Author, Sussie Quiet, was gracious enough to answer our questions. Thank you Sussie, for spending time with us! 1. What inspired you to write this book? Answer: I wanted to write something that would inspire readers that romance can happen no matter where. 2. Can you tell me about the book? Answer: It’s about a man who needs somebody to take care of him because his grandmother just cant do it. She hires somebody to come in and look after him, much to his disdain. I like a HEA ending, and this is a good honest romance. You could even call it a workplace romance. 3. What is your writing process like? Answer: As a Gemini I can be doing loads of things all the time (I’m actually writing 4 novels simultaneously). I have found that sometimes writers block comes for one book, but not for another one so I just pick up another and start working on that one instead. I made myself a chapter and character chart. With these I jot down ideas about the characters and how I would like the book to go. Sometimes I hop to a different chapter and concentrate on that so I could be writing chapter 9 then go back to chapter 3. 4. What did you learn when writing the book? Answer: Edit, listen to beta readers, read aloud, read the dialogue to see if it all gels together and not like a robot is doing the talking. 5. What surprised you the most? Answer: How long things can take, and how tedious it can be. 6. What does the title mean? Answer: The title is a quick way to give the reader a glimpse into what the novel is about. 7. Was the character inspired by a real person? If so, who? Answer: No, all my characters are from my imagination, not based on anybody in particular. I think we all take things from what we have seen, heard, lived through when we write. So even though my characters are not from anyone in particular, there could be traits of people that I have met along the way. 8. What do you think happened to the characters after the book ended? Answer: I’m hoping that they went on to continue having a very good life, but with everything there are ups and downs to overcome. 9. What advice do you have for writers? Answer: Learn from your mistakes, remember that a rejection isn’t the end. If its something that you want, keep writing and never give up. 10. Does writing energize or exhaust you? Answer: Definitely energized me. 11. What are common traps for aspiring writers? Answer: Vanity publishing, thinking the work is easy, wanting to get it out in print quickly that mistakes are made. 12. What is your writing Kryptonite? Answer: Not thinking that what I have writing is good enough to be read by others. 13. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? Answer: Yes I have, but I wouldn’t know where to start to go down that route. I’ve even got my pseudonym name picked out. 14. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Answer: Original, there are many readers who all have their individual wants and needs. To write for them would take away the story I want to write. 15. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Answer: I want both. I lucky to find that I can write in different genre’s. I would like to do a box set or a series that connects some though. 16. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Answer: I have 5 that are between 30 - 78k and a dozen or so that are in the 20k and below region. 17. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? Answer: I do research if and when I need it. Sometimes a small amount is needed, other times it can be more. 18. How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? Answer: I became a full time writer when I had to quit work due to health. 19. How many hours a day do you write? Answer: I write at least an hour per day, but I do forget the time when I’m writing so sometimes the early morning sun rises before I realize the time. 20. What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult) Answer: I don’t write about my life, I write about my characters lives and they are spread between teens through to adulthood. 21. What did you edit out of this book? Answer: I haven’t edited much out at all. In fact since I had it beta read I have added more! 22. How do you select the names of your characters? Answer: I let my characters choose their names for some of my works, for others I have made their names up. 23. If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Answer: Teach in college. 24. What was your hardest scene to write? Answer: I think killing somebody, because I have to try and put myself into that scenario so I can put all the feelings into words, and it goes against everything I would ever do. 25. What is your favorite childhood book? Answer: Hans Christian Anderson The Ugly Duckling, Ladybird books and Griffin Pirate stories. 26. How long on average does it take you to write a book? Answer: This would all depend on what sort of book and how many words. I could maybe write a 10k book in a couple of weeks. 27. Do you believe in writer’s block? Answer: Yes, I do but I have put steps in to stop that from happening for me. 28. What works best for you: Typewriters, fountain pen, dictate, computer or longhand? Answer: When I was young I used paper and pen. If I am out I still use paper and pen. Now though I find it so much easier to use the computer as I can track my changes or see some mistakes as they come up. 29. When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer? Answer: For as long as I can remember. When I was young (around 10) I use to take a pen and book out with me riding. I would find a field and write or draw. I still have a very old story I wrote (its nearly 43 years old). 30. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something? Answer: I’ve always wrote so it wasn’t that hard to start writing. I just do it. The problem I had when my family were younger was the time I had. I would start and do a couple of chapters then something would come along and stop me from continuing. (I still have many projects started and not completed). 31. Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day? Answer: Within the hour I write I never set a time, if I did I would be thinking about that rather than what I am writing. Some days I could write 2000 words, another day 5000. 32. Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you? Answer: Both, I have a plot in mind but if I find that the story is taking me in another direction, I contemplate on that and if it works, I go with it, but I do keep my plot within reach just in case I need to revert back. 33. Any tips you would like to share to overcome it? Answer: To overcome what? 34. Do you read much and, if so, who are your favorite authors? Answer: I cannot remember a time that I didn’t read. I like to many authors to list them all but my range of reading goes from Catherine Cookson to Stephen King. With many in-between. 35. What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion? Answer: I think it would be the cover and the synopsis. These two things are what hooks the reading into wanting to pick up the book to read it. 36. How would you feel if no one showed up at your book signing? Answer: That I hadn’t done all I could to get the word out, and that it would be a learning curve to do better on the next book signing. 37. Do you recall the first ever book/novel you read? Answer: I remember reading Peter and Jane books in nursery. I think my favorite one was at the seaside because I can remember sand, a rock and a red bucket. 38. How much of yourself do you put into your books? Answer: My heart and soul. Each book I write I give it my best. I want my readers to have an experience that they will remember for a very long time. 39. Who are your books mostly dedicated to? Answer: That would be my children, grandchildren and my BFF (because she has been my sounding board, supporter, and beta reader). 40. Who is the most supportive of your writing in your family? Answer: All of my children ( two are autistic but they know mum likes to write) and my best friend. 41. Writers are often believed to have a Muse, your thoughts on that? Answer: For the novel I am writing about at the moment I would say the muse is my previous work. That has played a part in this book. For some of the others works in progress I believe it would be safe to say that life is my muse. 42. Another misconception is that all writers are independently wealthy, how true is that? Answer: I wish. At the moment my writing is in the red. I have paid out more than gained. 43. Is it true that authors write word-perfect first drafts? Answer: I believe that some can/do. Alas that is not me, and I like to go through my work many times. 44. Did any of your books get rejected by publishers? Answer: Not yet, as I’ve not sent any to a publisher. 45. What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any? Answer: I think co-authoring could be fun but also a challenge. A person has to really click to be able to write together. 46. Is writing book series more challenging? Answer: I believe it could be, there would be a lot more to take into consideration. But in saying that, it could also be easier on some level because you would have already built characters from previous books in the series. 47. Does it get frustrating if you are unable to recall an idea you had in your mind some time earlier? Answer: Yes! Especially when you have nothing to write it down on or with. Now I never leave home without a pen and paper. I also have my mobile to write notes on, or I will email myself something so I can use it later. 48. Have you ever destroyed any of your drafts? Answer: No, I keep them. You never know when something you wrote years ago could be handy down the line. 49. Can you tell us about your current projects? Answer: Project 1 – Romance. An elderly grandmother lives with her grown up grandson Alex, he injurers himself so Elenore decides to hire a home help for him. he is against the idea but needs the help. Samantha, boss of the home help business takes this assignment on. She hopes to get some inside info on how to run a business from the Alex. As they begin a romance blossoms between the two but a complication with another woman is looming over them. Add in some devious manipulation and misguided trust issues. Project 2 - Thriller – young woman travels to Egypt and gets caught up with a spy, conman, killers. Project 3 – Murder/Mystery – young woman out to get revenge. She uses different ways to kill her prey and the police have no clues as to how to catch the killer or who she is. The forensics link to the coroner who is present at the scenes so is it her, or is she covering for somebody? Project 4 – Romance – two people are willed a cottage and one of the stipulations of the will is that they have to live there for six months, after that time if one or both wish to sell they can do. One is poor the other wealthy, one is attached one is single. 50. Had any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day? Answer: I was a book worm at school. I would rather read a book than hang around with other kids. I cannot remember from school anyone say that but I did take a university course for creative writing and the tutor said I had potential. 51. Were your parents reading enthusiasts who gave you a push to be a reader as a kid? Answer: I have a big family, I’m the oldest of 6 children, my dad was a miner and mum was a housewife. I can’t say I saw them reading much when I was growing up, but I did read some of my dads encyclopedias (a couple of them had meaningful stories in them). I remember reading these over and over. I was always making up stories in my head as a child and then as I got older I started writing them down. 52. Do you enjoy discussing upcoming ideas with your partner? If yes, how much do you value their inputs? Answer: I don’t have a partner, but I do discuss my ideas with my best friend - come sounding board. 53. Have you ever turned a dream or a nightmare into a written piece? Answer: Yes! As a teen I went to stay at my nan’s for 2 weeks. I’ve always had vivid dreams and whilst I was there I kept a dream going for nearly the full 2 weeks, and each day I would wake up and write it down.
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