Suzi Slade is a writer from London, living in South Wales with her husband and two daughters. As a child, she preferred watching TV to reading books, until she discovered fanfiction on the internet in her late teens, and then erotica, of course. When not reading or writing, she spends her time watching horror movies, 1970’s sitcoms and painting digital portraits and scenery (much less mess).

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Q: How did you start writing?

It began as an outlet; I was in a little bit of a rut with a job I am thankfully no longer in. I needed something to do, something that I could pour my feelings into that was constructive and beautiful at the same time. I never started with the intention of being published or ever having anyone read my work, it was for me, but as I got into it, I found I wanted people to read it.

Q: What genre do you like to write?

A: I call my genre M/M Urban Grit, but I am pretty sure I made that up. Most of my work is contemporary and based around music, usually focusing on rock and roll, that's where my real passion lies.

Q: Do you have any tips for writing your favourite genre?

A: My theory is, always write what you want to read, if you don’t like your own work, how can you expect anyone else to? Don't get me wrong, not everyone is going to like what you write, but at least if you do, it's half the battle

Q: Is there a genre you would like to write but haven't yet?

A: I really love the idea of doing a dark steampunk piece with weird and wonderful characters. I think that would be a lot of fun.

Q: What does a typical writing day look like to you? 

A: I write most days, usually with a plan. I will get up, work out, fire up the laptop and open my current piece, depending on where it is with regards to the stage of completion, I will continue writing, editing, or proofreading.

Q: Do you write full time?

A: I work part time as a barmaid in a little rock pub and I write part time, I think it's a nice mix, I can't do the same thing all day every day.

Q: What are your tips for someone who is just starting out and wants to get their work published?

A: Read the submission guidelines thoroughly. Every publisher wants or needs something different; just make sure you know what that is before starting, rather than having to edit/ change anything later on, it's a lot harder. It will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Also, if you are not sure, email them with queries, the more information you have, the better.

Q: Do you have any marketing tips for authors?

A: Social media is a wonderful tool, I use it to market, advertise but also to discover new authors and works I may not have heard about otherwise. But saying that, always remember word of mouth is also a powerful thing.

Q: What authors inspire you to write well/what authors do you envy for writing so well?

A: I will endeavour to write to the best of my ability as it is, but I must say I really admire the writing style of Maria McCann and Poppy Z. Brite. Both are amazing female authors who have produced some of my favourite literature of all time. Their style is beautiful, even though more often than not, the content they're describing is anything but.

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