Thursday, December 18, 2014

Susan Griscom Day 7

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me

I first read Susan's work when I realized Allusive Aftershock was written about on of my favorite vacation places, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in that narrow band between cattle ranching and ski resorts where wineries are prevelant. her YA romance Allusive Aftershock shocked me with how great it is. Still, it took awhile for me to start her more mature paranormal romance Whisper Cape series. That is one of Kerry's favorite series and she nagged me into starting. I'm kicking myself that I took so long to read them!
Don't live with regret, grab them NOW! At least the first one, Whisper Cape. It's free. look for the link below.

I daydream often. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play--a dreadful disaster; though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting. The craft of writing, although dormant for years, never really left me. Many years later, and with the help of technology, I let my imagination run wild again. Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns. I tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky. I read all genres but I love reading paranormal romance and like writing in that genre. My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running. I live in Northern California with my very romantic husband, my small yippy dog, Riley, and my humungous black cat, Saké. My family consists of his and her children; four wonderful sons, one beautiful daughter, and seven grandchildren. My greatest love in life is my family and those large and ever growing holiday dinners. I enjoy traveling. I hate running, but do it once in a while. Reading and writing are my favorite pastimes.

Ravenz Reviews ~ What made you decide to become an author? Do you include real people as characters in your books? Did you ever fall off a skateboard and break your collarbone? What non-book related hobbies do you have?

Susan ~ I didn't fall off a skateboard and break my collarbone, but I did fracture my tibia and fibula bones in my left leg during a soccer game. I was forty-two years old, just gone through a divorce and my ex-husband was the opposing team's goalie. I was playing center forward and wanted to score so badly. My teammates wanted me to score too. Jose passed the ball to me, but it stopped short of where I was and I had to turn and back step to grab it. The grass was high and needed to be cut, My cleat caught in the grass and snap! Broke my poor leg in half right above the ankle. Doctors didn't think I would walk again. But then came in Doctor Miracle, who performed surgery, and hammered an 18 inch titanium rod down the center of my tibia. He had to move my knee cap over in order to do it. I still have the scar. I also still have the titanium rod and screws, but I am walking, with a limp, but walking and running sometimes. I can't skip anymore, but hey, but that's okay. Oh and I'm also a quarter inch shorter on my left side.

After my divorce, I managed a cellphone store for ten years, a job requiring me to be on my feet for eight hours everyday. Yes, this was during one of the years that I broke my leg. I was in a cast up to my hip for two weeks before the surgery and in a shorter cast for 6 months. But the good news is, I married my boss and we sold those stores. These day, I can't stand on my feet for more then a couple of hours or my feet and legs hurt, so writing is a much better job for me.

Sounds like a good premise for a great contemporary, right? Maybe someday.

Speaking of ideas and characters, I have been known to use real people in my stories. I've used names from my family, and sometimes just the personality or face of a celebrity as a muse, like Gerard Butler was my inspiration for Gerry in The Whisper Cape Trilogy. You never know, you might just find yourself in one of my books someday.

A personal request: If you have read and enjoyed one (or all) of my books, and would be so kind, please leave a short review saying so on the site where you purchased it. Multiple good reviews and word-of-mouth are the lifeblood of Indie authors like me. Thanks in advance and Bless you.

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 The steamy paranormal romance novels in The Whisper Cape trilogy starts with Whisper Cape. This one is FREE so get started. Pick up books two and three while you're at it. You're going to anyway.

Whisper Cape


A Secret Fate

The Whisper Cape Box Set:

Susan's poignant contemporary romance books feature the Beaumont Brothers and the women they love.

Beautifully Wounded

Beautifully Used

Allusive Aftershock





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