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.
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?