This month y’all are in for a fabulous treat…Suzanne Brockmann, author of the *hugely* popular SEAL series books has agreed to chat with us!  Those of you who’ve perused my book reviews know that I adore her work, and the totally true-to-life depiction of our military men and women.  I don’t think I’ve ever read a female author who can delve into the male psyche quite so deeply and believably as Suzanne, so when she agreed to this interview, I was just a smidge jazzed <g>!

Without further ado…Suzanne!

MftBS: What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you as an author?

Suz:  The sheer thrill of holding a book that I wrote, a book with my name on the cover (!!!) in my hands is pretty cool — even after having written more than 40 of ’em.  But I have to say, the coolest thing, IMO, is hearing readers talk about my characters as if they’re real, living, breathing people — the same way I’ve been talking about my favorite fictional characters (Jim Kirk and Spock, and Buffy and Angel and Willow and Giles) for years.  I also really love meeting readers — both via email and face to face.  It’s just undeniably cool when a reader makes an effort to tell me that my words, my stories, my characters have touched them in some way. 

MftBS: If you were trying to describe your work to a new reader, what would you say?

Suz:  Even though my books are considered Romantic Suspense, what I really write are action/adventure romances.  If bookstores were amusement parks, my books would be the roller coaster, not the haunted house ride!  <g>  Despite my plotlines featuring counterterrorism (I write mostly about teams of Navy SEALs), my books are extremely character driven.  My goal as a writer is to make readers care about my characters.  I want you-the-reader to come on a journey with my characters — to laugh and maybe even cry with them as they face personal hurdles and make that ultimate human connection with another person, as they fall in love. 

MftBS: Who are three of your favorite writers & why?

Suz:  Number one, hands down, has to be Joss Whedon — the creator of what I consider to be the best television show ever:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I’m also a huge fan of his shows, Angel and Firefly.  The man can not only write in terms of story, character development and dialog, but he really understands the power of a story arc.  (I write using long-term story arcs, too.)  Interestingly, I didn’t discover Joss until recently, until Buffy was released on DVD — which is a great way to watch episodic TV, IMO. 

Next would be Carla Kelly, who writes Regency romances for Signet.  I just love her books — she writes wonderful characters.

Ooh, only three is so hard… 

I’m going to have to say Dean Koontz is number three.  (At least he’s holding that slot today!  LOL!)  I’ve got to give him that honor for writing a book called ODD THOMAS, which, IMO, is a perfect gem of a book.  Again, it’s all about his characters.  He writes great characters.

I’m also a fan of Alesia Holliday and Virginia Kantra and Virginia Ellis, who wrote another perfect gem of a book, The Wedding Dress.  I rarely read books twice, but I read The Wedding Dress pretty much once a year. 

Robert B. Parker, William Goldman, and Jack Schaeffer, who wrote another gem-book:  Shane.  (I just couldn’t leave them out!  LOL!)

MftBS: What is your oddest habit while writing?

Suz:  LOL!  Jeez, I dunno…  I guess it’s that I sometimes mutter bits of dialog as I’m writing to hear what it sounds like when spoken aloud.  That and running my hands through my hair.  It gives me a total mad scientist look.

MftBS: Last but not least…what tidbit of BSP (Blatant Self Promotion) would you like to share with my devoted, die-hard fans?

Suz: I’d like to remind readers that my book, BREAKING POINT, is available in hardcover.  And that Ballantine has recently reissued both OUT OF CONTROL and OVER THE EDGE in paperback, with a special “Try it, you’ll like it” low price.  Oh, and that last year’s New York Times bestseller, HOT TARGET, will be out in paperback in November.  Last but not least, visit my website at http://www.SuzanneBrockmann.com !

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