Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written over sixteen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press, where she is currently Managing Editor. She also takes private clients.
Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.
A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I had always felt a creative wellspring bubbling inside me, but didn’t know how to express myself. I tried everything—singing in concert choirs and rock bands, craft projects including refinishing old furniture (which I truly do enjoy), majoring in art as an undergrad. But I never felt fulfilled until I took a couple of writing classes at my local community college and started writing my first romance novel.
I chose romance because it’s the largest fiction genre out there. Although I wasn’t a romance fan except for Georgette Heyer—I love Regencies—I felt that the form of the books was easily grasped and used for my own purposes.
How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
When did you starting writing erotic fiction?
After my line closed at Silhouette Books and I got a severe case of writer’s block, a few of my friends suggested I make a complete change from writing sweet, traditional romances (which had never really suited me anyways) to erotic romance. They were right—I was completely energized by the change and my career has really taken off.
Missionary or on top?
Can lust and desire make the smartest person really, really, stupid? Why or why not?
Oh, yeah. I’ve done some really stupid things in the name of love. I think it’s the impact of oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone. Women secrete it when we orgasm, and because it’s also “the bonding hormone,” when we have great sex with someone who’s a toad, we nevertheless may fall in love with the toad. I’m still pulling out of those feelings in regard to a disastrous affair I had nearly two years ago with someone who really is messed up. Of course, at the time I thought he was the coolest person alive. Now I see how messed-up he and his life are, but even knowing that intellectually doesn’t change this mysterious pull I have toward him.
Does size matter?
Oh, sure. Too small is just that—too small. Same with too big. But in general, “it’s not the meat but the motion,” as Maria Muldaur put it.
Is a polyamorous relationship just a fantasy or can it truly be successful?
I’ve seen poly work, but to last a long time, those relationships take a great deal of effort, communication and love between all the participants. Most often, however, I see poly done badly—poor communication, secret-keeping, sneaking around, compartmentalization rather than integration and so on. If your partner has others, and doesn’t communicate adequately, it can be a nightmare. Poly takes a lot of maturity and attention.
Tell us something that would surprise your readers, or something most people don’t know about you.
I’m a switch.
VERY interesting! For those of you who don’t know, a switch is both a submissive AND a dominant, which you don’t always see.
Sounds hot, Suz. And busy, lol. So is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?
I’m continuing with my Highland Vampires series from Ellora’s Cave. Right now I’m writing what will be, chronologically, the first book in the series—though it’s the fourth novel—my head sometimes works like that. I’m planning two more books, one set in the 13th century and the other in the Victorian Age.
Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you?
LOL, I’m easy to find. Here’s the 4-1-1:
–For editing services, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
–Twitter: @ReadThis4fun and @Suzdemello
Thanks to suz deMello for stopping by today for a fantastic, very informative interview!