Sarah Raplee interviewed today's guest, multi-talented romance author Susan Lute.
What sets a Post-Apocalyptic Romance apart from other Sci-Fi Romances?
A post-apocalyptic romance is set in a very specific time period after the destruction of the world as we know it today. They can be any sub-genre – pararnormal, steampunk, fantasy, futuristic, action drama, dystopian like The Hunger Games. My debut PA Romance, Dragon's Thief is a paranormal-fantasy, with a dash of steampunk.
What led you to write a Post-Apocalyptic Romance Novel?
It's a cautionary tale really, one some of you may have already heard. Frustrated by the shrinking markets for manuscripts and wondering how a writer was supposed to know in which genre their voice fit best, I decided to do an experiment. I took my favorite hero – a reformed mercenary; my favorite heroine – a thief; and my favorite setting – a bar, a little worn around the edges. The challenge was to take these three elements and write the meet cute in four or five different genres – not contemporary because I was writing contemporary romance and women's fiction at the time and figured I had a sample of what my voice looked like in those genres - but historical, young adult, paranormal, and cozy mystery to see where my voice shined the most. Because I never envisioned in my wildest dreams I could write paranormal, that's the one I started with. And I wrote. And I wrote. And I kept writing until I wrote, The End. The proposal for Dragon's Thief is now sitting on an editor's desk waiting to be read.
Which came to you first, your plot or your characters?
The characters. The plot came while writing that first scene.
Why do you think this romance sub-genre is gaining in popularity at this time?
Well it's 2012, and there are a lot of predictions pertaining to the Mayan calendar at the end of this year. I think people are curious. What's next for human kind? It's nice that some of us have stories to tell about it.
What did you find most difficult about writing this book?
Absolutely nothing. This book just flew out of my fingertips. It was a joy to write all the way through.
What did you find most fun?
Writing the first scene where Logan and Beyla meet. Then the tournament which takes up the second half of the book. And the end. I also LOVED writing the fighting scenes. And especially I LOVED writing Logan and Beyla's romance.
In your opinion, who is the audience for these stories?
That's the magic question, isn't it? The most likely audience for PA Romances, and especially for Dragon's Thief, is going to be anyone who's interested in reading stories about finding family in the most unlikely places. Readers who love characters with the courage to find themselves and fight for what they discover in the most challenging environments. And readers who want to believe humanity will survive, no matter what trials we go through.
Do you have books out in other sub-genres of romance?
I do. Contemporary Romance, and Women's Fiction.
In fact I have a new release coming out in October, The Broken Road. Here’s the blurb:
|"Susan Lute is a beautiful keeper|
of the human heart..."
Dr. Dana Murphy has everything a physician can want. Everything except the one thing she can’t get back. When she’s diagnosed with a degenerative condition that threatens the career she loves, and her husband discovers he has a teenage daughter, the comfortable life she’s built begins to unravel. When her crazy mother and sister come to stay, in the chaos that follows, Dana scrambles to scotch tape it all back together, and instead finds herself on the brink of losing everything she holds dear.
Thank you so much for having me. This has been a lot of fun. ~Susan Lute