Maria: Suzanna, can you share a brief bio with us?
Suzanna: I live with my family in Scotland. I’ve been writing for a number of years and my initial success was with short stories (I write short stories as Suzanne Ross Jones). My stories have appeared in women’s and family magazines in the UK and Australia. Recently, in need of a new challenge, I’ve written and sold three longer romances to the UK Pocket Novel market, published by DC Thomson. Pocket novels are novels published in magazine form by a magazine, with a limited shelf life of two to four weeks. They can later be published in print book form for libraries and as ebooks). So far, two of my novels and one volume of short stories have become available on Amazon. My novel TRUST IN ME was published in 2012 and my new release is HIDDEN HEARTACHE.
Maria: How would you describe your work?
Suzanna: I write sweet, contemporary romance, usually in a British setting. My short stories are more family orientated than my novels, which are romances.
Maria: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Suzanna: Hidden Heartache is a medical romance. I have friends and acquaintances who are medical professionals and it seemed a logical step to try to write about that world.
Dr Emma Bradshaw’s life is disrupted when Nick Rudd arrives back in town to take up a post at the GP practice where Emma works. The bad boy attitude is still very much in evidence, but Nick is a doctor now – against the odds – and Emma’s forced to work closely with him. Not so easy to ignore the love of your life when you have to see him on a daily basis. And Nick’s getting perilously close to breaking down the barriers Emma’s built to protect herself from the tragedy in her past.
Nick thought, as a doctor, it would be easy to command respect from the residents of his hometown – and most are pleased to see how well he’s done. But, the one person he wants to impress remains unmoved. Emma is keeping her distance. And she’s changed – the fun loving girl he knew has gone. She’s hiding something big, he’s sure, but she’s not telling. He can’t blame her – he knows he let her down badly in the past. But now he’ll do anything to rekindle the trust and love she once showed him.
Maria: If HIDDEN HEARTACHE is a sweet romance, how are you with writing love scenes?
Suzanna: My main characters are doctors, so there are discussions about sex that would maybe not be in keeping if they weren’t medical professionals. But I’ve tried to make the actual love scenes emotional rather than descriptive of what’s going on physically. I’ve nothing against writing hot, but that’s not what I want to do. The markets for which I’ve been writing for until now prefer to shy away from anything too explicit.
Maria: What’s next for you?
Suzanna: As well as writing a new pocket novel and more short stories, I’m also working on another, secret project. No, it isn’t erotica – it’s a non-fiction idea I’ve been keen to self-publish for a while.
He took a step towards her and her gaze fixed on his mouth. She watched as he smiled again and a scar on his upper lip caught her attention. It was faded, barely there, if he hadn’t been standing so close she’d never have seen it. It was the type of scar that might have resulted from a childhood accident such as falling face first onto the corner of a table…
She drew a ragged breath as a wave of nausea hit her. She hadn’t seen that scar for fourteen years. She staggered back and came hard up against the side of her car and was grateful for the support it offered. “Nick?” she queried disbelievingly.
“It’s been a long time, Emma. How have you been?”
The boy who’d haunted her dreams and her nightmares for as long as she could remember. How, in the name of all that was holy, had she not recognised him?
In her defence, she hadn’t been expecting to see him again, not after all these years. And he’d changed –he’d grown from a heartbreakingly beautiful boy of sixteen into a man of such raw sex appeal just looking at him took her breath away. She should have known it was him from her reaction the moment she’d seen him ride into the health centre car park on that motorbike. No other man had ever made her heart beat faster or elicited wicked thoughts with just a look – not even come close.
Of course it had to be Nick.
The pain took her unawares –a searing ache in her chest. For a minute she thought she was having a heart attack, but quickly realised it was a physical manifestation of fourteen years of mental torment. “What are you doing back?”