Saturday, November 24, 2012

Welcome Christian Author, Susan Sleeman



SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of romantic suspense and inspirational mystery novels. Her first romantic suspense title, High-Stakes Inheritance earned a spot on the ECPA bestseller list and her Garden Gate Mystery series, which features Nipped in the Bud, and Read Between the Tines has enjoyed time on Amazon Best Seller lists as well. And The Christmas Witness was named a finalist in the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

In addition to writing, Susan hosts the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Florida, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law and an adorable grandson. To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.

To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.
Website           www.SusanSleeman.com
Facebook        www.Facebook.com/SusanSleeemanBooks
Twitter            www.Twitter.com/SusanSleeman
Review Site     www.TheSuspenseZone.com

What started you on your writing journey?

 I always wanted to write a book but as many people today, I was too busy to sit down and do it. Then I was struck with a chronic illness and I was forced to sit for long periods of time. A type A personality, I couldn’t sit and do nothing so I started writing. As the disease progressed, I had more and more time to write and soon I was writing full time and actively pursuing publication.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?

My biggest distraction is the Internet. Wow, could I lose myself in Facebook, Twitter, reading blogs, and news stories for hour upon hour if I let myself. To keep myself from doing that I set daily writing goals and monitor my word count. If I goof off one day and don’t reach my goal I have to make it up the next day so I can meet my book deadlines.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love, love, love to read suspense and romantic suspense. I hate to name favorite authors, as there are so many authors that I enjoy reading and wouldn’t want to slight anyone. But as the host of TheSuspenseZone.com I know a bit about Christian or inspirational suspense and will throw out a few names here. If you like thrillers with intricate plots read Steven James. If you love gritty cop novels with characters that have a biting wit read Mark Mynhier. If you like legal thrillers read Randy Singer. If you like short, quick romantic suspense books read any of the Love Inspired Suspense books. If you love romantic suspense where the story is a bit heavier in romance than suspense read Irene Hannon. If you like medical dramas with light suspense, a good dose of romance and amazing characters read Candace Calvert. If you like supernatural stories with incredible spiritual messages expertly woven in read Mike Dellosso.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
 

Pictures of adorable kittens, puppies and babies make me smile every time I see one so I smile a lot when logged onto Facebook. J Two things come to mind that make me laugh out loud. I rarely get through watching an episode of Bones without laughing at the characters on that show. The writing is so incredibly strong and the characters so quirky. Especially Bones. If you’ve never watched it and can get over seeing gruesome bodies, I encourage you to watch. The second time I always laugh is when my family gets together. We all have a dry sense of humor and can’t resist cracking jokes nonstop. Sometimes I can hardly breathe we laugh so hard.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood? 

I thought about this a long time before answering this question. My parents owned a grocery store so my mom and dad both worked long hours. My brother, sister and I spent many hours in the store, even eating meals there to be together as a family. Because of my parent’s busy schedule, I don’t remember having a lot of one on one time with them when they weren’t actively doing something. So my favorite memory is going to church on Sunday. During the sermon, I’d lay my head on my mom’s lap. She'd softly stroke my hair and I felt as if I was the only person who mattered to her at the time. Of course, I didn’t realize I was sharing her attention with the preacher. LOL!

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?

We live in Florida and our daughters, son in law and grandson live in Oregon. So our favorite place to travel is to the Portland area to visit and spend time with them. In addition to Portland being home to my family, it’s a vibrant city with very interesting people and the scenery in the area is extraordinary. We’ve lived in nine states and I used to travel all the time for work. I can honestly say, I have never been anywhere quite as beautiful as Oregon. From the mountains on both sides of Portland, to the Pacific Ocean and the coastal drive up Highway 101, to the desert areas in eastern Oregon, you’d be hard pressed to find more spectacular scenery so close together.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

I set all of my books in Oregon and I think I told you why in the last question, lol. 

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?

With both my daughters out of the house and my hubby working beyond full time as a music director at our church, I have plenty of quiet time, as I’m home alone a lot. However, I still have to remind myself to put away my computer, turn of the TV and commit to praying, reflecting, etc.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 

Dead Wrong releases today and I told you about the plot above, so let me tell about the series this book is part of. Dead Wrong is book two in my new romantic suspense series called the Justice Agency. I am so thrilled with this series that features five adopted siblings who came together from careers in law enforcement to investigate and solve the murder of their adoptive parents. With the killers behind bars, the siblings discover they work well together and want to continue as a team. They form the Justice Agency and dedicate their lives to helping others who traditional law enforcement has failed. Each book in the series features one of the Justice siblings. Double Exposure, book 1 in the series, released in June. Books three and four will release in 2013 and book five early in 2014.



Susan Sleeman is giving away a copy of DEAD WRONG. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.



17 comments:

tickmenot said...

I loved the memory you had of being with your mom at church!

I read with interest that your writing developed because of forced "time outs" caused by a chronic illness. I have been fighting an illness for 20 years, the last 10 have caused me to be wheelchair bound, so I understand the need to "do something." The fact you started a career encourages me more than you can know!

Blessings,

tickmenot

cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for this interview with Susan. I visited some of her other sites and I'm left with one thought. Susan, I'll trade you my house in PA from Jan. to March for yours in FL. You haven't lived in PA yet and here's your big chance, lol. (Of course, my dh might have some other thoughts on that one.) Please enter my name in the book giveaway.
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Amy Campbell said...

Great interview with Susan. I would love to read Dead Wrong.
Thanks
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Teela said...

Have read a couple of Susan's books and they are addictive! Ha! Great interview! Teelayoung@hotmail.com

Susan Sleeman said...

Ticklemenot, I am so glad I can be an encouragement to you. A chronic illness can be a lifetime of struggle and I'm glad I could help in your battle by encouraging you.
cjajsmommy - PA in winter? Yikes! I'd never survive the cold.
Thanks for stopping by Amy. Best wishes in winning Dead Wrong!

spangldlady said...

I loved the review and the sound of the book. I love this kind of genre. Please add my name to the drawing. Thank you and Blessings on you! Darlene
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Anonymous said...

This sounds like an awesome story! booksandbeverages (at) gmail (doy) com!

Jamie

Linda Cacaci said...

The interview was great and the book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in the drawing.

Linda Cacaci
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KayM said...

I would really enjoy reading this series. I, too, have fond memories of sitting with my family in church. I used to hold hands with my dad. It was a very secure feeling.
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Bookishqueen said...

This book looks good!
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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read. Please enter me to win. searchingup at gmail dot com

Julia Umbro

Anonymous said...


This was an interesting interview. I would love to visit Oregon, but guess a book will be the closest I get. I just won Double Exposure, so it would be great if I could get lucky and get my name drawn for this one. Can hope! Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Nancee said...

These Love Inspired Suspense books are wonderful! Thank you for showcasing another one, and for offering this giveaway!
Nancee
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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

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Merry said...

I love the Oregon settings, it's like coming home to my home state and I love romantic suspense, so Susan's books are just perfect. Thanks for a chance to win one!
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apple blossom said...

love the love inspired books thanks for chance to win

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Jes said...

Enjoyed reading the interview! :) I love watching Bones too. :)

Jes
jswaks at gmail dot com

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