A lifetime New Englander, Suzanne married her college sweetheart and has been with him for over twenty years. Every summer she drags her husband and two daughters to Maine on a quest for the perfect lobster dinner. Every fall she can be found down in Foxboro, Massachusetts, cheering on her favorite football team. In between those trips, she’s a chauffeur, a maid, a chef, an event planner, a hairdresser, a wardrobe stylist, a tutor and a sometimes masseuse. To keep her sanity, she often drinks copious amounts of coffee and stares at the blank screen of her laptop, dreaming of great adventures. Sometimes she even writes them down for others to enjoy. Suzanne loves to hear from readers and can be found at www.SuzanneRock.com.
Q: Any special quirks or habits when writing?
A: I have two vices: coffee and chocolate. With coffee, the stronger it is, the better. I usually make a pot of French press in the morning and work on it throughout the day. Dark chocolate is an unhealthy addiction. If you ever want to cheer me up, give me dark chocolate covered espresso beans. It's my all-time favorite treat.
Q: What is your favorite holiday?
A: Thanksgiving. It's not over-commercialized. Instead it's about food and family, two of my favorite things.
Q: Favorite place you have ever visited?
A: Paris, France. It was the first trip I took outside the USA with my husband back when we first got married. Since neither of us spoke French, it felt like a great adventure where it was "us against the world." I love French culture and food and could indulge in each.
Q: What did you want to be when you were five?
A: I wanted to be an actress. Then I saw myself perform on camera and knew that if I chose that as a profession, I’d starve. I can't act. :)
Q: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?
A: Social networking. Facebook and Twitter, to be exact. I’m on both of them every day, and check both several times a day. I love it when someone emails me on Facebook to say that they loved my story, or that they can’t wait until the next installment in a series comes out. I also like meeting new people through friend requests.
Q: Do you have a blog?
A: Yes! It's called Romance on a Budget. For authors, I discuss how to budget time and money while marketing and writing. For readers, every Saturday I host a "New Book Discovery" where I talk about one of my favorite books. I also discuss how to make those paychecks stretch and give ideas on how to add that spark back to your relationship without breaking the bank.
Romance on a Budget blog: www.suzannerock.wordpress.com
Q: Any advice you’d like to share for aspiring writers?
A: This is a marathon, not a race. Take time to learn about both craft and business. You'll save yourself a lot of headaches in the long run. Know your options (authors have many now). Think about what you want to achieve with your writing before you begin this journey. Write goals and a business plan. Then stick to it and don’t let others’ negativity derail you. Likewise, don’t let other people's successes get you down. We all have the same goal, but we reach that goal at different rates.
Finally, learn as much as you can from authors who have been in the business. Take courses or chat in person or online. My writing courses can be found here: http://suzannerock.com/?page_id=64
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