As a fan of historical romances, I’m delighted to have author Suzan Tisdale visiting the blog today. Suzan and I connected on Twitter and she’s quickly become one of my favorite online buddies. Let’s learn a little more about her, and then you can check out her books!
Suzan lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband and the last of their four children-a 14 year old, 6″3’, built like a linebacker son. Suzan and her husband are currently accepting monetary donations to help both feed and keep their son in shoes.
They live in a quiet little hamlet where the only traffic jams occur in the very early morning hours when they must wait for the wild deer and turkey to cross the road.
Now tell us something about you that your bio doesn’t include. Feel free to make us laugh!
I have addictions to: chocolate, coffee, and purses. My grandchildren are perfect. I am married to the most wonderful man in the world. I drink Gentleman Jack Daniels from a coffee cup — no ice, no coke, just Jack.
Tell us about some of the unique elements in your books. What inspired you to write them?
I love to blend a little mystery in with my historical romance novels. I have six books planned for my Clan MacDougall series. All my heroes are honorable men, men who will do anything they must to keep those they love out of harm’s way, and they have no fear of fighting to the death for their families. And my books tend to stay on the ‘clean’ side of things. My books are as far from ‘erotica’ as you could get. I keep it that way so that nearly everyone could read them and not be embarrassed. ;o)
My inspiration…I love historical romance. It is a means to escape from the every day ordinary things. I love being whisked away to another time and place, learning about the way life was long ago.
Who is (or has been) your favorite character to write and why?
I love all of my characters, even the bad guys! I am currently working on Book Three titled Wee William’s Woman. I’d have to say Wee William has been the most fun to write. He is also the one I hear the most about from my readers — they all love him. There isn’t anything ‘wee’ about Wee William. He’s nearly seven feet tall, with arms and legs the size of tree trunks and hands like buckets. But it is his heart and his love of bairns (babies) that people love about him. He vows there isn’t a woman in all of Scotland worth shaving his beard for…but he might just do that in book three! ;o)
What is something you think people should know about your books before they start reading?
My books are clean but there is lots of romance! My heroes and heroines are romantically linked but without vivid details.
When you have time to read, who are some of the authors whose books you have to have on-hand?
Wow! This is a long list! My favorites are: Carmen Caine, Laurin Wittig, Amanda Forrester, Julie Garwood, Emery Lee, Ava Stone, and Katie McAllister. Emery, Ava, and Katie all write historical romance, but set in Regency period. The others are why I write my books set in historical Scotland.
Tell us about a book that resonated with you (either recently or prior to your writing career).
It isn’t just one book, it was a series of books. Carmen Caine’s Highland and Heather series is was got me hooked on this genre. Laurin Wittig’s The Devil of Kilmarten, is also one of my favorites. It is because of these two women that I started writing in the genre that I write in.
What are you reading right now?
Nothing at the moment, but I recently finished Highland Surrender, by Tracy Brogan and enjoyed it very much!
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received regarding your writing/books?
When a reader wrote a review that said my first book, Laiden’s Daughter, was right up there with Hannah Howell, Catherine Bybee and Julie Garwood! That made me cry happy tears of joy for about three days. I mean, really? I bow at the feet of Julie Garwood and can only pray to write as well as she does. To have a complete stranger say that about my books, well, it leaves me awestruck and humble and very happy!
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers?
I love hearing from readers! Even if they didn’t care for a particular character, I still love hearing from them! ;o) It is because of my readers that I get to have my life long dream of writing full time fulfilled. ;o)
Where can we stalk find you?
Thank you so much, Raine, for inviting me to do this! You are such a sweet young lady! ;o) I enjoy talking with you and I am very glad we met — even though it was on Twitter! Maybe someday we’ll all get together in ‘real life’ to meet in person. I’ll bring the chocolate and the Jack Daniels!
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