Reading Room with Susan Sheehey

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!)

Is this not the most beautiful cover every? And yes, the book is just as awesome.

Is this not the most beautiful cover ever? And yes, the book is just as awesome.

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.

The lovely Susan Sheehey

The lovely Susan Sheehey

You can follow Susan on her Web site, stalk her on Twitter @SusieQWriter, or follow her on Facebook. And, download Audrey’s Promise on Kindle – Now!!!

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.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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3 Responses to Reading Room with Susan Sheehey

  1. Jeff Bacot says:

    Good interview Susie. One minor problem: favorite authors? Let’s see, there was Kim, a mention of Chrissy, a shout out to Grubbs, a few others I don’t know, and then there was….oh, I see we forgot someone. Hmm, noticed, noted, archived for future. 😉

  2. C.A. Szarek says:

    Ok, I had to squeeeeeee. I love Susie’s writing so much, and I adore this book. Was SOOOOO excited to see it out in the world, but she said I’m one of her fave authors, so I totally squeeeed! This is an awesome interview!!!!!

  3. Bacot: massive-slight unintended. Extremely apologetic. Will buy a round of drinks at next social. 🙂

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