Interview with Susan Lower

What is your writing process?
To write. I guess I'm one of those writers that often get labeled as a "pantser" because I get an idea and just take off with it to see where it takes me. Often, I go back later to add structure and revise it into the plot.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read and I love to read a variety of books. My favorites are action and adventures and romance, but not just any romance. I like the historical romances with pirates and knights that save the damsel in distress. I also like contemporary and western romances with horses and cowboys and dames that aren't afraid to stand up to the cowboy.

But you can also give me a Piers Anthony, R. A. Salvatore, J.K. Rowling, or Tolkien any day.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I just got a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas, and I'm loving it. So much better than reading from my phone or laptop.
Describe your desk
My desk is just a small table I keep my laptop and an extra computer screen on. I have enough room to sit and write, which most days is all I need along with a cup of tea.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a dairy farm. Living out on the country there wasn't much to do socially. You helped on the farm, went to school, and in the evenings watched television -- mostly westerns. So, I'd be either be hiding away in my bedroom reading a book, or writing one of my own.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in Elementary School. My third grade teacher actually had a special place for us in the classroom where he'd post a picture and we could go there and sit during our writing time or free time when our other work was down and just write. I spent a lot of time at that desk.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest e-book here on Smashwords is a short story that takes place at the drive-in. There aren't very many of those around lately and when a publisher was calling for horse stories it reminded me of the time my horse went into labor and I was out with friends at the drive-in. So the inspiration for EMMA'S DILEMMA was born.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Being on Smashwords has opened up a new channel for sharing my books and getting discovered by readers that I never knew was out there. I'm grateful for all the new people I now am able to connect with because of it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
One of the things I used to love the most about going trail riding on my horse was the trail. You never knew what obstacles you'd encounter, what wild life you'd find, or what path you'd go down. I could ride that trail a dozen times and discover something new. Writing is like that for me. The characters, the setting, the plot, while familiar, each new scene brings something unexpected and I look forward to finding what's around the next bend.
What do your fans mean to you?
Where else can you find people who connect with you, get what you get, and have some or all of the same interest that form a relationship. My fans are awesome, you won't find a better bunch of people than you do when you hang out with my readers.
What are you working on next?
I have a contemporary romance novel coming out in February 2015, and in the meantime I'm working on something totally different. I'm working on a fantasy that is a little scary at times. It even scares me, but it's such an awesome adventure. I wish I could say more, but you'll have to hop over to my blog and check out the updates mythology that goes with it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot of different authors from a lot of different genres. J K Rowling, Tolkien, Salvatore, Piers Anthony, Lori Wick, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsay, and Catherine Coulter.
I've always been a Nora Roberts fan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. We're always plotting my books together on the walks to and from school.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a wife and mom. I like to read, doing sewing and crafting projects, bookbinding, and volunteer at my kids' schools and help friends when they need a hand. Never a dull moment.
Published 2014-12-26.
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Books by This Author

Emma's Dilemma
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western
There's only one thing that could disrupt Emma's date with Tim -- her horse going into labor. Only Emma doesn't know what to do when the horse is born breech and her boyfriend would rather be at the drive-in. How will Emma decide between the horse she loves and a boy she likes?