MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SUSAN GRISCOM!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Susan Griscom. I write both Contemporary and Paranormal Romance
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I have 14 books out now and I am working on number 15. I’m working on book 5 of my Immortal Hearts of San Francisco series. These are a group of wealthy vampires who live in SF who play rock and roll once a week in a night club that they own. Each book in the series follow a different character and they are all steamy romance with HEAs.
I also have a contemporary series, the Beaumont Brothers. Each story is a stand-alone, focusing on each individual brother and the women they fall hard for.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Each book I write at the time I finish it becomes my favorite. But the one that stands out most from my Immortal Hearts of San Francisco series is Rocked by a Vampire. It was emotional and a joy to write.
Was it always meant to become a series?
The Immortal Hearts of San Francisco series was written to be a series, but my other books were not. I have another book, Broken Wide Open, that I started as just a single title, but then decided to write more in that series, the Sand and Sunset Series, and they will all be stand-alone books with different characters, using the same theme, which is; chance meetings at sunny resorts.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am writing the 5th book in the Immortal Hearts of San Francisco Series right now. It is titled Protected by a Vampire and follows Gage and his love interest. Gage is the 4th band member of The Lost Boys that perform weekly at Club Royal in San Francisco.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I have agonized over a character’s name so many times. I do like to pick something that goes along with the character’s personality or the story. For instance, in my book, Ignite the Flame, I chose Addison for the female character, mostly because I liked it, but it also was fitting for both a female or a male and I needed that distinction to help hide her identity and the name is strong. I chose Cael for the hero because it is the name of a warrior of Irish mythology. But I mostly just pick names that I like and I think fit my character.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Making the time. I spend so much time marketing sometimes that I don’t even get a chance to sit and write. I’m not the type of writer who can open up the MS and start writing. I need to be in the mood and sometimes that mood takes time to ease into after I take some time and read what I’ve written so far.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
The best part of being an author is creating something from my heart that will go on long after I am gone. And sitting at home in my pjs writing. Or being able to work sitting by the pool, like now.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. I wrote my first story in 6th grade. It was more of a screen play. My friends and I decided to turn it into a play and the teacher agreed to direct it and we performed it on stage for our parents and other students.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
This is from Protected by a Vampire. It is unedited and subject to change.
A rumble developed deep in the pit of my gut, stabbing at the walls of my stomach like I’d swallowed a jagged stone. That coupled with the proliferated dizziness swirling in my head from low blood sugar caused me to stop and take a few deep breaths. Hunger pains were a bitch.
A shrill whistle to my left caught my attention.
“Hey darlin’, you want some action tonight?” I eyed the super-thin male standing by the doorway leading to some offbeat nightclub that most likely hadn’t been graced by a straight man in months.
I blinked at the guy. My vision was still slightly blurred, but was he really wearing purple shorts that did a piss poor job of hiding his junk secured behind a pair of black tights that had more holes in them than a cheese grater? I blinked again. Yep, he was. Slick, black hair hung in tight ringlets over his forehead that made him look like he’d slapped a jar of Crisco over his head. Think, ruby lips smiled at me and hope sparkled in his eyes.
I was hungry, but not that hungry.
“No. Not in this lifetime.” Or after life, even.
“Suit yourself, doll, but I’d love to rub myself…” he grabbed his balls in his hand and tugged. “…all over those gorgeous long blond strands of yours. Plus, you look like you could use some tender loving care, honey.”
I shook my head and kept walking, running my own hand protectively through my shoulder length hair. He’d been right about one thing though. And maybe that was my problem. Maybe it wasn’t hunger pains that gnawed at my gut. Maybe it was the lack of—as the thin man said—tender loving care.
Could he be right?
Where did your love of books come from?
I always read whenever I had the chance. Since I live mostly in a dream world, I’ve always enjoyed the escape a good romance story can take me to. I remember those fun trips to the library with my mom in the summer time. She was an avid reader of romance novels and as a teenager I would frequently take a few of the steamy books from her book shelf to read. One in particular, and the one that introduced me to and loving romance novels, was Rosemary Rogers’ Sweet Savage Love.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I’ve recently discovered Helen Hardt and enjoyed her Steel brothers series. It’s rather dark and I like that. I’ve read just about all of Vi Keeland’s books as well as the ones she has co-authored with Penelope Ward.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Lane DeMarco from Rocked by a Vampire. He’s just so darn adorable and sexy in my head.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize me. But then those 5,000 word days can be quite exhausting, but leave me with such a great sense of accomplishment.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Life LOL I’m easily distracted.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be original. I have one book, A Gypsy’s Kiss, which is book 4 of the Sectorium series, and is a supernatural ice hockey book.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I like to think I’m friends with many of them.
Some of my close long time friends are: Holy Roberts/D’Ellen McClain Tami Lund, Victoria Danann, Rachel Van Dyken, Ginger Scott, Anne Elliot, Kym Grosso, Kristie Haigwood, Amber Garza, Michelle Fox, Tess Thompson. They inspire me and help keep me up with current trends in the industry. Some read my work and offer helpful suggestions and we help each other by promoting each other’s works.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you for the interview. I enjoyed answering your questions.