Suzanne Robb

I’ve trapped…er…asked Suzanne Robb, author of Z-Boat, in the isolation tank today.  Prepare to be amazed.

Why writing?  What drew you to it? Why do you keep at it?

Writing is solitary which I really enjoy. I tend to get cranky in office settings. What drew me to it was stories I read as a kid and how the threw me into other worlds. I wanted to be able to do that as well, still trying. As for keeping at it, the only logical explanation is I am a glutton for punishment. I do not have the required thick skin so rejections suck bad and throw me for a loop. I also keep at it in hopes I am one day good enough to take over the world

If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last?  (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)

Fool  – Christopher Moore

The Eyre Affair  –  Jasper Fforde

The Faraway Tree  –  Enid Blyton

Frankenstein  –   Mary Shelley

Me Talk Pretty One Day  –  David Sedaris

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?

Finishing college when everything possible that could go wrong in my life – did.

What’s one word or phrase that drives you nuts?  Why?

“Write what you know”

This makes me nuts because the things I know about people do not want to read. If we all wrote what we know, books would all be non-fiction. We would be inundated with memoirs and biographies, how boring would that be? How many books can we read on how to be an accountant or doctor or vet or mechanic? We need to write outside the comfort zone and create what we don’t know.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve created?  If so, who is it and why?

Hmm, I like a lot of my characters. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the doofus in my were-wolf story. I like people who are real with flaws and handle crazy situations in a the same panicky way most people would.

Where is the Creepiest place you’ve ever been?  Has it appeared in your fiction?  Why or Why  not?

Creepiest place by far is the Winchester House. It has never appeared in my stories, though it would be a great premise. The story behind the house is pretty cool, but I will let people Google that mystery for themselves, but a hint is the woman living there was very affected by her husband’s invention of the Winchester Rifle.

What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?

Um, there are good rejections? I guess if there was a best it would be the one where they asked me to hold onto the story for the second volume.

How did you get that scar?

I fell on a rock.

What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?

Panic – The Smiths

Promote yourself and/or your writing

Self-promotion? Yikes, but here goes

 Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation, Oh My!

Read the End First

I also have a book coming out with Severed Press in the next few months, and hope to get Z-Boat picked up, once again, by another publisher.

Any final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?

The hardest part about being a writer is promoting yourself, and it makes me feel dirty.

Thank you, Ms. Robb, for taking the time to visit the tank and answer a few questions. Now, “create what you don’t know.”

4 thoughts on “Suzanne Robb

  1. Suzanne, I feel your promotion pain! I’m a David Sedaris fan, as well. 🙂 Very best wishes with your projects! Great interview, ladies! And now I’m off to google the Winchester House…

  2. I love the Winchester House, did their midnight tour two Halloween`s in a row, very cool. As for David Sedaris, do you have a favorite book?

  3. Suzanne, I have to go also with Me Talk Pretty One Day, although Naked is a very close second! I looked up the Winchester House and the pictures were fascinating–I can see how the house would be downright spooky at night!

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