Monday Magic presents Romance Author Susan Muller

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Callie: I’m excited to have Susan Muller visit with us today.  Her book, The Secrets of Forest Bend exciting and interesting. Let’s find out a little bit about the author. Tell us about yourself, Susan.

Susan: I live in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, with my husband, Sid.  I have two children and four grandchildren, ranging in age from six to twenty.  I enjoy traveling, snorkeling, and have done volunteer work at a local hospital for almost thirty years. Several years ago I decided to turn a lifelong love of reading into a new career, writing.  It surprised me how much I loved the adventure of putting words on a page and making them into a story.

Callie: I know what you mean.A book writing career came late in life for me as well. I finally found what I wanted to be when I grew up. What does your family think of your writing?

Susan: It truly warms my heart to see how proud they are. I hope I have become a role model, showing them that it is never too late to pursue your dreams.

Callie:So true. I tell my kids that all the time, because you know how impatient youth is! What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Susan: Two things.  I’ve always enjoyed working puzzles, and I discovered that writing is a lot like working a puzzle. You take different parts of the story and rearrange them into something that flows, making a seamless picture. I had thought of writing as a solitary profession. I am amazed at the friendship, encouragement and mentoring of other authors.

I also found that I’m not too old to learn new things.  I’ve read craft books, taken classes, listened to judges’ comments and criticisms. I don’t plan to quit learning, just because I’m published.

Callie:Excellent point. I’ve made so many friends since I started writing. And my SMP soul sisters rock! What author do you think your work is similar to?

Susan: Most suspense doesn’t have a ghost, and most paranormal has much more that a single ghost.  Christie Craig has a new book out called Murder, Mayhem, and Mama in which the heroine’s mother is a ghost. Only her ghost gives helpful dating advice.  Mine tries to take over her sister’s body so she can go on the dates herself. Now, I’m not saying I’m as sexy or funny as Christie (and I’ll never tell if I mean that personally or professionally) but I think we have a similar tone.

Callie: That’s interesting. Taking over her sister’s body?  Hmm. Tell us what you’re working on now.

Susan: My WIP, Winter Song, is the first in a four part series. It’s a cop mystery and will be much darker than The Secrets on Forest Bend.  If you think the ghost in Forest Bend is a real witch, wait till you meet my next villain.

Callie: Ah, I love to hate villains, and this one sounds good. Now the big question. Do you love or hate writing sex scenes?

Susan: Hate, hate, hate. My critique partner puts a mark by my love scenes and says. “Oooh, tell us more.  No, really, it’s alright. You can tell us more.” And it turns out, I can.

Callie: Thank goodness for critique partners. They really push us.

I want to thank you for joining us today, Susan. How about a blurb from The Secrets of Forest Bend.

Susan: Gladly.

Another day. . . another dead body.

When Detective Adam Campbell learns that a WWII gun is connected to several murders he’s investigating, he hopes that tracking down the killer will be as easy as tracing the gun’s history. When he meets Jillian Whitmeyer, the last known owner of the weapon, the case becomes anything but simple.

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t real.

Adam soon learns that people who get close to Jillian have a bad habit of turning up dead. Jillian claims that the spirit of her sister, accidentally killed with that same gun, is responsible for the deaths. She warns Adam that he is likely to become the next victim. Adam’s been a lousy judge of women in the past, and this one’s obviously a nut case. Or is she? How does a just-the-facts detective deal with a ghostly serial killer and the sexy-as-hell sister she won’t set free?

Callie: You can find The Secrets on Forest Bend at Soul Mate Publishing and Amazon

 

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21 Responses to Monday Magic presents Romance Author Susan Muller

  1. Fun interview! Absolutely love the premise of your story Susan….always enjoy a good ghost story and the spin in this one is something I haven’t read before. Nice job!

    Congrats on your book and much success!

  2. Callie says:

    Hey, thanks for stopping by Christine. Always can count on you to be first, lol.

  3. Casey Wyatt says:

    Hi Susan, I love the premise of your book. It sounds right up my alley! I’m looking forward to hearing more about Winter Song. And I love your back cover blurb – very nicely done. :)

  4. I also love the premise of this book. I’ve added it to my TBR list. Best of luck with it!

  5. Susan Muller says:

    Hi Callie. Thanks for hosting me today. This was a fun interview. Christine, Casey, and Ally, it was nice of you to stop by.

  6. BJ Scott says:

    Great interview ladies!
    Have read your first book, Secrets on Forest Bend and look forward to the next book of the series.
    Best of luck!

  7. Great interview, ladies! I’ve read your first book, and I look forward to more!

  8. cheryl yeko says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. The Secrets of Forest Bend sounds like a great read!

    -Cheryl

  9. Francine Infortunio says:

    Totally enjoyed The Secrets on Forest Bend. Glad another of your books Winter Song is in the works;)

  10. C Core says:

    Great interview! I look forward to seeing more of this new author!

  11. Jan Nash says:

    Great interview! I can’t wait for Susan’s next book!

  12. Jaye Garland says:

    Love, love, LOVE Susan’s writing. I’ve downloaded to my Kindle and read BOTH her book, Secrets on Forest Bend, and her short story, Redeeming Santa. Couldn’t put either of them down, very captivating from the opening pages. Can’t wait to read Winter Song, and hoping it be available soon. Great interview!

  13. Susan Muller says:

    Thanks for the encouragement ladies. It means a lot.

  14. Tess says:

    I, too, write like I’m putting a puzzle together…especially since I’m a panster…no other way to do it! LOL.

    I love Susan’s books! Can’t wait for the next one!

  15. Calisa Rhose says:

    I love the premise of this book. Thanks for sharing, Susan and Callie!

  16. Great post!!

    I love stories with ghosts. And Susan’s ghost in her book is a real handful.

    CC

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