Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Writer Interview #11

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-- Writer Interview # 11 --

We have had such a wonderful time participating in BK Walker's Book Tour in celebration of Poetry and Library Month (April) that we have decided to continue featuring one author per week indefinitely.  The full schedule for the participating BK Walker Book Tour authors is: http://bkwalkerbooks.weebly.com/virtual-book-tours.html 

Bio: Susan Hanniford Crowley crossed over from science fiction and fantasy into paranormal romance two years ago.  She is a professional member of SFWA (Science fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.), a RWA-Pro, and the author of the Vampires in Manhattan series. Susan enjoys her family, collecting dragons, and Thai kickboxing.  She can be found at:  www.susanhannifordcrowley.com

Q. Share with us the journey you experienced in getting your books published… 

A: I was shopping around my full-length vampire/supernatural romance novel “The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais” to agents and some publishers.  At the same time, I submitted a paranormal romance novella, “When Love Survives”, to Tease Publishing LLC, and they loved it.  When they contracted it, I mentioned my full-length novel; they bought that and a connected vampire romance novella – “A Vampire for Christmas” 

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

A. I love journals and pens, so I often start something in longhand.  Then I switch to the computer to type it in and finish it on the computer. I always have a journal with a pen in my purse.  My favorite pen is the Uniball Deluxe Fine champagne colored.

Q. What has been the most surprising thing you learned from creating your books?

A. I loved digging into obscure Greek mythology.  In “The Stormy Love Life of Laura Corelais”, I went deep to find the Telkhines who lived on the isle of Rhodes and had the power to control the weather.  For the ancestry of my modern day vampires, I found the Keres, the original death-spirits.   Creating a modern day Telkhine and the lost rituals were a huge undertaking.

Q. How many books/stories have you written?

A. Since I started writing when I was eight and professionally submitting since I was 16, I would say an insane amount. 

In romance, I have published one full-length novel (94,000 words) and two novellas (small books).  In process, I’ve recently turned in a new novella to my editor.  I’m working on one novella as a sequel, another for an anthology where I was invited to submit, two full-length novels in progress, and a collaborative effort with another novelist.  

Q. Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?

A. Arrange your daily schedule so you can write every day, even if you start with a half hour and move up in time.  Set word count goals and up it a little at the end of the week.  The constant practice will increase your flow and speed.  Visit my website above and try out the creative writing exercises.  Search out a critique group that you feel comfortable with and from which you experience actual help.  If you’re a romance author, join the RWA and a local chapter.  It made a huge difference for me.

Q. Do you hear from your readers? / What do they say?

A. I do hear from my readers, and they usually want to know where to get the other books.  Right now they’re all at All Romance Ebooks and other fine e-book stores, and I’m awaiting a print date for “The Stormy Love Life of Laura Corelais”.  I’ve met my personal goal when I hear people are enjoying my work.  That makes my day.

Find Dave and Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows and free resources and more at: www.brummet.ca


  1. I'm a sucker for good pens and journals, too, though I must admit I never do more than an outline or brainstorming longhand. My handwriting is simply too illegible!

  2. I love research, too. It can provide so many unexpected twists and turns and really gives a weight of authenticity to your narrative. Fun!

  3. Congrats on your release! Wishing you much success.

  4. Wow, Susan, you are a workhorse. I know how very difficult and time consuming that kind of research you mentioned is. Did you have to go to Greece, or were you able to find material online? Your novel and novellas must be fantastic, with that kind of layer of history, myth, traiditon, etc., behind them.
    Great job. I look forward to reading one of them, especially because I've been to Rhodes and some of the other Greek islands and can imagine your settings even now.


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