MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SUSAN SCOTT SHELLEY!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Susan Scott Shelley. My books fall under contemporary romance. To drill down even further, I write a lot of sports romance. My current series are: sports (baseball, hockey, and football), rock stars, and holiday romances.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always loved reading romance. It’s my favorite genre. I love seeing how characters change and evolve and fight for that happily-ever-after.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My upcoming releases are in my football and hockey series. For football: I set it in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA. I love my city, and so I really wanted to set at least one series here. And while my real-life team (Go, Eagles!) are Super Bowl champions, my fictional Philadelphia Frenzy are having a bad season. Book 1, MAD SCRAMBLE, was originally featured in the Love Is All anthology, but has been expanded and will have its solo release on 9.4.18. Book 2, HOMETOWN HERO, is part of the Love, Philly anthology and will have its solo release later this fall.
For hockey: My fictional team is the Buffalo Bedlam. I wanted to set it in Buffalo because my husband is originally from there. Book 1 features the goalie, Book 2, the enforcer, Book 3, the captain. Book 4 will be out soon, and features Vince, one of the defensemen. And Book 5, also featuring Vince, is part of the Hockey Holidays charity anthology.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I’m a big sports fan, and so writing in those worlds was something I really wanted to do. I get inspiration every time I watch a game, or an interview, or from following the players on social media, or meeting them or seeing them at a fan event.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I love doing this type of research. Scouring the web for articles on how teams handle trades, road trips in the NFL and NHL, player contracts, the NHL collective bargaining agreement, athletic trainers, players working with nutritionists, what players go through during a trade, etc. It’s fascinating.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
My schedule is pretty fluid. In addition to writing, I’m also a professional voice over artist, and so some days, I might be in the recording booth for a while and write after that, and others, I might write in the morning, and then handle voice projects as they come in. I also try to incorporate time for working out. Actually, some of my best plot ideas come when I’m out for a run or walk.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Go with your gut. Always, always listen to it. If you receive feedback on a story, you don’t have to take every single suggestion that is given to you. Your story is yours, no one else’s, and no one can tell it like you will.
And, always reach out if you need help. The romance community is a wonderful and generous group.
Where did your love of books come from?
I think it comes from associating books with wonder and adventure and happiness at an early age. My mother always read to us every night when I was little, and we had weekly trips to the library. I grew up believing that reading is magic.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Stress. Whether it’s things happening out in the world, or something more immediate and personal, stress can completely shut down the creative flow. It can be hard to break out of that feeling, and harder still to take a step back, analyze, and regroup.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Great question! I actually recently had a conversation about this with someone.
I’d title it: I Give Great Advice.
Because I do… quoting Eckart Tolle, etc., but I’m not great at remembering to follow some of that advice myself. So, to help with that, I have sticky notes with reminders everywhere.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
My website: http://www.susanscottshelley.com is the easiest place.
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/SusanScottShelley1/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/susanscottshelleyauthor
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you so much for having me!