MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SUSAN HAYES
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi there! My name is Susan Hayes, and I write primarily Sci-Fi and Paranormal Romance. I like to tell people I write book boyfriends that are out of this world.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I released my latest trilogy of Star-Crossed Alien Mail Order Brides this fall: Tarjen, Torel, and Radek. They’re all part of a larger, multi-author project called the Intergalactic Dating Agency. All the books in the project are based on the “Mars needs women,” trope, which is one of my favourites. I also got to set the stories on Earth, which meant I could write about Canadian heroines. Yay! (Yep, I’m Canadian.) The Star-Crossed series are all full of humour, geek jokes, Canadian references, and hot romance.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre(historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’m a geek. My mother had me watching the original Star Trek before I could walk. (Yes, I’m that old.) I played Dungeons and Dragons all through university, devoured science fiction and fantasy books by the truckload, and I own TV props from Xena: Warrior Princess, Lexx, and Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda series. Sci-fi romance and Paranormal Romance were a natural fit for me.
What kind of research did you do for this series?
For this trilogy, I had to spend a surprising amount of time looking up how explosive devices work, and what effect they’d have on a large structure (In this case, a sports stadium.) I even had to figure out what colour the smoke would be. One of these days my Google search is going to get me in a lot of trouble…
Can you tell me about your Series?
Star-Crossed Alien Mail Order Brides is about an alien race – the Pyrosians, who discover that they are genetically compatible with humans. The first trilogy is about their attempts to stealthily arrive on Earth and claim their mates without anyone knowing they’re there. This, well, let’s just say it doesn’t go according to plan. The women they claim aren’t interested in being whisked away to the other side of the galaxy without being asked, and they make their feelings known.
The second trilogy is set more than a year later. The Pyrosians are returning to Earth, this time with the permission of the world’s governments, to arrange for a larger scale meeting and claiming of human women who have volunteered to be matched. Anti-alien sentiment leads to explosions, chaos, and a whole other set of problems for the Pyrosians, as well as one runaway prince from another species, the Romaki. And just to add to the fun, the Romaki are shape-shifting dragons. With explosions on the ground and a dragon in the sky above Vancouver, getting to their happily-ever-after isn’t going to be easy for these heroes.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I have two favourites in this series. Kash, and Radek. Kash is a story about a by-the-book commander who wasn’t even supposed to set foot on Earth, but winds up finding his mate there. Gwen is a curvy bookworm who is rejected from the Star-Crossed Dating agency because she’s over thirty-five. They had everything working against them, but with a little help from Fate, they find each other and change two worlds in the process.
Radek is my other favourite from this series. He’s the runaway dragon prince from the second trilogy. The laws of his world forbid any member of his species from leaving the planet, but he leaves anyway. He’s looking for a new future for his people and finds his mate in the process. His mate, Piper, is a blue-haired, free–spirited woman who starts off believing her abductor is crazy with his talk of dragons and magic – only to discover he’s telling the truth. Dragons are real, and she’s mated to one.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. I love writing series. It gives me time to develop the world the books are set in, plus I can re-visit old characters in future books and show how their lives are progressing. One of my other Sci-fi romance series, the Drift, has six books so far and has spawned a spin-off series: Nova Force.
What’s a typical working day like for you? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a full-time job as the office manager of a property management firm. Fortunately, my boss is one of my biggest supporters, which means she has no problem with me donning my author hat at work sometimes if things at the office are quiet. I work from 9-5, come home, and can relax, make dinner, and watch TV or read until 7pm. From 7-10 (or later if deadlines are looming) I write. My daily goal is a thousand words. Some days I do better, some days I miss by a mile, but it gives me something to work toward.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
My next book is Operation Cobalt, which is book two in my Nova Force Series. It’s a sci-fi romance with a strong suspense vibe, plenty of romance, and a tattooed, part–alien hero who doesn’t believe he deserves a happily ever after.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I get to live in the worlds I create and then share those worlds with my readers. The fact I can do this for a living is both amazing and humbling.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to be writing full time, travelling more, and celebrating the release of my 100th book. (I’m on book forty-two right now.)
Have you always liked to write?
I’ve loved writing since I figured out that letters make words, words make sentences, and sentences make stories!
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
You can be successful, but it takes faith, plenty of work, and a willingness to take risks. Also, hire a professional editor!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
In my life, I have been a criminal statistician for a police department, an office manager, and I spent three hellish years as a database integrity specialist for a collection agency. Somehow, despite being a writer, I’ve almost always ended up in jobs that require me to use math every day. (I think the universe is conspiring against me.)
Operation Cobalt. I gave it to my editor before the holidays. Then I get to take a few days off before starting my next project.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
“I’m not with whoever is chasing you,” Dante informed her when she finally stopped throwing punches.
She raised her head to glare at him. “No? So, what? You make a habit of wandering into alleys and grabbing women at random?”
He grinned as recognition dawned. She didn’t look much like the polished and professional woman he’d seen in the holos provided at his briefing, but underneath the grime and exhaustion was the first real lead he’d found since setting foot on this fraxxed up planet. “Actually, Dr. Li, I was looking for you.”
“We have a dynamic?”
“Maybe.” He reached for her again, this time setting those big hands of his around her waist and pulling her in close. “We have something. Not sure what it is, yet.”
Tyra allowed herself a moment of indulgence and moved in so close she could feel his body heat warming her. He wrapped an arm around her waist, his hand spanning the space between her shoulder blades. She tipped her head back to find him looking down at her, his gaze full of fire.
“Yeah, this is definitely something,” he murmured as he bent down to claim her mouth with a heated kiss.
Where did your love of books come from?
My parents and grandmother. They read to me all the time and encouraged my love of books my whole life.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I am blessed to have many author friends in my life, and they all have helped me improve not only my writing but my understanding of the business side of being an author. Sadie Haller, Zoe York, Eve Langlais, Desiree Holt, Elle Rush, Violet Vaughn, and so many others. They’re my tribe, and I love them.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SusanHayesRomance/
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/389883471205646/