Check out this author spotlight for Suzanna J Linton!

You can find all the links for where to find her furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!

1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!

Hello! My name is Suzanna J. Linton and I am an indie fantasy author. I grew up in Holly Hill, SC and moved to Florence to attend Francis Marion University. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Professional Writing, I stayed in Florence because I was too poor to go anywhere else. Eventually, I met the man who would be my husband and we married in 2010. I published my first book, Clara, three years later. We don’t have any children (yet) but we do have a fluctuating number of pets.

2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 (or more!) of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!

Tea or coffee? I usually drink coffee because it gives me the caffeine hit I need. I also enjoy the taste of it, usually black. But I do get into moods where I want tea. Then, it’s usually black tea with milk and sometimes sugar (depending on the tea).

Morning or evening? I hate early mornings but there’s beauty in the quiet. Evenings are fun for winding down. But, honestly? I prefer afternoons because that’s when I can write.

Plotter or pantser? Why not a bit of both? I don’t start a novel until I have an idea of the beginning and the climax. I’ll usually work out the world in a rough sketch, then I’ll start writing. I like to let the characters form as I go, leaving room for my plans to change with the flow.

Pen and paper or computer/phone? I used to be a pen and paper gal, mostly because I grew up without a computer (shocker, I know). But a combination of having to type on a computer for college and carpal tunnel has left me writing exclusively on a computer.

Book or ebook? I’ll read an ebook if I can’t afford the physical book or I don’t think I’ll like it enough to want the physical book. But I generally prefer to read the physical copy.

Hero or anti-hero? This is a tough one. I like the idea of an anti-hero and it certainly makes a change of pace. But I think anti-hero is a guy on his way to being a full fledged hero. I think an anti-hero is someone trying to live in both worlds and, realistically, that’s not possible.

3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?

I love a good redemption story, where the ‘bad boy’ ends up becoming the hero, whether he likes it or not.

4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!

I tend to write fantasy. Right now, I’m taking a break from writing the fourth book of my series, Stories of Lorst. It’s called House of the Seer and I’ve been working on for about two years now. I can’t stand the sight of the poor thing at the moment, so I’m going to try to write the redemption story I’ve always wanted to read.

5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!

My most recent release is Calculated Magic. It is a novella set in my Stories of Lorst series, after the third book, Secret Burdens.  

Bruin, exiled to Arvent, starts life over as a simple charm-seller. That is, until he learns of Emmerich’s plan to meet Precene in a historic summit of kings.

In this game of secrets and alliances, the one wildcard is Galeen. The small coastal kingdom is dying under the stranglehold of Tier. The actions of the Crown Prince Gentius could be the difference between peace and war. Bruin decides to go to Gentius and offer his services in the hope of preventing disaster. However, only smugglers can pass through Tier’s blockade. He buys passage on one such ship for himself and his newly acquired apprentice.

During the voyage, Bruin discovers the ship carries precious cargo stolen from Lorst. It’s destined for persons unknown—a person that might be Gentius. Caught out in the ocean with nowhere to go, Bruin must choose between what is convenient for his mission and what is right

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6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!

I don’t know if I have any real-life inspiration. I do make observations of the world that I like to express in my fiction. As for primary sources, I’m inspired by Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern (the original trilogy), Robin McKinley, and Dean Koontz. The latest Star Wars trilogy has certainly inspired me to be a better, more cohesive storyteller. I have a widerange in musical tastes, so there’s rarely a one song or band. I tend to make playlists geared toward a particular book I’m working on.

7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!

I like to do any work online (e.g., checking email, updating my website) in the morning and save the afternoons for writing. Also, by the afternoon, I’m fairly awake and caffeinated and able to string words into a sentence.

8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to become an author, what would it be?

Get an editor and cover artist right away! I wasted way too much time trying to do it all by myself and not coming off as professional.

9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!