In an effort to really get to know each other, we thought it would be a good idea to publish a series of interviews with fellow ROSA members to learn more about who they are, what they've published and what makes them tick. We'd like ALL our members to feature, so please drop our chairperson, Romy an email on firstname.lastname@example.org, and she'll send you some questions to answer.
Today we chat to another ROSA committee member: Suzanne Jefferies, who was also 2016's Imbali Award winner.What is the last romance novel you read?
Forbidden, Beverly Jenkins.
What type of Romance / what genre do you write?
Contemporary, paranormal, erotic, fantasy, and suspense.
Are you published yet? If so, with whom?
Have been published by Firequill Publishing and Ellora’s Cave.
What do you love most about writing?
That writing's always come naturally, that absorption with words and their relationship with other words.I love language, where it comes from, how it’s used, how words hold such emotion, meaning, and charge.
And what is your biggest challenge as a writer?
Oddly enough, it’s marketing.
Do you have a playlist while you write?
Does the radio count?
What was the inspiration behind your last book?
What is your proudest achievement as a writer?
Delighted to win the Imbali award. That was really lovely.
What advice would you give someone who tell you they want to write?
Don’t quit your day job. Get a wealthy spouse/trust fund/independent source of income. Work harder than you ever thought you would. If you’re not a reader, you best start.
If you could give your life / dreams / goals a hashtag, what would it be?
Suzanne is giving away her latest book, THE HUNT FREE in exchange for honest reviews.
(What an awesome opportunity for the ROSA members to support each other :-) )
What keeps you motivated to write?
Because it is written. I have no doubt that this was what I was born to do.
What is your writing schedule like - do you write every day / a certain time of day?
I’m a writer-for-hire, so I write everyday. That's anything you can think of - blog posts, case studies, articles, scripts, ebooks, manuals, user guides blahdy blah.
My own work tends to squeeze between the gaps of the paid work - usually on Monday evenings.
Tell us about the first love story you ever wrote.
Spoiler alert, it didn’t have a happy ending. Teen girl falls in love with Grade A rotter.
What is the best part about being part of ROSA?
The other members! An opportunity to get together, especially at the conference, and not feel alone.
Connect with Suzanne!