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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Interview with Author Suzan Butler and Giveaway

Today  I would like to welcome author Suzan Butler to RFTC. Suzan is currently on tour celebrating the release of her book Off Her Game and has stopped by to answer a few questions. Please give Suzan a warm welcome.

Suzan Butler is a romance author, both contemporary and fantasy with a penchant for Dr. Pepper, ice hockey, and world domination.

You can also find her on Twitter (often tweeting inappropriately!) and Facebook or watch her ramble incessantly on her blog about various things like hockey, shoes, online dating, and even her mad picture-taking skills from time to time. Sometimes, she talks about writing and social media.

Places to find Suzan:
| Site | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
My name is Suzan Butler. I’m a Dr. Pepper addict, lover of Cadbury Eggs and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, and have a love affair with office supply stores. I write romantic fiction that skirts the edge between spice and nice.

Did you always want to be a writer?
Nope. Actually, I’ve always wanted to do everything. I’ve had every major under the sun, and some not. I was actually an aspiring astronaut at one time. I think it’s because of the billion dreams I had, and the fact that I wanted to do All The Things that writing was just sort of understood. I don’t have enough years in my life to do everything I’ve dreamed of, but I can write about it and through my characters, I can kind of live it.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Mostly pantser. I say mostly, because I do have to have the end in mind before I can write the book at all. It’s all those points in between that are up for grabs.

Where do your ideas come from?
Anywhere and everywhere. My most common places that I’ve gotten ideas from are conversations with friends, whether online or in person, or TV. TV gives me a lot of ideas, probably less than a quarter of which I’ll ever get back to.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
Each player has their own story to tell. For Off Her Game, Darren’s learning what love really is, while Val has to learn to take a chance.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I love urban fantasies. LOVE. I got my start writing UF. My favorite authors are UF writers too.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope. It was the first book I read that was remotely romance. It’s still my favorite after all these years.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Honestly? The sex scenes. Action scenes are awesome, because it’s all about one thing to the next, and no one really has time to think. In sex scenes, they are often more about the emotions and the conflict they’re feeling as the scene moves forward. I have a hard time weaving in that emotion without being heavy handed about it.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
First, I’d choose Dakota Cassidy, because she’s loads of fun. I’m lucky that I’ve met her and been able to see the awesome that she is. Second, I think Rachel Caine, because she’s my favorite UF writer and she’s so awesome, and she let me bring her fifteen books to sign last time I saw her and didn’t blink an eye. Third, Lani Diane Rich. I’d pick her because I’d love to pick her brain about story. I listen to Story Wonk, which is a writing podcast that focuses on story structure, which I love to listen to, and she’s one of the hosts. So, I’d love to ask her questions and in general be creepy and nosey.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
I’m always working on something. Usually several somethings. Currently, I’m editing a military romance, brainstorming the Christmas novella I’m releasing this year, and writing the sequel to Off Her Game, currently titled Scoring His Heart.

If you were going to design a hockey jersey, what would be the two primary colors you’d use?

Penalty Number One: Men

Making time for men and relationships doesn’t fit into Valerie Chase’s game plan. This crisis-counselor-turned-cocktail-waitress knows the score—Men are a distraction. But when a certain hockey player tempts her wild side, part of her wants to indulge in a little harmless fun.

Penalty Number Two: Desire

As the star center for the Texas Highlanders, Darren Moran’s good looks and deadly determination make him a fan favorite. But after the previous season’s disaster, the last thing he needs is to let some woman crawl under his skin. But… Valerie is different. She brings out the best in him—both on and off the ice—and he’s not about to lose her.

Penalty Number Three: Passion

When the game moves to the next level, Darren and Val have got to call timeout. An unplanned romance is a game-thrower, a sinful temptation that neither of them can afford. After all, there’s no way to have order in matters of the heart when the penalties tally up to an ejection from the game.

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  • 4 lucky winners will win a $10 Gift Card (Amazon/Barnes & Noble)

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  • Please answer the question: If you were going to design a hockey jersey, what would be the two primary colors you’d use?
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  1. I would use two different blues, only because blue is my favorite color. :) Love the review. This sounds good!

    1. Blue is my best friend's favorite color too! She told me blue polkadots when I asked her this question. LOL

  2. REd and white!

    Sounds like a great book!

  3. Black and red.
    Great post, thank you.

  4. Probably Black and red as well. Hides all the blood, lol!

    1. LOL, Rebe! But the blood stains are like badges of honor! Okay, not really... ;)

  5. I would use silver and red. Thanks for the contest. lisa gk at yahoo