Today’s guest is Susannah Sandlin. Be sure to comment, as there is a #giveaway on the line (two actually, one of which is tour-wide and big)! Read through to the end for details.
I’ve been a working journalist for more than twenty years, but have only been writing fiction since 2009. I started out writing a story as a way to deal with my issues from Hurricane Katrina (I lived in New Orleans) and it turned into a novel, then two. By then I caught the fiction-writing bug big-time.
Ugh. Waaay too many balls. I have a full-time day job that’s pretty high stress. A lot of politics and a lot of deadlines. I have two fiction series that are being published simultaneously. I have a daily book blog. I do blogging for Tor.com and a couple of other sites. I’m the sole caregiver for my 87-year-old mom. I have two geriatric dogs. I’m tired just thinking about it. I work hard to manage my time. I don’t take a lot of time off. I have a “virtual assistant” who helps me out with research and actually posting blogs after I write them—he’s been a lifesaver. If one part of my carefully constructed schedule goes off the rails, though, it throws everything into chaos. So I try my best not to let that happen.
Omega was planned from the very beginning as the climax of the Penton Legacy series, which I originally conceived as a trilogy: Redemption, Absolution, and Omega. I’d been writing urban fantasy and wanted to flex my writing muscles and try something different. So I came up with the idea of a vampire utopia of sorts that was located in a rural ghost town at a time when the vampire world was in danger of annihilation after a vaccine turned human blood deadly to them. I wanted to try this sort of post-apocalyptic story that was also a paranormal romance where the overarching story would cross all the books but the hero and heroine would change with each book. At the same time, after writing my urban fantasy novels in first person, I wanted to experiment with writing multiple points of view in third person—so each book has anywhere from three to six point-of-view characters. It presents a big juggling act for the author but, in the end, I think it worked really well.
I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy (sort of twin daughters of different mothers, or something like that) because of the great “what if” factor—they are the perfect crossroads of reality and fantasy, like there might be another world just around the corner that you might stumble into.
I’m veering with my next project into more of a paranormal-romantic-thriller mashup, which I’m not quite sure is even a genre! It’s a book tentatively called Storm Force, and it will be initially released in serial form for Kindle beginning on March 19. Then, in July, it will come out as a regular book in print, digital and audio. So it’s a new type of venture for me and one that’s proving really interesting! I also have an urban fantasy series that I write under the name Suzanne Johnson, and the third book in that series, Elysian Fields, will be released by Tor Books in mid-August.
Serious sweet tooth!
I know it’s almost sacrilegious, but I much prefer vanilla to chocolate. (TM – Hrmph. Vanilla. Hrmph. 😉 )
But an unresolved family feud and the paranoia of the Vampire Tribunal descend on Penton in the form of Aidan’s brother, Owen Murphy. Owen has been issued a death warrant that can only be commuted if he destroys Penton—and Aidan, against whom he’s held a grudge since both were turned vampire in 17th-century Ireland. Owen begins a systematic attack on the town, first killing its doctor, then attacking one of Aidan’s own human familiars
To protect his people, Aidan is forced to go against his principles and kidnap an unvaccinated human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time since the death of his wife in Ireland centuries ago.
Fans of Susannah Sandlin’s Penton Legacy are sure to devour this long-awaited third installment of the steamy paranormal series.