This week's Speculative Fiction Writer is long-time blogging and talented writing friend, Susan Gourley. She agreed to answer a few of my more probing questions, and survived the experience.
Hi Susan. Thank you for dropping by. Please take a seat and help yourself to a refreshing cup of tea and one of my rock cakes. Here we go:
Q: Which three words best describe you?
I’m so happy to be here on this cold, rainy day. My three words: Organized, multi-tasker and focused.
Q: If I came to your house for dinner, what would you cook me?
You would get a chance at my crockpot Mac-n-Cheese with bacon. It’s my kids’ favourite.
Q: What is your favourite non-writing pastime?
Like most writers, I love to read first and foremost, but I also enjoy baking, jogging, jigsaw puzzles, cross-stitch and working outside.
Q: Do you collect anything other than books?
Not one thing. I resist clutter of any sort. Whenever something is missing at our house, the family accuses me of giving it away.
Q: Star Trek or Star Wars?
Definitely Trek and I love the latest ones with Chris Pine.
Q: You write both science fiction and fantasy romance. Do you have any crossover readers or do you have two distinct groups of readers?
I have friends and family who read all my stuff but I’m not sure if my readers follow from genre to genre. I hope they do.
Q: I love science fiction. Would you like to share an extract from Marine's Queen with us?
Callie froze. What had she been thinking? Her earlier perceptions of the marines rose to haunt her. Lab creations. At the very least, he was a man she would leave behind as soon as an opportunity arose.
Joe’s arms loosened and then dropped away. He looked a bit dazed and certainly confused.
Guilt flooded Callie. She’d led him on, driven by her lust and loneliness. She was cruel, just as he’d accused her. And selfish. She knew herself as a woman plain in appearance with a figure too full and large for fashion. It flattered her to have a handsome man like Joe lusting for her. For her and not her throne or her special gifts.
“I don’t know why you let me kiss you, Lady Callie.” Joe backed away. “Are you playing at some game for your own amusement? You may question my origins and my humanity, but I’m a man. I have a man’s desires and a man’s needs. Don’t offer to satisfy them unless you mean it.”
He stalked back to camp. Callie rubbed her arms against a chill caused by more than the setting of the sun. She didn’t fear Joe or his needs. She feared her own carnal urges. It wasn’t just his body or pretty face that drew her toward him. Was it gratitude? No.
In her duty as ruler of Giroux, she’d met many men in leadership positions. Some were labeled heroes, noble, honorable, or great statesmen for their people. For the first time in her thirty-three years, Callie felt she really understood the true meaning of nobility and honor. They were titles to be earned.
Honor was walking away from a woman who you believed would regret her actions if you took what she offered. Nobility was sharing the last drop of your water with a stranger in the desert.
Callie took a deep breath and let it out slow. She was a queen. It was time she started to act like one.
Q: Where do you write?
I have an entire room for my office with two desks put together to form an el shape. Everything is right at my fingertips. I love it but the door doesn’t lock. My family intrudes all the time.
Q: What is the best piece of writing advice you've been given?
Someone told me early on to always be working on the next project. Don’t wait to hear back from and editor or agent, get the next book started.
Thanks for having me here today, Ellie.
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Thank you, Susan. I loved the extract. I'm certainly hooked. I had to laugh when you mentioned about clutter, I'm probably the opposite. I don't have loads of possession because I live in a small flat, but I do have lots of science fiction memorabilia and other items. I hate throwing anything away. I guess we are all different.
That's it for this week. I'll be back on Monday. Have an awesome rest of the week.