Suzette Rose Cauler has loved books (all types really) for as long as she can remember. As a child, she'd get lost in books for hours, using a flashlight to read under the covers long past bedtime. She read her first romance novel as a preteen and was immediately hooked by the swoon-worthy heroes and daring, spunky damsels. Though her reading tastes have definitely matured, Suzette continues to enjoy romance novels, especially those of the erotic, paranormal, fantasy, or historical variety. She writes almost as voraciously as she reads and typically falls head over heels in love with her heroes.
Though everyday types of romantic situations do appeal to her, stories that include adventure, intrigue, or danger have always made Suzette's heart go pitter patter. If they incorporate some science fiction too, she is even happier. You'll find elements like these in most of her stories as well as strong heroines who can fight their own battles but sometimes enjoy letting someone else take the lead.
Suzette lives on the East Coast with five special people who help keep her spirit young and her imagination fresh.
Visit her website at: www.suzetterosecauler.com
Email her at: [email protected]
Q: What’s your day like?
A: My day is split between taking care of my family, daydreaming, and copywriting for businesses. I am very lucky to work from home, so it all sort of blends together. I tend to write fiction late at night when everyone else is sleeping. I often sit at my desk, which faces a window so I can look out into the night and let my mind wander on breaks. Now and then I’ll grab my laptop and type away in bed. Sometimes, I get so carried away the sun comes up while I’m still typing!
Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: I’m a huge fan of way too many authors, and it’s impossible to narrow it down to just one. Some of my favorites include Stephen King, Diana Gabaldon, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, J.K. Rowling, Nora Roberts, and Dean Koontz.
Q: Why erotic romance?
A: I can remember reading my first steamy romance novel. Up until that point, I’d read those sweet books where the characters got married, kissed, and then went into the bedroom and closed the door. They were fun but also frustrating. I think my first steamy book was a title in the old Harlequin Temptation line. I read that and was like, “Whoa, what’s all of this?” I found it thrilling to read what happened with the characters behind closed doors, how they connected, and how those connections influenced everything outside the bedroom. Besides, real romance has sizzle, so I think books should too. The type of romance book I like now goes far beyond the limits of that first steamy novel, but it definitely wet my appetite.
Q: Do you write in any other genres?
A: My first love is erotic romance, but someday I’d like to write a young adult book and maybe a horror story. I love horror, but the ideas I come up with scare me too much. I’m thinking one day I’ll be brave enough to write some of them down.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I have too many likes to list here, but top on my list is spending time with my kids. A close second to that is spending the day stretched out on the beach with a glass of iced tea in my hand and my shades on. If only I could get a couple of sexy man beasts to fan me with giant leaves, my beach bliss would be complete. Unfortunately, I only get to the beach a few times each year (winter gets in the way). I also love reading. I have more books than I can comfortably fit in my house and a horde of eBooks to boot. After those things, I’d have to say dancing, gardening, and traveling are my favorites.
Q: How do you handle writer’s block?
A: I am very lucky. I don’t typically get writer’s block. I am used to copywriting for several hours each day and then editing some more, so my fiction writing comes easily. As long as I have time to park my butt in the chair, I can write something. It also helps that I don’t revise as I go along. I finish my project--a page, section, chapter, or whatever--and then revise at a different time, usually when I have completed the entire project. This might mean I have a lot of work to do at the end, but if I revise while I go along, I get stuck and all of my thoughts become a tangled mess.
Q: Pretend you are a character in a book. How would you describe your character?
A: I’d be the gutsy heroine who won’t let any obstacle get in her way yet makes a ton of mistakes on the way to her goal. I’d probably learn a lot and maybe even decide I wanted something entirely different by the end. I’d be loyal and have a great sense of humor as well as a never-ending thirst for adventure. I would have no problem taking care of myself but understand the joy of sometimes letting my hero (or a couple of heroes) take care of me.
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