Author Susan Antony joins me on my blog today and talks about her writing career and her romantic thriller Cherokee Summer
By nmurray, Feb 2 2020 02:16PM
Hi Susan, welcome to my blog, I am glad that you can join me today. Please let everyone know about your writing and marketing journey.
What made you want to write a book?
I don’t know anything specifically that lead me to writing other than an internal urge. I penned or should I say penciled my first novel, 'More Trouble for Me,' when I was about ten years old. It was complete at thirty handwritten pages.
In junior high I moved on to screenplays for movies of which I would star. My parents worried about me because I spent so much time alone in my room. I never told them I was writing. I’m sure they’d have been relieved, but I wanted to keep it a secret. (I didn’t want to have to edit content.) As I grew older, life, and more specifically boys got in the way and I buried both my writing and acting dreams. I’d nearly forgotten about them until one day while purging clutter, I came across my first novel and was inspired to realize my childhood dream.
2. Tell us about you and where you live.
I work in an IT department for a hospital by day. I’m a hipshaker and writer by night, an artist whenever possible, and an Internet addict. I live in sunny South Carolina with my teenage son and two Cairn Terriers.
3. What have you written and what are you working on now?
My YA Romance novel 'Cherokee Summer' was born while visiting the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina. My stay prompted a memory of a serious crush I had on a Native American classmate when I was a ‘tween. For the next year I imagined what might have happened had we been older. Once the story came to me, I opened my ever-present laptop and started writing.
My current novel is a YA Paranormal Romance was written prior to Cherokee Summer. I am currently dissecting it and building it back up with an altered plot.
4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?
I’m still learning. My advice to writers is to build an online presence today and nurture it. This could be on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Blogging and Vlogging are great too. Submit ARCs for review prior to publication and continue to seek reviews afterwards. I wish I’d have done more of this prior to publication.
5. Where can readers find your book for sale?
Buy Links Barnes and Noble > https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cherokee-summer-susan-antony/1129952570?ean=9781509223985
2. Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Cherokee-Summer-Susan-Antony-ebook/dp/B07L7GLGRG
Thank you Susan, I have added Cherokee Summer's book blurb below as it looks to be a thrilling read.