Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Soapbox Spotlight: Susan Noble

I am so pleased to be able to share another Soapbox Spotlight with you this morning: Ms. Susan Noble.  Susan is a woman after my own heart, writing anything that moves her.  Her popularity, however, spawns from a fantasy trilogy called "The Elemental".  Please join me in welcoming her to our site!

Tell us about yourself, Susan.

I am a stay-at-home mom, so I basically divide my time between raising my two children, volunteering at their schools and writing. I love magic and dragons so it just seemed natural to start writing about them. When I am not writing, taking care of the kids (or my husband and three cats), I try to find time to read.

How long have you been writing?

I have always been a writer. As a child I wrote short stories and poems. In high school, I wrote for the student newspaper and liked it enough to make journalism my major in college. However, it wasn’t until after college that I began working on my first novel, Summoned.

I got a similar start.  What first attracted you to this genre?

I have always liked stories of people with extraordinary power, whether it was magic, telekinesis or some other power that average people didn’t have. And of course since I love dragons, it was easy to decide to write fantasy novels.

Does the writing get easier with each new book?

Since I have been working on a trilogy, I would have to say that yes, it gets easier writing each new book. I already know most of the characters so it feels very familiar to keep writing about them. In fact, Tosh, the main character from The Search is also one of the main characters from my The Elemental trilogy so it was a breeze to write, too.

Do you consider yourself a pantser or plotter?

I would say a little of both. I do plot out a rough outline but then as I write I don’t always stick with it. I let the story develop and just try to go with the flow.  You never know where your characters will lead you.

I feel exactly the same way.  What about the title; how did you come up with it?

The title for The Search came pretty easily. The STACs, which a telepathic cats that can sense people who possess elemental power, have been on the search for the one person destined to save the Land.  They refer to this as “The Search” so that of course became the title for this short story. 

What are your current writing projects?

I am just finishing up Destiny, the third book in my The Elemental trilogy. It should be out by the end of this month. After that, I will begin work on a stand-alone book called Alexandria.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

I would say write because you love it. And don’t take criticism to heart. Not everyone is going to love your writing no matter how good it is.

Your writing space: neat or messy?

For as organized as I am in most parts of my life, my desk is awful messy. I just hate filing so everything ends up in piles on my desk.  And there is always at least one notepad sitting out for me to write down other things I need to do.

That's so true for me, too!  What genre of books do you read, or do you stick with the genre you write in?

I of course read fantasy but also enjoy romance, mysteries and suspense.
 
What do you do to unwind and relax?

Reading is my favorite way to relax though I sometimes don’t have enough time to do that.  I also like to watch a little TV sometimes. Once Upon a Time and Arrow (hmm, both fantasy based shows) are my favorites.

Haha, figures!  Thanks for joining us, Susan!

My pleasure, Ray.  Thank you for having me!

You can find Susan at the following links:

Readers can find more about me by visiting my blog, Into Another World, (http://susanleighnoble.wordpress.com/) or by checking out my author page on Independent Author’s Network.  (http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/susan-leigh-noble.html)

You can find Susan's books at the following links:

The Search can be purchased exclusively from Amazon.  http://amzn.com/B0098PHNW6

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