Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ice Blue by Susan Rae: Interview: RABT Tour Stop



Hi, I’m author Susan Rae, author of sizzling romantic suspense novels. Before we get to the questions, I’d like to thank Laurie for hosting me and giving me the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my new release, ICE blue. And, thank you to all of you for joining me here today. Now for the questions.

Welcome Susan!  It's wonderful to have you back on my blog!  How did you start your writing career?

I guess my writing “career” started when my children were very little. I had studied journalism and creative writing in college and was writing some short stories as well as doing some freelance feature writing. My first fiction sale was a children’s short story titled “Ditch It” that was inspired by an actual experience my husband and I had with a tornado while we were traveling on our honeymoon. I still have a copy of that first check in a picture frame hanging on the wall in my office.

When did you sell your first novel?

To be honest, it wasn’t until my youngest child told me she was graduating college early and getting married that I decided it was time to get back to pursuing my own dream. It was now or never! Over the years, I had penned three novels, submitted, received rejections, rewrote, but then had to keep working a day job to pay for expenses and, oh yes, that college tuition for three children. Now, however, armed with all I had learned through my creative writing classes and the encouragement I received from my local RWA chapter, I sat down to write the best darn romantic suspense novel I could. Four months later, I had heartbeats. A few months after that, it was nominated for Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense in the RWA Golden Heart Contest AND I had a contract with Berkley Publishing!


As a child, did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

Not exactly. At first, I wanted to be a doctor—a pediatrician. But, as an avid reader, I found myself gravitating more and more to the written word. I penned my first melodrama—not so different really than the romantic suspense I write now—for a Girl Scout badge. In eighth grade I played the role of Jo in Little Women. By then, I felt it was type casting. When the words still don’t come so nicely onto the page, I often recite Jo’s words, “If father were here, he’d tell me to throw it in the fire!” It puts a smile on my face. Now, even though I am not a doctor, I enjoy writing one J. (Elizabeth in heartbeats and ICE blue). 

Does travel play a role in the writing of your books?

My husband and I love traveling around the country in our motor home. One of our favorite places is Door County, WI. That is the setting for my novel, freefall. In my next novel, TRUE blue, the third installment in the DeLuca family series, my hero and heroine will to travel to Montana’s Glacier National Park, another favorite destination of ours.


Tell us about your current release.
Ice Blue is the second book in the DeLuca Family series, but don’t let that throw you—you can enjoy ICE blue even if you haven’t read the first book, heartbeats. ICE blue explores what happens when Chicago paramedic Angela DeLuca, the youngest of the DeLuca siblings, comes face to face with human trafficking and ICE Agent, Troy Deavers. When a newborn baby of Chinese descent is left on Angela’s doorstep, then a young pregnant immigrant woman comes to her for help, Angela is determined to protect the young woman and her unborn baby from deportation or worse. Troy, however, is just as equally determined to solve his case. He has a suspicion that Angela is not telling him all she knows, but when he starts to fall in love with Angela and realizes that in some ways, he too is a victim, he knows he must find a way to work with her in order to solve his case.   


Does your significant other read your stuff?

He does, although he didn’t read heartbeats until after it came out, the same for Freefall, he actually started reading ICE blue before it was released. He’d heard so many comments about my books from fellow workers, especially regarding the more passionate love scenes, that he decided he’d better read the books to know what everyone was talking about! Now when they make a comment, he just smiles and hands out my cards. He is and always has been one of my greatest supporters of my writing, even when he wasn’t reading the books.


What do you think makes a good story?

A plot with a lot of meat to it and well developed characters that will bring joy, fear, laughter, and even tears to readers while possibly raising their awareness of things outside their normal everyday life.


What are you passionate about these days?

Other than my writing? Spending as much time as possible with family and friends. Life is precious. Sadly, though, with the writing, it is sometimes difficult to find the balance.


Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Study your craft. Read books in the genre that you want to write and see how they are constructed. Take some workshops and classes, and then just sit down and write. Finish the book before you go back and rewrite. It’s much easier to see where you are once you have a completed novel. But above all, enjoy the journey!


Where can readers find your books?

My books are available for download directly from my publisher and all major e-book retailers.

Again, thank you for spending this time with me. To read more the writing life and my novels, please visit me at

I write, basically, because I just can’t help myself.  I can't resist the challenge of taking the intriguing characters and storylines that pop into my head and fleshing them out into compelling manuscripts.  Romantic suspense is a natural to me, because it allows me to combine a sexy, passionate love story with a gritty suspense tale—in my opinion, the best of both worlds. It also lets me express my appreciation for the outdoors in the settings which I recreate on the page.
Freefall, my second novel, takes place in Wisconsin's Kettle Moraine Forest and beautiful Door County. ICE blue returns to the busy streets of Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan to continue the story of the DeLuca family which began in my award winning first novel, heartbeats. I am currently working on the third book in the DeLuca series, TRUE blue, due out in 2014, where it seems my characters must take a trip to Montana’s majestic Glacier National Park.
When I’m not sketching characters or working out plot problems, you might find me on the golf course working on my handicap. I also enjoy traveling around the country seeking out new settings for my novels with my husband and my empty nest puppies, Ginger and Nikute.  To read more about my novels and the writing life, please visit my website/blog

Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 3/15/13
When lives are on the line, sometimes the wrong thing is the right thing to do.
Born into a Chicago cop family, Angela DeLuca gets her rush from saving lives while her brothers get theirs from catching the bad guys. A tough beauty with a heart perhaps too big, she champions the underdog because, as the youngest of six siblings, she often felt like one.
ICE Special Agent Troy Deavers became a cop to prove he wasn’t like his father—a southern politician who brought his family down with greed and corruption. He doesn’t suffer victims well. At first intrigued by Angela’s passion, he soon fears that the fire in Angela’s heart will be her undoing.
What happens when Troy falls in love with the lovely but infuriating Angela, the Chicago paramedic who insists on protecting a young witness and her unborn baby—a witness who could break his case wide open?
You met the DeLuca family in heartbeats, now come to know them even better in ICE blue.




Next Few Stops

April 16 - Taking it One Page at a Time - Review
April 18 - Read Your Writes - Guest Post/PROMO
April 22 - Book Reviews By Dee - Guest Post/PROMO
April 23 - Gimme the Scoop Reviews - PROMO
April 25 My Cozie Corner - Review
April 26 - Beth Art From the Heart - Review

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