MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SUSAN M. VIEMEISTER
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Susan M.Viemeister and I write murder mysteries with paranormal
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My first book- Dear Charlotte- started after a really bad day at work. I just came home and started writing. The title came from some old family post cards to my husband’s great Aunt Charlotte. I used them in the first chapter, and the cover. Wondering what had been going on in her life got my imagination going and inspired the ending.
Terror at Thunder Ridge- was inspired by me finding a stuffed toy fox in a dumpster.Everyone knows what happens when you rescue a stuffed animal from a dumpster, lol. I changed it to a stuffed wolf in the story and ran with it.
The Last Horse was inspired by me wanting to put a Belgian Malinois and dressage horses in a book. So, I created a K9 cop and added dressage horses along with murder and mayhem.
The Secret of The Bloodstone Necklace- started as a challenge by a fellow author. I wrote a scene and everyone wanted to know what happened next. I was inspired by the paranormal events I’ve experienced in my house, I even used my house on the cover!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been a huge mystery buff. I grew up reading Agatha Christie and other mystery writers. I love a good mystery!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
For the police procedure and protocals, I’ve talked to detectives. I also was able to watch a demonstration of a K9 in action. The K9 cop showed me how he trains his dog to do searches- it was very impressive!
I also do a lot of research online, I’ve even googled how to do an autopsy.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Parker Wiiliams series takes place in my fictional Bealtown. It’s based on the area in rural Virginia where i live. Detectives Parker and Kenny work alongside the Medical Examiner, Kate- who is also Parker’s girlfriend. There is also a paranormal investigator, Porter “Squirrel”Stevens.
Each book introduces a new character, including a psychic medium and his Irish Terrier, who joins in the investigations.
There is murder, combined with various paranormal happenings in each book.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
If I had to choose, i think Terror at Thunder Ridge is my favorite. This was my attempt to channel my inner Steven King:)
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I get inspiration from just about anywhere. I watch a lot of ID Channel, there are a lot of murder shows on there. I also watch a lot of paranormal programs, great for ideas! Sometimes it’s something I’ll overhear, or something a friend will say that triggers an idea. Also, real life experience.
Was it always meant to become a series?
When I wrote my first book, I wasn’t thinking series. But, everyone liked the characters so much that i put them in the next book, and that started the series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I don’t have a specific goal. Currently, I write when i get home from work. I seem to write better in the evening.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m currently working on two books, the next in the Parker Williams series, and the next in my new Bealtown mystery series. I don’t have names yet, the names usually don’t come to me until I’m about halfway into the book.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Having people enjoy my books. I love hearing what they think, and how the books affected them. I think of how much i enjoy reading, and seeing others get enjoyment from something I wrote is so amazing and humbling!
Have you always liked to write?
I never really thought about writing. I started a book when we moved to Virginia years ago, but got busy with the farm and never finished it. That was the only time until I wrote my first book.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t get discouraged! If you can dream, you can write!
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I read all the reviews. So far. I’ve been fortunate to have only good reviews. Even still, I listen to what the reviewer says to look for what they liked and see where there is room for improvement.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Trying to keep up with all the social media and marketing. It can be overwhelming.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve always loved to read. I love getting lost in a good book!
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I really like Robert Parker, Sandra Brown,Patricia Cornwall, Steven King, among others.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to be original. I’ve read so many books myself, I aim to write things that I haven’t read a bunch of times before. If I’m not entertained, my readers won’t be, either. I try to write things that are new or unexpected, or at least give something a different twist.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Heather Elizabeth King is a friend who has been a huge help! She was the one that helped me get started, and encouraged me to publish my first book.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
I actually started a memoir about all the animals I’ve had over the years, and living in Virginia. It’s called The Horse That Broke My Leg. I’m not sure when that one will be finished.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
They can like my author page on Facebook- facebook.com/susanmviemeister and my website, susanmviemeister.com
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️