Let’s welcome Suzy Ayers to the blog and the Author Showcase. Suzy has/will be releasing her next novel Master-bation soon. She has had hits with short stories and novellas including Cristal Blue, Taken by the Truck Driver and Fantasy Encounter with a Dom. Let’s get a little personal with Ms. Ayers.
1)Tell us about yourself.
I am originally from Cape Cod and still live in Massachusetts and many of my books are based from the New England area. I am passionate about all things creative, besides writing I love to cook and sing.
2) What do you do when you are not writing? Day job?
Currently I am a SAHM (stay at home mom). Toughest and most rewarding job there is.
3)How did you choose the genre you write in?
I write Romance: Erotic, Paranormal, and Fantasy. I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Erotic seems to be the biggest focus right now, due to the short nature of it.
I have a few series I’m working on. One is under the paranormal/romance genre and involves erotic themes as well. It is paranormal due to the fact that the heroine, Ruby, has abilities relating to dreams and psychic phenomenon’s. This is a tough series to write because it’s all in first person. The first book in that series is called The Swimmers Stalker, and she has yet to know of her abilities.
Another series I have is a fantasy/romance called Elements, which is centered around tattoos and gaining power from them. It’s in the future, in a dystopian setting, however the main characters live in a castle. It involves magic, oracles, and it was really fun to write. The first book will be called: Elements, Sara’s Awakening.
I have a great deal of writing that I have put to paper, it’s just a matter of time to get it out there.
4) When did you start writing?
I have been writing my entire life. Whether it was poetry or novels, only recently have I actually brought my work to completion and decided to dive in and self-publish.
5) Biggest influences as a reader/writer?
Life, music, television, and other authors. I am an avid reader and read many genres.
Music is a very big part of me. Where many authors use a celebrity picture for inspiration, I use a song for the mood of a piece. Turbulent Heart for example, I had the song “Arms” by Christina Perri playing while writing certain scenes.
6) Is anything in your writing based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Where do your ideas come from?
I definitely put a piece of me in every book, in the heroine if you will. And some more than others. I think it adds to the relate-ability to the story. My shorts were just for fun and I can’t say they were anything like me. But someone once told me writing opposite of what you are is the true test of your craft. Right now I’m trying to get an audience.
The ideas are just in my head and won’t go away until I write them down, like the shorts for example. Cristal Blue I wrote that and thean it wouldn’t stop flowing so more came. I have a brain that never stops.
I write everything free hand and constantly have a notebook with me. I never plan out or outline. And normally I get my ideas from that state right before falling asleep or when I first wake up. My stories have a way of working their way to an ending.
7) Planner or Panster?
I’d say I am Type-A person in respect where I list everything, however, I am a very go with the flow kind of person. With writing though, you need to plan your work, your timing, and your goals. There is more to writing in the self-publishing world then the task itself, including: promotion (yourself and others), if you have a blog (which I hope to venture into), maintain your social networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc), your relationships with your critique partners, purchasing your covers, and so on.
8) What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Criticism: Work on my craft, but honestly I think that no one can ever say they have perfected their craft.
Best compliment: I’d have to say just being able to have others help me and support me that have already had success.
The first author I met through a friend on Facebook. She is a ChicLit writer Stephanie Haefner, who did me the biggest favor and read a piece of my work and gave me the in’s and outs of books vs normal writing standards. She is a traditionally published writer. One of biggest things she did to help me was explaining why, why she made her little red marks. I have since been able to recall her notes and use them in my own work, as well as when I critique others. And the fact that she liked the connection between the characters, a validation of sorts, makes any writer feel good.
The second author I met through a yahoo group is Shoshanna Evers. After I joined the loop, she gave me a link to her PDF on Self-Publishing and I have since bought many book covers from her joint venture Self Pub Book covers. She took me under her wing, ok so a feather in her wing, since this lady is one crazy-busy lady. She’s always taken the time to answer my questions and provided me with links to help me in my writing. She’s helped me with so much I cannot even put it all into words.
The third author I’d like to mention is JD Grayson. There seems to be this stigma out there that erotica is written by women, something that never really crossed my mind when I first entered the writing realm. I just read what I like. And this author has and ease of writing both genders, the two works I’ve read so far were in the POV of the woman. He’s showed me to just go for it, get my work out there. He’s helped me with all those little technical annoyances that trip you up in the self-publishing world. And has become my biggest supporter. It’s amazing how you can meet friends across time and space within the Twitter realm.
There is this idea to pay it forward within Indie writers and I have tried to make sure to do the same. Even though I am new, I am happy that I can pass along what I have learned.
The encouragement I received from them, as well as many others has been overwhelming. I thank them all so very much and continue to do so every chance I get.
9) Tell us about your book (s). Favorite thing? Hardest issue to overcome?
Favorite thing, is being able to do what I love. I really love to write, the rest is work. The editing and such. But seeing the final product up with a nice cover and being able to show people, that sense of accomplishment is my favorite thing.
The hardest thing to overcome is myself. Being a perfectionist, sometimes you realize you have to let things slide. Nothing is going to be perfect. And I think being a mom has taught me that most of all.
10) Advice for aspiring writers?
Get critique partners, but hold fiercely to what you have written. Protect your work and your style. It’s your book and work and it should reflect you. I have to say I have made some great friends in critique partners. You give them your baby, a piece of you and they pick through it and pull it apart. Hopefully nicely and with a fine toothed comb. Many times they have helped me find something I’ve missed. As well as delete or add something to make your book even greater.
11) Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
My readers, honestly I am so new, I am ecstatic to be on your blog Paige and to the small audience I have at the moment and only hope it grows. I am passionate about what I do and hope that people enjoy reading what I write.
Links to the novel (s) that you would like to showcase:
Cristal Blue –erotic short story (free on Smashwords)
Sweet Treats –4 erotic short stories, including a follow up of Cristal Blue
Taken by a Truck Driver –erotic/romance
Turbulent Heart –erotic/romance