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Suzan Butler

by Dawn Alexander

Tell us a little about yourself and what you write.

Well, I live with my two boys that I’ve affectionately named Monsters online. Unofficially, I call them EmoBoy and Jabbermouth, because that describes them pretty accurately. I also have a year and a half old boxer named Moxie who thinks she’s a cat, and an orange tabby cat named Rocky who thinks he’s a dog.

As for what I write, that’s no small list. For now, I’m concentrating on contemporary romance of the spicier variety. In addition to adult romance, I also write YA romance, and fantasy. I’m currently working on the first of my hockey romance books.

How did you get involved in NTRWA? What do you remember most about your first meeting?

I’d been a member of RWA for about a year. I’m a member of two online special interest chapters. I actually renewed my RWA membership and joined NTRWA on the same day this year. I’d visited a couple local chapters at that point, and I really loved the atmosphere of NTRWA. Everyone was friendly and wasn’t afraid to come say hi. Oh, and the food. I fell in love with the queso.

You are also very involved with NaNoWriMo. What exactly is that and what is your role?

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a challenge set in November for novelists to set aside the time to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s a lot of fun.

For last year’s NaNoWriMo, I volunteered to be a Municipal Liaison, which I tell everyone is the Head Cheerleader for our region, only I don’t have to wear the outfit. I was one of four last year. As MLs, we organize the official NaNoWriMo events for our region, and promote and encourage other writers to host or come participate in write-ins during November.

It’s a good way for writers to meet other writers. I met my current critique group, Team Awesome, through NaNoWriMo in 2009.

I love reading your blogs about online dating. What has been your best online dating experience? What has been your worst?

Oh, that’s a fun topic. Online dating is an interesting beast. Each dating site is different, has a different culture, and people behave differently on each one. I’m on a couple different ones. I keep one particular site for two reasons. One, I can’t find the ‘delete account’ button, and two, I’ve found some fantastic, yet horrible material for the blog there.

I’ve met all kinds of people through these sites, from a concert violinist, to a professional race car driver (not anyone famous, but maybe in a few years, I’ll kick myself). It’s a fascinating experiment in people. While I don’t think that I’ll actually find someone serious to date there, I do end up with great stories to tell people.

You also have a slight obsession with hockey. Do you bring that into your writing? If you could have dinner with any player, who would it be an why?

Slight obsession, huh? We’ll go with that. I’m actually a huge Dallas Stars fan. I also love the Boston Bruins, and I regularly go to minor league games with the Texas Brahmas. There’s just something about two incredibly rich guys beating the crap out of each other and then going out for beers afterwards. And hockey players are among the nicest people I’ve ever spoken with.

I do have a hockey romance series for which I’m currently shopping the first book around. I think that every contemporary book I’ve written has some mention of hockey in some way. Either they’re watching it, playing it, or maybe the characters used to play it. It’s almost always there.

Dinner with any player... Hmm... I think I’d have to go with Jamie Benn. I have his Bobble-head sitting at my desk as I type. He’s one of the few players that I’ve never spoken with, and I love the way he plays and I’d like the opportunity to get to know him and see if he’s as awesome a person as he is a player.

What is something most of our members wouldn't know about you?

I have a secret obsession with color coding things, which is why my graphic design major actually turned out to be a good idea.

I’m not actually sure how many people know I’m a Navy Seabee, so maybe that’s something interesting.

What is your writing routine like? How do you work it out with children at home?

Routine?

I should have one of those right?

It really depends on the time of year, and I think a lot of writers would agree with this. During the school year, both the kids and I are in school. I fix my schedule so I have large blocks of time during the day to do homework or write. Then I run off to a coffee shop or a B&N and do it. After school, the kids go to karate, and then dinner, and then I write some more after they go to bed. I cannot do the early morning writing sessions like many other writers can. I just don’t function right before the sun comes up. During the summer, it’s kind of a free for all. Mostly, I wait until the kids go to bed, and then I write all night. I also count down the days until school starts again.

Where is the one place you have never been but would love to visit?

That’s really hard, because I’ve done a fair amount of traveling in my lifetime. I think I’m going to have to choose Japan. I’ve been doing research on Japan for an alternate historical fantasy romance, and I’m so in love with what I’m reading. I’d love to go and actually experience the culture for myself.

What do you do when you aren't writing?

I’m currently learning how to ice skate so I can play hockey. And you said I’m only slightly obsessed...

Most of the time, I’m playing in Photoshop, making book covers for people, and sometimes myself, because that’s a fun procrastination tool.

 

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