Welcome to our Writers Wednesday Spotlight! Each week we will be highlighting a different geeky writer we think you might like to check out. For this week’s spotlight, we are excited to introduce you to Susan Roddey (aka S.H. Roddey)!
Her Latest Book
Her most recent book, Blood and Bone was just released March 13, 2018!
S.H. Roddey returns to the Shadow Council Archives, the tales of bygone days in the world of Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter, with Blood & Bone, a tale of intrigue, revenge, magic, lust, and love with ripples that will be felt throughout history. The evil Brotherhood has captured a woman capable of summoning demons, and they plan to unleash her evil upon the City of Lights, Paris. Adam has been enlisted by his sometimes friend, sometimes companion Vlad Dracula to rid the world of this evil.
You can purchase it here: Blood and Bone.
About Susan Roddey
(in her own words from her website)
South Carolina native S.H. Roddey has been writing for fun since she was a child and still enjoys building worlds across the speculative fiction spectrum filled with mystery and intrigue. She brings to the literary world a unique blend of humor, emotion, and wild ideas filled with dark themes and strong characters. In addition to writing she is also a voracious reader, wanna-be chef, and video game addict with two full-time jobs: administrative social media professional, and mom to two cats, a teenager, and a precocious toddler with an affinity for computer keyboards.
- When did you first realize you were interested in becoming an author? What drives you to write?
I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I was always that weird kid who was so lost in her own head that she never realized other people we around. I was a teenager before I had the conscious thought that “hey, I might be able to do this for a living”. As for what drives me to write, I jokingly tell people it’s because there are too many voices in my head and it’s the only way to make them shut up. Seriously, though, it’s a passion. I’ve always had a vivid imagination, and the ability to articulate what goes on in my head for others to enjoy makes me happy.
- How would you describe your style or genre of writing to a potential fan?
I’m a literary mutt. I think the proper term is “hybrid”, but I’ve never been much for proper terms.Since I write across several genres, they tend to overlap a good bit. My first love is (and will always be) horror, but the majority of my writing lately leans toward dark/urban fantasy. The romance brain often rears its head in the middle of the story, and sometimes it’s hard to keep Siobhan contained. I also have this very odd, somewhat guilty-pleasure love of cheesy contemporary romances. As a matter of fact, I just pitched a Christmas romance to a publisher this week.
- What are you currently working on? What are you working on next?
There are currently three projects eating my brain – Wretched & Divine, the third Shadow Council Archives novella in John Hartness’ Harkerverse (one more chapter to write…YAY!), the silly Christmas romance named Small-Town Santa, and then a yet-to-be-named romantic fantasy I’ve been incubating for a couple of years now. There are at least three dozen other projects in my in-progress folder, but these three have expectations from outside my own head.
- What existing book do you wish you had written and why?
Good question, and one for which I have no answer. I’ve never been the type to covet others’ work. I’m a voracious reader (we’re talking a book a day), and while writer-brain often gets in the way of enjoying a book I would have absolutely adored ten years ago, I still find myself appreciating the talents of others more than wishing those talents were my own. Is that a silly answer? It probably is, but eh…I’m not your typical human.
- What is one piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
RUN FAR, FAR AWAY!!!Kidding…sort of. It’s a hard business and it can be discouraging when you’re just starting out. But to that, I would tell new authors this:
Stop trying to be what you think others want you to be. Write the stories you want to read and enjoy the process on your own terms. There’s no magic potion, but there’s also nothing stopping YOU from being the next big thing.