One great thing about writing books, is getting to meet other great authors out there. One such author I’ve gotten a chance to become better acquainted wiand is Suzie Grant who also writes historicals and has agreed to come do a blog interview with me today! I’m so excited, so here we go.
Suzie thanks for coming by today, why don’t you tell us what your latest book, Wrong Kind of Paradise is about.
Wrong Kind of Paradise is a swashbuckling adventure packed with the thrill of both romance and action. Here’s the blurb:
Even the Hell’s Angel needs a guardian to adventure into the Wrong Kind of Paradise.
Now Blac must choose between revenge against the British Lieutenant who’d ruined his family or keeping his word to the pirate who’d saved his life. Escorting the pirate’s daughter to her grandfather’s care becomes impossible when the little wanton steals his ship. Ordered by the Lieutenant to retrieve the woman they call the Hell’s Angel, Blac is determined to honor his word to his friend and use the wayward wanton as bait. But will his plan cost him the only woman to ever steal his heart?
When Angel De’haviland’s father is imprisoned with charges of piracy, the pirate’s daughter commandeers a British privateer’s ship and plans to kidnap a high ranking official to ransom for her father’s release. But her attempted abduction is foiled by the very captain whose ship she’d stolen, and she becomes a captive herself. Now she must trust her handsome captor to free her father as he leads her right into the Wrong Kind of Paradise.
Sounds interesting. I love your cover by the way.
Just beautiful! Was there anything that inspired you to write this book?
I started this book long before the movie Pirates of the Caribbean came out but only finished one chapter. Once the movie released it inspired me to pull it back out and finish it up.
My love of the sea began at a very early age. Not only did my parents take us to the beach every summer but reading classic tales like Treasure Island inspired my huge imagination. I would create stories from the time I could talk and half the time my mother couldn’t sort through what was real and what was make-believe.
In my late teens I got the opportunity to go sailing and the sea truly entered my blood from that moment on. My plans for retirement include sailing my very own boat up and down the east coast someday.
So you had a love for the sea early on and love the ocean, is there anything else from your experience you bring to the book?
Oh, absolutely. As a teen I did some crazy things (as we all tend to do in our teens) like hiking, white-water-rafting and even sky diving on one crazy day. I won’t go so far as to call myself an adventurer — maybe a wannabe adventurer — but it nourished a love for going to exotic locals and experiencing new things. My ultimate dream is to travel of which I haven’t been able to do yet but someday soon I will.
But it’s more than that, I put a lot of myself into my characters I think. As a surviving teenage mother, you learn strength comes from trial and error. You create your own luck and become the driving force behind your determination. Just surviving day to day becomes a blessed experience and through all of those rocky years I wrote. Quite a bit actually, and much of what I write deals with family themes and overcoming obstacles because I learned only two things will last over the years, your belief in yourself and your love for family. Everything else changes through the years including your ideals or beliefs because we evolve and change our minds. Once you find your true self, you never lose it. So yeah, I’d like to think that I put quite a bit of myself into my writing.
I think we all put a little of ourselves in our characters… It’s inevitable, I think. Speaking of writing, what was your favorite thing about writing Wrong Kind of Paradise?
The nautical research on ships, guns, cannons and of course my research on Port Royale during the earth quake of 1692 which you can find on the Lady Scribes blog. It’s a fascinating history and I love it.
How long have you been writing, anyway?
My dream of writing started at a very early age when my mother helped me read Gone with the Wind around age six or seven after I’d watched the movie. I loved the book so much more that I just knew that’s what I wanted to do. I can thank my mother for my love of books and stories as she’s an avid reader herself.
I started actually writing when I was sixteen as an emotional outlet more than anything…so, wow, nineteen years now. Of course that first manuscript will never see the light of day. Once I married at twenty I got serious but then life hit me with a divorce. I took a five year break from writing. But since then, I’ve worked extremely hard to learn my craft, taking writing courses, and in the last two years I’ve almost completed my sixth manuscript. Due to my difficult journey here, I’ve lived by my favorite quote. “Obstacles are placed in our path to determine whether we really wanted something or just thought we did.” By Dr. Harold Smith. I’m looking forward to each new obstacle.
What is it about writing historicals that calls to you?
History is what makes us who we are today and it’s something beautiful and quite often very magical. There are still mystery’s yet to discover and I think there will always be questions unanswered. History allows us to learn from past mistakes and get a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. It’s fascinating, alluring and absolutely the ultimate adventure. If only I could travel back into the past…*sigh*.
Any future projects planned?
I’m currently working on a Christmas anthology with several regency writers like Ava Stone, Catherine Gayle and many more. This will be my first foray into the regency era but let it be known that this isn’t your momma’s regency lol. Hopefully with their help I won’t blunder too much but I’ve suddenly found a healthy appetite for the era and a new fascination. The time period truly is ripe for conflict. I’m truly looking forward to seeing where this new adventure into writing takes me.
So where can we find out more about you and your books?
Thank you for joining me today, Suzie.
Thank you Rose, for giving me an opportunity to share my world with you readers.
Here’s a brief bio for Suzie, and if you’d like to leave a comment/question, she’ll come back by to answer them. Have a great day everyone.
Suzie still believes in happily-ever-after and after growing up reading classic adventure literature like Treasure Isle, The Call of the Wild and Gone with the wind Suzie knew what she wanted to do with her life. She brings the action of thrillers to historical romance with steamy love scenes and a pace that will leave you breathless! From Castles to cowboys there’s something thrilling on every page. She lives happily ever after with her new beau, three boys and one little Shitzhu named Peppy Le’Pew in NC. One day she plans to retire and sail along the east coast an adventurer to the end.