Every writer works hard. But I would bet that few work as hard as my friend, Susan Sheehey. This girl not only busts her butt with her own work, but she’s incredibly generous with her time when it comes to her writing buddies. That’s why there was a collective squeal of delight last week when Susie’s debut novel, Audrey’s Promise, came out a week early on Amazon Kindle. (It’s AWESOME!!!! You must download. Now!)
So show Susan some love for her big heart and awesome book with some kind words below. Or, I will beat you up.
What are some of your favorite authors through your life? Any new favorites added to that list?
Lifetime Favorites: Kathleen Woodiwiss, Shel Silverstein, Harlan Coben, Kristin Hannah
New Favorites: Sylvia Day, Julie Kagawa, Kimberly Packard, C.A Szarek, Matthew Bryant and countless more!
(Editor’s Note: Awww … You’re one of my favorites, too!)
Was there a moment when you decided to become an author? If so, was there someone or something that sparked that?
Not one specific moment, just that I would always find different ways to end books or movies that I didn’t like, or come up with an interesting story line that I hadn’t seen before. I’ve always been interested in throwing characters together that have massive conflicting personality clashes and seeing what happens.
Do you read when you write? If so, does your writing influence the books you pick up?
Yes, I have to. I get stuck in my writing from time to time, and reading someone else’s work (even if just to shut off my brain), always helps. Though I write contemporary romance, I read many different genres. Except horror. Just can’t do it. 🙂
The publishing industry has experienced much change in the past few years, how do you think these changes impact the readers?
For readers, they have so many more options and unlimited/direct access to wonderful stories. But with that comes a very small downer: the reader is forced to wade through some novels that weren’t sifted through or edited properly to which publishers normally held that responsibility. But there are some truly fantastic novels out there that would never have been published traditionally (publishers had no idea how to market them), and now with self-publishing and indie-publishing these stories are in the hands of millions of readers.
Does a good book impact your work?
I’d like to think it does. 🙂 Especially those with incredible emotional themes.
As an author, do you think you read differently now? If so, how?
I hate to admit it, but yes. I’m less forgiving with point-of-view changes and scenes that I feel don’t move the story along. But I’ve found the truly great writers don’t have me nitpicking through it as much. I’m able to put down the red-pen and live through the main characters.
In a Word:
Typically better, book or movie?
Book- always! Although sometimes the movie comes close.
E-reader or paperback?
Both. Equally! At home, I use paperbacks. Out and about, I use my cell phone.
Favorite beach genre?
If you had time to read one more book in your life, which would you pick?
I’d re-read The Giving Tree from my childhood. Great books like that last a whole other lifetime.
About Audrey’s Promise
Audrey Allen is poised to become the youngest Texas senator, a position that fits her nickname, The Peacemaker. But she’s unable to make peace with many in her hometown, where memories and grudges run deep from a decade-old tragedy.
Ethan Tanner, an ambitious and tantalizing journalist, joins her at Thanksgiving for an in-depth look at the promising candidate. But he has an agenda of his own that’s not entirely honorable.
Ethan could stir up trouble for her budding career, or awaken the deep passions she’s buried for so long. Will Ethan find that he values love more than getting the story?
About Susan Sheehey
Susan writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. After spending six years in the corporate world, her true passion wouldn’t let go and she’s been writing ever since. She lives and laughs in Texas with her husband and son.