**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.
Links to Susan M. Boyer’s website, blog, books, etc.
Fiction Addiction: http://www.fiction-addiction.com/si/9781938383045n.html
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Susan and her release, LOWCOUNTRY BOIL, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!