14 Nov 2015

Author Interview with Susanne Matthews

Title: The White Lily
Author: Susanne Matthews
The Harvester is out there … watching, waiting, biding his time.
FBI cult specialist Lilith Munroe lives in dread that one day the man who tortured her when a case went bad will find her again. So leaving her sanctuary in Quantico to join the Harvester Task Force in Boston is her version of hell. But the Harvester is kidnapping babies, and Lilith’s profiling skills may mean the difference between life and death for the most innocent in society.
Australian millionaire and former member of the New Horizon commune Jacob Andrews returns to the United States searching for his sister. Instead of the happy reunion he expects, he discovers she is dead and his twin brother may be responsible. He agrees to lend his law enforcement skills to help find his former cult leader before the man can implement his plan to kill millions.
Now uneasy partners, Jacob and Lilith must learn to trust each other even as they fight their growing attraction. But when Lilith’s greatest fears materialize, will Jacob be able to set aside his anger and save the woman he loves?
Sensuality Level: Sensual

When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I started writing in the fall of 2012, after I retired from teaching. My first novel, Fire Angel, was published in April 2013.

What is it about 'chick lit' / 'romance' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?
I’m a sucker for happy endings. I immerse myself in the characters and enjoy watching the romance unfold, sometimes in trying situations. I do read fantasy, some paranormal, sci-fi, mystery novels and psychological thrillers. I also read some non-fiction.

Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
The White Lily is Book Two in the Harvester Series. It’s a romance suspense that follows Boston detectives and FBI agents as they try to find and stop a cult leader known as the Harvester and Prophet, and his right hand man, a former FBI agent gone rogue.

What inspired you to write it?
No single thing or event inspired the Harvester series. It was more a lot of little things in the news that gelled for me. The current situation where ISIS recruits young women from my country and others to fight for them makes no sense to me and it got me looking into the cult mentality and people like Charles Manson and others who inspired such loyalty that people would commit atrocious crimes for them.

If it was made into a film, who would you cast as the main characters?
I’d want Hugh Jackman because Jacob needs to have a bit of an Aussie accent.
For Lilith, I’d like Keira Knightly

What is your favourite book that made it to the big screen?

The Notebook.

What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?
Sideshow, by Chrystal Vaughn. It’s a paranormal and I would definitely recommend it. It deals with people in the carnival when freak shows were the thing, and a young girl who can speak to and control animals.

Where do you currently write? And where would be your dream writing location?
In my office at home on a PC. My dream location would be in a larger office somewhere tropical. It’ll soon be winter here.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I’m allergic to chocolate.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
My city is on the Canada–US border, separated by a Mohawk Reserve and the Saint Lawrence River.

What inspires you as an author?
People and events. I create stories out of random facts.

Do you have a muse?
Since I don’t write from a plot outline, the characters in the stories are my muses, each one providing me with a story to tell.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Meryl Streep, she might have to gain a few pounds, but she’s feisty, and about the right age.

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I hope to keep writing for as long as I can. Since I’m retired, this is my second career, and I hope it will be a long one.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
To visit Hawaii.

What do you listen to whilst writing?
The sounds of silence and the words I’ve written. I use a screen reader to read my words to me.

Name one of your all time favourite songs.
It Must Have Been Love by Roxette.

Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but with a penchant for happily ever after romances. In her imagination, she travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.
Follow Susanne on her: Website Blog Facebook page Twitter @jandsmatt
Amazon author page and Goodreads author page

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