Monday, November 2, 2009

Guest Author - Susan Blexrud

Many of you know I am an old-fashioned paper book kind of guy so I often miss out on some great reads because they are only available in ebook format, so I was pleased when I heard from Susan Blexrud that her series of vampire novella's would be bundled together for print  by the end of the year.

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!


11 comments:

  1. Hi :)
    Thank you for the great interview with Susan Blexrud & thanks to Susan for sharing. I'll be getting & reading the print release.
    Thanks again,
    RKCharron
    :)

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  2. Nice interview, and I look forward to getting this book in print, too. The cover is seriously drool-worthy! Can't wait to have John and Lauren on my shelf.

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  3. RKCharron, Please stay in touch.
    Your comments are very much appreciated. Mwah!

    And to my remarkable writer friend, Miriam, thanks for being my partner-in-insanity. One of these days, all our hard work just might pay off.

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  4. I enjoyed the inteview and look forward in reading your book.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D

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  5. Thank you for interviewing Susan. She is a best selling DCL for a reason.

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this interview, and that you're just writing the books you want to read. Good for you! Congrats on your fang release - this series looks really fun!!!

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  7. Tracey D., Thanks so much for your comments. Readers like you make all the hard work worthwhile.

    Carolyn Crane, I really appreciate your comment about my writing philosophy--that I write the book I want to read. My characters become so real, they're like family. Take care and thanks!

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  8. Stuart,

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. You know I love being associated with DCL!

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  9. DCL Pubs it was a pleasure having Susan and I am looking forward to her print release.

    Special thanks to you Susan for putting up with a cranky non-ereader guy like me :)

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  10. SciFiGuy, there's hope for you yet. My print book debuts in January, and I'll be back in touch. Thanks for all you do for readers and authors! You're a gem!

    Susan

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  11. LOL I look forward to it. And a very nice way to start the new year.

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