Monday, November 16, 2009

Sue Dent's Never Ceese


A determined young werewolf acting on her long-held wish to free herself of her curse, teams up with a skeptical vampire who can no longer admit that having his curse removed is something he wants.Will Cassi Felts be able to help them, as her grandmother implored her to do? or will they suffer at the hands of a radical and evil stem cell researcher?

Interview with Sue:
1) How did this story come to you? It’s always been there. Stories are a part of who I am. This one is no different. I do so love the vampire and werewolf genre though and felt it a wonderful place to start. And for the record, my vampire and werewolf story was out before Twilight so it’s not a copycat. I have many Twilight readers as fans though and many readers who don’t like Twilight.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published. I finished my MS in October of 2006. I solicited and found a freelance professional editor that same month. She edited my work with a guaranteed 2% error rate. A publisher I found on WritersMarket.com took an interest right away when they saw they’d have little to do, in other words nothing other than printing 5000 copies, to get my work ready to be published. I did the cover art as well (I’m not bragging, I’m just saying. I’ve a degree in Fine Arts. I did the cover.)
My first publisher went under though and sold all of their stock to a liquidator. I republished my debut novel, Never Ceese through my own publishing company to keep it alive. Please purchase the paperback as I make nothing off the hardback. Forever Richard, the second in my Thirsting for Blood Series was picked up by another non-affiliated Christian publisher, The Writers’ Café Press, who also publishes Frank Creed’s cyber-punk novel Flashpoint and Susan Kirkland’s military novel, Fair Balance along with several other titles respectful of, but not limited to, a Christian audience. They’ve been great support and took my series up right away. Thanks to their fine editing, Forever Richard garnished a book blurb and resounding review from the British Fantasy Society.
3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. I don’t think anything about me surprises my readers. LOL I am who I am (and what God made me) they seem to be okay with that.
2. Okay, here’s one. I was once a professional Foosball player, meaning I made money playing Foosball. I won Women’s Doubles in 1992 at the National Finals in Minneapolis with my partner Jackie Gummeson and then took first the next year in Designated Mixed with Russ King putting the number one player in the world out of the event early. Actually I put him out every time I played him in Designated Mixed, where the girl has to play front (you have a back player and a front player unless you’re playing singles.) My Snake Shot was unblockable most of the time. But to be fair, I’d never be able to beat World Champion Todd Lafreddo any other way. He is a master of the game and always will be. Good times. J
3. I’ve never read any of Anne Rice’s vampire books and never had a desire to. I know, weird, right? I think perhaps what sealed it for me was her getting her start writing erotica under the pen name A. N. Roquelaure. Fine if that’s what you want to write, and she clearly did a fabulous job, I just couldn’t see her moving far from those roots in her vampire books. Hey, I was a kid at the time. My Momma would’ve skinned me if I would’ve brought something that suggestive home. After all, my granddaddy Lawler was a definitive Southern Baptist preacher. Mom did let us watch Dark Shadows though. That show was a huge influence for me even though it “skeered” me at times. LOL I was somewhere around ten or eleven. I LOVED Barnabus Collins, the vampire.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I just happen to be working on the third installment in my series entitled Cyn No More. It too will be written for general market readers. I’ve a contract with The Writers’ Café Press to write five more speculative titles, as this is what they specialize in, but I am open to hearing from any publishers interested in less speculative work. Hey, an author has to earn a living and writing is what I do. I’ve got several MS’s that aren’t nearly as speculative as what I’ve been writing.

5) Parting comments?
I’d just like to say a “ginormous” thank you to all my Christian readers, affiliated and otherwise, for all your support. How wonderful that you found something redeeming about my stories and are ready to shout about it! It’s really good to have your support. I THANK you! An author can’t make it without readers and we absolutely can’t make it without industry support. ;)
6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Have you googled Sue Dent lately . . . or maybe that’s just me that does that. LOL Oh wait, you meant where can someone find me on the web. Here you go: http://www.thewriterscafe.com/ http://www.thewriterscafepressauthors.blogspot.com/ http://www.neverceese.com/, http://www.foreverrichard.com/, http://www.suedent.blogspot.com/, I’m also on Facebook and of course I’m on http://www.shoutlife.com/ a Christian oriented social network. Richard the vampire from my stories, aka Stevie Mac, is part owner of ShoutLife and the whole team there did the official book launch for Forever Richard in January. Those are the main spots.

1 comment:

  1. Nice interview. I never knew Sue was a pro foosballer. Then again, I never knew anyone was a pro foosballer. And I never knew she got a Master of Science in October 2006 or that she had several more Masters of Science degrees. And then there's that B. A. in Fine Arts--Sue's a perty smart gal. What? She didn't mean Master of Science? Well, what else would MS mean? Oh...never mind. Still a good interview and a good author!

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