Interview with Susan A Bliler

When did you first start writing?
In middle school. I wrote short stories to entertain my twin sister and to give to my mother at Christmas.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book was The Hunt. I'd been thinking about writing this one for a while because I'd read a book a few years back that had a hunt scene. As with most writers who read, I'd wished at the time that the author would have gone another direction, so if you don't get what you want, you create what you want. All of my books are set in Montana because that's where I'm from and winter is my favorite time of year, which is why many of my books are set in the snow.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I submitted my first manuscript to a publishing house and was immediately shot down. I was told there would be no audience for that type of book. I almost gave up, but my sister convinced me to self-publish. I read a lot and thought my book was good, so I went for it. I sold 3,000 copies of my first book in its first month out. Not bad for someone who only ever wanted to sell 200.
What is the first book that made you cry?
Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry. I first read it in middle school. Growing up Native in a mostly white town, I related a great deal to the story. Racism and poverty were everyday occurrences and this book was the first time that I realized that someone else had experienced these things too.
Describe your desk.
Organized chaos. I bet a lot of other authors answered the same way. I'm orderly by nature, bordering on obsessive, but my desk--to the eye that doesn't know better--looks unorganized. It's full of piles of to-dos and receipts I still need to log into my check register. I have two monitors on my desk and the screens are surrounded with clip outs of some of my favorite quotes and sayings.
Who's your book boyfriend or secret book crush?
I like the bad boys. The misunderstood outcasts who don't think they deserve love always pull at me. Bellis St Croix from Skin Walkers: Bellis, Tyson BloodMoon from The Hunt 2, Leto Reigns from Skin Walkers: Leto...these are my type of men.
What do you read for pleasure?
Lora Leigh, Laurann Dohner, TS Joyce, Suzanne Wright, Teresa Gableman, Jessica Simms. I read in my genre, it keeps me inspired.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Great Falls, Montana. It's cold and dark here more often than it's not, but I love it. Nearly all of my books are set in Montana because I like to write what I know. Plus, Montana is just so damn beautiful. Many authors write about Montana, but only a few of us can really claim domain.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reader response. Feedback from readers is so important. Honestly, good reviews are what keep me at it. Knowing you've given someone even just a few hours reprieve from their day-to-day is powerful.
What do your fans mean to you?
Most of my fans are with me because of my Skin Walkerz series. I've dubbed them my Stalkerz. They are the best fans on the face of the earth. Period. They stick with me, support me, inspire me, and are patient with my muse and I. Honestly, I couldn't do any of this without them. I love you, my Stalkerz!
What are you working on next?
The Hunt 2. It's a follow-up to The Hunt. I learned years ago that readers don't just want to read about the Alpha, they want his Beta to find someone too. Especially when that Beta is a badass with some screwed up belief that he is unlovable. I like to fix that.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Distraction. I write full-time from home, so I often find myself pulled away by loads of laundry or the lawn that needs to be mowed. Honestly, sitting down and knocking out words really is difficult. I tell myself that if I just sit down and knock out my daily word count then I can be free to do my chores. Still, I'll get on the computer and screw around on Facebook or something else. I never realized I was so easily distracted.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stick with it. You're just as good as everybody else at the table and don't ever believe otherwise. Don't stop working, don't stop believing. Dream until you're black and blue.
Published 2018-07-10.
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Books by This Author

Spoils of War
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,420. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
They took her! Before Alpha wolf shifter, War Vox could explore his infatuation with Nora, before he could even consider the implications of his inexplicable draw to the she-wolf who’d been dumped in his territory, she’s ripped away from him. Calling out War is a huge mistake, but taking something from War’s wolf is tantamount to suicide. War. Wants. Her. Back!
Skin Walkers: Recker
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,600. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Recker Rhodes is given a mission he doesn’t want, assigned to some guy he doesn’t want to shadow, Recker’s world is rocked when it turns out the guy, Alex, is actually an Alexandra.
Bishop: Skin Walkers book 3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,530. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Ravaged by the one man she was meant to call hers, Jenny knows her own treachery is to blame. Now, her mate is spiraling from his attack on her. She’ll have to convince him that her forgiveness isn’t a ploy while owning her part in pushing Bishop past his boundaries.
Skin Walkers: Marko
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,270. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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Thea Kinsey is pregnant with a Skin Walker child and on the run. Worse, how does she convince the father that she shot him on accident? There’ll be no explaining. He’s vowed retribution and Thea has no choice but to run fast and hard to keep him from discovering that she’s carrying his baby.
Skin Walkers: Tyce
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,850. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Briel Solomon hates Skin Walkers. She’ll have to rely on them one last time, but once she gets what she’s owed, she’ll be gone. Tyce’s casual indifference to the simple mission he’s accepted is typical. Self-assured to the point of cockiness, he knows no one is better at the hunt then he and his Apex Skin Walkers. Hell, the simple retrieval mission of one human female? Cake! The mission is
Skin Walkers: Bellis
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,020. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The traitor responsible for the attack on StoneCrow Estates is captured by Monroe’s favored assassin, Bellis StCroix, only Bellis’ captive, Samantha Michaels, isn’t what he was expecting. Snarly and sexy, his little enemy is calling to something in him that he has to ignore because she’s the enemy…right?
Skin Walkers: Baymac
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,230. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Grace Rowland is on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend. Her decision to move on couldn’t have come at a worse time because the blizzard blasting the state has made it impossible for her friend to retrieve her from the small town she’s holed up in. Assured that someone is coming for her, Grace is leery as all hell when a sexy behemoth arrives and claims to be her transportation.
