Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Suzanne Adair, Author

 Please welcome one of my favorite historical authors, Suzanne Adair. Her book PAPER WOMAN won the prestigious Patrick D. Smith Literary Award. CAMP FOLLOWER was a finalist for both the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award. Her current release, REGULATED FOR MURDER is certain to win awards as well.

Caroline: Readers love to get to know authors. Please tell us something about yourself that lets readers get to know the real you--perhaps something they might find surprising.

Suzanne: I took up dancing adult classical ballet lessons when I was in my early twenties in college and am still dancing ballet. I've performed in several small companies. Ballet has given me a love of all dancing: ballroom, jazz, country, etc.

Caroline: You must have natural talent, because ballet lessons usually require one start very young. Your novel PAPER WOMAN is one of my favorites. Is the American Revolution your chosen era for all your books?

Suzanne: I'm glad you enjoyed PAPER WOMAN. The American Revolution is my chosen era for this series of books. But starting next spring, I may release the first book of a science fiction series that's set in the 24th century.

Caroline: No, no! I want more Michael Stoddard books! (Oh, for a moment I forgot it's your choice. LOL) Where do you glean most of your research?

Suzanne: Most of my research for the series set during the American Revolution has come from hands-on experience as a Revolutionary War reenactor, and from historical sites that I visit.

From Suzanne's site
Caroline: On your blog, you have photos of Revolutionary re-enactors. Do you participate in these battles or watch them?

Suzanne: I don't participate in the actual battle reenactments, but I watch my sons re-create the roles of redcoats on the battlefield. My active participation is as a civilian accompanying the army.

Caroline: Would you like to share an unusual/interesting experience you had while visiting a battleground or researching one of your books?

Suzanne: While I was staying at the Kinard House, a restored Victorian-era B&B just down the street from the Revolutionary War fort in Ninety Six, South Carolina, I met the resident ghost, Henry Kinard. On two previous visits to Kinard House, the owner had never dropped the slightest hint of a spectral resident, but my experience that third visit tallied exactly with her experiences. I have a scientific background and didn't believe in ghosts, but I could find no other explanation for the experience. And fortunately, it was a pleasant encounter.

Caroline: I've met several ghosts, so I'm a believer.
In the past you had used a traditional publisher. What made you decide to publish independently?

Suzanne: The regional press that originally released my trilogy (PAPER WOMAN, THE BLACKSMITH’S DAUGHTER, and CAMP FOLLOWER) as well as the historical fiction and non-fiction of a number of authors folded. I approached several agents and small presses with REGULATED FOR MURDER, but they dragged their feet or said they didn't know how to reach my audience. Meanwhile loyal readers kept asking me when my next book was coming out. They'd been patient, but they wouldn't wait forever.

By the time my publisher folded, I was managing most of my own promotion and even some of the distribution. Also I'd retained almost all subsidiary rights when I signed the contracts, so I'd already made the trilogy available for ebooks. January 2011, I decided to independently publish the Michael Stoddard series, bringing each title out in electronic format first, then releasing a print version several months later. My print rights for the trilogy reverted to me, so those books will be re-released in print in several months.

Caroline: I'm pleased to know that! They are keepers and I'll want them in print as well as the e-books on my Kindle. I know you use real events in your stories. Are any of the major characters based on real people?

Suzanne: None of my major characters are based on real people. They're all blends of people I've known and fictional characters. The following actual historical people have appeared as cameos or secondary characters in my books:

PAPER WOMAN: Luciano de Herrera
THE BLACKSMITH’S DAUGHTER: Thomas Brown, Lord Cornwallis
CAMP FOLLOWER: Francis Marion, Banastre Tarleton

Caroline: What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

Suzanne: Entertainment, education, and escape.

Caroline: Great answer! Tell us about your latest release, after I remind readers to check the review from Monday's post.

 SuzanneFor ten years, an execution hid murder. Then Michael Stoddard came to town.

Bearing a dispatch from his commander in coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, redcoat Lieutenant Michael Stoddard arrives in Hillsborough in February 1781 in civilian garb. He expects to hand a letter to a courier working for Lord Cornwallis, then ride back to Wilmington the next day. Instead, Michael is greeted by the courier's freshly murdered corpse, a chilling trail of clues leading back to an execution ten years earlier, and a sheriff with a fondness for framing innocents—and plans to deliver Michael up to his nemesis, a psychopathic British officer.

Caroline: Michael Stoddard is a wonderful hero! I can hardly wait to read his (okay, your) next book. Where can readers find your books?



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Caroline: How can readers learn more about you?

Suzanne's bio: Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

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Caroline: Suzanne, thank you for sharing with us today. Wishing you continued success with your amazing books!

Readers, please return on Friday to meet Alyson Reuben.

Thanks for stopping by!


Barbara Conelli said...

Suzanne, I love the ghost story. I have also become a believer after my own encounter with a ghost, and I'm curious to know more about your experience :)

I admire you for writing historical books because I can only imagine how much research needs to be done before you actually start writing the story. A great job, keep writing!

Denise Z said...

I read Paper Woman a while back and have to say it was an incredibly well written and interesting story. Thank you so much for bringing Suzanne Adair, back to the forefront of my mind and sharing about the other works out there :)

Suzanne said...

Hi Barbara, thanks for stopping by! Email me at my gmail address, and we'll exchange ghost stories. :-)

The research for historical fiction is ongoing and continues while I'm writing. Worldbuilding never ends.

And an enjoyment of worldbuilding is why as much as 25% of historical fiction readers also read science fiction. Caroline, don't worry. Michael Stoddard will be back. I plan to alternate between the 18th century and the 24th century for awhile. :-)

Suzanne Adair

Suzanne said...

Denise, thanks for the compliment! If you liked the world of Paper Woman, The Blacksmith's Daughter and Camp Follower come after Paper Woman chronologically.

Suzanne Adair

Liz V. said...

Very nice interview. Best wishes for success of all the books, e-format and print.

Suzanne said...

Thanks, Liz. Nice to see you here.

Suzanne Adair

jenny milchman said...

Nice to see Suzanne here, and read more about her work, and life!