Interview with Suzy Stewart Dubot

If you were interviewing an author, what would be your first question?
Well, it certainly wouldn't be the standard 'Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?' I'd go for something outlandish like 'Did you ever cheat in English class?' or 'do you often look up the meanings of words?' I might ask how organised or chaotic they are when setting out an outline for their stories...
So, are you a responsible writer who plans a story outline?
A writer is only half responsible for what he writes. I promise you.
Once I have given my characters their names, they begin to take over. Their personalities emerge and have very little to do with what I had originally planned for them. The hardened hero often takes on a schoolboy vulnerability and my heroines have the colour of their hair changing several times before the end of the tale. Not one of your modern hair colour products either, because the majority of my people are ensconced in the Regency period with only the occasional time shift, if you're lucky.
How did you begin?
It was a very bad Regency paperback that convinced me that I could do better.
Why so late in life?
I admit that any urge I had to write earlier was stifled by the mystery of dialogue. How did an author create credible dialogue? Fool that I was, I never attempted it until that modern 'penny dreadful' pushed me to try. I know now. The answer is quite simple for me - I take dictation. My characters say what they like and often do as they like. I sometimes find them kissing or moving on to more serious acts, and there is little I can do without stepping away, without taking my fingers off the keyboard. I wonder if they knew we were reading about them, they might be a little more discreet but somehow I doubt that, in a moment of passion, they would give a damn!
Has a dull life fuelled your fiction?
My writings are not the fantasies of a drudge. I am an American who spent her younger years travelling back and forth between the US and Britain because of divorced parents. The irony is that I have ended up living most of my life in France.
How that happened is another story.
I am a vegetarian and an active supporter of animal rights. It is difficult to know if I have influenced my three daughters or if it is they who have influenced me. My life still has many unexpected twists to it, for which I am grateful most of the time.
To sum up, I must just say that as an author I have had the amazing good fortune of crossing paths/ words/ lines/ stories with some pretty impressive writers. Contact with them has been an eye-opening experience that I would not have missed for anything because, not only have they encouraged me, but they have shown me that writers the world around are just ordinary folk like me. They all have characters and plots in their heads waiting to get out.
What do you tell people who ask what you do for a living?
I answer without hesitation that I am a secretary who takes dictation!
Just joking.
I AM A WRITER!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have actually made an acknowledgement in two of my paperbacks that I wouldn't be where I am today without Smashwords. Every writer needs readers and Smashwords gave them to me at the very beginning and I shall always be grateful. Thank you Smashwords!
What do your fans mean to you?
Any artist needs fans to exist. They are the people who approve of what you do and who encourage you to continue.
What are you working on next?
I have two works in progress. I sometimes step back from one and pick up the thread on the other. I find it gives me a fresh running start each time. The main novel is called 'A Hint of a Ghost' which mixes my Regency genre with modern. My ghost is from the Regency period and he has amnesia. The other is about an American family in London for the sabbatical year that their history professor father has taken. The Victorian house they have rented is literally linked to the past.
Who are your favorite authors?
Through different periods of my life the genre that I have favoured has changed. Just a few and not in order of preference: Anne McCaffrey, Frederic Forsyth, Anne Perry, Isaac Asimov, Michael Crichton, Mary Balogh, Len Deighton, Nichola Cornick, Paul Gallico, Isaac Bashevis Singer and many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Believe it or not, I don't need inspiration. Daylight is enough for me to want to get up and take advantage of the time that is left to me...
Describe your desk
My desk is a mess. I have 3 computers of different sizes on it ready to use for the different progammes they have. I have half a dozen dictionaries (English and French) and a couple of thesauruses. There are bottles of nail varnish, glasses & their cases, cups of tea, pens and pencils and papers of every sort, including grocery receipts. You wouldn't want my desk but I feel secure in my chaos.
Published 2013-11-03.
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Books by This Author

DataDater
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » General
You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince! This story tells how, in 1966, Barbra tries to find her prince in an unorthodox method for the times.
Topaz
Price: Free! Words: 6,490. Language: British English. Published: November 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
This is a Work-In-Progress! The planet Sandar is home to Topaz, a fairy tale fantasy world where its folk are accustomed to seeing dragons and relying on magicians to keep them safe. It is a medieval land lost in a universe of portals and sophisticated technology. One day, the Queen of Topaz refuses to take her medicine and Topaz will never be the same again.
Fiction on Command
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,930. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Not got time to sit down and read a novel? This book is packed with 23 different length stories to suit your free time. Fantasy, romance, and humour with a dash of horror will have you wanting to read on. Some of the tales take place in the USA while others are based in England. If you enjoy these works of fiction written on a theme, why not read the author's novels and novellas?
Time is of the Essence & Johnny's So Long at the Fair
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,600. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
How are ribbons entangled in a 19th century romance or a children's nursery song? What if an inheritance depends on marrying? Can one love his wife while flirting with another? These two short stories should make you smile.
The Man on the Corner
Price: Free! Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00)
Corners are often the turning point in people's lives. These two short stories are based on the theme 'The Man on the Corner.' One takes place in London, England, the other in a small town in Ohio, USA.
Gold Leaf Lover
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
Jody is an artist who paints, while Arielle is a sculptress. What starts out as an artistic field trip to Europe ends with romance in the air. But aren't holiday romances notoriously whirlwind? The young women are getting more than their money's worth! A romance which also highlights five great cities in Europe while touching on works of art by the Masters.
