Today I have one of my favourite people with me. Sue Brown is not only a brilllliant writer (see four 'ls' on purpose) she is also one of my greatest friends and one of the nicest people I know. Sue kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me on her latest release, The Lord's Tale, Book Three in The Fitzwarren Inheritance Trilogy. Book One is The Soldier's Tale by RJ Scott and Book Two is the Psychic's Tale by Chris Quinton. I adore Sue's writing style and the way she weaves her tale through the relationships of her characters and I think everybody should read all three books :) But enough of my waffling...let's get started ;
Thanks for answering some questions for me, Sue.
1. So who is Sue Brown?
Chocolate addicted, black coffee swilling female, who is a M/M romance writer and a Christian. Passionate about both. Looking for like-minded individuals willing to talk for hours about the most angsty situations for my boys. Oh, must come with own netbook. I don’t share.
2. The Lord’s Tale is the final part of The Fitzwarren Inheritance Trilogy. How did you,
R J Scott and Chris Quinton come up with the idea?
Chris and RJ came up with the ideas. Aren’t they magnificent? Chris is amazing when she gets going on the curses. I was so deep in university work the two ladies developed the whole idea.
3. Did you fight over who would go first, or did you agree the order between yourselves?
It was a simple decision for me. I was writing my dissertation at the time so I wanted to go last. I thought it would be easiest. Hah!
4. Was it difficult to build and develop your characters while remembering that you had
To break the Fitzwarren curse?
Hell yes! I could have written twice the amount just to give my boys more time. It was a good exercise in concise writing.
5. How easy was it to write a Trilogy with two other talented authors? Did you confer a
Lot on how each individual book would pan out?
Not really. I needed the others help to wrap up the curse because I was playing with their characters more than in the first two books. Otherwise each book was our own.
6. In my opinion, the Trilogy is fantastic and I highly recommend it, everyone should
Read it – do you have a favourite scene from The Lord’s Tale?
Phil’s conversation with his family after his first night with Lee. I love the fact that his siblings still rib him about his love life.
7. When did you know that writing was your passion?
When I was thinking more about sex positions for my men than what was happening on TV. It took over my life.
8. What was your first book and how long did it take to get it published?
The Sacrifice in the Making Contact anthology, published by Dreamspinner, was my first attempt at getting a story published, and from starting it to publication was 3 months. Chance to be King was already written but took about 3 months to get published.
9. What some don’t realize is that writing is a discipline and you have to proportion a part of your day to it – how long does it usually take you to complete a manuscript?
How long is a piece of string? I’m a slow slow sloooooooooooooow writer. If I’m lucky
then I can write about 10k a week. It does take me at least two weeks for a short story and
a few months for longer stories.
10. Do you outline your plots first? Or are you like me and just go hell for leather?
Lisa, you know that I just dive in and then flounder mid-plot.
I was being polite!
11. Out of your body of work – do you have a favourite character?
Luke from Morning Report. I adore Luke for his passion, his possessiveness and his love for his man. Also, cowboys *whimper*.
12. If you were to offer advice to someone starting out, what would you say?
If you don’t press send you’ll never know.
13. Who are your favourite authors? Not just in the M/M genre.
David Eddings, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Chris Owen, JL Langley, early Patricia Cornwall, Terry Goodkind, DH Lawrence. I’ll stop now otherwise I’ll be here for some time.
14. If you hadn’t chosen writing, or rather, writing hadn’t chosen you, what do you think
You would be doing for a living?
Working in the library at uni. Good job for leaving the brain free but it wasn’t exactly stimulating. I like the people more than the job. I learnt more about Sikh and Hindu attitudes to sex from one conversation that I would from any course.
15. What do you do in your free time? And don’t say writing!
What free time?
16. What makes you laugh?
My kids fooling around, photos of dog doing silly things, The Two Ronnies (Brit 80s comedy duo), Red Dwarf… lots of things. Also you and Patti Logan keep me in stitches.
Why thank you :)
17. What irritates you most about other people?
Most? Do I have to say just one thing?
18. Would you like to share with us your favourite joke?
*Snort* I wonder how many people are actually going to answer that last question *giggles* chicken!
Thank you for coming to chat, Sue and I wish you many sales.
Thanks Lisa *HUGS*
It's been a pleasure talking with Sue and you can find her at:-
And here’s a little taster of The Lord’s Tale: Buy Here!