Interview with Susan M. Haldane

Who are your favorite authors?
It's difficult for me to choose just one author at any given time, but at the moment, I would have to say Cassandra Clare. I absolutely adore her writing style and the way she brings her diverse characters to life.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually I wake up with a story idea/addition in mind; it's what I do with most, if not my entire, day. Writing is the most liberating, the most fun, the most amazing thing I've done in my short life. I am inspired by the words and the characters that breathe on my pages.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I both look for sales/freebies and search under authors I like or have been recommended to me. I recently bought (for free) an ebook by an author I'd never heard of before and, because I loved it so much, I purchased three more of her books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Boy, do I ever. I didn't start small. I skipped over the short story/novella category and went straight for the novel. I started it during my freshman year of high school and finished it during my senior year; and like a fool, I published it without peer editing. It was a 420 page manuscript with several grammar errors, and so many plot bunnies it made my head spin. This is why I am currently rewriting the whole thing. I am entirely thrilled, however, to share it with readers everywhere once the story is finished.
What is your writing process?
First, depending on the story I'm working on, I turn on the corresponding playlist. This playlist is made with the main character in mind. I try to create these playlists based on either the character's personality or the story's overall feel.
After I choose my playlist, I just write. Whatever comes to mind goes on paper and if I don't like it, I simply go back after my creative juices have run out and edit. Going back and rereading later usually helps get me back in my groove.
Also, if I hit a block I can't get around or over, I go work on another story. I attended a Q&A for a playwright at my high school a few years back who said that keeping one or two projects open at the same time was a great way to keep working. And he was right! It works perfectly.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get my hands on. Well, anything fiction/fantasy. I love action/adventure stories, and I read romance every now and then. If it catches my eye and/or piques my interest, I'll read it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I would read on any device, to be completely honest. I just love to read! But I do happen own a Kindle and I absolutely LOVE it. However, there's nothing like holding an actualy book in your hands and feeling the pages beneath your fingertips.
Describe your desk
My desk is pretty much wherever I set down my laptop or my pen and paper. I will write pretty much anywhere if I can.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up, and still live, in Michigan. I would say that living in Michigan has influenced my writing because most of the "town" scenes in my stories are a lot like the place I live. They say write what you know and living in this mitten state gives me plenty of knowledge about it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm a daydreamer. I spend most of my days with my head in the clouds, thinking up new plot twists and creating new characters on the spot. And that's my greatest joy of writing; creating something-someone-out of thin air and making their surroundings and story come to life. Whenever I create a character it's like meeting a new friend; and the longer the story goes on the more I come to love them.
Published 2014-05-12.
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Books by This Author

Strange Dreams
Series: Strange Dreams Trilogy. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,390. Language: American English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Maya's life used to be great; then her father disappeared and everything shattered. Years after the disappearance, Maya kept herself occupied with her best friend, Jeremy. But when her reality collides with her dreams, Maya becomes lost in the world her sleeping eyes conjure.
The Adventures of Lady Shaw and the Seven Seas Book 1: The Search for Maybeard
Series: The Adventures of Lady Shaw, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,550. Language: American English. Published: December 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
On the return journey of a trip to her birthplace, Lady Shaw, Captain of the most feared pirate ship to ever sail the seas, is presented with two clues. Someone wants her to find them, but who is it? Sail with the Captain as she scours her brain and the seas in search of her secret messenger.