characters, my research and any pics included in tabs as well. (Love Scrivener. I'm also a fan.)
4. How important are reviews to you? Do you get upset when they aren’t favourable? (Like stalk the reviewer and wish they get infested with a thousand fleas.)
When my first book came out I read them avidly. I’d be in tears over the bad reviews. I wanted to write to those people and tell them how mean they were but I didn’t.
Then one day I was looking at a very well-known bestselling author’s latest book and reading his reviews. Imagine my surprise when I read some horrid ones. Made me realise no matter what you write or how good it is, you just can’t satisfy everyone. That’s when I understood you have to write for yourself and believe in it.
Now I rarely read reviews unless they are from reviewers I requested. If theirs aren’t as good as I hope I’ve found that most offer suggestions as to why they felt sections didn’t work and I always take that on board.
If you’re an author you have to grow a thick skin and learn to ignore the bad. (Or laugh it off.)
5. How do you market your books? (Stand at the top of a building and shout buy my book?) Any events you want the reader to know about e.g. Coming appearances or signing?
I use social media – Facebook, Twitter, Tsu, Linkedin, etc. I also run a blog and a website. When I have a new book release I usually run a few competitions to give copies away. On top of that I have a quarterly newsletter that I send out and with each newsletter I give away something to one of my subscribers. (Tsu...never heard of it, will have to investigate.)
6. Social Media – Love it or hate it? Where do you hang out the most? Any tips to share?
Social media – not overly fond of it but it is a real necessity these days. I hang out on Facebook – have an author page that I try and post to each day.
7. What is your favourite motivational phrase or positive saying?
Yoda - "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try" (My hubby likes this one. He is often saying it to the kids.)
If you want to know more about Suzy you can find her here;
Website : http://suzyshearer.wix.com/suzy
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Publisher : http://www.bookstrand.com/suzy-shearer
Current release :
Melting Her Dom’s Heart by Suzy Shearer
Book 3 Dark Desires.
When Kallista Robins, 49, meets Alex Harrison, 51, she is instantly attracted to him but his obnoxious behaviour leaves her cold. Alex has quite a reputation--he is a great Dom but he is cold and emotionless, never letting anyone get close to him. Nicknamed Alexander the Great by subs, he has locked his heart away and intends to keep it that way. Alex refuses to ever collar a sub or get emotionally involved and always warns the woman before he begins any relationship, even going so far to have it written into their Dom/sub contract. But when he meets Kallie Robins his world is turned upside down. Having never been in love before, the new feelings he experiences send Alex into a tailspin. How will Kallie be able to stay in a cold, emotionless relationship? If he can't return her love will she decide to give up on ever Melting Her Dom's Heart?