Jen: This week we welcome Suzannah Safi to Book Talk. Suzannah, will you please share a short bio with us?
Suzannah: Certainly, and thank you for having me here. I live in New York and for many years I worked with numbers, finance, and credit. But eventually my addiction to writing took over seven years ago. Now I am a full time romance author. I am also a promoter; I created Romance Alley on September 14, 2009 you can check it at www.romancealley.suzannahsafi.com a place for authors to benefit and readers to enjoy. My other passion, being a freelance designer; this year I created my own Book Trailer Company, you can visit my company’s website at www.design.suzannahsafi.com
I wanted to do something that I enjoy, have passion for, and I found that writing, promoting, and designing book trailers and covers are my real passion so I am doing that full time and proud of what I’ve accomplished.
Jen: Tell us about Worth Every Breath and where it’s available.
Suzannah: My contemporary novel ‘Worth Every Breath’ is available now through The Wild Rose Press. This is the blurb:
When the lovely Annabelle from California takes on a job in York, London as a companion for an embittered, paralyzed Chris MacCloud who has lost his wife in an accident, she finds herself strangely drawn to his savage sensuality. But she must overcome not only his deep mistrust of love, which is inflamed by her uncanny resemblance to his late wife, but also withstand the wicked relatives who are scheming for his fortune.
Little does Annabelle know that at the end of this twisted trail of passion and deceit lies, in the words of a song she has written, “what I’m looking for….it’s worth every breath.”
Can Chris forget his past, can Annabelle win his trust and teach him to love again? And can she herself learn to forgive and forget?
You can visit my website to read more at www.suzannahsafi.com
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Suzannah: I wrote a story when I was in high school, and left it at that for a long time, but I started writing seriously seven years ago. End of 2007 I received my first contract with The Wild Rose Press for my novella ‘Worth Every Breath’, the joy of knowing that my baby is going to see the world is indescribable.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Suzannah: Exotic, stimulating, diverse.
Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Suzannah: A cup of coffee next to me, and slow music in the background, of course not to forget my sweetheart—laptop.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Suzannah: No, I don’t. But, if I’m not writing, I am critiquing, editing, promoting, or researching.
Jen: Do you become attached to your characters and have a hard time letting them go, or are you happy that their story is told and you can move on?
Suzannah: Oh my, I do have a problem letting my characters go. When I’m about to finish one story, although I’m always happy that I reached the end, still I miss them so much that I get sad as well. My only console is that with every new story, I meet other characters waiting for their story to be written. I must say though, I don’t let my characters disappear; I talk about them every chance I get. Sometimes they find me, one of the villains in Worth Every Breath, his name is Damien found me and begged for his story to be written. I hated Damien, and I think he needs to be punished. Finally, he got me to listen to him, and I’m writing his story, but you know what, I have one heroine that will teach him a lesson and tame this rogue.
Jen: Is there a genre that you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from and why?
Suzannah: All the romance stories I wrote so far published or in the process, are mixed with different elements or sub-genre. I will not limit my imagination, I won’t allow that.
Jen: Do you do anything special to celebrate a sale, new contract, or release?
Suzannah: Oh yeah! I look for new ideas for marketing lol.
Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal, is there anything else you dream of doing?
Suzannah: Yes, to keep producing more novels. You have no idea what’s dwelling in my head, sometimes I think I’ll have to haunt someone to write my to-be-written-stories after I die LOL.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?
Suzannah: They are more than I could count; I am reading Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Suzannah: I am working on a Paranormal/horror romance novel, and a paranormal romance series.
Jen: Where can you be found on the web?
Suzannah: My website is www.suzannahsafi.com where you can find all information about me and my books, my news. Also you can find me on facebook, I always welcome new friends.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Suzannah: I would like to say that I thank you for being here, and don’t hesitate to ask me any question, and please contact me on my website; I always welcome your comments.
Thank you all for inviting me and for the interview.
Jen: Readers, Suzannah is giving one lucky commenter a .pdf copy of Worth Every Breath. To enter the drawing, leave a comment or question for Suzannah. Don’t forget to either leave your email address in your comment or send a message to email@example.com The contest ends on Thursday, December 24.