Author Spotlight with SUZANNE BRANDYN
Describe yourself in one word:
What is your background with regard to writing?
I was first published by The Wild Rose Press, and was hired as a trainee editor for two years, and then Eternal Press published three of my novels. Since then I have independently published three novels, with my forth released soon.
When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
It wasn’t until five years ago that I began to take writing seriously, and two years ago to buckle down and write more.
Outback Flames is an intense read focusing the central character, Zoe Montgomery’s life which has been filled with lies, abuse and secrets. What was your biggest challenge in writing Outback Flames?
I don’t have much to do with small boys, and therefore writing about a small boy I found very challenging. Luckily, I have my writer friends to call upon for help when needed.
These are certainly heavy topics for a romance novel however these obstacles certainly serve Zoe well in terms of character development. What one character trait will most endear Zoe to your readers?
Zoe doesn’t easily judge a person. She takes events on face value.
What kind of research was involved in the planning of the novel? Was there anything surprising that you learned during the research process?
I discovered that I have aboriginal heritage, that my great-grandmother was a full-blooded aboriginal, which confirmed my suspicions for years. No wonder I have such an affinity for our land.
What’s next for you?
I’m about to release another novel titled, Outback Fever. Also, a traditional publishing company has mentioned that I could split one of my novels under their direction, but I’m not too sure about this. This means, making it purely a romance novel, and then another one a suspense novel. I think I’m happy with it being a Rural Romantic suspense for now. This doesn’t mean I’ll give up being published with a traditional publisher, it only means I’m content for now to self publish.
About the Author:
I was born on the edge of the outback in NSW, and from there I pursued life from the hot, red dust of cattle country to our cities and small country towns. I’ve mustered stock on a horse and a motorbike, spotlighted for foxes and learnt to shoot a rifle, dived the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding islands, speared fish, swam with sharks and dolphins, avoided sea snakes and moray eels, and taken free rides on sea turtles. Australia is such a beautiful country.
Reading and writing have always been a vital part of my life. I’m always reading something, and I’m pretty much always writing, too. I’ve written contemporary romance, and suspense/thrillers with a touch of romance and I’m currently concentrating on Rural Romantic Suspense, and having the hero on the page more frequently. Whether it be rural or the outback, my novels will most always be set in remote places.
I find all novels a challenge to write, and it’s exciting to write about something that’s an integral part of our world, love and romance. I love to create strong feisty heroines who know what they want and meet their Mr. Right, whether they initially believe it or not.
A sexy jackaroo and a sultry jillaroo. Will fate take over from where they left off?
At thirteen, Zoe Montgomery’s life changed overnight, the night her family and their property, Montagreen, went up in flames. The incident and her previous memories are wiped from her mind. Whisked away moments later by an unknown aunt, Zoe learns to grow up fast and learns the value of hard work.
Fifteen years later, after overhearing her aunt’s whispers about Montagreen, and a girl called Zoe Montgomery, the name on her bracelet, Zoe’s suspicions increase. She flees the only life she has ever known, and escapes her aunt’s harsh lies and abuse, to return home to find answers and rebuild.
However, returning opens not only the devastation she’d left behind, it reveals the torment her childhood sweetheart suffered which almost destroyed his life.
As Jordan works on the restoration of Montagreen, can they battle their way through a mountain of obstacles and take over where they left off, or is it too late?