Terr6tory: The Primes
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,290. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Ryka and her small band of she-wolves are on the run. Needing a safe place to rest before they’re forced to flee again, they travel to the territory of a so-called “just Alpha” where Ryka finds herself in the cage of Apex Wren Prime.
Bad Beta
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,440. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Shifters are after Emma’s land and she’s forced to approach the wolves she knows live on a neighboring mountain in hopes of getting their assistance. Forced to guard Emma and keep her safe until his pack can find her attackers, the Voshall bad Beta is in for a world of hurt when his wolf attaches himself to the woman.
Skin Walkers: Angel Lost
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,600. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Dominant Skin Walker, Monroe StoneCrow’s mate, Eden, has been injured in an attack on the Estate. Now she believes she is in a relationship with another and is asking that the man be brought to the Estate. Watching another male soothe his mate just might prove to be the one thing Monroe is unequipped to handle, especially while his Estate is still reeling.
Skin Walkers: Taken
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,360. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Placed on special assignment, Nyree was chosen to train the Keepers who’d just arrived at the Estate. Highly aggressive toward females, she found out too late that Keeper aggression was sexual. Paired with a Keeper, Rohmulus, who clearly despises her, Nyree is shocked that when the Estate comes under attack, Rohm opts to protect her above all others, including himself.
Skin Walkers: Remy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,360. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Remy McCabe has waited years to get revenge on fellow Skin Walker, Mason EnemyHunter. What better way to hurt a Walker then to hurt those that he loves? When Harlow is brought to Remy all he has to do is ignore his inner beasts and follow through with his plan to use her to hurt Mason. Problem is his damn protective instincts surge to the fore every time she’s near.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,400. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Delano Bowden is in a world of shit! Two seconds into meeting his new pack he is afflicted by the female currently playing Alpha. Not the slow start he hoped for, he’ll have to relinquish her of her lead while not leading her on. He has no intentions of taking a mate. Not now, not ever!
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,140. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Barron Kane is a man on a mission. Should be easy enough. Repay his debt to his brother by heading to Minnesota and helping out an old friend. How hard could it be? Problem is, the old friend is anything but old and once Barron commits himself to playing the role of Willa Hutchinson's mate and protecting her and her pack, it’s impossible to convince his wolf it was all a ruse.
Skin Walkers: RedKnife
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,360. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
RedKnife realizes that he’s put Cindy Sambrano’s life in jeopardy with his inadvertent misinformation provided the CEO and Dominant Skin Walker, Monroe StoneCrow. Knowing the CEO won’t back down, it’s up to RedKnife to steal Cindy from the Monroe and hide her until he can prove two things: One, her innocence, and two, he needs to show Cindy that she is his One.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,150. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
As the newly assigned Alpha to a vast territory, Evander has searched for his mate before, to the detriment of his pack. After failing to locate his One, he returned, promising to focus solely on them and his role as their leader. Now, he must not only convince a terribly wounded Bethany that he really is her true mate, but his pack that he will not abandon them now that he has found her.
Skin Walkers: York
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,680. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
York McDonnough is willing to sacrifice everything for a mate he doesn’t have. Dejected and heart sick, he accepts a retrieval mission that takes him far from home and brings him face to face with his long-awaited fate. The instant York sees Sky, the Walker affliction sets in and melts the ice that has hardened his heart.
Series: Skin Walkers, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,190. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Gauge Alexander is determined to live life as he’s always wanted, and that includes finding his mate. First, he’s got to deal with his newly hired assistant. Ella is hiding something and Gauge is going to find out what it is. When his affliction hits, he grows more determined than ever to find out about the past that’s haunting his Ella and to make it right so he can make her his.
Series: Skin Walkers, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,960. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Too busy meddling in the affairs of his Skin Walkers, Dominant Walker, Monroe StoneCrow, isn’t prepared when his own affliction hits him with an epic ferocity. Having found his mate, he’ll have to learn to reign in his superiority complex before he can claim what’s his.
Series: Skin Walkers, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,460. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Shy Brookes and Leto Reigns have both been rescued from the facility that held them prisoner. Experimented on and tortured, Leto swears retribution against all Megalya that held him, and he’s convinced Shy is the enemy. Unbeknownst to Leto, Shy was held against her will too and she’s got to convince Leto she isn’t his enemy even as his affliction sets in.
Series: Skin Walkers, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,540. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Aries Bracken is on the run and Commander Conn Drago is on the hunt. Sent to retrieve the woman and return her to his Dominant, Commander Drago finds he can’t relinquish her so easily. Afflicted, the Commander will go against his own superiors to protect what he knows his his…Aries.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,260. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Adult
A fiery car crash has left Lucia Griffin battered, scarred, and healing in the home of her rival. Draken Shatan had ulterior motives for bringing Lucia into his home, but as he helps her heal he finds in less and less likely that she’s the villain he’d originally thought. Much to Draken’s surprise, when Lucia is healed and ready to go home, he’s reluctant to let her go.
Prince of Cats
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,810. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Having spent her life as a slave, Neomee has a plan to escape her life of servitude. Unfortunately, just as she’s about to set the plan in motion, she draws the attention of Bray, Prince of Cats. Her defiance only intrigues the Prince more and Neomee struggles to escape both the temple and the Prince of Cats.
Series: Territory, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,710. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Kya Hubbard flees to Montana to elude her abusive pack. Once in Montana, she encounters the renowned Blackbird pack and is alarmed to discover that the pack Beta is her mate. Briggs Blackbird isn’t sure if he wants a mate, but when he encounters Kya Hubbard, his need to protect and claim her is over powering. Now, he’ll just need to convince her that she belongs with him.