Welcome back to Meet An Indie Author Monday, or MAIAM (actually it’s First Monday, but I love a good palindrome)!
This month’s featured author is Suzanne Rogerson, author of fantasy–both epic and heroic.
First things first, what’s the name of your current book?
My current published book is The Sentinel’s Reign – book 2 in Silent Sea Chronicles. It came out 29th June 2018 and I’m now working on book 3 in the trilogy The Sentinel’s Alliance. It’s a very exciting time, but I’m also filled with nerves as I know I need to wrap everything up and provide a satisfying conclusion for my readers. I hope to publish the end of the series next year.
New ideas are always cropping up. Give me your best book title that doesn’t have a story.
Book titles are the hardest thing for me to come up with. Silent Sea Chronicles had a working title of Bloodlines for 10 years before I came up with this series title! I don’t have any titles in reserve but I’ll tell you one my daughter came up with a few years ago which I’ve been longing to use ‘The Story of Truth and Lies.’ She was only about 8 but I’m intrigued what story could come out of it.
Words are kind of our thing. What’s your favorite word?
An impossible question. I can’t think of one that I love the most, maybe hero or heroic.
Some people need the light of day to function and others prefer the quiet of night. When do you write?
I will write at any time though I do find myself most inspired to write when there is something else to do like cook the dinner. At home I’m famous for my burnt dinners, though I blame the oven!
I do love to jot down a few words before bed as well. Sometimes that can be my most inspired time.
Names really help set a mood. What’s your process for picking people and place names?
A brilliant part of writing fantasy is that I get to make up names for my characters. Sometimes I write down a word and switch the letters around until they form something that looks and sounds perfect for my character. Sometimes I use the map and place names for inspiration.
Even finishing a scene feels like a reason to throw a party. Have a favorite way to celebrate finishing a project?
If it’s the end of a big project, I love to break open the prosecco or even the champagne! I usually meet my friends for lunch or go out for dinner with the family. Sometimes it’s a treat just to watch a family film together, if the kids can keep their heads out their devices long enough.
We know writing is primarily a creative endeavor. Tell me something you never expected to get from writing.
I’ve discovered that I love history and research, which are both things I hated at school. Since writing the Silent Sea Chronicles I’ve also discovered I love ships.
Beta-readers are our first fans and critics. If you could pick any writer, past or present, to be your beta-reader, who would you pick?
Great question. I’d love Robin Hobb to be my beta reader but I’d be terrified of what she’d say.
Tell the truth. How many notebooks and journals do you own?
Notebooks, I love them! I counted over 40 on my bookcase and I have others dotted around the house, so the count would definitely be over 50. Most of them are unused, though some have notes scribbled in. I like to assign special books for certain WIP’s but some notebooks are just too precious to ever use.
Writers keep their eyes open for inspiration, which makes us notice a lot more than most. What random piece of everyday beauty do you love?
I see beauty in nature around us. Flowers that people might ignore as weeds, the little birds and creatures darting around. I love nature and wildlife, so I’ll always be drawn to look for it. And I especially love to look up and catch a glimpse of a Red Kite or a Buzzard, or even a Kestrel hovering in the sky that most people wouldn’t notice.
As much as we love to write, some parts of being a writer can be a chore. What’s your most tempting distraction?
The most tempting distraction for me is the TV. I love watching TV series and films, though I’m missing Game of Thrones, Vikings and Outlander right now. The waiting is killing me!
We indies need to stick together. Any indie writers on your radar right now?
I’ve just bought a dozen indie books during the ‘Self-published Fantasy Blog Off’ promo sale. It’s a competition for indie fantasy authors with a maximum of 300 authors able to enter each year. It was started by Mark Lawrence who is a big name in fantasy. My own book The Lost Sentinel is entered this year, and there are so many books I’m excited to read in the competition. It’s worth taking a look at Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads and searching for #SPFBO to see what’s happening and catch some of the reviews coming out at the moment.
Just to name two indie authors for now – Ian Gregorie with his debut fantasy The Exercise of Vital Powers, which I plan to read this summer. I will also be reading an ARC of Not Like Everyone Else by Jennifer Leigh, which is a YA mystery.
Thanks very much for these great questions and for having me on your blog today, I.L. Now I really must go because I think I can smell the dinner burning!
Thanks again for participating in MAIAM, Suzanne. I hope it will encourage more indie authors to help promote other great indie authors.
For more information about Suzanne Rogerson and her books check out…
The Sentinel’s Reign – Book 2 Silent Sea Chronicles
The Lost Sentinel – Book 1 Silent Sea Chronicles
Visions of Zarua – Standalone epic fantasy