My first author interview of 2023 is here, and I’m very excited to share it because Suzanne Rogerson is one of the first indie authors whose work I read.
You can find out more about her books via the social media links below:
1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to start writing.
I fell in love with writing stories as a child. I remember getting set English homework and rushing home to write a story from a list of titles or ‘what happened next’ prompts.
I’ve never lost that desire to create. I live and breathe writing. To date I’ve published four fantasy novels and three short story collections. I’ve been planning a romance series since the first lockdown, and I’m really excited about taking it further in 2023 – whether that is finding an agent or publisher or continuing to self-publish. I haven’t decided yet
2. Did you always know you wanted to get your work published and if not, what inspired you to change your mind?
Being a published author was always my goal but for many years it looked like it would never happen. Then a death in the family made me rethink my situation and I realised there was nothing stopping me pursuing my dreams. I took the plunge in 2015 and published my first novel. I’ve never looked back, though I don’t think I’ve slept well since either – there’s always something to do!
3. What has your journey been like from book one to your most recent project? What are some tips you can share with any aspiring authors?
It took me years to write my first novel, Visions of Zarua, and get it to a publishable standard. There were many re-writes and multiple edits to get it right, but something must have worked because I got picked up by a Czech publisher and they published a translated version in 2019. Compare that to the six weeks it took me to write my newest book, A Christmas Wish, and it shows I’ve come along way as a writer. Ok, the scale of the stories are hugely different, but I would never have had the courage to publish a book in such a short timescale back in 2015.
I would advise new authors to do courses, go to writing festivals and meet other writers. Join a local writing group if you can or find one online. You learn from each other and support each other on your writing journeys. Another great tip is to enter competitions, especially ones that offer feedback which you can use to improve your craft.
4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everywhere! TV programmes, films, music, books, nature. But sometimes just sitting down with a pen and paper and letting go is the best method of starting to write. That’s basically how I managed to write eight stories in just over a month for my Christmas collection.
5. Do you have a genre that’s easier for you to write in than others? Is there a genre you want to try in the future?
I find both fantasy and romance easy to write once I’ve found my characters. These are the two genres that really speak to me, and new ideas always seem to gravitate towards them. I’ve been told that I write paranormal well based on a couple of short stories I’ve written, so I would like to try my hand at more of that in the future.
It would be great to have a book of short stories in the paranormal and horror genre to publish for Halloween 2023. I’ve also recently discovered a love of urban fantasy, so maybe I’ll try my hand at that some time as well.
6. Favourite books of 2022 so far?
I’ve read lots of brilliant books in 2022, so I’ll just pick a couple.
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – YA fantasy.
- May Day by Josie Jaffrey – Urban fantasy.
- The Cornish Hideaway by Jennifer Bibby – Romance.
7: Plans for the future?
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been working on a romance series. It’s set in a fictional town in Cornwall, at the Mermaid Hotel where the owner likes to play match maker with her guests. I really want to make this series my focus in 2023. I can’t wait to share Mrs Shallon and her guests with the world.
I would also love to get back into my half-written fantasy trilogy ‘Starlight Prophecy’. I abandoned it when the romance idea came along, and then the short story collections have taken over most of 2022. I’ve still got the bug for short story writing, so who knows what I’ll come up with next!
Thanks very much for interviewing me today.
Some of Suzanne’s Work So Far
A heart-warming collection of feel-good stories showing snippets of family life and friendship during the festive period.
Santa Paws Delivery
Blaze delivers Christmas cheer to a care home.
Christmas Wish – Part One
During the office Christmas party Cassie is forced to re-evaluate her life priorities.
For the Holidays
A stepdaughter’s not just for Christmas.
Two brothers must unite to do the right thing when faced with a life-threatening choice.
Christmas Wish – Part Two
As Lynn contemplates another lonely Christmas, can Harry provide a welcome distraction?
The Icing on the Cake
Preparing for a big family Christmas, will the day go as Jess plans?
Not Just For Christmas (extended version)
The Shelton family welcome a new addition to the family, but could it spell disaster for Christmas?
One Good Deed
Struggling with life after University, Sam is stuck in a rut until he meets a homeless man with an unexpected gift.