Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Guest Blogger Suzanne Rock

Shapeshifter Seductions Interview with Suzanne Rock

First off, I would like to thank the ladies at Shapeshifter Seductions for having me on to talk about my new release from Loose-Id. It’s a paranormal erotic shape-shifter novella called Spyder’s Web.


How did you celebrate your release of Spyder’s Web?

At first I was incredibly nervous. I went to the “buy page” on the Loose-Id site and kept refreshing it throughout the day. I have no idea why I did this. The information there didn’t change, nor were there any reviews listed (Loose-Id doesn’t list reader reviews on their site). I think I was just trying to absorb the fact that I wrote a book and it got published. *VBG*

My husband was more excited about the release than I was. He posted it to his twitter and Facebook page. Problem with that is that he used my real name. I mean, what’s the point of using a pen name if everyone knows your real name? LOL. Excited husband = no anonymity. LOL. He was really sweet, though. He got a bottle of wine and we toasted the new release together. I’m really lucky that I have such a supportive spouse.

How did your family react to you writing romance novels? Have your family read your books?

In general my family has been very supportive. Most of them had no idea what an ebook was before I got published. I’ve introduced a lot of them to the epublishing world. J

Some have read Spyder’s Web, most haven’t. My husband won’t read my work, although he knows I write erotic romance. He has this “I just don’t want to know.” attitude. LOL. I think he might be a little afraid of what he might find between the pages. J

Where do you get the inspiration for your books?

I get my ideas from a variety of sources, but mostly books and movies.
The idea for Spyder’s Web began after I read a couple of erotic paranormals and saw a television special on the old Studio 54 in New York.
I love old movies – especially the heroes in old movies. The idea for the hero in Spyder’s Web, James, came from a blending of James Dean and Humphrey Bogart.

Humphrey BogartJames Dean

The heroine, Spyder, was developed from a couple of movies I saw starring Christina Ricci.

Christina Ricci

The world building came from an all-night Wikipedia search on different vermin (yeah, I know). I did it with my critique partner, Ella Ricci. (Thinking about it still makes me laugh.) It also came from a conversation I had with my dental hygienist where she told me about this hawk that landed in her back yard.

It didn’t all come together, though, until I read a series of posts Jessica Faust did on her blog about how a writer can “hook” a reader into a story.

I know this seems like an eclectic list, but it would make more sense after you read the story. I really take bits of information from a variety of sources and stick it all together.

Most writers are avid readers. Is this the same for you? If so, who are some of your favorite writers?

World building is huge with me. Most of the fun for me is creating interesting worlds. As a result, I love the complex world building in Kresley Cole novels. I admire the use of mythology in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series and Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series.

In erotic romance, my tastes are more wide spread. I feel I’m still exploring this area and will be more apt to pick up a new erotic romance author than any other genre. I think one of the most influential writers for me so far has to be Megan Hart. I just love her complex characters. Dirty is still one of the best erotic romances I’ve ever read, although it isn’t a paranormal. For paranormal erotic romances, Lora Leigh’s Breeds series is one of my favorite.

Hmm, now that I read this, I’m noticing a theme with me. I tend to like very complex characters and unique, multi-layered world building. :)

Do you feel it is difficult at times to write a love scene?

Goodness, yes! I don’t seem to have a problem editing, but the drafting can be a killer. I normally have to have a glass of wine – or two – before I can even attempt it. LOL. It never fails that when I’m in the middle of a sex scene, hubby will want me to help him unload the dishes or one of my girls will want me to fix them a snack. LOL.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Love without Blood by Raz Steel. I love a good vampire story! :)


Spyder’s Web is available now from Loose-Id.


I have a dark secret. I’m cursed with an intense sexual desire which can never be satisfied. If I abstain, I go mad. If I have sex, I black out and my partner ends up dead. The only way to break the curse is to find my protector and soul mate. Until then, I’ll just have to try to find a way to get by…

James is a cop who thinks I’m the "Black Widow" serial killer people are talking about. He's watching in the shadows, waiting for me to slip up so he can send me to jail. My curse longs to claim him, but I resist because he saved my life. Soon, I will need him to do it again.

Now his morbid fascination with me has turned into an obsession. I don't know how much longer I can keep him at arm's length.

I'm not sure I want to...

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, violence, voyeurism.

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Suzanne Rock said...

A big thanks to the ladies of Shapeshifter Seductions for letting me hang out here!! I'll be around most of the day to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to leave a comment. On Friday morning, sometime between 7 and 8AM EST, I will be choosing one lucky commenter to receive a free copy of Spyder's Web! I'll post the winner here in the comments section... Woot! :)

Barbara J. Hancock said...

LOL about writing the love scenes. I have to clear out the house or take a long walk to a secluded spot with a legal pad. This summer has been so hard with all the children off from school. Not to mention I'm writing my most daring novella yet!

'course that pic of James Dean is vera inspiring;)

Nicole Dennis said...

Ahh... Here you are. Found you once again. :)

Sigh.. Love scenes are always the hardest.. though it's funny that sometimes the better ones come to me while I'm stuck at work and not at home.. Just the thought of writing something so steamy in the middle of an office... has just that touch of wicked to it and adds to the spice.

