I’d like to welcome Suzanne Purvis today. Suzanne writes a variety of genres. Her current release, co-written with Sandra Tilley is Destined for Deception.
Welcome Susan! I’m so glad you could join me today. What drew you to this particular genre?
Destined for Deception is a romantic suspense novella. I love writing shorter forms of fiction like flash fiction, short stories, and novellas. Destined for Deception came about as a result of some truly bizarre real events that occurred here on the Northwest Coast of Florida, shortly after the BP Oil Spill. These strange happenings, a bottle of wine, a night spent at the beach, fuelled a creative spark and my co-author and I created a tale of intrigue, romance, and deceit.
It’s amazing what a good bottle of wine and a creative spark can conjure up. Have you ever considered another genre?
I was likely a mad scientist in another life because I love to experiment. So yes! Right now, I’m immersed in writing a contemporary middle grade novel. A long way from the adult romantic suspense novella, but my published shorts include young children’s fiction, middle grade, young adult fiction and adult, but they are all contemporary.
Wow. Talk about hitting all markets! I think that’s awesome. If you could give a new writer or even a younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
My mantra for 2014, Year of the Horse, is the three Ps. Persistence, Perseverance, and Patience. I wish I’d adopted this philosophy twelve, five, even three years ago. These three words are exceptionally useful in the revising, querying, publishing phases of writing which sometimes move at the speed of growing glacier–super s-l-o-o-o-o-w.
List a couple of your favorite authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Since I’m working on a middle grade novel, I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary middle grade authors which include Gordon Korman, Gary Schmidt, Wendy Maas, Kate DiCampo, Kathryn Erskine, Gary Paulsen, Jack Gantos, Jerrry Spinelli, Tom Angleberger. Which I know is more than a couple, but they are all sooooo good. And for my summer beach reading, I’ve been binging on young adult writer, John Green; An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska, Fault in the Stars (which was released as a movie this summer), and Paper Towns.
What’s your favorite “non-writing” activity?
‘I’m an active, dare-devilish sort of person and enjoy parasailing, zip-lining, lots of traveling, but my favorite non-writing activity as of late–watching football. Don’t be fooled. This is no couch potato sport. I use a lot of energy, jumping up and down, flailing my arms, yelling at the refs and pacing. I grew up in Canada and loved watching hockey, but I’ve embraced my new environment in the Deep South, and have become a huge football fanatic.
I’m a Canadian too. Unfortunately, I’m still putting up with the snow and freakin’ cold winters LOL!
So, you brought food today! Yum
Yes, my recipe is my favorite football-watching-party recipe!
Buffalo Chicken Dip
1 – 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
2 – 13 oz cans chicken meat
1/2 cup ranch dressing (can use Blue Cheese dressing)
1/3 – 1/2 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce, depending how hot you like it
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, or mexican mix, or Monterey jack)
Preheat over to 350F
Cream the cream cheese in a large bowl with electric mixer, add ranch dressing, and hot sauce, mix, add chicken meat, mix, add shredded cheese, mix lightly or stir.
Spoon into a 1-quart baking dish.
Bake 45 minutes.
Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, crusty bread, or even veggies.
Beneath the emerald waves, churn deception, corruption, and murder…
Forensic accountant Drew Arnoud could be on vacation. Instead, he’s investigating misappropriation of BP’s oil spill settlement funds in the beachside town of Destin, Florida. Having his kayak tipped by head hunting specialist Bree Finley could be a coincidence, or could she be involved? Either way he’s keeping her close, maybe too close. In his search to reveal the truth, he finds his life and his heart in jeopardy.
Bree Finley has been betrayed before by her ex-husband, but is it possible he’s involved her and their company in criminal activities and fraud? Who can she trust? She must decide, but the wrong decision may prove deadly.
“Wake up, Drew! Oh, God. Drew, please wake up!”
Bree’s voice, tight and shrill, leaked in around the edges of his consciousness and blended into the colorless gray chaos swirling behind his eyes. Beyond the gray, only black.
Discordant claps. Skin slapping skin, followed by jarring stings broke through. A slow thudding built to a throbbing ache in his skull. His brain felt swollen, too big for his head. He rocked side to side trying to ease the pressure.
Soft hands cradled him. He wanted to bury his head deeper into their warmth. He longed for the dark. But acrid fumes stung his nostrils and instant messaged his brain: Alarm. Panic. Move.
Hiseyes shot open.
“Thank God.” Bree’s face hovered inches from his, and a weak smile trembled her lips.
He blinked several times.
“We’ve got to get out of here,” she urged.
He rolled to his side on the hard concrete floor. A lingering haze coated his brain, and he shook his head to clear it. Another skewer to his skull. He reached for the source of the pain and felt warm matted hair. The blood smeared on his fingers offered confirmation. A wave of nausea hit him at the same time. His thoughts pushed past the ache and sickness.
Fire. Smoke. Bree. Trapped.
He spotted the lighted rag stuffed into the gas tank of the fork lift with smoke streaming.
Diesel fuel burned slowly—it could be their curse or their salvation. Time to escape or to be asphyxiated.
Bree crouched beside him. Hope burned bright in her dirt-smudged face.
Guilt plunged like a knife into his chest. This was his fault. He never should have involved her. Now they both could die.
Suzanne Purvis is a transplanted Canadian now living in the Deep South, where she traded her “eh” for “y’all.” By day she’s a wife and mother to two teens, and underling to three dogs. By night, she’s a blogger and published author of fiction for both adults and children.
Thanks for visiting with me today, Suzanne.
And I hope you come back soon!