Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m Tina Susedik and at an age when I hear the number, I’m shocked. Who is that old lady? Actually, I’m getting close to my 7th decade here on Earth.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I live in Eau Claire, WI. I’ve moved a lot as a kid and adult, so I really don’t have a hometown.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated from college when computers took up an entire room. I have a degree in business with a journalism minor and two degrees in education – which means I was a teacher for a few years. I’ve been married to Al for almost 47 years. We have two children and five grandchildren, whom I adore.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I just had a new release, “The Balcony Girl,” on November 1. It’s the first book in a new series I’m working on called: “The Darlings of Deadwood.” All the books will be set in Deadwood in the late 1870s
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing after one of our many moves and I couldn’t get a teaching job in the middle of the school year. I started with children’s stories.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s a tough one. After 29 published books, there are days when I still wonder what makes me think I’m a writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was taking riding lessons at a stable. I was sitting a mile high on the horse and the instructor was standing in front of me showing me how to move my hips to the sway of the horse. Boom. An idea came to me about a man who is petrified of riding horses but decides to take lessons from his old high school sweetheart. Like in all my books, there is a mystery involved.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title was “Riding for Love,” which was pretty easy to come up with. This was my first published romance.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m a punster who lets my characters tell me what to do. Sometimes it’s challenging when they come up with something (like all of a sudden being abducted) and I have to try and figure out how to get them out of a situation.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have many personal experiences that I put in my books. I never tell anyone what they are – I let them use their imagination.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t travel for a particular book but get many ideas when I travel. For example, my recent book, “The Balcony Girl,” came from a trip to Deadwood and Keystone, South Dakota. We were driving down the main street of Keystone and I caught a sign out of the corner of my eye. I thought it said, “The Balcony Girl.” Boom – the story idea came to me. Actually, the sign read, “The Balcony Grill.”
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I have several designers. My two publishers and a couple of others who do my indie covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t try to put a message in my books. I just want people to enjoy the stories. Maybe: Love conquers all.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I have several favorite authors, so to choose one is difficult. I also read in different genres. I’m working with a new author to help polish her first book. I love the story idea and think it will be wonderful when we’re done. It was one where I thought I knew how it was going to end but ended up saying: “I didn’t see that one coming.”
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My writers’ group. Those women are supportive and wonderful.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Right now it is. I just wish I could actually make a living at it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot about Deadwood history.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Tom Selleck, but he’s a bit too old for the part. I’m not really up on actors.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t give up. Never give up. Find someone (unless they are a qualified editor) to edit your book before publishing or sending to a publisher.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I don’t think so.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A series by Jana Deleon. They are hilarious
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Bobbsey Twins. (Yes, I’m old)
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My grandchildren make me laugh. Sappy commercials and movies make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Kathleen Woodiwiss or LaVyrle Spencer
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Hiking, biking, camping, reading, jigsaw puzzles, scrapbooking.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Mystery, crime, Ghost Whisperer, In Plain Sight. I don’t watch a lot of tv.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love, love, love chocolate. My favorite colors are blue and yellow. I enjoy 60s rock & roll.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I don’t know. I think I’d be lost. Probably volunteer more.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my children and grandchildren playing games.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Social Media Links for Tina Susedik
All Author: https://allauthor.com/profile/tinasusedik/
Your Book Garden: https://www.facebook.com/yourbookgardenradio/
Amazon Author Page USA : https://www.amazon.com/Tina-Susedik/e/B001JS51QA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1517587479&sr=8-1
Tina Susedik is an award-winning, Amazon best-selling, multi-published author with books in both fiction and non-fiction, including history, children’s, military books and romances. Her favorite is writing romantic suspense where her characters live happily ever after with a lot of problems in between. Tina also writes spicier romance as Anita Kidesu. She lives in northwestern Wisconsin where winters are long, summers short, and spring and fall beautiful.