Multi-genre author Susan Whitfield writes the Logan Hunter Mystery series: Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck,Hell Swamp, Sin Creek and Sticking Point. She authored Killer Recipes, a unique cookbook, and wrote a women's fiction, Slightly Cracked. She is currently writing an historical fiction titled Sprig of Broom. Susan interviews authors and industry experts on the blog. Web site: www.susanwhitfieldonline.com
Thursday, November 11, 2010
My guest today is Bobbye Terry, a fellow L&L Dreamspell writer.
Welcome to the blog, Bobbye. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a mystery/suspense writer under my real name, Bobbye Terry, but have many romantic comedies under my pseudonym, Terry Campbell, with co-writer, Linda Campbell, and write fantasy/science fiction solo as Daryn Cross. I also have two inspirational non-fiction books. Additionally, my credits include short stories in many anthologies, including Dreamspell Mystery Vol. 1 and Dreamspell Haunts, Vol. 1, just released on Halloween under the name, Terry Campbell, and Just One Bite Vol. 3, writing as Daryn Cross & L.J. DeLeon, released by AllRomance Ebooks on Thanksgiving Day. My book, It’s Magic, co-written with L.J. DeLeon, Crescent Moon Press, is debuting this month.
What are your writing goals, Bobbye? I plan to write at least one fantasy, one mystery and one novella per year. I have so far exceeded that goal. My long term goal is to make enough money off my books to write fulltime and not have to seek a day job.
What is your most rewarding experience during the writing process? The writing itself. I love when everything is working and the words our out. Sometimes I read back over what I wrote and say to myself, how the heck did you write that? Of course, I believe the right characters have a tendency to write themselves.
Tell us about your latest book. Is it available in print, ebook, and Kindle formats? It’s Magic is a romantic urban fantasy. It’s the first of a series involving Maxwell Magic, Santa on his off-season. Magic matches unmatchable misfits (say that three times). He matches people who can’t see to get it right when it comes to everlasting love. His match in this book is a feminist writer and every man’s favorite radio psychiatrist.
Here’s a blurb:
Can true love exist between a man who believes a woman is capable of sticking a shive in his heart while making love and a woman who is convinced men think with only one head? Maxwell Magic, an eccentric mysterious matchmaker swears it can and he’s the man to provide the stimulus to make it happen. Kasey Bell, feminist writer, and Guy McLane, radio’s famous chauvinistic psychiatrist, are his targets. Even with carefully executed plans, the road to true love is strewn with mishaps, mirth and money-hungry nighttime talk show hosts. Will Kasey and Guy risk their reputations by exposing secrets buried beneath layers of shame and self-doubt for a desperately needed big money pay-off? Or, will they claim what has evaded them their entire lives—a love that lasts forever?
Were any of your books more challenging to write than the others? If so, why? My book Honey Blood and the Collector, yet to be sold, was a true challenge. It’s the beginning book of an epic. So, I had to introduce a complicated world and all of the lore for the characters in the first book. I’ll build on it of course, am doing so already in the sequel, but the foundation is the hardest part. It was also a multiple POV book.
My book, Coming to Climax, slated to come out by Turquoise Morning Press mid-2011, was also a challenge. It’s hard to explain to people how humor with a generous dose of Southern culture can mix with the macabre machinations of a psycho serial-killer. Thankfully, editor Kim Jacobs got it.
Both of these books are close to me. The first is dear because of the characters, individuals whom I don’t think I’d ever get tired of. The second one is very sentimental for me because I wrote it about the area where my mother, whom I lost last year, was born and grew up in her early years.
How do you develop characters? Setting? I develop profiles for them. Most of the time my hero and heroine are opposites on the introvert/extrovert scale, but are similar in core values. They usually come from professions of which I am knowledgeable, but not always. As for setting, anything goes. Most of the time, I set the novels in places where I’ve lived or enjoyed visiting. Having said that, I obviously have never been to 14th century Ireland, 15th century Romania or 19th century America. Then here are my alternate time lines…
Any current projects? Right now I’m working on the sequel to It’s Magic. Then it’ll be time to polish the sequel to Coming toClimax, already written, so I can submit that. I also have the second of three novellas to write. I’m shooting to have numbers two and three done by Christmas.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events? All of my books are or will be at Amazon and other online venues. Look for my backlist as Terry Campbell in the next couple of months on Kindle. You can also go to my publisher sites, including www.CrescentMoonPress.com/books/ItsMagic.html for my current release, www.LLDreamspell.com for my two new anthologies, and www.AllRomanceEbooks.com for my new anthology released Thanksgiving Day.
Congratulations on all the accomplishments, Bobbye, and continued success. Thanks for having me as a guest, Susan!