Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Suzie T. Roos!
Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.
She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, CA. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.
Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends.
She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? No. Never crossed my mind.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I adore stories about discovery. Discovering yourself, life, family and people. YA is a major turning point for people in their lives. As much as I want to forget high school, my experiences are still fresh. First loves, first kisses, firsts…I’m hooked on those feelings. Maybe it’s just as simple as, I want to feel young again. But in all seriousness, writing YA & NA I get share what I know about growing pains.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? Sexual assault. [I’ll agree with that one.]
What are you currently working on? I’m finishing up my Young Adult trilogy, Girl Departs Three (part 2). The third book, Girl Departs Three was so long it was best to divide the novel in two books.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? The motivation was to write what I knew! I know what it’s like to come from a middle class family and become a teenage Mom.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I would have to say a scene, not story. The hardest was to write when my protagonist, Tatum Duncan is raped by her recent ex-boyfriend. I don’t show much, it’s understood, but nonetheless, not an easy scene to pop out. Since that is in my first book, maybe my first book (Girl Spoken For) was hardest to write.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I have three novels in a series already published, but the series isn’t complete. Until I get Girl Spoken For series all published other novels wait patiently on the back burner. It’s happened during this process . . . an idea will pop in my head and I put it in storage. [Been there, still doing that.]
I really don’t have a structured process.
When I begin writing I’ll plot it out in my head. Rarely do I sit down and plot each chapter. That confuses me.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Favorite character switches for me. But consistently I love Catalina and Diane (Cat & Di). Diane is my protagonist’s best friend and Catalina is my hero’s Italian Mobster Mother.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? Sure. There’s a little bit of me in a lot of my characters. Not all, but the main ones.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Sometimes. Maybe it’s because I don’t plot, but I keep at it. Sometimes I’ll skip forward and come back to an area, scene, or chapter when that happens. I prefer not to waste much time being stuck on something.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Nah. I’m staying with Young Adult & New Adult. I’ve been enticed to co-write an erotica, but that isn’t happening anytime soon. If at all.
Which authors inspire you? There’s not an author who does not inspire me. If you’ve put words down and have a story, that’s awesome! [Great perspective!]
What novel would you read multiple times? To Kill a Mockingbird.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) I would love to talk to Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt & George Harrison. Why? Because they were brilliant minds, pushing and challenging boundaries.
What is your favorite quote? I have a few:
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”
“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started by a mouse.”~ Walt Disney
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us,”~ Helen Keller
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? A Scottish Terrier. I’ve had a Scottie most of my life and our personality’s mesh well. Since my last one passed away, Jacques, there’s been a void. [I can sympathize. We had Samoyeds for years.]
What is your favorite color? Pink or Blush Pink.
When you’re not writing… I do write full-time, but no other source of income. I’m fortunate enough my husband “sponsors” my writing career. [That’s a blessing!]
Don’t miss out on this sale on Suzie’s books tomorrow ONLY!
Catch up with Suzie online at:
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Suzie-T.-Roos/e/B00XZK0M3W
Thank you for stopping by, my friend! It’s been great getting to know you better. I’ll be picking up copies of the Story of Us and the Evolution of Us at Penned Con!
Next week, Danielle Bannister will stop by!