I began my life loving words. We were read to at night or listened to the story hour on radio—yes, I’m that old. Publishing was the culmination of many years of thinking about it.
What genres do you like to read? – Mostly historical now, but I never had a favorite growing up. I would read the back of the book cover and just knew if it was for me.
Do you have a favorite book or movie? – No, they all have something special to them – even if it’s how bad they are.
Which is your favorite mode of writing? Why? – I write at my computer now. I began writing long hand since I could do it practically anywhere at any time. Now, I have the leisure of sitting at my desk much of my day and write until I drop.
What is your primary or favorite genre to write? -Historical westerns, right now followed by Regency. They would be considered romance although I have been told there’s too much story in my stories to be romance. I like more to be happening than two people meeting and living in a vacuum until they find they love one another.
Do you have other genres you write for? – I have several short stories, novellas, and novels in historical western romance, as I said above, as well as Regency, Georgian, medieval, and one lone contemporary short story.
Which project is your favorite so far? Why? – My favorite is my first series about a town in Kansas called Sweetwater and how it grew, the men and women who helped Sweetwater grow, and how working together is the basis for strength in America today. These people show what it took to build America where we now enjoy its freedoms.
How long have you been writing? What does your path look like? – I have been creating stories since I was a child and finally had the nerve to begin publishing in 2020. I have fifteen books so far containing twenty-one stories since my Sweetwater series contains two novellas each along with a Regency Christmas anthology. I have a few more books in the pipeline now.
Where is your favorite place to write? What kind of atmosphere do you need? Quiet, music, coffee, wine? Any tricks to get in the zone? – I can sit in front of a computer screen and begin where I left-off. Or, I can sit and find a new character telling me their story. I never have a mental block – my characters are always there to help me on my way. It helps to have so many telling me their stories. I never get bored.
What do you do for fun when you’re not writing? – I watch a lot of television, documentaries, and movies mostly, with my husband of fifty-five years.
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Payne/e/B001JXROQK