Welcome back Susie! I think you had your Zara hat on last time you were here. It's great to see you again.
Why don’t we start by telling everyone a little about the Susie you?
A bit about me – and not the bit that you can read everywhere! I’ve lived in the UK all my life and love it, but would quite like to move somewhere the sun shines more often. I did a Computer Science degree at Liverpool, then somehow after working in London, Sheffield and what feels like a million other places ended up back in Cheshire. I’ve worked in IT, teaching, as a technical author, run a dog grooming business and been an IT consultant and someday soon hope I can write full time.
As well as loving alpha males, I love most four legged furry things – at the moment I’ve got one very bossy ginger cat, but I’ve always had dogs, cats, horses and all kinds of other waifs and strays! I also love travelling, people watching, good food, wine, sunshine, reading and writing, high heels and a good massage. I have a mild allergy to ironing, washing and housework in general (give me edits any day).
When and why did you start writing?
When I was younger I never stopped reading, and then decided I could write something just as good (oh, the innocence of youth). I wrote my first novel when I was about twelve, a thriller that I typed up and sent to a large UK publisher. Then exams, boys and horses took it in turns to occupy all my spare time for a while. I kept scribbling notes though, because I couldn’t help it. When I spotted the M&B New Voices competition in 2011 I decided to stop messing about and actually start writing complete stories again. My Grandfather always maintained that we were related to Elizabeth Gaskell – so maybe it’s in my genes!
Plotter or panster? Why/How?
I started off as a pantser and it didn’t work for me. Now, I start off with a general high level plan, with milestones, turning points and character outlines, then I plot out the first quarter in detail and write it, then the second quarter. I work in quarters, because as I write my characters develop further and the story often takes a turn I wasn’t expecting! I think I need a plan because I’m very goal orientated, to get a good days writing in I need to know where I’m going and what I want to achieve, even though it isn’t detailed and is flexible.
Traditional or self publishing and why?
A mixture! I like working with a publisher because they give me confidence that someone else believes in the story, and the fact that a book has a publishers name attached can help sell it – some people won’t touch indies because the quality varies so much. Self-publishing gives you more freedom though, but is harder work in terms of getting an editor you like working with/trust and of course doing all the marketing yourself. I took the decision to self-publish the ‘Good Enough’ series because I believed in it, but wasn’t sure which publisher it would best fit.
Now tell us about your most recent book and why we should love or hate your characters.
When I wrote ‘Text me, Tweet me, Need me’ I wanted to write a romance that was really up to date – the type of romance a reader could relate to. Meeting people online is something lots of us do – new friends, colleagues and sometimes people we fall for. But social networking can get us into trouble as much as it helps us!
Samantha isn’t after a man when she meets Ben via an online dating site. In fact, it’s the very last thing on her mind, it’s all supposed to be about researching an article she has to write. But they connected online, and when she meets him she fancies him like mad!
What Sam doesn’t realise though, is that Ben knows their date is just a work assignment for her. He has his own reasons for meeting up, and his own reasons for not letting her just tick him off her to-do list and disappear out of his life.
I love Sam and Ben. She has let her past undermine her confidence, but is determined to get her life back on track. Her biggest problem is letting a man help her do it! And Ben is a man of his word, who has made a promise he intends to keep – whatever it takes. And he’s as sexy as hell!
Sounds great. I love the title and I love the cover, it's so sophisticated! Text Me is on my Kindle already.
Here's the blurb for everyone else
Dating your boss is bad. Finding out he’s married with a baby on the way is a whole lot worse, but losing your job when you show him the door really sucks. And when he knows all your family secrets, there’s bound to be trouble. But the job Samantha’s got lined up can put her life back on track. One last date for research purposes before she can finish her article on online dating–then she’s a man-free zone, and it’s serious journalism all the way.
Ben has only one thing on his mind: to keep the promise he made to look after Sam. All he has to do is work out how he can support a girl who distrusts men, hates charity, and definitely doesn’t want rescuing. He thinks he’s come up with the perfect solution, until he realizes it’s his heart, not his money he needs to invest.
But can Sam see past the lies and learn to trust a man again? And more importantly…will Ben still want her when he learns about her past?
Buy links – Amazon.com Amazon.com.uk B & N Lyrical Press
Find Susie here:
Website - http://www.susiemedwell.com
Blog – http://susiemedwell.blogspot.com
Twitter - @susiemedwell
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/susie.medwell