Monday, September 1, 2014

Author Interview: Susan Berry

Susan Berry
author, Dance of the Heart


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

I was born in the state of Washington. I have lived here most of my life in the Puget Sound area. I’m the oldest of seven children. It was an adventure being from such a large family that I really enjoyed except maybe when I was stuck babysitting!

What is your favorite genre to read?

I like reading a lot of different novels from fantasy to suspense but my favorite is romance. I love the way a romance novel shows us a glimpse of the hearts of a couple. How they overcome the obstacles to love while protecting their hearts. Each of us can identify with the fear that the prospect of love sometimes brings.

What is one silly fact about you?

I can’t resist bringing home a rock from where ever I travel. It started when I was a child. My grandmother was always picking up rocks to bring home to polish. She would spend hours admiring them when she was finished. Although I do not polish my rock collection, I can tell you where each one is from and what memory it holds for me.

What got you started on your writing journey?

I read my first romance novel when I was ten-years-old. My grandmother gave it to me to help pass the time on a long car ride to the Midwest. I grumbled as I opened the book and began reading. Ten miles later, I couldn't put it down.

The characters came alive, the tension between them building as I frantically turned the pages. I had to know how it all worked out. That experience never left me. From that day forward, I read romance novels every chance I got, and reading turned into writing, which eventually led to my first novel, a contemporary romance called Dance of the Heart.

What are the elements of a great romance for you?

One of the elements I really enjoy in a fictional romance is the chemistry between the hero and heroine. The elements of friction when two people meet as they decided if they like one another bring life to a novel. If they don’t instantly feel strongly one way or the other it would signal there is not enough passion between them. I also enjoy how a couple handles the conflict of the budding relationship. We all learn from reading the struggles others go through as they reach for happiness.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?

I am currently working on the sequel to Dance of the Heart. After that I’m trying my hand at a fantasy novel my daughter has requested. I have already written several chapters and I think she is getting a kick out of peering over my shoukders as I write.

Please share about your book. 

Dance of the Heart is the story of Maggie Campbell. Her mother drowned when she was twelve leaving her with an uncaring father and a broken heart. As soon as she was old enough, she left the painful memories behind and headed for California. Just when she thought her life was settled, a letter from her sister forces her to face her past. Returning after a seven-year absence, Maggie finds the new neighbor, Desmond Kinsley, is suspiciously entangled in all her families’ lives. Maggie instantly doesn’t trust him but when once again tragedy comes to the ones she loves, Desmond is the only one who can help. Maggie must decide how much she trusts her own feelings and the man who seems to hold the key to all their futures. The dance in her heart as she chooses to finally let herself feel again or run and be forever lost in grief.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like?

Desmond is strong, handsome and guarded, never letting people in. He is suspicious always and quick to judge. Not one to waste words, he speaks his mind. His passion is intense and can knock a girl to her knees.

Maggie is headstrong and independent. She doesn’t like to feel and when she’s confronted with love, her first response is to drive it away. It will take a determined man to push through her wall of resistance and find the heart longing to be loved.

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

Dance of the Heart is the romance novel we all want to read but can’t find anymore. The characters are full of life, the storyline full of twist and turns, and as a result, the love full of a richness that will leave you wanting more.




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