11 July, 2015

#Interview with Susan Hanniford Crowley, #Author of Vampire Kings of New York

About the Author:
Hi, I am Susan Hanniford Crowley, a science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance author specializing in vampires and rare supernaturals. I am an active member of SFWA, RWA, CTRWA, and Broad Universe. I founded Nights of Passion Blog, which I share with five other authors. I am also an Associate Editor for Space and Time Magazine. 

My wonderful new vampire/supernatural romance novel, Vampire King of New York, published by Soul Mate Publishing and it's all about Max, Vampire David Hilliard's father. Keep your eye on Nights of Passion Blog to follow my wanderings as I talk about Max. Vampire King of New York, the first book in the Arnhem Knights of New York series, is available in Kindle and print, Nook and print, and in Kobo.

When my other publisher Tease Publishing closed and returned all rights to my six books with them and gifted the vampire covers to me. Bless them.

From the Vampires in Manhattan series, When Love Survives, The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, and A Vampire for Christmas are all now available in Kindle. The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais is in Kindle and print.

My steamy steampunk in alternate Victorian England is Mrs. Bright's Tea Room and in Kindle ebook.

As for me, I have been researching about vampires for over 30 years. I love collecting dragons. Remember when collecting a dragon, always wear oven mitts. Lol. I have two cats and a dog. My hobby is chasing my granddaughter around the house. She has discovered running! I want to design a graphic novel but haven't a clue how to do that. I am writing my next novel and also studying how to format books.

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Interview with Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I was eight. My teacher wanted the class to keep a journal and share something from it every morning. I wrote stories about the squirrels in my back yard. She wanted me to write things of a more personal nature but at that time I wouldn’t. I’ve been writing ever since.

What inspires you to write?
I dream four to five dreams a night. Most of them become my books. Sometimes it takes several dreams over the course of weeks or months to write a novel. Sometimes it takes only one. 

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
Vampire King Maximillion Vander Meer walked into my dream, which was at the time about a previous book and asked when I would write his story. Max’s story is Vampire King of New York. He was very patient with me.

Are there some stories tucked away in some drawer that were written before and never saw the light of the day?
I actually have three books there were written and sent out to a few places and then put aside. I now have a clearer understanding of them and they are on my list to rewrite and send out.  Two are in computer files. The third is handwritten in three journals.

Tell us about your writing process.
I wake in the morning and write as fast as possible as much as I can before I leave for my day job. I also write late into the evening until midnight or 1 a.m. most nights. I write on weekends. I write in a journal while waiting in lines or at doctor’s offices. When I get stuck writing on my laptop, I switch over to handwriting in a journal, and they I type that up and keep writing. I have a few trusted critique partners that review it after I’ve finished writing and editing. Then I re-edit according to what they tell me. Then I send it to my publisher.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
That’s hard to choose.  Perhaps a scene in the middle of the book, the love scene where the woman of his dreams finally realizes how much she means to him. It’s romantic, sexy and a little funny. Max is a lot of fun. I won’t spoil the funny part for you.
Why? It’s Max and his beloved at their most relaxed and intimate.

Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
Max learns to depend on his dreams. Some of his favorite places in New York City are also mine. 

What are your most interesting writing quirks?
I collect beautiful pens and journals to write in when I’m stuck at the computer. I’ve been known to get up out of deep sleep to write down my dream. I also spend a little alone time at every conference writing. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
I read lots of different things including paranormal romance, horror, science fiction and fantasy, manga, and travel books. My favorite authors are Charlaine Harris, Lynsay Sands, Christine Feehan, Paul Twitchell, and Ursula LeGuin. 

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
Don’t give up no matter what. I had one publisher that closed its doors, so I got another publisher. Good and bad things happen to everyone’s lives, write through them. Don’t stop writing. 

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Write every day and find a group of writers that you can learn from.  The first group I learned from was online, so don’t dismiss that possibility.

What would be the Dream Cast for you book if it was to be turned into a movie?
It would a toss-up between Alexander SkarsgĂ„rd or Chris Evans for the part of King Max. Kate Winslet or Kirsten Dunst for Evelyn. Emma Stone for Laura. Channing Tatum for David. 

If you were to be stranded on the famous deserted island, what three things would you carry?
A package of Uniball Deluxe Finepoint pens, a box of journals, and a helicopter with pilot.  Giggles. I would miss my family too much to be stranded too long. 

How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
Babysitting for my granddaughter, walking on beaches and collecting seashells, practicing Muay Thai and yoga.  Sometimes I do a form of art called Zentangle.  My favorite place to unwind is at my house or my best friend’s house.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I want to return to Scotland. Part of my family is descended from there, and I would like to see the family castle again.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
I won a costuming award at a convention last year for being dressed as a steampunk pirate complete with a faux shrunken head on my belt. I told everyone it was a former lover. (Smiles.) 
I have an acceptance letter from Hogwarts. (Giggles)
I enjoy anime but my favorite is “Howl’s Moving Castle”.

What do you have in store next for your readers? 
I’m nearing completion on the next book after Vampire King of New York. It’s all about King Max’s daughter who has been heartsick over never finding love. What would do you do when two men claim to be your lifemate?  (Giggles.) 
When it leaves me, it goes to critique partners next. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Follow your dream and be who you want to be. It is possible to have a day job and a family and still follow your heart.  
As you can tell from my books, I am a person who has followed where my dreams have led me. I’ve learned that love can lead you to surprising adventures. Enjoy the adventure. Always be aware that love is looking for you.

About the Book:

Max Vander Meer, is a modern day Viking, CEO of VMeer Industries, and a Vampire. He makes a plea to the Goddess Freya to find the only woman who can heal his heart, the woman haunting his dreams. But, the Goddess strikes a bargain with him. To find this special woman, Max must return to the city he helped build–New York, which is threatened by an ancient terror. When he meets Evelyn, he is astounded. Could she be the one who inhabits his dreams? But Evelyn is haunted by loss and betrayal. How can Max win her love when she doesn’t trust him as a man, and she doesn’t want to be a vampire? If Max returns to Iceland without her, he will be encased in ice . . . forever!

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Reviews for Vampire King of New York:

Great story with well developed characters. ~ Kerry Morris on Amazon

The erotic sensuality of "Vampire King of New York" had me continuing to read into the early morning. ~ Karen Fulbright on Amazon

Very good book, exciting couldnt put this book down. ~ E.Clark on Amazon

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Debdatta. I had a lot of fun doing this interview. Some of your questions were firsts for me. Thanks so much. - Susan