Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Susana has always had stories in her head waiting to come out, especially when she learned to read and her imagination began to soar. Voracious reading led to a passion for writing, and her fascination with romance and people of the past landed her firmly in the field of historical romance.
A teacher in her former life, Susana lives in Toledo, Ohio in the summer and central Florida in the winter. She is a member of the Central Florida Romance Writers and the Beau Monde chapters of RWA and Maumee Valley Romance Inc.
She writes Regency romances, which are currently:
• Treasuring Theresa, a short story
• A Twelfth Night Tale, a Christmas novella
• Lost and Found Lady (a novella published in the Waterloo anthology, Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles)
• The Third MacPherson Sister (a novella published in the anthology Sweet Summer Kisses)
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Third MacPherson Sister is in an anthology featuring Regency stories about bluestockings and wallflowers. When I was sitting down to write it, I recalled that in another story—which should come out later this summer—the heroine had been sent away from London because of having done something mean to another young lady. So this story became the story of the young lady whose Season was ruined by the spoiled duke’s daughter.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Most of the time I write lying down! I can’t sit for very long at a time due to back issues. My MacBook Air is very light and easy to prop up on a pillow just enough to be able to type.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Jo Beverley, Sabrina Jeffries, Joan Smith, and pretty much all of the traditional Regency authors from the days when Zebra and Signet published them.
What are you working on now?
A runaway bride story for a Christmas anthology coming out in October for the Bluestocking Belles. Profits will go to the Malala Fund, for the promotion of education for women around the world.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Facebook and Twitter. Doing anthologies with similar authors. Blogging. Contests. Swag.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing! You will never succeed if you let yourself become discouraged because your writing is not perfect. Also: read. A lot.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t fall in love with your writing. Just because you wrote it doesn’t mean it’s written in stone. Get it in front of other eyes and listen to their comments or suggestions.
What are you reading now?
Noble Satyr, by Lucinda Brant
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’ve had a request to write stories for the Golden Twins in my story, The Third MacPherson Sister. And I have several other projects to finish up and get published. Then there’s the RWA conference in July 2015 and my trip to the UK in August/September.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon