Last week (Oct. 29) saw the release of Real Men Have Fangs in e-book format. This story is the third in Susan's Fang series. The first two, Love Fang and Fang Shui are currently available through her publisher, DCL Publications. The fourth tale, Mistletoe Fangs, will come out November 15. All four novellas will be bundled together in the print release.You can read an excerpt of Real Men Have Fangs here.
SFG: So, you’re a writer. Why?
I can’t stop myself. It sure isn’t for the money because every minute I spend writing is time away from my public relations consulting business. My first priority is to write the book I want to read. I get so caught up in my characters that they’re like family, and when you have muses like Gerard Butler, Jon Hamm, and Alexander Skarsgard, who wouldn’t want to get swept away?
SFG: How do you promote your books?
I always write an announcement press release and post it to PR Log, and I send it to a media list that includes publications from my home cities (Orlando & Asheville), and my alumni publications (the University of Central Florida and Webster University). I send an announcement e-mail to my fan list (about 120 names), I make my own book videos, I post to My Space and Facebook, I do personal appearances at schools, book clubs, etc. I follow lots of blogs. Among my favorites are Bitten by Books, Fang-tastic Books, the Pen & Muse, Sci-Fi Guy, Blazing Trailers, and Vamp Chix.
SFG: Who are you?
Egad. You’ve heard the phrase “grounded in reality?” Well, I’m grounded in my imagination. Life is tough. You never know what’s around the next corner, and a little fantasy can take you away. I’ll all for it.
SFG: What would you tell aspiring writers about their career path?
Keep going. Don’t ever give up. It’s all very subjective, and I’ve seen some terrific writers throw in the towel because they couldn’t take the criticism and rejection. Develop a thick skin (unfortunately there’s not a cream for it), dig in and trudge on. Getting published is as much tenacity as it is talent.
SFG: Do you belong to a critique group? Has it helped your writing?
Yes, I belong to a fabulous critique group. We call ourselves the Pink Fire Writers...four gals who write very different stuff (paranormal, chick lit, family sagas, and lady lit), but we’re all grammar hammers, and we’re brutal. We’ve been known to throw out complete chapters of each other’s work. We meet weekly, so it’s a huge commitment. I don’t know what I’d do without them. By the time my manuscript goes to my publisher, I have confidence that it’s the best I can make it.
SFG: What do you struggle with most when writing?
I’m more of a thinker than a feeler, and my plots are quite intricate, so I have a tendency to lose the emotion when I’m trying to get my characters out of a life-or-death situation. That’s where my critique group is a great help. They’ll ask me, “What was John feeling when he was dangling by his fingernails?”
SFG: Do you have a website/blog?
Yes, please visit me at: www.susanblexrud.com or http://susanblexrud.blogspot.com/
SFG: Do you have another book in the works? What does the future hold?
I have a story in a DCL print anthology, 7 Sins, which just came out (available through Amazon), and the print version of Love Fang, which is a compilation of my four fang novellas, will debut in January from DCL Publications, LLC. I’m working on a book for young readers entitled Minerva Greensleeves, House Mouse. It’s quite a departure for me, but I’m having a blast with it.
Thanks, Doug, for inviting me to SciFiGuy. Keep doing all you do for writers and readers everywhere!