Monday, 26 March 2012

Author Spotlight - Q&A with Susan Jaymes

STEPH: I don't know much about "Guilty Hearts." What's it about?

SUSAN: Dee harbors a secret that will affect everyone close to her. When Matt, a long lost love, returns to town, the secret unravels and all her fears turn to reality. Now she must rectify her deception to all the people she hurt.

STEPH: How long did it take to write?
SUSAN: It took me two years and I rewrote it three times before I finally had it right.

STEPH: Did you have to do a lot of research for the novel?

SUSAN: Most of the story comes from personal experience. The story is emotional driven which we can all relate to. At the time my sons had both left the nest and I knew exactly how Dee felt with Jared pulling away from her.

STEPH: How important is the setting to the novel?

SUSAN: Although Guilty Hearts takes place in a fictional town, I based it on my husband's hometown. However, Green Lake was too small of a town. I needed a place where the characters would run into one another, but yet big enough where the secret could be kept. The Bottomless Lake actually is Green Lake where my husband ice fished with my two boys for many years.

STEPH: Dee is the heroine. What are her faults? Strengths?

SUSAN: Dee's main fault is not trusting in anyone. Her strength is the ability to put her son first which also gets her in trouble.

STEPH: What does Matt find appealing about Dee?

SUSAN: Matt loves her spunk and her devotion to her son.

STEPH: What's the theme of the novel?

SUSAN: Secrets always come back to bite you. It's only a matter of time.

STEPH: Are you a plotter or a panster?

SUSAN: Defiantly a plotter. I plot out every chapter from beginning to end before I even start writing the first draft.

STEPH: Do you have an ebook reader? If so, which one?

SUSAN: I do. I have a kindle my son bought me for Mother's Day and I love it.

STEPH: Fun question: Easter is coming up soon. What do you like to eat on Easter?

SUSAN: That's a tough one. I love ham and only have it at Christmas and Easter but I also love the light pastel M&M's. It's something about the pretty colors that just make them taste better!


Guilty Hearts is a great book. I felt like I was right there with the characters; empathized and laughed right along with them. Loved the surprise twists and had me guessing the outcome right to the end. Can't wait for Susan Jaymes next book release. Reader: Anna Hoff.

What a great story. It was really hard to put the book down. You'll want to continue reading to find out what happens next. Reader: Dawn Margelofsky

I could not stop reading, I was hooked after the first few pages. I would highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed. Reader's review from Amazon (Cody74)
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  1. Susan,
    Your book sounds good and I can tell you've given it a lot of thought and include snippets of yourself in it! Plotter, huh? I'm an in betweener-like parts of both methods! Hope you have the best of sales.

  2. Thank you Jude and thanks for stopping by.


  3. I love the theme of "secrets always come back to bite you. It's only a matter of time." It's so true.