Welcome back, Susan. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I believe that being baptized as an infant saves and so my experience was as a baby. I believe I was brought into God’s family as an infant, however my life has been dedicated to discipleship and living out His word. I have always lived with faith and don’t know a time when I didn’t believe in Jesus Christ. My walk has changed over the years and has matured, but it has always been there for me, and I have always been assured of my salvation.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Wow, this is a tough question. I believe we can all learn from each other’s experiences and our needs change as we grow and develop. So who I may want at my retreat today, could change tomorrow. That said. . ,
I would definitely want to include someone who has been in the writing business for a long time and could share business tips with me. Someone who has seen the many changes in the business. I guess, that person for me would be my agent Chip MacGregor. In addition to being an incredible agent, he is also an author so I can include him on my list.
I would want to include an author who is doing well in the genre I am writing in and who is a fabulous writer. A very successful Christian suspense author whose writing I admire is Sibella Giorello so I’d invite her. I love her creativity, her prose and her characters and would love to talk with her about the genre. Plus I just love her name. lol
For much of the same reasons, I would also ask Steven James. He creates such amazing thrillers with intricate plot twists and big story kind of books. Plus I interviewed him in person many years ago, and he’s a very interesting and creative person.
My last pick would be Sandra Robbins, my dear, sweet friend who is the best encourager. Sandra has given me great advice and has helped steer my career in the early days and she continues to do so today. Plus she’s just so sweet and fun. I’d love to spend time with her.
Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I do speak to groups at times, but I don’t do so on a regular basis.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Wow, only one, huh? One that stands out in my mind is from the days when I traveled weekly. When you fly on a weekly basis, you sort of go on autopilot, especially in airports you frequently pass through. I was in the
Cincinnati airport after
a long week and was exhausted. My plane was delayed. I had to use the restroom,
and I’d sat at this particular gate many times so I thought I knew which
restroom was the women’s and which was the men’s. Let’s just say I must have
been more tired than I originally thought. I was wrong, and both, I and a man
were surprised to see me in there. I averted my eyes and rushed out of the
room, my face burning. I’m far more careful in choosing public restrooms now.
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I tell them that is how I started writing and I encourage them to try it if that is there dream. I then explain the realities of the publishing world and tell them it is difficult to break into it. I then encourage them to join a writer’s group. If they want to write inspiration fiction, I refer them to American Christian Fiction Writers. And if they show me they are serious over time, I give them Randy Ingermanson’s book Writing Fiction for Dummies. This is a wonderful beginner’s book and people have told me how much it helped them get started.
Tell us about the featured book.
My November release, Dead Wrong is the second book in my Justice Agency series. This is a five book series about five siblings with a law enforcement background who now work together in a private investigations agency to help people who traditional law enforcement can’t help.
Dead Wrong features Kat Justice a former
Portland police officer. When her client and
old college friend is murdered, Kat knows the killer will come for her next.
Her survival depends on finding her unknown enemy first…and working with
homicide detective Mitch Elliot, her onetime crush. It takes all her
professional skills to ignore the sparks between them, but Kat can’t allow the
handsome cop to get close. She’s seen too many people she loves die, so she
vows just to do her job without getting emotionally involved. Yet keeping her
distance may not be the best way to protect her heart—or their lives.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Something was wrong. Seriously wrong.
Kat Justice flipped the light switch again. Once. Twice. Three times. Click, click, click.
She held her breath and listened. No hum from the refrigerator on the other side of the wall. No bubbling of the aquarium. She couldn’t even hear the heater that should be running on this unusually cold
Oregon day. Just
silence, pulsing in the dark.
Someone had cut the power to
Nancy’s house. Were they still here, hiding
in the murky shadows? Should she continue going forward or back out of the
A fresh wave of concern sent a shiver down her back.
“Easy, Kat,” she whispered as she often had when she’d served on the
police force. But calming her nerves wasn’t so easy anymore. Not since she’d
left the force to work as a private investigator in the family agency. Now she
rarely faced danger.
But this new case was different. A man had followed her friend Nancy home. She feared it had to do with her brother Nathan’s recent death. She believed he’d been murdered.
Kat had told
to call 911, but the police weren’t here. Had Nancy been unable to make the call? After
finding the house dark, Kat called 911 herself, but she couldn’t stand outside
and wait for them to rescue Nancy.
She had to protect her friend at all costs.
Gun in hand, she slowly set off, putting one foot in front of the other and hugging the dining room wall to make herself less of a target. Her heart thumped wildly as she felt her way to the kitchen doorway.
No response. She took another step, sliding her foot along the floor. It thudded into something soft yet solid. She knelt down and felt along the floor. A leg. A jean clad female leg.
Her breath hitched in her lungs as she moved toward the spicy scent of her friend’s signature perfume.
she whispered again, fear ripping open her heart.
She located her friend’s neck and checked her pulse.
For a moment, she could only sit in horror.
Nancy was dead. Her old college friend, the
woman she’d just reconnected with after seven years was gone. Kat had failed
No, God, no. Not this. Not
A sound drifted through the darkness. The barest of sounds like a whisper. Kat held her breath and listened. Soft footfalls. One then another, moving on carpet in the next room. Step after slow step. Heading her way.
He’s still here.
Hands trembling, she jerked back against the wall.
Way to leave us hanging. I want more. How can readers find you on the Internet?
The best places to find me on the Internet are,
Twitter www.Twitter.com/SusanSleemanReview Site www.TheSuspenseZone.com
Thank you, Susan, for sharing this book with us.
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