Susan Griscom

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: November 02, 2011

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Whisper Cape | Amber Glow Books | Paranormal Romance | October 10, 2011

Escape to a world where the impossible becomes possible.

WHISPER CAPE is a town of secrets and Addison MacKenna soon becomes tangled in a web of them. Plagued with nightmares of her father's sudden and brutal death, Addie struggles with her anguish and refuses to believe his demise was accidental.

Fighting to shake off one of those devastating early morning nightmares, Addison finds it even harder to escape from the vision of a man lying on the side of the road-a man she may have just killed. When she frantically tries to locate him, he seemingly disappears, just the beginning of strange occurrences in her life. She also cannot ignore the weird sensations in her own body. Suddenly, the impossible seems possible, but is that a blessing or a curse?

Believing that her continual and worsening nightmares are both the key to her own new abilities and the clue to her father's death, Addie knows she will not rest until she has the answers she craves. As she strives to cope with her new remarkable talents, someone else learns of her abilities-a disgruntled maniacal psychopath with his own agenda that involves eliminating Addie. The only one who can protect her, instruct her in the use of her powers and teach her how to destroy the murderous monster is the same man who makes Addie's heart race and her blood heat with passion. The same man she'd left for dead.

Cael Sheridan may be arrogant and mysterious but he's also undeniably gorgeous. A member of a secret society, he is sworn to protect the woman he believes to be the daughter of his recently murdered mentor. In the process, he finds it impossible to resist her magnetic sensuality, complicating his efforts to shield and guide her as she learns to manage her newly acquired skills. At the same time, Addison has much to teach him about trust and commitment. Fate has brought them together, but will it make them stronger or destroy them both in end?

What main genre do you write in?


Please tell us your latest news!

Right now I am working on a Young Adult novel as well as the sequel to Whisper Cape. I believe the YA will be finished before the sequel and I am hoping to have it ready for submission by February, 2012.

On a personal note, I am expecting my seventh grandchild any day now and am extremely excited about that.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I suppose I have two. One would have to be J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts. I became hooked on her In Death series right about the same time I started writing. I've never read anything that she has written that I haven't loved. The characters in her books always seem so real to me.

The other is J.R. Ward. I love her unique trademark expressions.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes. I'd secretly always wanted to write a book. During those earlier years of raising kids, working outside the home, I never really had the time to even think too much about it. I always thought that writing a book was never something I could ever do. When I retired from my "day job" I started quilting, which I love, but wanted something more. Something that would challenge my brain a little more. I mentioned to a friend that I thought I might like to write a book and the minute the words left my mouth, I was committed. I said it, therefore I had to do it and started researching and learning.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My advice for other writers is don't ever give up and stay true to your voice, which is a really tough thing to do when you're getting critiqued by your peers.

Please describe your writing environment.

My work environment is pretty basic. I have an office that I've made out of a spare bedroom. I have a desk and a great view of the lake, which I sometimes have to force my eyes from because I find myself daydreaming too much. Daydreaming is a good thing when it has to do with what I am writing, but sometimes the lake tends to make my mind wonder in the wrong direction. Sunsets can be particularly distracting.

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

Staying focused. There are so many distractions it can be difficult sometimes, especially if I have a sudden case of writer's block. Usually a long, warm shower helps clear out the fog and some of my best ideas come to me. Sort of like washing out the mucked-up clouded space and making room for something creative and meaningful.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

I would have to say my husband. He is without a doubt the most generous and supporting person I have ever met. He never questions or complains about my devotion to writing or promoting my work and has always had a positive outlook on where I want or need to be in my head.

Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.

Yes, actually, my real name is Susan Griscom. I will be penning my Young Adult novel, Allusive Aftershock, by my real name. I wanted to have a different name for my adult books so there would be no mistaking them for the young adult books. This was something that was suggested by my publisher and I agreed.

Do you like to mix genres?

Absolutely. I am usually drawn to books with mixed genres. Romance, suspense, mystery and paranormal. As for writing, I do like to stick with romance as the main genre even in the young adult books but will usually add something else into the mix. The young adult book I'm currently working on is a mix of romance along with disaster and survival.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

I'm sure most writers would claim they would love to have dinner with their favorite author, but anyone who knows me would expect me to say, Gerry Butler. Yep, I'm a fan, big time. Although I doubt I would be able to eat anything from nerves. I would probably end up just sitting there, listening to his smooth Scottish accent and wishing he would sing to me. It was his voice, singing the "Music of the Night" from "The Phantom of the Opera" that filled me with inspiration to write Whisper Cape.

Thank you so much for the interview and you can learn more about me at my website, I also have a blog: Feel free to stop by and leave a comment.