About Susan Sheehey:
Susan writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. Her newest release, PRINCE OF SOLANA, is a romantic suspense releasing Feb 25th, 2015 on Amazon, Kobo, and Nook. After spending six years in the corporate world, her true passion wouldn’t let go and she’s been writing ever since. She lives and laughs in Texas with her husband and two sons. She’s a strong advocate for Autism Awareness and support, and includes an element of water in every novel.
What inspires you to write?
There are so many characters and plot ideas roaming around in my head (probably inspired from all the movies I watch and other books I read) that I literally have to write them down or I’ll go nuts.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m an unusual one, and I have to outline. It’s loose, I can change things as I need to, but for the most part I follow the outline. There are several things about a story I have to know first before I can sit down and write it, and the biggest thing is the ending. I have to know how it ends to be able to write it. Many authors I know are pantsers, and I wish I could do that. But if I don’t have an outline to follow, I write myself into corners.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh boy do I talk to my characters! Though, I’ve learned to keep most of it inside my head, or at least be alone when I speak out loud to them. 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep writing forward. Even if you’re struggling, are extremely frustrated, and feel lost… just keep writing forward. Learn from mistakes, and move on. KEEP WRITING.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I joined a writers group that helped me connect with people in the industry. And then put my nose to the paper, worked my butt off, and eventually landed a publisher. It took 3 manuscripts and countless rejections, but all the hard work and networking paid off.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s like the Wild West, in my opinion. Crazy, fun, a bit scary, brutal at times. But in the end, the ones who love to write and can’t live without it survive through it. Be open to new ideas and changes, but no matter what happens, keep writing awesome stories.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print