Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome Susan Grant, author of The Champion of Baresh. Susan has agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her writing, and I think you’ll enjoy our chat.
Afterward grab your copy of her latest book and don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway!
Let’s get started …
What 3 words best describe you?
Adventurous. Persistent. Mom.
Great description! When did you first know you wanted to become an author?
I always loved creative writing, but it wasn’t until I was in my late 30s that I thought about writing a book. It’s a huge leap mentally—similar, I think, to running a marathon would be physically.
When you saw the cover for The Champion of Barésh what was your first thought?
It took my breath away. I’m obsessed with her gorgeous eye!
It’s an awesome cover 🙂 Do you have a writing ritual … as in do you need music playing, have a certain snack at arm’s length, or wear a lucky pair of socks?
Nope. I’m so not a ritual or routine person. I can write anywhere—at 30,000 feet while on break at work, or outside on the deck if the weather is nice. Really, anywhere. If I need to focus extra hard, I’ll go to my desk and sit there. It tells my muse I mean business.
I love naming my characters. How did you go about naming the characters in The Champion of Barésh?
Me, too! Most of the names just pop into my head. It was how the hero’s name, Klark, arrived, many books ago. But his last name, the clan name, is a waypoint in the Northern Pacific near Russia. The charts we use for flying are a goldmine for alien names! Jemm came to me because I had been watching Sons of Anarchy and liked the name Gemma. I gave it a twist and wound up with Jemm. Her last name means bird, which is a theme in the book.
I love that! And t he name Jemm is beautiful. Sex scenes…do you love writing them, struggle a little, or it depends on the characters?
Definitely depends. Sometimes I sketch them out to move on with the book then return to expand. Sometimes they just flow. Sometimes the characters decide to have a sex scene all on their own, without asking me! (those are often the best). But usually by the time I’m writing intimate scenes in the story, I feel something for the characters, and it’s a great experience creatively. Some of my stories have lots of sex. Some very little. The characters and story determine how much or little. I would hate writing if I felt I had to adhere to a “template”. I love that each story is a bit different with the heat level. And I hope readers do, too.
Would you like to share what you’re working on next?
Now that I’m indie, I’m having the time of my life writing because I can go in any direction I want. I’m working on a short for a fun project with some of the other authors from the Sci-Fi Romance Brigade. The collection is called Pets in Space, and that pretty much sums up the stories. Mine will take place in the Star Series/Star World Frontier world, a royal alien, a commoner Earthling, and the pet who brings them together. I’m also working on the next Star World Frontier book, and also the first installment in an alien abduction trilogy. Very exciting.
RANDOM QUESTIONS : FINISH THIS SENTENCE …
Someday I’m going to try Tai Chi
I never leave the house without my cell phone
The most money I’ve found in the laundry is five bucks
My purse is new! I love it, a little black Brighton bag
The last book I read was Trapped, by Alison Aimes
Chocolate over kettle chips? Never!
Champion of Barésh
Star World Frontier #1
Susan Grant is back with an all-new, stand-alone tale of two improbable lovers,
their daring secret, and the gamble destined to alter the course of their
alive on a dead-end world. Working for the mines by day, she’s a successful
bajha player at night, disguised as a male to be allowed to compete in the colony’s
dangerous underworld where club owners will go to extremes to retain the best
players. Every win puts her one small step closer to her goal: saving enough to
escape Barésh with her family. When a nobleman from one of the galaxy’s elite
families recruits her to be a star player for his team, it’s because he doesn’t
know her secret. Her ruse proves to be her most perilous game yet when it puts
both their lives—and her heart—at risk.
reputation as the black sheep of the Vedla clan, a family as famous for its
wealth and power as it is for being a bastion of male-dominated tradition. If
his bajha team can win the galactic title it would go a long way toward
restoring the family honor that his misdeeds tarnished. He travels to Barésh to
track down an amateur who’s risen to the top of the seedy world of street
bajha, offering the commoner a chance of a lifetime: a way off that reeking
space rock for good. But his new player comes with a scandalous secret that
turns his plans and his beliefs upside down. He sets out to win a very
different prize—his champion’s reluctant heart.
As soon as Kes left the locker room, Klark turned to the wall and slapped his hands against the cold, tiled wall, keeping them pressed there, fingers spread, willing his hands to serve as anchors to prevent him from going after her.
Sea Kestrel, a female.
No mere woman, either. He remembered her as Jemm, the errant Nico’s alleged girlfriend: her long, strong, lean body and the graceful way she moved; that swaying, tempting bottom as she walked away; her wavy hair wild and loose—all but begging for his fingers to be tangled in it as he made love to her.
Damnation. The mental image alone made his body react and his blood run hot. Yet, this same female to which he was so attracted played bajha far better than he ever could. He had come to respect her as an unbelievably talented athlete, had let down his guard around her as a friend, and now she was a beautiful woman, as well? In his world, such disparate qualities could not apply to any one person. Yet, together, they added up to Jemm.
Grant is a New York Times bestselling author who enjoys being able to
indulge her love of travel and adventure by piloting jumbo jets around the
globe. Her careers as a commercial pilot and air force pilot have provided
endless inspiration for her books. Susan is the author of The Star King, launch
book of her popular Star series about a spacefaring Earth family, as well as
the RITA-winning novel Contact. Her new series debuts in 2016 with The Champion
of Barésh. Susan and her family live in the scenic foothills of northern
arm-chair travel? Sit down, strap in, and visit Susan’s Come Fly With Me blog
at her website