Loved the book by the way.. :)

Serena Shay said...

Hi Suzanne,
Thanks for swinging by today. Spyder's Web looks wonderful. Congrats on the release.

Wikipedia...isn't that an awesome place to spend time? ;)

Moira Rogers (Donna) said...

I love that you draw inspiration from the movies. I'm so into films that my friends call me the walking IMDb. LOL And Humphrey Bogart is ALWAYS a good choice... :D

Congratulations on your book release!

bridget3420 said...

Sounds steamy:)

Paris said...

Congratulations on the new release, it sounds wonderful! I loved Bogart and Dean were your inspirations. Can't wait to read this!

Suzanne Rock said...

Hi Barbara! Thaks for stopping by! I love James Dean. So swoon worthy. And in "Rebel without a Cause"... Sigh. LOL. I hear you about writing love scenes. My kids are small and still into Elmo and Barney. I've tried writing them with Barney going on in the background. It's hard. Real hard, LOL.

Hi Nicole! Thanks so much for stopping by! And yes, you always manage to find me. ;) I have to confess that I've tried writing a steamy scene on my lunch break, but I took a legal pad and went outside at one of the picnic tables. It was...interesting. I'll never do it again. I folded up the paper and put it in my purse, but the whole day I was a little nervous that someone from my day job would find it and read it. :0 LOL Thanks for your kind words about Spyder's Web. I appreciate it!

Suzanne Rock said...

Hi Serena! Thanks for the congrats! I can't believe how much time I waste on wikipedia. I start researching medevil history and before you know it I'm reading about how hot dogs are made and on Earth did I get here? LOL. :)

Hi Moira (Donna)! Thanks so much for stopping by. I think we might be kindred spirits, LOL. I LOVE movies, especially the old Hollywood type of movies. Although the B-movie horror flicks can be good, too. LOL. There is just something so romantic about old Hollywood. I love reading about all of the behind the scene drama that went on while making movies, too. Good stuff. :)

Suzanne Rock said...

Hi Bridget! Thanks for stopping by! It IS rather steamy. LOL. I think I blushed quite a bit while writing it. :)

Thanks Paris for stopping by! Yeah, like I said, I love old Hollywood. I love movies, actually. Movie characters often provide great inspiration for me. :)

Savanna Kougar said...

Hi Suzanne, thanks so much for being here today.
Humphrey Bogart and James Dean, so cool. I would never have thought of blending those two.
Maltese Falcon and Rebel Without a Cause, two of my old fave movies.
I'm naughtily curious. Since both of them are smoking, does your hero smoke?

Suzanne Rock said...

Hi Savanna! Long time no see! LOL.

Yes, my hero smokes. I took a big chance with that one, since everybody is so anti-smoking now-a-days. But I really wanted to captue that old Hollywood feel with the hero, James. Most of the men in the old movies smoked, so therefore my hero does, too.

I was surprised that my editor didn't try to edit it out. Maybe because the hero only really smokes in the first scene. In his backstory he's a chain smoker who is trying to quit. By the time the story opens, he has been watching the heroine, Spyder, for quite a while. She has really thrown him for a loop, and in the opening scene he decides it is time to finally confront her. The highly emotional confrontation leads him to fall off the wagon, if you will. ;) As he regains control of the situation, or at least as he THINKS he regains control, the smoking is put aside.

BTW - LOVED Maltese Falconas well as "Rebel...", too. What a great movie!

Grace Conley said...

Hi Suzanne,

I love Humphey Bogart and James Dean, too! What terrific inspirations for your hero (and Christina Ricci for the herioine, too)! It's always interesting to hear who a writer was inspired by.

I really enjoyed Spyder's Web -- good luck and I can't wait to read your next one!

deb said...

Love both of your leading men. A combination of both would be too hot to handle.LOL
Debby Creager

Suzanne Rock said...

Hi Barbara! Thanks so much for your kind words about Spyder's Web! I love learning what inspired writers to write their stories, too. It's like watching a "behind the scenes" special. :)

Hi Deb! Thanks for stopping by. LOL about a Dean/Bogart combo being too hot to handle. I know what you mean. I was fanning myself as I was writing some of the sections about James, LOL.

Suzanne Rock said...

Goodness, I meant to say Grace, not Barbara in that last comment, LOL. I think it might be time for me to call it a night before I hurt myself. :) I'll be back tomorrow to see if here are any more comments...

Savanna Kougar said...

Suzanne, I'm glad your editor didn't get bent out of shape. It makes your story truer to life and the hero you created.
I've never been a smoker. In fact, I'm now allergic to the smoke.
However, from how you described your hero I just couldn't see him not smoking. Kudos, for going for it!

Suzanne Rock said...


Debby Creager

WOOT! You have a FREE copy of Spyder's Web!!!

So Deb, send me an email at SuzanneRock [at] ymail [dot] com with the subject "Shapeshifter Seductions Winner" in the subject line in order to claim your prize!


Thanks again to Shapeshifter Seductions for letting me come by and chat. It was a lot of fun!