Susan Boyer Visits ENALR

Hi Susan. I’m thrilled you added EverybodyNeedsALittleRomance to your blog stops for Lowcountry Boil.  I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Lowcountry Boil and just loved it. It has the feel of a cozy mystery but isn’t your usual cozy! Click here for my review.

Let’s start with Susan Boyer, the author. Tell us a little more about you.

Cynthia, first, thank you so much for having me on Everybody Needs a Little Romance today! I am married to my best friend, Jim. I usually call him Sugar, and my family and friends are so accustomed to it, even some of them call him Sugar as well. We have four children—three of his, one of mine, all of them ours. Our nest is sporadically empty. Our youngest child is still in boomerang mode.

Do you have another job other than writing? What?

No, I write full time. I should rephrase that. My full-time job is author. I’m learning there is much more involved than just the writing. I had a day job for years, first as a computer programmer, then a systems analyst, then a project manager, and later a store planner for a ladies apparel store chain. But I’ve always wanted to write, and when I got the chance to make the transition, I took it.

Why do you write (other than the obvious fame and fortune it will bring)?

(Insert laughter here.) I just love creating my own little world and living vicariously through my main character. I get to do things I otherwise never would. It’s the ultimate role-playing game. Also, I’ve been a book-lover all my life. It’s a thrill to create my own stories.

How long have you been writing seriously?

About eight years. I read somewhere that I needed to publish short stories before anyone would take my novel seriously. I don’t really think that’s true, but at the time, I was reading everything written on publishing, and some of the things I “learned” were wrong, or at least wrong for me. So, I worked on short stories for a while, went to writers’ conferences, was the chairperson for a writer’s conference for two years, and wrote several versions of my first novel.

What unusual talent do you have? (I can roll my tongue!)

Oh my—I can’t do that. Let me think…does singing Karaoke count? Wait, I’m not sure everyone would agree I have a gift for that, though I do enjoy it.

Loved your book (as you can tell from the review.) I’m thinking this is a series. Am I right?

Thank you so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. Yes, Lowcountry Boil is the first book in the Liz Talbot mystery series.

Tell us about how you sold Lowcountry Boil? Agent hunt? Direct to Editor?

I had an agent at the time, and when I decided I wanted to go with Henery Press, which is a new, small press, he graciously offered to look over the contract to make sure I was protected, and then we parted ways on good terms.

Will there be more books in this series?

Yes, several more. I’m not sure yet home many. I guess I’ll stop writing Liz Talbot when she gets tired of playing with me. 

What’s up next for you?

After this series, or maybe concurrently, I have another series planned with a protagonist who is very different from Liz. The next series will be somewhat darker.

Whenever we have a guest we always like to know…What does romance mean to you? Define romance.

Romance is that little skip in your heart when the object of your affection first comes into view. It’s that little bit of mystery that remains, even in long-term relationships. It’s what makes you smile to yourself when you think of your beloved. Romance can be, and often is, candlelight, soft music, lingering over dinner, and longer over dessert. But romance is also that familiar shoulder you lay your head on when you need a hug—the guy who is always there for you.     

I’ve been doing all the asking. What question do you want to ask our visitors today?

Do you read in one sub-genre of romance or several? If you have a favorite, what is it?

Thanks Susan for being here with us today!

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