Susan would love to do a giveaway. A copy of Not Long Ago, the first in the series in whatever e-format the winner wants. Please be sure to leave contact information to be considered in the drawing.
AUTHOR: Susan A. Royal
BOOK TITLE: From Now On
GENRE: Time Travel adventure/romance
BUY LINK: http://tinyurl.com/lnypggm
Please tell us about yourself.
Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes complete with a female ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar.
Susan is married and the mother of six (she counts her children’s spouses as her own) and five grandchildren who are all unique and very special. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Her grandmother shared stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. Her father told her about growing up in San Antonio in the depression, and she experienced being a teenager during WWII through her mother’s eyes.
Susan loves to take her readers through all kinds of adventures with liberal doses of romance. Her latest book is From Now On, a time travel adventure/romance. It’s the stand-alone sequel to Not Long Ago in her It’s About Time series. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. Odin’s Spear, one of her short stories is featured in a Quests, Curses, and Vengeance anthology, Martinus Publishing, available on Amazon.
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I still have a day job. Most of my evenings are spent writing. My husband has possession of the remote, which means he spends a lot of time channel surfing to the likes of the weather channel, Top Gear, UFO and/or Bigfoot sightings or sports which don’t interest me unless I happen to be doing research for a book.
When and why did you begin writing?
I don’t every recall a time when I didn’t. When I was in elementary school, I used to illustrate my assignments and make them look like the stories my favorite books.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was a fantasy. Reading Poul Anderson and Robert Heinlein motivated me to write a quest, filled with fantastic adventure. My next book was a time travel, inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. As I’ve said many times, I love the idea of being up close and personal with some time in history other than my own.
What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
I’ve been a secretary in education for 25 years. I’ve been sewing since I could talk someone into teaching me how. (Designing my own clothes, making children’s clothes, making dolls, stuffed animals, men’s shirts, quilts, you name it.) I dabble in painting with acrylics, repurposing just about anything into something really neat. I love Garage Sales. I love music. I have five grandchildren.
What are your thoughts about promotion?
Most of the time I view it as a necessary evil that takes me away from writing. However, I have found writing an article or answering questions can stir up the imagination and get the juices flowing.
What was the toughest criticism given to you?
I did a critique for a (self) published author once. He raked me over the coals and told me I didn’t have a clue about the process. He didn’t like the fact I corrected his grammar, along with question what he had his character (a mother) do (let her son approach an un-caged lion with no protest whatsoever).
What was the biggest compliment?
My line editor told me scenes in From Now On made her cry. Did those change how or what you did in your next novel? They definitely will. I am to do it again in the next installment.
Do you ever have writer’s block? If so, how do you get through it?
My version of writer’s block is when I write a paragraph, only to delete all but one sentence…over and over again. I don’t like anything I’ve written. Eventually, I have to make myself put it away and go to another story.
Did you learn anything from writing your book, and what was it?
I find myself looking inside a person more to see what motivates their actions.
Who is your publisher and how did you connect with them? MuseItUp is my publisher.
I heard about them through a fellow writer I met at Critique Circle. Am I every glad I decided to listen to him when he suggested I submit.
What is your marketing plan?
I have a two week blog tour planned for the 26th of May through the 6th of June with Juniper Grove Book Solutions with giveaways. I’ve done tours and book blitzes with Jaidis Shaw and love the exposure it gives my books.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing a young adult fantasy about Xander, the former constable of Battington who solves the mystery of what happened to the princess.
What do you plan for the future?
I’m gathering ideas for my next book in my It’s About Time Series, trying to decide what the future and/or past holds for Erin and Griffin
How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?
It’s About Time: From Now On (time travel, adventure, romance) (http://tinyurl.com/lnypggm
In My Own Shadow (fantasy, adventure, romance) http://tinyurl.com/knda4dy
It’s About Time: Not Long Ago (time travel, adventure, romance) http://tinyurl.com/pepshqd
Book trailer: http://youtu.be/vOIQVdWUigU/
Both books available at MuseItUp, Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
What genre do you write in and why?
That’s easy. Science Fiction/Fantasy
What gave you the idea for this particular book?
It’s a time travel adventure with romance
Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process?
I start gathering ideas, snippets of research that fascinate me, scenarios, what I want to accomplish, the major conflict. After that I write a general outline to keep me from getting overwhelmed, but it’s constantly changing. I know how I want a story to end, but I rarely know how I’m going to get there.
What comes first: the plot or characters?
I write in first person most of the time, so it’s usually a twenty-something female, full of the insecurities, dreams and aspirations I had at that age. Oh and she’s always sarcastic. The plot is whatever conflict I decide to throw at her.
Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why?
I love writing about Erin, because she has all my insecurities. Plus she’s getting to do something I’d love to do…time travel.
Which characters were the hardest to develop and why?
Characters are easy. I love inventing characters. I’m a people watcher, so I always have lots of material to draw from.
How did you decide how your characters should look?
I write about them for a chapter or two before I decide (same thing with the names)
What was the process of creating this book from the first idea to the final published book?
I began where the first book ended, so I picked it at that point. At times it was a struggle, because I wanted to it be a stand-alone sequel, which isn’t always easy.
Did your book require a lot of research?
I did tons of research on the Isle of Man, or Celtic mythology and on ley lines.
Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you?
I wrote a rape scene once, with the intent of showing the gripping emotions it evoked, rather than the physical. I’m trying to learn how to write them and handle them with just enough and not too much. I’ll let you know how that works out, lol.
What advice would you give a new writer starting out?
Never give up. And once you’ve been published, continue to learn and grow.
What, if anything, bugs you when you read a novel?
Reading something poorly edited (even if it’s a good book) examples: overuse of the word “that”, echo words, when a character does the same thing over and over like “biting her lip, chewing the inside of her mouth, sighing, rolling her eyes…not that I don’t do these same things…I hate it even more when I do.
What seven words would you use to describe yourself?
Determined, Organized, Sarcastic, Impatient, Independent, Loyal, Practical