Before we start, how have you and your loved ones been during this COVID-19 time?
My son and I cut ourselves off from the world for three months. Now we get out a bit, but wear mask and carry hand sanitizer when in public. As someone who used to dance three nights a week, I find it a bit depressing. On the bright side, my yard looks great and I did get a lot of writing done.
Someone asked me if I would ever write a book about it. Heck no! In fact, right now I am writing a YA Historical so it won’t be an issue.
Please tell us a little about yourself: Do you have a nick-name? Where are you from? What do you write? Tell us something about yourself that makes you, you. :-)
I have lived in states from the West to the East coast. I currently reside in the sunny South. Besides writing, I love C&W line dancing, swing dancing, and bailando salsa and merengue. If I could dance every day I would.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I entered a Twitter contest to describe your life in a Tweet and won. It made me remember that as a child I dreamed of being an actress and a writer. I put my fingers to the keyboard and a few year later, well, here I am.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a YA Historical Romance
Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I have just signed a contract on my second novel, a YA fantasy.
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
I think the hardest part of writing is getting the initial story into words. Once the first draft of chapter is done, it is easier to revise and edit.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
I sometime travel to locations. I also rely on the internet quite bit, though I always verify my sources. With my novel Cherokee Summer, I hired a Native American sensitivity reader.
Do you have a favorite genre?
I adore the YA genre. Young adults love, hate, and play hard in an arena where the
world shines new and the future burns wide open. When I’m writing YA, if I dig deep inside, I can recapture those intense, wonderful, sometimes painful feelings, and immerse myself in that world once again through my character’s lives.
Often times, I think as adults we don’t give our youth enough credit. Though still physically and mentally developing, teens have valid beliefs and concerns and deserve to be heard. I believe if everyone strived to be as pliable in his or her thinking as young people are naturally, together we could create a kinder and more brilliant world.
What are some of your favorite comfort foods?
I learned to make Elvis Presley’s mother’s meatloaf on a video made at Graceland. It is so good.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
Practice, practice, practice and never give up. If you haven’t already, build an online presence and nurture it. Only a minute number of authors become overnight successes. There are general rules to writing such as the infamous “show and don’t tell.” There is no excuse for not studying as there are many online writing classes you can take on your time. Join critique groups. Listen to your critics and evaluate their opinions. Take what you like and trash the rest. Though, always keep your mind open and learn to take constructive criticism. My harshest critic helped me the most. After I finished crying over my bruised ego, I realized he was one-hundred percent right. Had I not listened, I might not be published today.
Speed round! What's the first thing that comes to mind?!
City, suburb, or small-town?
What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?
Vintage Cowboy boots
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?
Cats, dogs, or exotics?
January 21, 2019
YA ~ Contemporary
When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John's friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.
More About Susan
Susan Antony is an IT at a busy hospital by day, hip-shaker and writer by night, artist whenever possible, and an Internet addict. She lives in the sunny south with her teenage son and two Cairn Terriers.
Chai Tea Shortbread #Cookies #Recipe from Lions and Love at the Cat Café: A Sweet #Romance by @Kris_Bock
My cat café series features a bakery and two fantastic bakers. This recipe is one of my favorites! The cookies are flavorful and delicate. You can use a decorative shortbread pan if you want to be fancy, or small cookie cutters, or simply make balls and flatten them a little.
This recipe is mentioned in Lions and Love at the Cat Café, a 35-page novella you get free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter. You’ll also get 13 of the recipes mentioned in the novella and books.
Chai Tea Shortbread Cookies
If using loose-leaf tea, grind the tea into a rough powder first. If using teabags, cut open the tea bags and measure. You’ll need 4-6 teabags.
Note that you can also press the dough into a shortbread pan and bake for about 30 minutes
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons chai tea
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Lions and Love at the Cat Café: