Welcome!! It’s so nice to have you back here again! Thanks for taking time out for this short Q&A. What would we find under your bed?
Now, that’s a loaded question. In the past, it always depended on how much closet space I had wherever we were living at the time. There’s no telling what you might find. Boxes of Christmas ribbons and wrapping paper, Christmas gifts, deer rifles in locked cases, unfinished arts and crafts projects and/or supplies, record albums, books or sewing supplies. Things you’re likely to find there now? The heating pad, an ice pack, socks, shoes.
Beatles or Monkees? Why?
Despite knowing how talented the Beatles were, individually or together, I had the worst crush on Mickey Dolenz when I was a teenager. I thought he was sweet, funny and good looking. Michael Nesmith wasn’t half-bad either, only he was married. But if I had to pick, it would be the Beatles, definitely. I cannot listen to the John Lennon’s Imagine without turning into a blubbery mess of tears. George Harrison’s, While My Guitar Gently Weeps or Paul McCartney’s Yesterday, either—they’re all timeless.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
I’d go to Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man for starters. I’m writing a time travel series, set in medieval times in the UK. I’ve always been fascinated by the history, and I’d like nothing better than to experience it by being in the very place it happened. Can you imagine what it would be like to walk the moors of Culloden, listen to someone playing bagpipes from the castle walls at sundown, watch the sunrise from one of the beaches on the Isle of Man and see the standing stones, or visit the caves in Wales. Gives me shivers just to think about it.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you?
If so, what was it? When I was writing Not Long Ago, I joined an online critique group called Critique Circle. While I received invaluable help from others, I couldn’t help but feel discouraged at times. I was whining to a fellow author, telling him my story had a huge plot hole and I didn’t know what I was going to do. He said, “If something’s not working in your story, then fix it. You are the author, after all.” Now whenever I get discouraged, I remember what he said.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I’m completely in charge. I get to decide on the setting and the characters. I can build a world from my own imagination or go anywhere I want. It’s a heady feeling.
If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?
Oh, honey, that’s a no brainer. I’d be Erin from Not Long Ago. Lucky girl. She has the adventure of a lifetime when she gets hurled into a medieval world. Not to mention falling in love with a handsome knight who travels across time to find her because he just can’t live without her…sigh…
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?
Gone With the Wind. My Scarlett O’Hara would never, ever let Rhett Butler leave her. She spent years chasing after a man she only thought she loved. Once she realized how much she loved Rhett, she’d never give up.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Xander’s Tangled Web
Author: Susan A. Royal
Published: April 26th, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: After a late night visit to Battington’s marketplace, Princess Mena vanishes without a trace. Merchants are frantic, because King Leander has called for a curfew and postponed the Spring Festival until further notice. Certain his former constable is the man for the job, the mayor hires Xander to investigate, hoping he can solve the mystery in a hurry so things can go back to normal.
But Xander’s not so sure that’s possible, because there’s romance involved, and he knows when that happens folks who are normally very sensible seem to lose all reason. In addition to sorting out truths, half-truths and outright lies, he must deal with gypsies, love potions and an illegal moonshine operation before he gets to the bottom of things.
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Excerpt from Xander’s Tangled Web by Susan A. Royal:
“Out of my face, you mangy beastie!”
The rumbling bass voice came out of nowhere. Xander jumped like he’d been scalded. Up at first light and on the road soon after, he’d dozed off and allowed Quep’s reins to go slack. The shaggy little pony wandered over to the side of the road for tender shoots of grass growing there.
“Look at you, riding along with your nose stuck up in the air like royalty.”
Xander squinted in the direction of the voice and spied a man dressed in raggedy brown homespun who blended with the landscape like a toad on moss. Arms crossed and lips pinched together tightly together, the man stared back at him.
“Sorry, Frawl.” Xander yanked on Quep’s reins. “You’re out bright and early. Are you on your way to Battington?”
“Aye, I have pressing business.”
“Is that so?” Xander couldn’t begin to imagine what kind. It was a well-known fact that his second cousin once removed avoided anything remotely connected with work.
The other man fished in his pocket and brought out copper coins. “Where d’ye think? I’m on me way to Battington to spend an afternoon at Ardley’s tavern. What about you?”
“I’m going to town as well, to pick up supplies and catch up on all the latest.”
Frawl flashed a grin. “Since we’re both headed in the same direction, how about you let me ride along? I can fill you in on all the tittle-tattle.”
Xander ground his teeth. So much for a nice, quiet trip. “Sure. Come on.”
As big around as he was tall, Frawl grunted and strained a bit before he managed to climb astride the pony. “You heard the latest?”
Xander shook his head. “Reckon not. I haven’t been to market in a fortnight. Suse and I live so far out we never get any news, unless a bird happens to fly by and share.”
“Unless a bird…?” It took a moment or two, but Frawl finally realized Xander was joking. After he stopped laughing, he pulled out a checkered rag, wiped his eyes and blew his nose. “You do have a quick wit.”
“Well, are you going to tell me or not?” Xander was less inclined to believe hearsay than most, but he did have a weakness for listening.
“Aye, I’ll begin at the beginning.” Frawl chuckled and rubbed his hands together. “Of late, some of the royalty has been frequenting the market more often than normal. Not, as you might believe, for fresh blue milk or a rare piece of fairy silk, though I have been told the merchant in the big corner stall with all the fancy notions has some in his possession so fine he swears the cloth will float…”
“Get to the point, will you?”
“Pardon, I digress.” Frawl cleared his throat. “Now, where was I? Oh yes. It turns out it wasn’t just any royalty, but one of old King Leander’s daughters. Princess Mena herself. Anyways, word went round she was after a good apothecary. Reason being, she wanted to purchase a spell.”
“But why come to Battington market? Why wouldn’t she ask her father’s sorcerer instead?”
“Turns out, she didn’t want just any old spell, she wanted a love potion. When she showed up at Mercury’s shop, he was nervous enough. After he found out what she fancied, it near did him in. Everyone knows love potions are dicey at best. Sometimes they work and sometimes not. There’s always the chance some poor unfortunate soul could end up turning into a tree toad.”
About the Author:
Susan A. Royal takes her readers on adventures to other worlds where anything can happen and frequently does. She shares a 100 year old house in east Texas with a ghost who likes to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar. She writes SciFi/Fantasy with action, adventure and liberal doses of romance. She is currently working on the third in her time travel series, It’s About Time. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. Want to know more? Visit susanaroyal.wordpress.com or susanaroyal.moonfruit.com for a peek inside this writer’s mind. You never know what you’ll discover.
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