**Author Peek** Interview with Susan M. Boyer

   

**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Susan M. Boyer

Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.

Originally, I’m from Faith, NC, a small town with only one caution light. My husband and I currently live in Greenville, SC, but I go home to Faith as often as I can. You just can’t take the small town out of the girl, really. I write fulltime—well, except when I’m daydreaming or reading. I love dancing, bike rides, and beaches.

1. How did you get started writing?

I think I’ve always been a writer, but for many years my life was full to the point of over flowing with the day job, the kids, the husband—life. Then, the company I worked for went out of business. To get a similar job, we would have had to relocate. My husband knew I’d always dreamed of being a fulltime writer. He decided he’d rather be a patron of the arts than move.

2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write mysteries with romance. I’ve always been intrigued by puzzles, and the first books I fell in love with were the Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon series. The next books I fell in love with were my mother’s romance novels. I used to sneak-read her Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers paperbacks. I tend to write what I love to read, and that’s a combination of mystery and romance.

3. What is your favorite part of writing?

Those magic days when the story just seems to flow out of my brain and onto the screen, and I lose all track of time because I’m lost in my imaginary world.

4. What is your least favorite part of writing?

Reading the manuscript for the ninety-third time looking for mistakes.

5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

Everywhere—news stories, snippets of conversation, a scene on the side of the road, something crazy one of my relatives does. Something prompts me to ask the question, “What if________?” and I’m off. What if the two women arguing on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere just buried the guy who was going out with and stealing from both of them? What if that noise I just heard was someone breaking into the wrong house—my house—and he has a contract to kill my neighbor?

6. What is your typical day like?

I try to be at the computer with my second cup of coffee by nine every morning. I check email because I can’t seem to stop myself. I usually check in quickly with Twitter and Facebook, but I don’t stay on long. Then it’s words on the page until my stomach is growling so loud I can’t focus. I’ll grab whatever is handy for lunch, then write until either I’m hungry again or it’s time to go to Jazzercise. Of course, not all of those words are keepers. My first drafts are generally long. Then the whittling begins and that takes a lot longer.

7. What is most difficult for you to write?  Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?

I think it varies. Sometimes a scene isn’t working, and today it might be because I need to add more conflict, but yesterday I had a character problem, and tomorrow it could be I need more emotion in a scene.

8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?

We’re hoping the next, yet-to-be-titled Liz Talbot mystery will be out in spring.

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Links to Susan M. Boyer’s website, blog, books, etc.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-M.-Boyer/e/B008E0NTVU
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lowcountry-boil-susan-m-boyer/1111071043?ean=9781938383045
Fiction Addiction: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/si/9781938383045n.html
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Website: http://www.susanmboyerbooks.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/susanmboyer
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Susanmboyer
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895680.Susan_M_Boyer
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/susanmboyer/

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BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Susan and her release, LOWCOUNTRY BOIL, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!

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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Susan will give away a copy of LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (reader’s choice of format, eBook or paperback) to one lucky reader who comments on today’s Interview and/or Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.  Winner will be randomly selected and announced Friday evening.  Thanks, Susan, for sharing your story with us!

 

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15 Responses to **Author Peek** Interview with Susan M. Boyer

  1. Karen, thanks so much for introducing me to your readers! 🙂

  2. Nikki McIntosh says:

    Looking forward to reading the book Susan!! I used to love the Hardy Boys (could never get into Nancy Drew) but it was always fun to follow the mystery … and a bit scary sometimes too 🙂

  3. Great interview, Susan! Loved Lowcountry Boil and can’t wait for more.

  4. Thanks so much, Terri! I’m so happy you liked Lowcountry Boil! 🙂

  5. sparks says:

    That’s awesome! This book is on my to-read list!

  6. Awesome! So happy to hear that, Sparks! 🙂 Have a great Monday!

  7. Great interview! Loved Lowcountry Boil & so excited that’s it’s released tomorrow!

  8. Thanks so much, Larissa!! 🙂

  9. Great interview, Susan! Those are my best writing days, too 🙂 I loved Liz and Stella Maris and can’t wait to see what happens next!

  10. Thanks so much, LynDee! 🙂

  11. Angie Vigneri says:

    Can’t wait to read it! I have it only my to-read list on Goodreads!

  12. Angie, I’m thrilled to hear Lowcountry Boil is on your “to read” list! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great Monday! 🙂

  13. Nickki, thank you so much! I always loved Nancy Drew. I never really tried The Hardy Boys–probably should have! 🙂

  14. Pamela Moran says:

    Susan, I’ve been watching for Lowcountry Boil, so happy it’s now available!
    Pam

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