Interview with Susan Yanguas

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to connect with people: entertaining people with my humorous works or moving people with the serious ones. I love when people tell me they really enjoyed something I wrote, since it means I was able to bring happiness to someone's day.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would be nowhere without my loyal and supportive fans! They keep me writing. As a new author, I was insecure about publishing my first book. Would people read it? Would they like it? But the positive feedback from my fans has given me the confidence to continue full steam ahead with my mystery series.

A fan is much more important than a sale. I would rather have people read my work for free and love it than sell my work to someone who didn't care so much for my writing.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to "Bluff." It's a mystery called "Feed the Kitty."
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting, reading, walking/hiking, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and working at my full-time job--which also involves writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was called "Murder on Sheldon Street" and I was about 8 years old. Sheldon Street was in our neighborhood and a little spooky. I wrote the story (which was about 6 mini-pages long), bound it (with a staple), and did the cover art. I even taped Saran Wrap over the cover like the books in the library. I was a self-published author before it became popular!
What is your writing process?
I try to write every day when I'm working on a novel, otherwise the ideas dry up. I hear the scene in my head as a dialog, so my first draft often looks like a screenplay. Then, once I've captured the essence of what happens between the characters, I go back later and add narrative descriptions and more action. It helps if I write it out longhand first - that prevents the editor in me from endlessly reworking the same section to get it perfect. Computers make it too easy to cut and paste and move things around.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm also an artist so I usually have an idea of what I want by the time I'm done with the manuscript. I draw it out and then give it to my cover designer (I'm not proficient with computer graphics) and she adds her magic touch.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries (but nothing too dark or disturbing), chick lit, self-help, romance....and anything that comes with a good recommendation.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth has been my #1. Despite all my best efforts (and I've tried lots of things), it's usually my fans who seem to get me the most new readers!
Published 2013-09-04.
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Books by This Author

Bluff
Series: Po-po Poker, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,960. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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A nearsighted young woman is the only “eyewitness” to the murder of a local environmentalist. She can’t identify the killer, but he can identify her... When the lead detective on the case also becomes her bodyguard after an attempt on her life, their growing attraction only complicates matters. But what neither suspects is that the killer has an inside edge very close to home.