Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Author Interview: Sue Gibson

Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I grew up on a farm in Ontario, Canada. I have five sisters! I have to give credit to my mother for hooking me on reading. The entire family visited the local library every Friday night. I was one of those that didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I majored in Business in college and didn’t start writing (for publication) until I was in my twenties.

Fill in the blank favorites - Type of hero. Type of heroine.

I prefer a Beta hero. The big tough Alpha males don’t appear in my books. They have to be strong and supportive, but not completely terrified by their emotions.

Heroines should be independent, interesting women. If they’re funny and quirky, even better.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Of course, books have influenced everything in my life, including my dream locations to visit. Take me to Ireland, please.

What is one silly fact about you?

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes and A Week in Winter by Mauve Binchy.

What got you started on your writing journey?

My mother, she read to me, opening up the world of books. My first writing group consisted of three other struggling writers. We bumbled along for several years, helping one another gain the confidence to try to publish. The second writer’s group was a chapter of RWA and they helped me network and understand both the technique of writing and the business of writing.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

My series is set on a fictional lake in Ontario. My family and I spend a lot of time on the local small lakes, so Loon Lake in my book is a compilation of all of these lakes. Many of my readers tell me that they are sure that they have been to my fictional lake. That’s how I know that I got it right!

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Quite a bit actually. Like many authors, I write what I know. My daughter tells me that books “sound” like me.

Where do your ideas come from?

Ideas are everywhere, every conversation, every newspaper, every shopping mall, every forest… You get the picture.

How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?

I’ve got three under the bed and two published, one in the pipeline, and two that I’m currently working on.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?

Loyal, committed, loving, gentle, independent

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

My books take you to Ontario’s gorgeous cottage-country, true escapism. I write sweet, emotional romance and who doesn’t need more of that in their life?

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

Actually, a secondary character, Flo, is a blast to write. I’m thinking, she may need a book of her own someday.

Check out more about Sue at any of her links!

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