More Than a Couple of Camels
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,320. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
The year is 1818 and Miss Baxter is a twenty-six-year old spinster in London, England. For some unfathomable reason, she seems to attract the wrong type of man through no fault of her own. Her trip to the museum is about to set her on an unexpected course when she enters one of its rooms by mistake. A short, fast-paced tale of how love triumphs.
Garnets
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,520. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00)
A time travel mystery is wrapped around Garnets. But then, is it really time travelling? The young woman who has experienced the night-time changes since being a child is finally brave enough to venture forth and to look beyond... (Approx. 23,520 words)
Tangling with Tania
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,890. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Tania has been a little peeved when her new neighbour's cardboard rubbish has blown into her yard. Owen has just come through a rough divorce and doesn't care for Tania's critical tone the first time they meet. 'Tangling with Tania' tells what Owen gets when he messes with Tania - an amusing tale of revenge and where it leads. (Approx. 8,890 words)
The Winchmore Hill Tales series
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,710. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A collection of 3 modern, amusing short stories based on life around the village green in North London, England. All involve chance meetings and they might just be true...! #1 The Barber of Winchmore Hill #2 The Winchmore Hill Laundromat Lady #3 The Winchmore Hill Dog Trainer (Approx. 10,700 words)
Perfectly Plain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,420. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.50)
This 'Flash' romance story, 'Perfectly Plain' offers hope to those women who have something other than beauty to offer. As with previous short stories written with a group of 'indie authors', this one was on a theme. It was to use the words 'Why me?' Hope you enjoy it. If you do, please leave a review. Thank you. (Approx. 1,420 words)
The Builders Report
Price: Free! Words: 17,280. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
(5.00)
A 'cold-hearted' publicist with her own advertising agency, Cleo is going to get more than an office added to her house! As she searches for a reputable builder, love is about to knock her to the ground and begin its own rebuilding... (Approx. 17,290 words)
The Insignificance of Being a Spy...
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,080. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency
(4.67)
Marcus Beaumont, spy for his majesty's government, has to appear insignificant. His life depends upon it. In Britain's struggle against the tyrant Napoleon, his missions find him involved in murder, lust and even love. - Originally appeared under the title of 'Oh! What a tangled web we weave...'(NaNoWriMo work in progress)
Un Lit, Seuil des Temps!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,620. Language: French. Published: February 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Rose est au courant pour des voyages dans le temps. Elle a des centaines de livres sur le sujet à sa portée parce qu’elle est bibliothécaire. Néanmoins, elle ne s’attend pas à rencontrer un vrai voyageur dans le temps, surtout lorsqu’il arrive dans son lit !
Hope in Winter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,100. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Regency romance - Disfigured veteran from the Napoleonic Wars, Duncan MacGregor is luckier than most ex-soldiers. He works as an estate manager for an absentee owner - except, owner and family aren’t going to be absentee any longer. Christmas is coming and so are they! What will it take to thaw a cold heart?
Bed Times!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.00)
Rose knows all about time travel between centuries. She has hundreds of books on the subject at her finger-tips because she is a librarian. But coming face to face with a REAL time traveller is a different matter all together, especially when he turns up in her bed!
Never Love Another...
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,240. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.50)
REGENCY ROMANCE short story - A baron's son is not a prize to be wasted on a farmer's daughter. Felix and Louise have loved one another from childhood but their families have no intention of allowing them to marry. What happens when the son returns from war a broken man, no longer a prize?
A Ghost Mystery-Un Mystère de Fantôme-Ein Gespenstergeheimnis
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
This is a children's book about a ghost who squeaks! It is written in three languages, English, French and German as ghosts don't always speak English...
Involving Innocence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,120. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency
REGENCY ROMANCE - Nathaniel Bourne wants to marry into the aristocracy, the higher the better. He has made a fortune large enough to 'buy' Lady Innocence Manners but can it buy love? This is not recommended to anyone under 18 as some intimate scenes are described.
The Repentant Viscount
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,520. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency
(4.50)
REGENCY ROMANCE -Timothy Cardan, 6th Viscount Asterley, a veritable bookworm, has been tempted to act out of character and now he is repenting... This is a story which touches on the sensitive subject of whether a violated person can forgive (or not) the perpetrator, if he truly repents. Not recommended for anyone under 18 as there is a description of the sexual act.
The Timely Gift
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,960. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
(5.00)
REGENCY to MODERN TIMES ROMANCE, TIME TRAVEL (an amusing tale!) - Ivan Tait, Lord Palmer, has a gift. One might suppose that it is his astounding good looks but one would be wrong. His gift is not visible. Just when he could use it, it does nothing to prevent him from opening the wrong door and ...?
The Viscount's Midsummer Mistress
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,130. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency
(5.00)
Circumstances have made Gideon Drummond, Viscount Osborne, a solitaire. Never would he have imagined that the eleven-year-old girl who presents him with his winner's cup will, years later, become his Midsummer Mistress!
The Baron & the Clockmaker's Daughter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,270. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency
(3.00)
Jealousy is a nasty sentiment when it gnaws away at you. Quentin Wolfe is rich and not bad looking but he lacks imagination. One drunken kiss will set him on a tortuous path to win the clockmaker's daughter for himself. This is a story showing how two people, both deprived of affection, come together. Faith's motherly instinct helps her rise above selfishness and she is able to 'save' Quentin.
Constance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,050. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Historical » Regency
A charitable heart may lead to a passionate one... The war against Napoleon has left wounded ex-soldiers littering the streets throughout England. Unable to work, they beg. In memory of her young military brother, Constance Trubridge, a wealthy twenty-eight-year old spinster, sets out on a mission to help the defenseless men. Little does she suspect her own defenses are about to be breached.