Hi Susannah, Thanks for joining us today on Night Owl Reviews. We hear you have a fabulous romantic suspense book coming on April 5th, 2016. What is Wild Man's Curse about?
When an elderly voodoo practitioner is murdered deep in the bayous of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, an old family curse threatens to pass to her only surviving relative, great-niece Celestine Savoie. Living in Nashville, Ceelie is broke and not thrilled at the idea of returning to her childhood home of Terrebonne Parish, but she’s the only one left to settle the estate. Before long, she realizes that whoever killed her “Tante Eva” isn’t finished; now, he’s after her—or some family secret her aunt never shared.
Louisiana wildlife agent Gentry Broussard is the only person who’s seen the elderly woman’s killer, and it brings his own family curse back to haunt him. The killer looks exactly like Gentry’s older brother Lang. Problem is, Lang Broussard has been dead for more than three years—Gentry knows, because he shot his brother in a drug bust.
As the threats against Ceelie escalate and the body count rises, Gentry finds himself caught between the ghost of his brother and the woman who has become much more important to him than he wants to admit.
It’s a race for time against the backdrop of voodoo, Native American mysticism, and the South Louisiana bayous as WILD MAN’S CURSE begins a new romantic suspense series by award-winning author Susannah Sandlin.
What should readers expect from you titles?
Readers should expect heart-pounding tension, richly drawn characters, vivid settings, and a sexy romance. Heat level: mild to moderate.
What's next for you as an author?
I am about to go into revisions on the second book in the Wilds of the Bayou series, which will likely be out late this year. And writing as Suzanne Johnson, the fifth book in my Sentinels of New Orleans series, Belle Chasse, will be out in November.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
I'm a (very amateur) mixed-media artist, so I will take a fifteen-minute writing break to paint and suddenly realize two or three hours have passed. I'm not sure if it's because I love making art so much or because writing, especially that first draft, is such hard work!
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
I'd have dinner with author Rick Bragg...actually I've had dinner with him but it was before I began writing fiction and had to do with my day job. Rick is a memoirist rather than a novelist, but his books are a study in evocative writing. If I could channel his brain to write my novels...uh-oh, now he'll think I want to steal his brain under pretense of dinner. And maybe that's true.
What's a writing day like for you?
On weekdays, I'm at the day job (where I write and edit a magazine) from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., so my writing takes place between 7:30 p.m. and midnight. I do my blogging for about six hours on Saturday, then generally put in a 12-hour writing day each Sunday. I need a vacation!
What technological advancement could you not live without?
The Internet--although you have to be careful about the accuracy of what you read, authors have it so much easier these days with instantaneous access to research sources. Although that "one-click" button on Amazon can get dangerous. I now have a digital library of books on swamps and wildlife agents!
Thanks so much Susannah for coming and joining us on Night Owl Reviews. We wish you the best.
Thank you! I hope readers enjoy WILD MAN'S CURSE and wildlife agents of South Louisiana as much as I enjoyed writing about them!