Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ask Five with....SUSAN STEPHENS!!!!!!

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What is the title of your latest release and what’s it about?



My November 2007 release, Expecting His Royal Baby, is book 5 in the fabulous Niroli series.

Set in the tiny Mediterranean kingdom of Niroli my hero Nico is torn between duty and love as the race to find the heir to the throne of Niroli gathers pace.



Nico is a self made man, but he is also a member of the richest royal family in the world - a family united by blood and passion, torn apart by deceit and desire.



My heroine, Carrie Evans is an unlikely heroine, who proves during the course of the book to have a big heart and enough courage to take on both Nico and the kingdom of Niroli, if that is what it takes to protect her unborn child.



How do you come up with ideas for your stories?



There are always ideas buzzing in my head- the other day I heard an old Motown classic I used to love, and from that song sprang a whole story fully formed. I can’t wait to write it down.



What is the hardest part of writing?



The discipline of writing is the hardest part. You may have a story fully formed in your head, but writing that story down in the best possible way takes a lot of writing and rewriting until you do the story justice- I think Nora Roberts refers to that discipline as using lots of ‘Bum Glue- I couldn’t put it better.’



Which authors have influenced you over the years, whether for their writing or for their friendship?



My mentor was Penny Jordan, so I count myself pretty fortunate. When my husband ‘bought’ a day with Penny for me at a charity auction I was terrified of meeting her- after all, by that time Penny Jordan had written around 200 books! I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised when I met one of the nicest people I know, and who I am now fortunate enough to call a close friend. I have found many such people in the writing community- both authors and readers alike.



What books are coming up in the near future for you?



In January 2008 I have a UK/Australia release entitled, Laying Down The Law. This is for the exciting new Modern Heat series. Featuring a young trainee lawyer, and her American Italian pupil master, this book is hot, hot, hot, and lots of fun. It will be a Presents Collection release in September 2008, entitled, Under The Italian’s Command



And do look out for my February 2008 Presents release, entitled, Bought: One Island, One Bride, I had to write this story after visiting Greece and spending time with a passionate environmentalist. My heroine Ellie Mendoras is the environmentalist, and Alexander Kosta is the ruthless billionaire intent on turning Ellis’s home into a resort island for the rich and famous.



I do hope this opens a door into my writing world, and I hope to meet as many of you as possible at San Francisco RWA. Please don’t be shy, I’m really looking forward to chatting with as many people as possible!



All my very best from the UK, from your friend and author,

Susan



Be sure to visit Susan's website or her blog!

And be sure to pick up Expecting His Royal Baby at your favorite bookstore!

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