SUZANNE: I drink Darjeeling tea black.
Ally: While I'm getting our drinks, please show readers your bio and add something unique about yourself.
Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Unique: I’ve been dancing classical ballet for almost 40 years.
Quarterly electronic newsletter: http://tinyletter.com/Suzanne-Adair-News
Web site: http://www.suzanneadair.net/
SUZANNE: Published: historical crime fiction. Pre-published: futuristic science fiction.
I enjoy the world-building aspect of both genres. And both allow me to transplant an issue that plagues us currently—for example, child soldiers (see my answer to the next question)—to another time and examine it there, see how other people would deal with it.
Ally: Tell us a little about the book you brought today and what inspired you to write it.
SUZANNE: I brought A Hostage to Heritage, second in the Michael Stoddard American Revolution Thriller series. Like my other books, it’s written as a stand-alone, so you can read it without having read other books in the series. And note that currently on Amazon, all 24 reviews for this book are five-star reviews.
This book has several sub-plots, including a light romance with a slow, sexy kiss. But one thing that inspired the main plot was discovering from my research that an ancestor of mine had joined the Continental Army at the age of twelve. Imagine a twelve-year-old carrying a firearm that’s longer than he is tall, then imagine that boy looking across a field at disciplined enemy soldiers taking position for battle. Of course, child soldiers have been a part of warfare since humans began fighting each other. But this piece of research made the topic personal.
I wrote a guest essay on child soldiers for Crime Fiction Collective (http://www.crimefictioncollective.blogspot.com/2013/05/americas-legacy-of-child-soldiers.html).
Ally: What would be your ideal writing place and conditions?
SUZANNE: Just about anyplace will do as long as it’s sunny, warm, and near the ocean.
Ally: How do you feel about marketing? Is it fun, a necessary evil, or something else? What is your favorite way to promote? Least favorite?
SUZANNE: Marketing is fun! It works a part of my brain that writing doesn’t exercise.
I promote mostly with social media and only use tools that I enjoy. Currently here’s what works for me:
- Blog: Not just my blog posts, but guest essays of other authors via the Relevant History feature.
- Suzanne Adair News: This quarterly newsletter includes news from my Relevant History author friends and me, and information about our discounted books and freebies.
- Facebook: I post personal information on my profile and professional information on my fan page.
- Twitter: This one took some getting used to, as it’s very different from Facebook, but I enjoy getting into those 140-character conversations with Tweeps.
I want to do more with Goodreads and have my eye on Pinterest, but I gotta write, too.
Ally: Four quick answer questions:
- what you would love to do on a rainy day: Visit a museum, read a good book, or enjoy a high tea.
- an item on your bucket list: Spend at least a week at a Caribbean island resort.
- an author you'd like to take to lunch: Robert Louis Stevenson.
- a movie you've watched more than twice: Casablanca.
A boy kidnapped for ransom. And a madman who didn't bargain on Michael Stoddard's tenacity.
Spring 1781. The American Revolution enters its seventh grueling year. In Wilmington, North Carolina, redcoat investigator Lieutenant Michael Stoddard expects to round up two miscreants before Lord Cornwallis's army arrives for supplies. But his quarries' trail crosses with that of a criminal who has abducted a high-profile English heir. Michael's efforts to track down the boy plunge him into a twilight of terror from radical insurrectionists, whiskey smugglers, and snarled secrets out of his own past in Yorkshire.
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