Author Interview: Susan A. Buchanan
About the author:
Susan A. Buchanan, a Brooklyn native, she lives and works in bustling and exciting New York City. She loves all the museums, restaurants and galleries the city offers and appreciates her time with family and friends. However, her love affair lies with her laptop and the characters in her imagination. She's in love with her strong alpha males and her intelligent, smart and sexy heroines that she brings to life in her free time. Susan enjoys her couples giving into their sexuality and pushing each other's boundaries as they explore desire and passions.
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I guess I'm just a romantic at heart. I've always loved a happy ending, so I figured why not create one?
Tell us about how you write.
Sometimes I write with a distinct story in mind, and it's just a matter of typing it out. Other times, I'll have a kernel of an idea, and I'll have to flesh it out as I'm typing it and the creative process is a bit more strenuous. Then there are times I want to throw my laptop out the window and follow it, and I live on the fifth floor in NYC. I can get a bit dramatic.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
Yes! I'm that girl! Lol! I'll ask them, a question about the plot, or arc or the story. If you ask long enough, they answer, I promise.
What advice would you give other romance writers?
Don't ever give up. Find a mentor, take classes, and write, even if it's only writing about how much writing is a chore at times. Remain aware of what's going on around you; observation is a writer's best friend. Sitting in a coffee shop I'll observe my fellow patrons and make up stories about them based on what coffee they are drinking, what book they are reading, you get the idea. Most importantly, you must keep writing every day even when you feel that you don't have a story to tell, keep writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did it on a whim after speaking to my best friend. I thought, why not? And jumped in feet first, and I haven't looked back.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it's an evolving and changing medium and as authors, we have to evolve right along with it. When I worked in publishing, an up and coming author couldn't get a foot in the door without an agent. You needed an agent to open the door to publishers. Today indie authors are opening doors for themselves and publishing on their own. With the help of social media, they can reach readers and are writing their own ticket.
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Interracial and Erotica
My books are available in the following formats: