Suza Kates … Suza FREAKING Kates! What can I say about her? She is one of the first bigger named authors that took a moment to respond to an email for this little known individual. It doesn’t matter how many times I contact her for swag (something I’ll be soon bugging her for more of) or just to say “hello” she responds. The woman is one of the first authors to gift me one of her books. The avid reader that I am nearly combusted when I held one of the books to her Savannah Coven series. When I was coming up with my list of authors that I wanted to interview and share my admiration of, her name was at the top of my list. To say the least, I so heart her. Without any further embellishments, I share my interview with a woman that is one of my favorite authors.
EK – My message to all of the authors: Thank you so very much for being willing to sign up to do this interview. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to get to know you, share your thoughts, and highlight your work.
EK: What is your pen name?
Is it different from the name on your birth certificate? How did you come up with your pen name?
Suza Kates: I wrote my first book while I was in Germany, and one night I was talking to my cats, calling them sweet cats or süß (pronounced soos) katzen. I started playing with the sounds, and there you go!
EK: Does your work fit into one genre? If not, tell us about it. If so, do the same.
Suza Kates: I primarily write paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Whether my characters have magic or powers or are just plain human, I always enjoy a bit of danger in the story.
EK: What is the title of your most recent or upcoming release?
Suza Kates: My next release is titled “Chosen Blood” and is the second book in The Sisters’ Grimoire Trilogy.
EK: What inspired this work?
Suza Kates: I enjoy writing about magic and strong female relationships, and I’ve always wanted to use a setting like that of the movie “Practical Magic”. However, the setting and use of sisters is about all that’s the same. I leaned toward a faerie theme and am loving the fantasy aspect!
EK: What is your favorite thing about writing?
Suza Kates: Planning the next book. I’ve learned to only write the stories I’m most excited about, and that makes the plotting process a lot more fun! Release days are pretty awesome too. : )
EK: Now for the fun stuff …
EK: What is your favorite snack while taking a much needed author break?
Suza Kates: Pizza bites
EK: What is one of the craziest things you’ve done in your life?
Suza Kates: I once climbed outside a balcony on the 18th floor of a building to rescue my cat.
EK: The house is on fire, what are you grabbing if your family is safe and sound?
Suza Kates: If cats are included in family, then I’ll grab my laptop and computer with current works in progress, my jewelry box, and an antique table.
EK: What is your “go to” movie, book, or show?
Suza Kates: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
EK: Who is one of your favorite authors? Why?
Suza Kates: Nora Roberts. She just has a way of making you want to visit the places and hang out with the characters.
EK: Bonus => Have you ever read a book that had you questioning why you were having such a reaction to fictional characters? What book was it?
Suza Kates: Little Women. I was pretty young when I read it and was so sad when I finished it that I just turned to the beginning and started over. It’s still one of my favorite books and probably influenced my love of female bonds and friendships in fiction.
The lovely Suza Kates is offering three of my fortunate followers/readers an opportunity to win an ebook copy of one of her books. Winner’s choice. All you have to do is comment on the post your book of choice from her collection.
Just an FYI, I loved every book in this series. It was amazing.
Thank you to Suza Kates for taking the time to answer these questions. You are appreciated.
Come back tomorrow to read what responses author Jennifer Theriot gives.