MY INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN STOKER
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Susan Stoker. I write contemporary romantic suspense.
Coming out on April 23rd is Rescuing Macie and Securing Brenae.
The first is a bridge book between my Delta Force Heroes series and the new Delta Force Heroes book which will be coming out soon.
Securing Brenae is a short story in my SEAL of Protection: Legacy series. It features a couple in their 50’s and how they’re still as much in love today as they were when they met thirty years ago.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Rescuing Macie is sort of a bridge book between my first Delta Force series and my second. The Hero is the commander of both teams, and the heroine is the sister of one of the Deltas in the first series. Macie was introduced briefly in Rescuing Mary and she’s the long lost sister of Truck, one of the Deltas. She suffers from anxiety and doesn’t believe anyone would want to be her friend, nevertheless date her. But Colt, the commander was intrigued by her from the start, and so when she calls her brother, saying someone broke into her apartment and is after her, he’s done taking things slow.
I came up with the idea from my many hours of watching the ID Channel, and because of how many people I know of who suffer from anxiety. It’s truly a horrible thing and I just wanted to show my heroine able to have a HEA.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love writing damsel in distress books. One, my heroines aren’t your typical damsels. They are strong in their own right and don’t NEED a man in their everyday life, but when push comes to shove, it’s nice to have someone who has their back and will do whatever it takes to help them out. I think I like writing this kind of story because I’m a strong woman who doesn’t NEED a man, but if I was ever in a bind, you bet I wouldn’t mind a whole boatload of tough strong men to come to my aid! Lol And…I really like a man in uniform. Ha!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
For Rescuing Macie, I asked my readers to tell me their anxiety stories. To tell me what it feels like to be in the middle of an anxiety attack. What they’re feeling, what their body is doing (heartrate, etc), and what they’re thinking. And the sad/great thing is how many of my readers commented/emailed/messaged me with their stories. My heart goes out to everyone who suffers from this and struggles every day to keep going.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Both The SEAL of Protection: Legacy series and the Delta Force Heroes series are about a team of military men who do their best to serve their country and along the way find the women who are meant to be theirs.
Many times the women they meet have nothing to do with the military, they meet them in their “every day lives.”
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Honestly? No. They’re all so different and I love each and every one of them!
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. When I start a new series I typically know the names of the Heroes and even the heroines, but I don’t know what all their stories will be. Sometimes as I’m writing I’ll get an inspiration and a great idea about a future story in the series. A wicked twist kind of thing.
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 writing goal and I don’t even write every day. I am a morning person and I work out three mornings a week then come home and take care of my dogs, then sit down and get to work. I’m usually done writing by noonish, then I can do other “authoring” stuff. When I’m done with a book, I might not write again for a few weeks. Whatever I need to clean my palate, and get a new idea in my head before I start writing again.
Where do your ideas come from?
I’ve always had a good imagination. I used to go in my backyard after Wonder Woman came on and pretend first that I was Wonder Woman and had to save someone else. Then I’d pretend that I was the person WW had to save!
I also watch a lot of the murder channel…aka the ID Channel. The things people do to each other in real life is way meaner than the things I have my villains do to the heroines in my books!
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Not really. I love reading a lot of different genres, but I enjoy writing what I write and can’t imagine doing anything else.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to use my creativity and writing stories that people want to read!
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would still probably be a Registrar at a University and teaching online classes as that is what I was doing before I started writing.
Where did your love of books come from?
I’ve always read romances. From the time I can remember I was getting stacks and stacks of books from the library and devouring them.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Honestly, I write what I like to write. I’ve been fortunate in that it seems that’s what readers want to read as well!
Where can your fans find you and follow??
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Online Store: shop.stokeraces.com
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️