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Interview with Susan Mallery

Reality television has forever changed the landscape of the entertainment industry. With a click of the remote, you can watch a dating show set in the wild or witness the drama of housewives stirring up trouble in some of the hottest cities in America. These days, it seems as if everyone is looking for his or her fifteen minutes of fame no matter what the cost. Whether itís good or bad for society is yet to be determined; however, the fact of the matter is reality shows are here to stay.

This monthís Jenís Jewels Susan Mallery touches upon this very topic in her new release ONLY MINE. Set in the fictional town of Foolís Gold, California, itís the charming story of Dakota Hendrix who finds herself in charge of overseeing a romance reality series set in her hometown. The first book in an exciting new trilogy, Susanís fans are sure to be pleased by this funny, fresh, and frisky summer read.

As part of this interview, Susan has generously donated three copies for you, my favorite readers, to try to win. So, donít forget to look for the trivia question at the end of the column. And as always, thanks for making Jenís Jewels a part of your summer reading list.

Jen: A New York Times bestselling author of contemporary womenís fiction, your unforgettable titles have earned you a spot on the whoís who list of the best in the business. So that my readers may catch a glimpse into the life of the woman behind the words, please share with us your educational and professional background.

SUSAN
MALLERY Susan: I got my Bachelorís degree in Accounting. While I was studying to be an Accountant by day, I took an evening course called ďHow to Write a Romance Novel.Ē I was about two weeks into that class when I realized how much happier I was writing words and feelings on a blank page than I was writing columns of numbers on a spreadsheet. I did get my degree in Accounting because I believe in seeing things through, but I turned down a lucrative job offer so I could follow my dream. My professional background is almost entirely writing books.

Over the years, Iíve studied the craft of writing a lot. Although I donít ever plan to write a screenplay, I took screenwriting courses to learn a lot about story structure. About eight years ago, I earned my Masterís degree in Writing Popular Fiction.

Jen: In terms of nuts and bolts, please share with us your writing process. Do you outline and plot first? Or, do you simply allow the story to take on a life of its own? Approximately how long does it take for you to complete a manuscript?

Susan: I do a lot of plotting in advance, which means I can write the story quickly, which further means that I donít lose interest. For me, the creative rush is highest during the plotting process, and the actual writing of the book is more about getting the story down on paper. Iíve tried writing without a plot, and it just doesnít work for me. I enjoy the aspect of surprise, but I dread revisions. Even when a book is thoroughly plotted, though, the characters can sometimes surprise me. I was sweetly surprised by a secondary romance in ONLY MINE, my latest book.

It takes me about three months to write a full-length book, give or take.

Jen: Your latest release ONLY MINE is the first 2011 book in a series you started last year, called Foolís Gold. This yearís trilogy about the Hendrix triplets will unfold over the next three months. In general terms, how did you arrive at the premise for this exciting series?

Susan: The spark that led to Foolís Gold was a news story about the census. I thought of how interesting it would be if the census discovered that a town faced a serious man shortage. How would the women in town react?

I wanted to go against expectation, so rather than being desperate to get more men, the women in Foolís Gold get pretty darn crabby when the national media starts making jokes about the town with the man shortage. They do not enjoy being an American laughingstock. I can assure you, things will get worse for them before theyíll get better. In fact, there are some hysterical surprises in this yearís books that have readers reaching for the phone to call a girlfriend.

Jen: The main character in ONLY MINE is Dakota Hendrix, a triplet who has given up on love. When a production company filming a reality series rolls into town, a sexy stranger named Finn Anderssen enters her life. Like a moth to a flame, sparks fly instantly. What draws Dakota to this new man?

Susan: Itís got to be the plaid. Who can resist a man who rocks a plaid shirt?

"...but seriously, folks" Dakota is drawn to Finn because the first time they meet, even though heís angry, heís angry because he cares passionately about his younger brothers. Dakota can relate to that. Her family is incredibly important to her, too.

Jen: Finn has his own set of issues as he tries to convince his twenty-one-year-old twin brothers Sasha and Stephen to skip out of the reality show in order to finish their last semester of college. Why canít Finn just let go and allow his brothers to make their own decisions?

Susan: Finn felt that he was to blame for their parentsí death, so he carries a lot of guilt regarding his younger brothers. He vowed to himself that he would honor his parents by seeing his brothers safely through college. Only then does he think heíll be able to relax and reclaim his own independence. You can imagine how crazy it makes him when his brothers drop out just a couple months shy of graduating! And even more infuriating, Dakota tries to convince him that he should let the twins make their own decisions in life" even if he thinks theyíre making the wrong decision.

Jen: Dakota shares a special bond with her sisters as well as with her loving mother; however, she appears to have an adventurous spirit. What is the driving force behind her desire to follow her dreams?

Susan: Not following her dream was never an option for Dakota. Sheís the kind of person who thinks problems through on her own before she lets anyone else in, including her mom and her triplet sisters. In FINDING PERFECT, which came out last year, readers learned that Dakota is carrying around a heavy secret. In ONLY MINE, theyíll learn what the secret is" and what Dakota is going to do about the problem sheís been facing.

Jen: Letís switch gears now and talk about your promotional plans. Do you participate in Author Phone Chats? And if so, how would my readers go about scheduling one?

Susan: Absolutely! Iíd be happy to talk by phone to book groups who select ONLY MINE or any of this yearís Foolís Gold books. Contact my assistant at www.foolsgoldca.com, a site thatís filled with bonus content about Foolís Gold, the Land of Happy Endings. You can send off for free Foolís Gold goodies, read free excerpts of the books, see a map of the town, and more.

Jen: In terms of social media, are you on Facebook? Twitter? Do you blog regularly on any sites?

Susan: Iím very active on Facebook and Twitter. Love, love, love how I can connect with my readers these days! On Facebook (facebook.com/susanmallery), weíve created a real community on my page. Readers post pictures, share funny stories" and we play games together, like MalleryLib. On Twitter (twitter.com/susanmallery), I pop in almost every day, but what I really love about it is watching TV together like the worldís biggest slumber party. Project Runway is super fun to watch live while tweeting. People are so clever and funny, and they notice things about the clothes that I miss.

I do have a blog Ė susanmallery.blogspot.com. I try to share a recipe every week, though sometimes when a deadline is pressing, I donít cook, much less blog about it.

Jen: In the fall, the next two books in the Foolís Gold series ONLY YOURS and ONLY HIS will be released. I canít wait! In the mean time, are you currently at work on your next project? And if so, what can you share with us?

Susan: Iím working on next yearís Foolís Gold books Ė three handsome cowboy brothers move to Foolís Gold. You gotta love a cowboy!

Jen: Thank you so much for stopping by to chat with my readers. I highly recommend your new series to all of my readers. Best of luck with your book tour! It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you. Happy summer!

Susan: Thank you so much, Jen! I appreciate your warm hospitality. I hope you have enjoyed my interview with Susan. Please stop by your local library branch or favorite bookstore and pick up a copy of ONLY MINE today. For all of my techno-savvy readers, it is also available as an eBook.

Would you like to win your very own copy of ONLY MINE instead? Okay, be one of the first three readers to correctly answer to the following trivia question and you could win.

What is the title of the second book in the Foolís Gold trilogy?

Later this month, I will be bringing to you my interview with debut novelist Allie Larkin. You wonít want to miss it.

Until next time"
JeN

 

 

Comments

13 comments posted.

Re: Interview with Susan Mallery

WOW, these books sound fantastic and I cannot wait to read all of them. Please enter me in your great Contest too and I Pray that I Win also. Thank YOU very much and I wish you alot of Success with your Books. Thanks, Cecilia
(Cecilia Dunbar Hernandez 8:03pm August 1, 2011)

The second book is Only His.
Thanks,
(Patti Paonessa 8:26pm August 1, 2011)

Oops I meant Only Yours. Grrr. my husband started talking to me.
(Patti Paonessa 8:27pm August 1, 2011)

Finding Perfect
(Audra Holtwick 3:42am August 3, 2011)

Only Yours is the 2nd book in the series.
(Kathleen Bianchi 1:29am August 4, 2011)

only yours
(Patricia Kasner 8:35pm August 4, 2011)

Only Yours
(Mary Shaw 11:22am August 8, 2011)

Only Yours
(Susan Lowther 1:02pm August 8, 2011)

The answer is Only Yours.
(MaryEllen Hanneman 2:59pm August 12, 2011)

only yours
(Lisa Kendall 9:09pm August 14, 2011)

The second book in this year's Fool's Gold trilogy is ONLY YOURS.
I did enjoy your book Finding Perfect.
(Laurie Gommermann 7:27am August 21, 2011)

Only yours
(Amanda Boyer 8:56pm August 27, 2011)

Only yours
(Eleven Pro 2:44am November 29, 2011)

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