October 08, 2013

Interview with Suza Kates - Blog Tour

Hi everyone! As part of Suza Kates blog tour we have an interview with her and her top ten horror movies.

Suza Kates Top Ten  Horror Movies

10) Scream-The mix of comedy and “rules” was so fresh. (Back then!)

9) Skeleton Key- How creepy is the ending? : }

8) The Orphanage- Guillermo del Toro is a genius!

7) The Grudge- Love the Japanese setting

6) The Descent-Good movie for jumps and screams

5) Salem’s Lot-One of my first introductions to horror

4) Saw (The first one) Great twist

3) Vacancy-Bar none, the most scared I ever was watching a movie

2) Resident Evil- I love the whole series!

1) Halloween (The original) I watch this every year, and it never gets old. Plus, I can remember my older siblings going to see it. I saw the movie ad in the paper and was so upset I wasn’t allowed to go!

Interview with Suza Kates
Where so you get the ideas for your books?

All over the place, honestly. I usually start with my own idea of a fantasy location, a place I’d like to visit or would find scary. Then the parts and pieces just fly from different directions. I don’t know where most of it comes from!

How long does it usually take you to get the first draft done for a book?

Hmm...I usually edit a lot as I go along, so the first draft can take anywhere from 30-60 days. I’ve recently tried a fast draft that is supposed to take only two weeks, but I can’t help editing some as I go, making it closer to 4 weeks. So I guess 30 days on average.

What are you currently working on?

The savannah Coven Series. I’m down to the final 3 books and won’t be writing any stand-alones until all of the witches’ books are completed. Plus, I’m so attached to the coven women, and I want to make sure the final stories wrap up all loose ends.

If you could co write a book with any author who would it be?

I’ve recently discovered Julie Kagawa and her book “The Immortal Rules.” Wow. Would I love to go on an adventure with her! 

What is your favorite thing about the paranormal world?

The freedom to write whatever you can imagine. If I think a demon will fit into a story, or a ghost, anything goes as long as it adds to the overall plot.

If you could be any paranormal creature what would you be?

Honestly, I would be a witch. But I also really love the elemental assassin powers in Jenifer Estep’s series. Who knew you could do so many killer things with ice?

Is there anything you wish to say to your readers?

I can’t thank my readers enough for their support. When I started the Savannah Coven Series, I was still pretty much a novice. But the readers latched onto the very things that I love about the characters, and they are always willing to give e feedback on every story. I try to have lots of giveaways to thank them in a real way too!

What is the first book you remember reading?

The first I remember reading is Helen Keller. I remember because it was the first book I read all the way through without stopping. In fact, I can still see my little white frilly lamp and pink bed covers. I was about nine and felt like such an adult for reading a whole book in one lazy afternoon.

Book 7 of The Savannah Coven Releases October 20th! "Suffering of a Witch"

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love books, but two particular memories stay with me. As a young girl I picked up Little Women, read it straight through, and promptly turned to page one to start all over again. The next book I did that with was Mind Hunter by John Douglas, tales about profiling serial killers.

Thus a twisted romantic was born. 

Throughout my teenage and young adult years, I read everything from horror to historical romance, yet I never, ever thought of trying to write anything of my own. Write a whole book? Crazy talk. 

Then I spent a long, cold winter in a tiny apartment in Germany. My bed was also my living room couch, and I shared it with three cats. After tearing through all the books I had that were written in English, I picked up a pen and opened a door to something I would never have expected to love.

Missing the warmth, the hospitality, and the food of the South, I wrote about those things with a huge dose of family thrown in. I still have a sweet spot in my heart for Southern Moon, but to date, I have not revisited it for submission to my publisher. Time will tell.

As a huge fan of Dan Brown and Nora Roberts, I set off to write a romantic suspense with tons of history-laden backdrops. The She Trilogy is still a work in progress, but only because it was bumped aside by a bunch of sassy witches.

I had an idea about sisters and magic and went to work on the first book of The Savannah Coven Series, Whisper of a Witch. The series is still going strong, and I am grateful every day that I took a chance on paranormal romance, a genre I wasn’t very familiar with and had never actually read before writing it. Now I’m a parajunkie.

I have since joined RWA, and I can’t say enough about this organization. The education and support are unparalleled. I want to say thank you to all of my fellow writers who have offered advice and to my fans who come back for more. 

Readers rule!

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  1. A prize package? Suffering of a Witch ARC?! Me, please!

    1. I won't have any ARCs ready yet, but signed books by me and two other authors. You can opt to wait for the print of "Suffering" but it will be later. : ( Thanks for visiting today!

  2. I second that! Suza, you rock! :-)

    1. As do you, Darby! ; ) thanks for stopping by today, the prize package will have 3 autographed books for whoever wins!

    2. Congrats, Darby, you won! Send me your mailing address via CONTACT on my website or through Facebook. : )

  3. Very excited for October 20th!! I can't wait to see what the coven is up to! I agree with your top ten scary movies. I have to admit though, I have never seen Vacancy! I guess I will be "Netflixing:" that one this week end!

    1. Oooooh! It's so scary! Especially if you watch in the dark while you're alone. (like I did) Good to hear from you!

  4. I am also looking forward to October 20th. I've been waiting for Quinn and Kylie's story for quite a while now. Thanks for your books and for giving away such nice prizes.
    Amy Kincade (amykincade@yahoo.com)

    1. You're welcome! I love having giveaways. I just need a post office branch in my living room! : )

  5. Nice interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. Can't wait for the next book. The series just gets better and better. Been looking forward to Kylies story for a while. Great build up to her and Quin in the last book.

    1. Thanks, Gitte!
      I'm really excited and K&Q, and I hope you enjoy it! Don't forget, I always have a big giveaway the night before release on my FB page!

  7. Thank you all for stopping by, and be sure to keep an eye on my website for future blog stops! the winner for this stop is.... Darby Burnett. Congrats and be sure to contact me on my website (CONTACT) or on Facebook!