Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Time Travel Romance GIVEAWAY from Susan Macatee

Another one of my fellow TWRP authors, Susan Macatee, has a novella just released into paperback that I am so excited to share with you today. PLUS, one lucky commenter will get a FREE paperback copy of THOROUGHLY MODERN AMANDA signed from the author!

Hi Susan! Thanks so much for being with me today.
Your time travel romance, THOROUGHLY MODERN AMANDA, was just release in paperback--I can't wait to get my copy! Can you tell me what your inspiration was for the book?
Thoroughly Modern Amanda was inspired by my first time travel romance, Erin's Rebel. This prior book was released in 2009 and Amanda Montgomery was one of the minor characters, the small child of the hero, Will Montgomery. Erin's Rebel is set during the American Civil War and I decided to project Amanda into the future into the year 1881 where she's all grown up and ready for her own romance. The hero is from our time and is a construction worker who wants to refurbish an old Victorian home--the very home that Amanda's potential suitor is building as he hopes she'll accept his marriage proposal. Besides Erin's Rebel, I was also inspired by those lovely Victorian homes still in existence today. Always wondered what it would be like to live in one.  

I love old Victorian homes! It's my dream to have one someday...gottta keep writing to make that dream a reality!
Next question: What is THE most important thing writers can do for themselves to get an agent/publisher in today's market?
I don't have an agent, so can't answer that one, but to find a publisher, a writer has to do his or her research to learn what types of stories a publisher is looking for and angle the query to that publisher. Then write the best book you can, revise, edit and proofread before sending it off. The wait time can be excruciating, but you just have to move ahead on that next book and forget about the submission for a while.  

If you could have done anything differently with your writing career so far, what would it be?
I definitely would have gotten serious about writing at a younger age. Otherwise, the path to publication, which started with writing courses, then joining Romance Writers of America, and taking advantage of their wonderful workshops, is the only way I think I'd be where I am at this point.
Who are your writing role models, and how have they influenced you?
I've read so many books throughout my childhood, teens and into my married years as a young mother, that I can't pick one or even two writers who influenced my writing. I think it was all the writing I absorbed over the years, starting with series like 'Nancy Drew' and Cherry Ames' then on to science fiction and gothic romances. I read a lot of mysteries and thrillers, too, along the way. When I discovered time travel romances, I was hooked on that genre and those books and stories influenced my first novel-length romance, Erin's Rebel. I loved books so much that I wanted to create my own characters and settings to move readers the same way I'd been moved by all those writers who filled my life with wonder, fun and adventure over the years. 

What's one fact about you that most people don't know.
That I'm a big science fiction geek. I actually thought about writing science fiction or futuristic romance, but don't quite feel qualified to write in that genre. For now, I'm sticking to historical and time travel romances and am thinking of starting work on a contemporary baseball romance series in the near future.  

Yay! Another Sci-Fi fan! I can't wait to see "Ender's Game"--one of my personal favs! 
Okay, I know people will want to check you out online. Can you give us your website links and contact information?

Thank you again for being my blog guest today, Susan! 
Don't forget to comment below for a chance to win a signed copy of Susan Macatee's new paperback, THOROUGHLY MODERN AMANDA.

Happily My Ever After,


  1. Great interview! I so agree about wishing I'd started writing at an earlier age. And I love science fiction too! We must be soul mates. :)

    Can New York financial executive, Victoria Ballard, survive a forced marriage with a Middle Eastern Prince?

    1. Hi, Lynda! Yes, if we could only go back in time. lol

  2. Love the interview! And I'm fascinated by Victorian homes. Maybe it's their design, but when I walk into any old home, I can'feel' the energy from the past. Wishing you all the best!

    1. Hi, Mary! I find it fun when we're riding through small towns with lots of old Victorian homes to imagine living in them.

  3. Great interview. I liked the way Amanda is now all grown up in this book. We'll get to see how grown up she is.

    1. Thanks, Gayle! I like to revisit characters in future books.

  4. I love old Victorian homes also. One of my favorite author is Anne Rice, and houses are almost as present as characters in her book.

  5. Hi, Carole! I agree. Old houses can have a lot of character.

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  7. I'd like to thank everyone who stopped and left a comment. The winner of the print copy of Thorougly Modern Amanda is Gayle Pace. Contact me at susanmacatee@aol.com to claim your prize!

  8. I only saw this today, but I wanted to say great interview, Dylan and Susan! I love time travel romances.