Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales is LIVE!

My new collection of short stories, Ghost Plane and Other Disturbing Tales, is now LIVE on Kindle. And soon it will be available on Nook and Smashwords.

Several of these stories were inspired by my various airline jobs. I promise they're fiction--even the story about murdering the boss. I hope you check out the collection. Just .99 cents.

Here's a description:

Take a ride on the Ghost Plane: eleven twisted tales about life, love and insanity, eleven tales that explore the dark recesses of hearts and minds. If you’re afraid to look in the mirror, read no further, because in these tales—you may meet yourself.

Scott Nicholson says: “Horror can hit you in the gut or mess with your head, but at its best it can reach into your heart as well. And these tales reflect perhaps the biggest horror of all—that we are alive, and this life is full of pain and death and love and sharp edges.
Enter this circus, and let Suzanne show you why horror is the greatest show on earth.”

This collection of eleven short stories is comprised of three segments: Airport Stories, Hot Flashes and Gothica. The stories range in length from 100 words to over 3000. Word count approximately 15,000—about 55 pages.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book Signing

I had a great time at my Virgin book signing yesterday evening at our fabulous independent bookshop Maria's. Big thanks to everyone who showed up--it was standing-room-only! 

On my way to Maria's
For anyone facing their first signing, here are some things I learned:

1) Be active in generating publicity for your event--it really helped that Vestal Virgin received a great review from my local newspaper The Durango Herald.

2) If you plan to read, carefully choose the excerpts, and practice reading them aloud. I chose 3 five minute excerpts from my novel--selected to introduce key characters and their conflicts. The selections varied enough to give people an idea of the range and complexity of the story (without giving it away). 

3) Also plan how you will introduce each excerpt. And plan thank-yous! I began the evening by thanking the bookshop and then all the people who had helped me publish the book. 

4) Do something relaxing before the reading--I went swimming.

5) Wear something comfortable and professional--even a little glamorous!

6) Bring snacks! And a bowl of chocolate for the table where you're signing. My ex sent a dozen roses--a great surprise--and that also helped my table look nice. :)

7) Bring plenty of books and pens. Make sure you have water to drink.

8) I read standing up, rather than sitting, and I think that really helped.

9) Relax. Relax. Relax. (Breathe.) Make sure you have at least one good friend in the audience if possible.

10) Have fun!

Here is the cool staff from Maria's Bookshop in Durango:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Anticipation in Reality

I love epublishing, and these days I do most of my reading on my Kindle or my computer, but I admit it...I also enjoy paper books and real newspapers. 

It's exciting to hold a copy of Vestal Virgin in my hands. And it's exciting to know I'll be signing books and reading from my novel at a real bookshop this Tuesday. I love the world of cyberspace, but even more I love the real, tangible world. 

On Tuesday, I will set out delicious cheese that I bought in New York and carried back to Durango. I've chosen passages to read from my book, and I will practice reading them aloud. I've arranged to have Tuesday afternoon off from work. I did a radio interview, sent out emails, got a great review in the Durango Herald, our local paper. And Maria's Bookshop has sent out press releases and posts. In other words: my book signing has required a lot of preparation and has involved quite a few people. 

This is tangible. I feel the excitement in every part of my body. 

Now...will people come? 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

KSJD Radio Interviews Me Today on "All Lit Up"

KSJD interviews me today at 8:30am Mountain Time on their program, All Lit Up. Tune in, or listen to a podcast! I'll be talking about my writing (and upcoming book signing, June 14, at Maria's Bookshop--and reading several short excerpts.

I'd love for you to stop by and listen on the net!

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Virgin Book Signing--June 14th at Maria's Bookshop

I'm beginning to get a bit nervous about my virgin book signing (at Maria's Bookshop in Durango, Colorado, on Tuesday June 14, 6:30pm.)

First of all, will anyone show up? And will anyone buy my book? A lot of my friends will be out of town--after all, it's summer. This is my very first signing for my debut novel, Vestal Virgin--suspense in ancient Rome. I plan to read excerpts from my book--what if I stumble? What if my mouth goes dry? They won't let me serve wine at the bookstore, so everyone (including me) will be sober. But I can bring snacks. I'm going to New York tomorrow for a few days, so I'll be sure to raid the Mediterranean Market and bring back some goodies.

Anyway, I'm excited. If you're able to stop by, I'd love to see you at Maria's! You can ask me embarrassing questions.

Maria's Bookshop

Main Avenue, Durango