Thursday, October 20, 2016

*Author Interview* Susan Reeves

Hello my lovelies. Welcome to my Interview with the wonderful Author Susan Reeves. :)

What is your current Write In Progress?
I'm working on the first book of a new series called "Home" which will have just two books. The series involves the stories of two men who are temporarily displaced and find both a home and a happy ever after.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I like to dream that one day I'll be able to do it full-time but I'm too much of a realist. So in the interim I'll just enjoy writing, it's my therapy and keeps me sane. I'd love to do a collaboration with someone, find that fellow author who could complement my weaknesses with their strengths and vice versa, and bang out something phenomenal with them.
Which writers inspire you?
All writers inspire me. To put your words out there is a big thing. You open yourself up to the good and the bad. Enid Blyton definitely got me loving reading from an early age, and Bryce Courtenay books are treasured favourites. Who inspired me to write? I have to be honest here. I read a book one day and thought as I struggled through it, "I could do better than that." So I tried. 
What genre are your books?
All my stories are MM Contemporary.
What draws you to this genre?
I fell into by accident a few years ago now. I was reading a series and the second book of the series was MM. I didn't pick that up, despite the two men portrayed on the cover (in my defence it was on my Kindle and I loved the first so much I was in a frenzy and just downloaded and got stuck into it without even reading the blurb!). Never looked back after that one. I love that I'm always learning something and that there seems to be less drama and game-playing, if that makes sense? I love the diversity of the characters and seeing men discover themselves. The realness and the honesty.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Really just doing it. Sitting down without distraction and getting words done. I have to really make myself do it and the longer I leave between sessions the more I have to go back and work out where I was at. I'm my own worst enemy. Once I'm going, though, the words flow and I can lose hours. I'm also raising four kids solo so that takes a lot of my energy but they're amazing and so supportive and know that doing it makes me happy. Happy Mum, happy house.
What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
This story is evolving and changing every time I sit down and write blocks of it. I recently had to haul myself over the hump. You know? The one where you sit there looking at your story saying, "This is crap, everyone is going to hate it, why are you even thinking you can be an author?" The story is also a little darker than my others but I keep focusing on the HEA and getting my guys there.
Do you have any advice for other authors?
Just do it. Take a leap and if it makes you happy then keep going. Look after your avid readers and support team, they will get you through those humps and bad reviews. Also, word search "prostrate" in your final read-through. Chances are that's not what you meant to type if you're an MM author LOL!
What is your favourite positive saying?
I really love "We rise by lifting others." There's too much negativity and hate in the world sometimes. Everyone is struggling with something, lets just show our fellow humans there's good people out there and give them a smile or a hug or a kind word. Help them out if you can and don't expect anything in return but the good feeling you get from doing it.
What is your favourite book and why?
Eeek! Just one? The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. It's a powerful story about resilience, believing in yourself, and rising above challenges to be the best you can be.
MM book, hmmmm, so many. This year it's definitely Wolfsong by TJ Klune and Unquiet by Melanie Hansen. Both just had me at the end going "Wow!"
Is there anything else you would like to add for readers who haven't read your books yet?
All my books are set in Australia, in particular the areas around the Gold Coast and Tweed where I live. It's a beautiful part of the world and I love sharing it with my readers. My books are an evolution of my writing and hopefully you'll see the progression. I also share parts of my own life through the stories from my career in the casino industry to snippets of my own experiences as a parent. I love reading about passionate, no holding back sex, so I write my scenes that way so I can live vicariously through my guys.

Thanks so much for the interview, it was fun!


Susan Reeves is a lifelong avid reader who has had a fairly interesting life so far and has some stories of her own that she wanted to share. She lives in the most beautiful place in the world, in her opinion, and you’ll find glimpses throughout her stories as she loves to share it with her readers.
 Susan also loves to potter around the kitchen, walk along the healing sands of her local beaches, and have coffee therapy with friends.
An advocate for equality, living simply and all things green, Susan spends any spare time spreading light and love in hope that it touches those who might need a little.

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