Forever Your Valentine is your latest release and it is part of the Eastport Series. I can write a standalone book, but can’t seem to get my head around a series. How do you write a series?
I didn’t plan on writing a series in the beginning. When I agreed to write a novella for a wedding boxed set, in which the stories were to be set in small towns, it occurred to me to use the fictional town of Eastport that I’d created for Secret Vow. Then I decided to continue the series with a Valentine’s story.
Do you keep a “series Bible” to keep up with everything? If so, what program/what do you do?
No. I wish I had been more organized.
What do you love about writing a series?
I love being able to follow through with characters from one book to the next, and thread their continuing stories into each plot.
What useful tips would you give someone who wants to write a series?
Plan the whole series beforehand. Have at least an outline for each book before you begin. I didn’t do that, but it’s definitely a good idea.
Who have been your favorite characters to write so far, and why?
I would have to say Amy and Sean from Sense of Touch, the first book in my historical series. Since he is blind, I had to explore their interactions on a different level, which was challenging and rewarding. Those characters really came alive for me.
Why do you like writing romance stories?
I have a soft spot for happy endings. I find it satisfying to build a story leading to a couple finding a life of happiness together. Romance readers are very passionate about the genre and it’s gratifying to receive positive feedback from them.
Have you written any other genre?
When I was younger I wrote young adult, but I never finished any of the novels I started. I suppose I was more suited to romance, but it took me a while to realize it.
What made you start writing? How long have you been writing? Where do you see yourself going with your series?
I have been writing fiction since I was a little girl and have always expressed myself through stories. I started writing romance about twelve years ago. I don’t know if there will be another book in the series, but I am considering doing a Christmas story.
Here are the details for Susan’s book Forever Your Valentine.
Faith Kinley would rather forget all about Valentine’s Day. Last February 14th, she caught her husband with another woman. This Valentine’s Day takes a turn for the better when Faith runs into dead-sexy Cole McKenna. Attraction crackles between them, but Cole’s a confirmed bachelor whose career as a hockey scout keeps him on the road most of the year. With her heart still mending from her divorce, Faith resolves to keep her relationship with Cole strictly platonic—a pledge that becomes harder to keep as they grow closer. Will one night together ruin their friendship, or could they be falling in love?
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