Luck, Laughter & Love
You may have heard me mention that the DH and I plan to move back to the Midwest next spring. One of the many things I’m looking forward to there is becoming active in Ozarks Romance Authors again. It’s how I connected with best-selling author T. Sue VerSteeg.
She’s recently teamed up with New York Times bestseller Gemma Halliday to write Luck Be a Lady. But before you learn more about her books, I’d like you to meet Sue. Here’s your chance to “eavesdrop” on a little cyber-chat we recently had:
Mia: Hey Sue. Good to have you here today and it was great to see you in Atlanta. I had so many “fangirl” moments, seeing so many writers whose work I admire. As an author, have you ever been star struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it? ;)
Sue: I met YOU! That was pretty awesome. I’ve read most of your books and admit that I girly-giggled when I saw your name plate at the RT book signing. Thanks for not wigging out when I asked for a hug. I’m a hugger. I also got to meet Kristen Painter, Eden Bradley, and Jeannie Lin, too. I have to say, meeting Kate Pearce made my month, though. She’s been a mentor and online friend for a while.
Mia: No wigging out here. I’m a hugger, too. But I’m not above putting my blog guests on the spot. Can you tell us something funny or embarrassing that has happened while on tour for your book?
Sue: As a romance writer yourself, I’m sure you’ve met at least one person like this: I was signing at our local women’s show. It was loud and super busy. My books were selling well, and I’d even had a few people who fan-girled. Needless to say, my ego was practically filling the entire author area. Along comes a woman, nose jutted ever so slightly toward the ceiling, flashing me a sideways look as she reads the back of my book. Her gaze finally locks with mine over her reading glasses, as she proclaims over the noisy crowd, “Have you ever considered writing a real book?” My ego instantly deflated and ran off to suck its thumb. Seriously, I was at a loss for words. I stood there, stuttering and stammering until she left. I had a friend tell me I should’ve whacked her over the head and asked if that felt real enough for her. Ah, hindsight… ;)
Mia: Hmm. Reminds me of a “Cheerful Cherub” verse I read as a child:
Oh, how I regret in the night
With pangs that will never abate
Those brilliantly crushing retorts
I think of a little too late!
As romance authors we’re bashed, not for the perceived amount of sex in our stories, but for the HEA. Some people just can’t stand the thought of things working out well. They wallow in their misery and think others should too. I pity them.
So what do you find is the hardest thing about being an author?
Sue: Uh, please see last question. ;) Actually, it tends to be whatever part of the process I’m on at the time. Looking back, it doesn’t seem nearly as daunting as it did then. Honestly though, I’d have to go with promotion. I’m really a very introverted person in real life and coming out of my shell to scream, “Hey y’all, look at what I did!” is very, very, very difficult for me. If the spoken word had an edit function, I’d be a freakin’ awesome public figure, though.
Mia: I think most writers are introverts, the notable exception being my friend Jade Lee. She is never at a loss for words, written or spoken, and always has something outrageous to say. Let’s go the other direction now. What is the best thing about being an author?
Sue: Hearing from someone who enjoyed reading something I wrote. Knowing that I made them laugh or escape reality with one of my books is still one of the best feelings in the world.
Mia: I know just what you mean. Remember the letter from a reader Kristan Higgins shared at Nationals. It was from someone who said her boyfriend smacked her around, but reading Kristan’s books made her realize how a man should treat a woman and she is no longer with that boyfriend. That’s not just entertainment. That’s life-changing fiction.
If you had the opportunity to co-write with another author who would you pick and why?
Sue: Funny you should ask that. I was blessed to have one of my all-time favorite authors email ME to ask just that. Gemma Halliday and I met on an online romance writer’s site just as she was breaking into the business. I always joked about being her biggest stalker fan, but it was pretty much true. I devoured everything she wrote, and often told Super Hubby that I wanted to write something like her books, something that made people laugh and hug the book when they were done reading. She helped me with my book Click! and felt we had a good fit as a team. I know I had a blast writing Luck Be a Lady with her and look forward to writing the next in the series! And, just an FYI, she’s just as sweet, funny and awesome as she comes across.
Mia: Luck Be a Lady is an Amazon Prime ebook (which means you can download it FREE if you have a Prime membership!) It will be available in other formats on September 13th! And now we come to the rapid-fire questions portion of this interview:
– Favorite Food? Yes! Oh, pick one? Pizza.
– Favorite Vacation Spot? Warm, sandy beach.
– Favorite TV Show? Big Bang Theory
– Favorite Paranormal? (witch, vampire, zombie etc) Time Travel
– Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate? Tea
– Favorite Fruit or Veggie? Strawberries
Thanks for being with us today, Sue!
Now it’s your turn, dear reader. Leave a comment or question for Sue and you’ll be entered in the random drawing for some great prizes from Sue: $10 Amazon gift card, winners choice of one of Sue’s books, or from me: my Regency comedy: My Lady Below Stairs , a tale of mistaken identity and misdirection. We’ll announce the 3 winners next Sunday!
I’ll kick off the discussion with a question: Has a book ever made you laugh out loud? What was it?