Saturday, October 27, 2012

Not Long Ago by Susan A Royal: Interview: Bewitching Tour Stop


Not Long Ago
By Susan A. Royal

Genre: Time travel adventure/romance

Publisher: Museitup

ISBN: 978-1-77127-076-2
ASIN: B008E5Y4M8

Number of pages: 227
Word Count: 89333

Cover Artist: Suzannah Safi

Book Trailer:

Book Description:

Erin has met the man of her dreams, but as usual there are complications. It’s one of those long distance relationships, and Griffin is a little behind the times-- somewhere around 600 years.

Erin and her employer, March, are transported to a time where chivalry and religion exist alongside brutality and superstition. Something’s not quite right at the castle, and Erin and March feel sure mysterious Lady Isobeil is involved. But Erin must cope with crop circles, ghosts, a kidnapping and death before the truth of her journey is revealed.

Forced to pose as March’s nephew, Erin finds employment as handsome Sir Griffin’s squire. She’s immediately attracted to him and grows to admire his courage, quiet nobility and devotion to duty. Yet, she must deny her feelings. Her world is centuries away, and she wants to go home. But, Erin can’t stop thinking about her knight in shining armor.

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Hi Laurie!  Thanks for having me on your blog.  I’m tickled to be your guest.  I can already tell this is going to be fun. My current release is Not Long Ago, a time travel adventure/romance, and my future release is In My Own Shadow, a fantasy adventure with romance, due out May 2013.  Throughout my life, I’ve used books to escape to other worlds on countless quests and adventures, losing myself for hours at a time.  Reluctantly I came back to reality, but the stories I loved have never left me. It only makes sense for me to want to give my readers that same kind of feeling.

Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask? 

Not Long Ago was released in June, and so far, the question I’ve heard the most is will there be a sequel, followed by when?

Plotter or Pantser? Why?

I’m a pantser who does a little plotting.  I have a general idea where I want the storyline to end up, and there are several key things I am certain will happen during the course of the story, but nothing is set in stone.  I had the beginning of Not Long Ago written for almost a year before I decided which direction it would take.

Tell us about your family. 

My husband has supported me from the beginning.  He’s celebrated with me and consoled me, but mostly he’s believed in me.  My daughter created my book trailer and my son wrote and played the guitar piece.  They are talented people.  If you don’t believe me, check it out: Along with my other son, my daughter-in-law, my son-in-law and my grandchildren, they have been the best support group an author could ever hope for.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

 Absolutely!  Nothing sets a touching mood better than cello or violins.  Nothing stirs the heart for a fight scene better than drums or bagpipes.  I listen to soundtracks like The Last of the Mohicans, Braveheart, Cold Mountain, The Village, The Gladiator.  I love Ludovico Einaudi, Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, Patrick O’hearn, Moby, Crowded House just to name a few. 

Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know? 

Morning Person…A fresh new day is whatever you want to make of it. I’m at my best then.

Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.


I love storytelling


What one word best describes you?




Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?


The Isle of Man – it’s the setting for From Now On, the sequel to Not Long Ago 


Entice us, what future projects are you considering?


A sequel to Not Long Ago that tells us more of Griffin and Erin’s story, when it sends her to a mysterious island to rescue him.  I have a paranormal WIP about a young man who grows up in Texas in the 60s, a fantasy WIP about Xander, a constable who solves mysteries in a place filled with fairies, gnomes, and magic.


Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it?  If so, can you share it?


     I saw him the other day. It happened when I cut across Market Street and passed in front of the fancy new coffee shop. On the other side of spotless glass, waitresses in crisp black uniforms

served expensive coffee in fancy cups and saucers. One man sat alone at a table by the window.

     No one I knew, just a handsome stranger who glanced up as I passed. Our eyes met and I froze in the middle of a busy sidewalk crowded with impatient people. Annoyed, they parted, sweeping past me like water rushing downstream.

     What I saw left me reeling, as though someone had knocked the wind out of me. My glimpse deep inside the man’s essence unnerved me, but I couldn’t look away. Who was he? The waitress stopped at his table. He turned, lowering his cup into its saucer and shook his head, his mouth curving into a familiar smile that made my heart lurch.

     After she left, his eyes returned to mine. A moment before, I thought they’d held a spark of recognition. Now, I saw nothing. I felt cold, as though he’d slammed a door in my face and left me standing outside in the rain.

     I had no other choice but to move on.

     It wasn’t just recognition—I knew things about him too. Things I had no reason to know. An image flashed in my mind: the curl of hair at the nape of his neck; a scar snaking down his arm. I’d put it there, after all.

     I knew the man before me was an excellent horseman, accomplished swordsman, and an honorable man. Beyond the shadow of a doubt. How could I be so certain?

     There was something else. A chilling realization crept up my spine. He didn’t belong in my world. Not in the coffee shop, not in the city. Not anywhere. None of this should have happened.

We should have been no more than casual observers sharing a moment before going our separate


     But something went wrong.


Do you have a Website or Blog?



If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?


I would be Erin from Not Long Ago.  I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of time travel and experiencing what it’s like to live during medieval times in particular.


Thanks for having me.  It was great!

Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes with a ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son whenever he plays guitar. She’s married, with three children and four grandchildren.

She comes from a family rich with characters, both past and present. She spent her childhood listening to her grandmother’s stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. Her father shared stories of growing up in San Antonio during the depression, and through her mother’s eyes she experienced how it felt to be a teenager during WWII.

Yesterday, the first piece she ever submitted, won author Cody James Wolfe’s Flash Fiction Newsletter Contest and that started it all. Her entry, Lost Souls, won 2nd place in the 2009 short story contest of the Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization and My Father’s House won 3rd place in the 2010 competition. Not Long Ago is a time travel adventure/romance, available through MuseItUp/Amazon/BN. She is currently working on a sequel, because the Erin and Griffin’s story wasn’t finished.

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nrlymrtl said...

I bet the author's rich family history of story telling (and being part of stories) gave her a great springboard to launch into writing.

Great interview.

Karen Arrowood said...

I love time travel books, especiallyh when they include a littel romance. I bet SUsan would be a blast to talk to . We probably know a lot of the same places, coming from the same part of the country. Thanks for the opportunity!

Susan Royal said...

You bet, nrlymrtl. I used to visit my grandmother's room on saturday morning, stretch sideways across her bed and listen to her tell wonderful stories. And my dad's funny stories about the folks in his neighborhood still make me laugh. The connection I had is with me still.

Susan Royal said...
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Susan Royal said...

Hey Karen! Nice to meet a fellow Texan. And yes, we could probably compare notes. Feel free to email me at Love to hear from you.