MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SUZANNE ROSLYN
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Suzanne Roslyn, most everyone just calls me Suz. I am currently writing Paranormal Romance
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
HER DRAGON’S KEEPER is the first book of my DRAGONS OF GIRESUN Series. The idea was to write a series filled with hot paranormal dragon-shifter males who fall in love with strong-willed and hot-tempered women. HER DRAGON’S KEEPER came from a crazy idea over surgent motherhood and old flames reunited. After finishing the first book, I knew I had to keep going, but first I wanted to fill in how my dragon-shifter Blake and his mate, Emily first met. So, I wrote HER DRAGON’S SONG that you can download free off my website.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’m a sucker for a good romance and I love speculative fiction. I’d been writing other fantasy stories for a while, but nothing really inspired and motivated me until an author friend suggested I try writing a romance about dragons. I haven’t been able to stop since!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
There are a lot of real places mentioned in my story world, so while I plan to one day visit Italy and maybe Hungary where I have ancestors, most of the information that is tied into my world comes from travel brochures, internet searches, and tidbits of information picked up from other people.
Writing the dragons, also included a bit of research to learn about all the different interpretations of dragons from dungeon, to biblical dragons, and folk lore dragons to create the sexy dragon shifters in my series.
Can you tell me about your Series?
DRAGONS OF GIRESUN is a series that consist of 5 books (or maybe more we’ll see) that takes place in a world where Dragon-shifters are living secretly amongst us and the government and the ancient dragon riders are sworn to keep hunters and other treasure hunters from finding them. Only there is a law between the dragon-shifters and the dragon keepers, the people who protect their secret that they can’t mate together. So, of course, Blake and Emily from HER DRAGON’S KEEPER are the first ones to break that ancient law and kicks of the series for other dragon-shifters to follow their hearts and claim their true mates.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I really love them all, but I do admit out of them all, so far book 4, HER INTENDED DRAGON, is my favorite. It’ll be coming out here in late April 2018. It’s the story of Blake’s dragon-shifter pal Bogdan, and a dragon healer named Paisley. They’re on a mission to save Blake’s father-in-law, Dr. Kovak, from a deadly dragon poison, and along the way they discover they are soul mates.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I’m in a high teen traffic area, so I get a lot of cool ideas listening to them and other people around me. I’m a people watcher and listener, and my mind never turns off when thinking of the outrageous that could happen.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Like any tourist going to a new place, I did my own searching into what places I’d go, what I’d see, and since some places where made up in my head, I could map and create my own island layouts.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. It’s hard to say goodbye after just one book.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I am bit of an early bird, so I like to write in the morning. I’ll catch up with Mr. Roslyn for a bite or two around lunch, then dive into my afternoon of keeping order inside our humble abode. Occasionally, I’ve been known to have to lasso a unicorn or two from getting away.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Book 3 HER HIDDEN DRAGON is coming up for release on April 3, 2018 and Book 4 to follow at the end of April. I’m currently working on Book 5, HER ROGUE DRAGON.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Character names are important to me. I like them to have meaning, because let’s face it, everyone’s life has meaning. Even though my characters live only in books, they have personalities and lives, too.
I do a baby name search, look for meanings, and based on settings characteristics of my characters, I find a name that suits them well
Where do your ideas come from?
People, places, and a wild imagination
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Yes. I’ve always wrote a bit of fantasy and some medieval stuff, but paranormal is a new realm for me.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The first chapter. The first sentence. It’s hard to know where a story starts, but once it begins it’s easier to keep writing and go with the flow of the characters and plot.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer, or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like book trailers. I don’t currently have any, but it might be something I might look into in the future.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Finishing the book. You meet people in life who will say, “I’ve always wanted to write a book,” or “Someday I’m going to write a book, too.” But most of them don’t, but it’s a really good feeling when you get to not only write “THE END” but see your story in published format.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to travel everyday to a new world and meet new people without having to always pack my bags and go somewhere. LOL. I also love being able to connect with people who share the same interest and discuss topics without showing what I total geek I am.
I just started a group on Facebook for those who love fire breathing romance, if you want to join you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/firebreathingromance/
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
10 years older and still writing
Have you always liked to write?
Always. I’ve never been able to put a pen down, but I didn’t have the self confidence until I was old enough to leave home to share them.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t wait. Do it now. There is never a “good time” in anyone’s life for anything. Procrastination will only hold you back. If writing is your passion, you won’t be able to set it aside, don’t ignore it. It’s a gift. pursue it.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’ve only ever wanted to be three things: A wife, a mother, and an author.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read them. I thank the reader for taking the time to review my books. Good or bad, not everyone is going to like you or everything you write.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Waiting: For the first day your book is released, for the first sale, for the first review…
What are you working on now?
Book 5 of the DRAGONS OF GIRESUN series.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I’m not deep enough in Book 5 yet, but I’ll share a few tidbits from HER INTENDED DRAGON (Book4).
He brought her wrist up to his mouth, kissed it, then allowed the heat of his tongue to trace his dragon’s mark against her flesh. She inhaled sharply, and he laved his tongue over the spot to seal his mark and sooth her skin.
“There,” he said. “No more worries about any other dragon’s bothering you.”
Her eyes grew wide and she yanked her hand from his grasp. “You marked me.”
“Any druk comes near you, they’ll know you’re mine.”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I currently am only writing paranormal romance. I loved the idea of dragon-shifters and had to take a chance at writing the stories I was envisioning from it.
Where did your love of books come from?
I never watched a lot of television growing up, nor did I play video games. My favorite place to go was the local library and I’d bring arm loads of books home. There wasn’t a romance novel I hadn’t read by the time I graduated high school.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Ultimately, I’ve always been lured to read Nora Roberts’ witch and fairy books. Sarah J. Maas, J.K. Rowling, and a bunch more.
There are a ton of other books out there I love and will go back and reread. It’s more of a love for genre with me. I love the historical, fantasy, and paranormal romances.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Emily, from HER DRAGON’S KEEPER. Maybe because she was the first character I created when starting the DRAGON OF GIRESUN series. She’s this innocent, kick ass, heroine, who has to choose between loyalty to her family or the love of her life. Sometimes, in real life we are faced with hard choices and we don’t always know what to do, and I think out of all the characters Emily is the one we can all relate to on a bunch of different levels.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I find it energizing. When I’m in the muck of a good muse, I can’t let it go. I look forward to my writing time, it’s what gets me awake and ready to start the day.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Time is forever my enemy. Mornings fly by too fast in my house and once their gone the rest of my day has already been planned for me
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A bit of both. I’m just dipping my pen into this genre, so it’s a new to me. While I tend to keep some things traditional for readers to identify with, as time goes on I can see more originality of my own revealing itself.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Ruby Shea, Sue Lyndon, and Celeste Jones… and so many others. I’ve found that authors in the writing community are super encouraging and supportive of each other.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
She did what?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
My website: www.suzanneroslyn.com
My facebook: www.facebook.com/suzanne.roslyn.9
You can download the prequel of the Dragon of Giresun series at this link for FREE https://dl.bookfunnel.com/i3ubw5lf12
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️