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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Top Thirteen Things You Should Know About Suzanne Rock

If you are a regular reader of author blogs, you've probably come across the "Thursday Thirteen." This is where a blogger takes a topic and lists thirteen things related to that topic. I've seen lists about everything from romantic movies to favorite foods to exotic vacation spots. Since I'm new to Romance Books 4 Us, and it's Thursday, I thought it would be fun to do this to tell people a little more about myself. (Okay, so it isn't Thursday, but it's CLOSE to a Thursday, and someone might be reading this on a Thursday, so let's just run with it. ;) )

So here you have it - my Thursday Thirteen on the topic "All About Suzanne."

1) I've been writing since 2009. My first published book, Spyder's Web, was published by Loose Id. It's a paranormal thriller where the heroine is known as the "Black Widow Serial Killer." Pretty cool, eh? I've since gotten the rights back and self published the story.

2) Since Spyder's Web, I've written almost thirty erotic romances, spanning four publishers. About half of these books are self-published. Many of these books have hit best seller lists and won awards.

3) I drink coffee--lots of it. My Keurig goes constantly from the moment I wake up until I'm done with my writing day. I *need* that first cup in the morning or I'm impossible to deal with the rest of the day.

4) I'm a huge football fan. HUGE. When my husband and I first got married, we lived within five miles of Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts. The year Tom Brady joined the Patriots, we thought it would be cool to become season ticket holders, so we paid the waiting list fee and got in line. Fast forward twelve years, two moves and two kids later, and we became season ticket holders! (Yeah, it was a long wait, but it was worth it. :) ) Every fall, you can catch us in the "cheap seats" cheering on the Patriots.

5) In addition to writing, I also teach online classes on the craft of writing and the publishing industry. I have written books on the craft of writing with Em Petrova as optional supplements to some of these classes.

6) In 2013 I wanted to try something different from erotic romance. My critique partner, Lauren Hawkeye, suggested that I try New Adult novels. Over the next two months, I wrote HOLLOW, a story about how a college student with the perfect life loses it all and rediscovers herself with the help of her fellow mental institution patients. The book was self published under the name Ava Conway and immediately started racing up the charts. One week later, an agent asked to represent me and that story. Then another agent became interested. To make a long story short, I am now represented by Deidre Knight at the Knight Agency. Hollow was pulled down, reworked, and will relaunch with Pocket Star in the summer of 2014. (Squee!)

7) My oldest daughter (8 yrs) has recently become interested in running. She drags me to her running club every Tuesday to time her mile run around the track. Her current time is 12 minutes, 20 seconds, but I know that she could shave a minute off that time if she didn't veer off the track to chase a squirrel. :p Sometimes I even run with her.

8) I'm a huge fan of the TV show Archer. My favorite character is Mallory. I love her sarcasm and wit. The person who does the voice of Archer comes from my home town, so I feel a little bit of a personal connection to the show.

9) I run a blog called "Romance on a Budget," where I talk about ways for writers to save time, money and sanity while writing. I also post excerpts of my books, give updates on various projects, and host guest blogs.

10) My best selling paranormal series is the Kyron Pack series, and my best selling contemporary series is the Ecstasy Spa series. If you are a new to me reader, I suggest starting with either of these series.

11) I've already mentioned that my favorite beverage is coffee. My favorite food is sushi. I LOVE seafood in general. That probably comes from growing up on the Maine coast and getting fresh seafood right off the dock. ;)

12) I used to be painfully shy and introverted. In high school, and took public speaking classes to overcome this. I'm much better today, but sometimes it's still hard for me to be in crowds and I tend to get rather quiet in large groups of people. I'm absolutely NOT a party person. At all. LOL.

13) For those who want to stay up to date with what's happening with my writing, I have a newsletter. For those who want to help spread the word about my books and be automatically entered for chances to win swag, books, and other cool stuff, I have a street team. You can sign up for one or both of these groups in the right side bar of my website.

Hmm, it seems that I have used up my thirteen items already. I guess that the rest shall remain a mystery--for now. :) Come back to this blog on the thirtieth of every month for more updates on my writing journey and to hear my random thoughts on life.


Rose Anderson said...

Interesting stuff Suzanne. We're glad you've joined us. :)

Suzanne Rock said...

Thanks so much, Rose. It's great to be here. :)

Renee Vincent / Gracie Lee Rose said...

Suzanne, you are one busy woman! I'm so happy for you and the success of your writing career, and getting signed by an agent for you YA Novel! VERY cool!

Suzanne Rock said...

Thanks so much, Renee. It has definitely been a whirlwind these past few months. I'm still suffering a little bit from whiplash, lol. AS you know, juggling two pen names is tough, but I'm for the challenge. ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Suzanne Rock said...

That should read - but I'm UP for the challenge. Sheesh. I think I need another cup of coffee. :p

Marianne Stephens said...

You waited a LONG time for those season tickets!
I found out lots about you I did't know. Bring on the coffee and sushi!
Congrats on getting an agent and relaunch of your're very talented.
Welcome to RB4U!

Molly Daniels said...

Congrats on the reboot of Hollow and landing an agent! I'm definitely going to check out your blog:)

Suzanne Rock said...

Thanks Marianne! From what I hear, the wait list is even longer now. According to Wikipedia, it's 50 years.( The Steelers have a comparable wait time. The only team in the NFL with a longer wait list is the Green Bay Packers. If parents put their kids' name on the list the day they are born, then the kid MIGHT get tickets when they are well into retirement, lol. Crazy.

Let's just say that the NFL has some pretty intense fans. :)

I've thought about following college football, but dh and I didn't go to a division 1 school, and my kids aren't college age yet. I wouldn't know who to root for. :p

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzanne Rock said...

Thanks so much Molly! I hope that you enjoy the blog. :) I'm open to guest blogs from authors that are either about budgeting or give some behind the scenes info about their new release. If you (or anyone else) is interested, feel free to email me. (suzannerockauthor (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Melissa Keir said...

Welcome to the group. You are quite the author! I'm so excited that you are re-releasing your book with Pocket Star! :)

I love the covers that you've shared and will certainly keep my eye on your blog!

vicki batman said...

Fun stuff, Suzanne. I can totally sympathize on the being shy part.

Suzanne Rock said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Melissa. I love the covers, too. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Suzanne Rock said...

Hi Vicki! Yeah, I think a lot of writers are shy. Thankfully, my husband is more outgoing. Otherwise, I think I'd just huddle down in my house with my laptop and never see the light of day, lol.

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Sandy said...

Suzanne, it's really nice to get to know you better. You certainly have a lot of energy. Smile!

jean hart stewart said...

Wow, just reading about all you do wears me out. YOu go girl. Welcome to the blog....

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Welcome, Suzanne! Sounds like you're a very busy lady. Glad you could find the time to join us!

Suzanne Rock said...

:) Thanks Sandy. Coming from you, that means a lot. You seem pretty energetic yourself!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Suzanne Rock said...

Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Jean. it's great to be here! :)

Suzanne Rock said...

Thanks Cindy! It's great to be here. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! :)

Cara Marsi said...

Suzanne, I'm so impressed with your success. Congratulations on the good sales and on snagging an agent. Best of luck to you. I enjoyed reading about you and your accomplishments.

Suzanne Rock said...

Thanks so much Cara! I'm so glad you liked the blog. Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

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