Author Interview – Sue Seabury

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Nov 142016

sue_seaburyAuthor of “The Misadventures of Robin Jane” series, Sue Seabury has a number of young adult novels available. It is great to be able to interview someone that has successfully launched a new series in recent years in this genre.

A bit about Sue – she enjoys exotic travel, good food, and great conversation. Since she doesn’t often get to enjoy any of these, she makes up stories about them.

Here are some handy links to find Sue’s works and learn more about her take on things –





Let’s find out what Sue has been up to.

1. What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Not getting discouraged by the query rejections.

2. What’s your views on social media for marketing? Which of them

have worked best for you?

I have a facebook page and am on twitter. I have seen anecdotal evidence they work, but I don’t have a ton of experience with them. Mainly bumbling my way around, seeing what works, and what doesn’t.

3. Do you let your book stew – leave it for a month and then come back

to it to edit?

Yes. No specific amount of time, but definitely helps to set it aside and

come back with fresh eyes.

4. How do you edit?

I asked a few friends who had experience and/or interest in copyediting

and/or writing. I thought I did a good job finding typos and other errors, but

they found a whole bunch. Seems I’m not the eagle eyes I thought I was.

5. Did you come across any specific challenges in writing Miss

Calculation? What would you do differently the next time?

I didn’t have a clue what was missing from my writing until I started

getting feedback. Now that I know my weaknesses, heck yeah I work

to not make those same mistakes.

Character Interviews for introducing novels to readers

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May 222012

Character interviews are a great way for authors to introduce their books to potential readers. They give the reader a chance to get a sense of a particular character in a quick, but in-depth way. Character interviews can also provide added material for readers not spelled out in a novel’s narrative. Plus, the author gets to revisit a character from a fresh perspective for something they completed sometime ago. These interviews can reach people in a different way from standard author interviews.

One thing I like about character interviews is that they allow the author to focus on the nuances of their work for an interview rather than talk about oneself so much. While I understand current wisdom suggests authors should focus on themselves and author platform building, current wisdom is basically how the publishing industry has arrived at the status quo. In current times, debut authors have big concerns about discoverability in a crowded communications environment. that’s where the current wisdom’s brought us. Personally, I’m much more concerned that Tangled Ties to a Manatee is discoverable and memorable than I am about my name as the author. I also hope that my characters are more interesting than my personal idiosyncrasies.

That’s why I’m glad to announce that the character, Jerry, from Tangled Ties to a Manatee has his first interview posted in Pat Bertram’s blog. You can read the interview here.

Jerry is a primary character that quickly gobbled up more and more of the storyline as I worked on early drafts and continued revising the entire manuscript. He soon relegated other characters, such as Mitch, to more supportive roles than initially planned. I believe as readers discover Jerry, they’ll soon understand why he became such a favorite character by those who’ve read and critiqued earlier drafts of the novel.