Monday, May 7, 2018

Monday Meet the Author: Susan Hayes

Hi, my name is Susan Hayes and I love SFR. I’m an unapologetic geek who could flash the Vulcan hand gesture before I could walk, played Dungeons and Dragons all through university, and my phone’s alarm is David Tennant as Doctor Who yelling “Don’t Blink.”

Why did you start writing SFR?

I was raised on sci-fi. I’m pretty sure my mother had me watching the original Star Trek before I could sit up on my own. I loved Buck Rogers, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek, and I devoured sci-fi books, even though I always wanted more romance in them. Once I started writing romances of my own, it was inevitable that I would end up writing the stories I wanted to read when I was growing up.

How many SFR books have you published and what are the titles?

I’ve got sixteen science-fiction romance books to my credit, and the goal is to have that up to twenty by the end of the year. I have four SFR series. 3013, The Drift, Star-Crossed Alien Mail Order Brides, and Nova Force. My newest, No Limit, Drift #5, comes out on May 15th.

Blurb for No Limit

Three hearts. Two worlds. No limits.

Tyran Varosa and Braxon Torr are on a mission. Find an inhabitable planet. Start a new colony. Escape the archaic rules and traditions of the Vardarian homeworld. They never expected to find their mate along the way, and they never imagined she’d be a diminutive human female with pink hair and a warrior’s spirit.

Phaedra Kari has been called a lot of things in her life: trouble, cyber-jockey, lunatic, hacker, but never someone’s mate - not until an alien prince and his best friend arrive at the Drift. She’s got plans of her own, and they don’t include mating anyone, not even a pair of gorgeous aliens whose every touch tempts her to say yes.

When corporate backstabbing progresses to real-life murder, these three will need to come together to ensure the survival of their plans, their friends, and each other.

Where's your favorite place to write? Do you have a dedicated writer's cave?

I have a full-time job with an incredibly supportive boss. She has no problem with me writing at work when it’s quiet. This is great, but it also means that I split my time between writing at work and writing at my home office. Writing at work comes with plenty of challenges – phones, questions, workload, and the possible presence of three kids (It’s a family run company) who are much, much, much too young to read what I write, but are terribly curious about it (and can be very stealthy!)

My writer’s cave is my home office, which is decorated in swords (real ones!) and movie memorabilia. I have a replica of Bilbo’s sword, Sting, Lucille, Negan’s baseball bat from Walking Dead, a crown from Xena: Warrior Princess, and a chainmail shirt worn by Tyr Anazi in Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. Ruling over all of this is my cat, Daisy-Mae, who likes to supervise when I write.

What are your favourite SF/R movies or television series and why?

At the moment, my favourite sci-fi television show is Killjoys. It’s got it all. A kickass heroine, sexy and smart heroes, great humour, and strong writing. I’m also a fan of The Expanse. The details and scientific accuracy are amazing. I am still a Trekkie, which means I watch any and all Star Trek movies and tv shows, from the best to the worst.

About the Author  

Susan lives on Vancouver Island, off the Canadian west coast where the waters are patrolled by orcas, and the sighting of snowflakes leads to citywide panic. She’s jumped out of perfectly good airplanes on purpose and accidentally swum with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.

If the world ends, she plans to survive as the spunky, comedic sidekick to the heroes of the new world, because she’s too short and out of shape to make it on her own for long.

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