Q: HOW DID YOU START WRITING?
A: I used to tell stories to my children when they were young. Then I told them to my dog, but she’s old now and I never know if she’s listening or sleeping. I’ve started to write them down.
Q; DO YOU HAVE FORMAL TRAINING?
A: I know life, and I know what it’s like to love. My formal training consists of a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. I was an oil painter, which is story-telling in paint. I was pretty good at it for awhile. Now I paint with words.
Q: WHAT BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN?
A: Several that never saw the light of day. Then a non-fiction book under a different name. A blog that was ranked at 43 in the top 100 art blogs. The Calata Series represents my most recent work. If I can still love these characters after having rewritten them so many times, I guess the muse is smiling.
Q: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR GENRE?
A: Like a glass of wine, a fire burning, listening to a saxophone and a sultry voice singing “what’ll I do…” Or maybe it’s like an independent girl fighting for the love of her life…or a wounded hero who feels he’s beyond redemption. It’s a blend of Romance, Thriller, and the Paranormal, heart-breaking action about tragedies that never should have happened but did. And happily-ever-afters based upon hope and love. That’s the most important thing in life, you know, hope and love. It’s so easy to forget.
Q: THE CALATA SERIES DEALS WITH PAST LIVES, DOESN’T IT?
A: Yes. Years ago I read a book by Katherine Neville, titled The Eight. I loved it, and I couldn’t find anything else like it at the time. The idea of a past life and how that might complicate a present life has always intrigued me. Then, one day the Muse walked up and hit me in the side of the head with this idea for the Calata–Immortal Warriors Series, and you really don’t say no to the Muse under those circumstances. Book one is nearing publication. The next two books are in rough draft and should be out in 2018, with the fourth started (yes, Arsen’s story, for all you beta readers who’ve been saying “please, when do we get Arsen?). Several more are planned — there’s Baz, Giam, Dante, I’ll bet even Phillipe finds a human he can’t resist. Even Kace. It’s very exciting and I’m happy to write their stories.
Q: WHY DO YOU WRITE UNDER A PEN NAME?
A: My legal name is generic, plus there are at least two other authors using my name. It would have been too confusing. Besides, Sue Wilder is the the name I would have had if my husband’s biological father hadn’t died in the war. So, you could say it’s a tribute to him. It’s also a pretty cool name for a romance writer.