Gothic Bite Magazine Interviewed Susannah Shannon

Gothic Bite Magazine always welcomes amazing authors on their website! This week, we have the pleasure to interview, Susannah Shannon!

Who is Susannah Shannon?

I live in the American Midwest. I have been married to my college sweetheart for, well a long time.

Susannah Shannon Author Picture
Susannah Shannon Author Picture

We have five kids, and our youngest is nineteen. In my day job, I work with young children. I have always been a voracious reader — fiction, nonfiction, anything.

I am an incredibly good cook and a lousy housekeeper, priorities, people!

THE INTERVIEW!

ALEXA WAYNE (A.W.): When did you find out you would want to
write novels?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: I think I started writing and telling stories when I was tiny. I got busy with marriage, career, and kids; but the call came back, and I answered it.

A.W.: You mentioned me your work, all set in paranormal or Gothic settings, would you let our readers know why you are more attracted to that genre?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: I have written contemporary books too. Currently, I love supernatural settings. My Norse Warriors series is set in a land of myth-where saber-toothed tigers roam, and your battle scars tell the world who you are, what’s not to love?

The Sorcerer's Willful Bride - The Love and Other Magic Series Book One by Susannah Shannon
The Sorcerer’s Willful Bride – The Love and Other Magic Series Book One by Susannah Shannon

My most recent series The Enchanting Submissive series is set in a parallel universe where a young witch has been living among us and getting a Ph.D. from Harvard.

When a spell goes wrong, this brilliant scholar finds herself in an arranged marriage to a sorcerer. I would love for the magic to be real and I love creating worlds that speak to my heart.

A.W.: When writing about paranormal, do you do research and if so, how far do you go with your research?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: What a great question. I have done research- Not so much with the magic part- but I learned a lot about knights and feudal societies and Scandinavian lore.

Dru, The Sorcerer’s Willful Bride, is an expert on the Salem witch trials, so I dusted off some old books on that.

Claimed by the Gilded Dragon by Susannah Shannon
Claimed by the Gilded Dragon by Susannah Shannon

A.W.: What is most important to you when writing your novels?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: I want to share the experience of the world and the characters with anyone reading it.

A.W.: Which authors influenced your writing?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: Geez, how much time do you have! Jane Austen, because she taught us that smart girl could get the guy.

Ursula Le Guin because those are the first fantasy books I vividly remember. Carolyn Faulkner because she included spanking in her romances and it was a hook, and I bit!

J.K. Rowling because she is the queen of world building and hairpin
plot twists.

Guarded by Susannah Shannon
Guarded by Susannah Shannon

A.W.: Which of your novels is your favorite and why is it your favorite?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: The favorite of my books is, Her Gilded Dragon. In that book, I introduced the snowforce and my favorite magical creature, Ragnifer, who is a cranky wood sprite, and the romance between Hanne and Jonis is epic.

A.W.: Do you believe in the paranormal, by that I mean in hauntings, that there are creatures out in the wild we still don’t know the existence of?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: I think there are undiscovered corners in the universe. There’s still so much to seek in our universe we have been gifted!

Her Guilded Dragon by Susannah Shannon
Her Guilded Dragon by Susannah Shannon

A.W.: What was your reaction when you learned a publisher wanted you as part of their authors?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: I danced around my living room. I knew nothing, nothing about the publishing industry! I was so grateful for the chance to have a book published.

A.W.: What sets you apart from other paranormal and Gothic authors?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: The world’s I strive to create are sophisticated and constructed in a way that they are transportive. I want the world to work. All my books contain a variety of genres- romance, characters growing, lots of humor and power exchange.

A.W.: What can readers look forward to from Susannah Shannon in 2019?

SUSANNAH SHANNON: Book 2 in the Enchanting Submissive series out in April. May has the final, Norse Warriors book. I am also involved in some co-writing. Can’t wait to share it!


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