I asked Inspired Mic presenters to send me a little something about themselves and what they write. I gave them free reign to pick and choose material about themselves that would be informative and promotional. As The Inspired Mic grows, potential audience participants would like to know something about those who steel their nerves and get up in front of a live audience to present their creativity. In the days leading up to the November 18th event, each of the November readers who send me their info will be In the Spotlight:
I’m Susan Slater a transplant from the high dry dessert of New Mexico. I’m a mystery writer with one Women’s fiction novel to my credit, 0 to 60, and a paranormal short story, Eye for an Eye, published by Tor in an anthology to commemorate Rod Serling’s 50th year of Twilight Zone, 2010.
My first mystery came out in 1999. Tony Hillerman was my mentor. Tony wrote about the Navajo and in my first series I wrote about Pueblo Indians. I don’t think I’ll ever get the red sand and firey sunsets out of my writing. Nor will I ever get over a true love and respect for Southwest stories. The Ben Pecos books begin with Pumpkin Seed Massacre (which was a best seller in Germany in 2001), followed by Yellow Lies, Thunderbird, A Way to the Manger and Fire Dancer.
A stand-alone mystery, Five O’clock Shadow, moved me away from the Indian series and the next mystery, Flash Flood, introduced a character that I can’t seem to get away from. Dan Mahoney, insurance investigator, has proved very mobile and has followed me to Florida as the start of a second series. Rollover came out July 2014 and received a starred review by Publishers Weekly. My eleventh book, Hair of the Dog is in the queue for publication July, 2015. The Daytona dog track and casino loses five greyhounds in a fire . . . or do they? Then Epiphany is planned for 2016—highly insured, sacred relics are stolen from the basilica in St. Augustine. And, well, you get the idea. Dan Mahoney is here to stay.
Writing is tough work but I can’t imagine doing anything else. In addition to my own work, I’ve taught writing at the college level, held countless workshops for writers and I’m still drawn in by a new character, a new situation, a new reason to kill. 0 to 60 was optioned by Hollywood three weeks after publication and there have been two Hollywood inquiries so far for Rollover. Would I like to see my characters on the big screen? Of course, but one can grow old and gray waiting on Hollywood—so much depends upon being in the right place at the right time. But my fingers are still crossed.
So what will I share for my turn at the Inspired Mic? I’m going to draw from several of my novels—a few short single scenes—to prove that all you need to know when you write is what will keep the reader turning the pages! I’ll share an example of humor, foreshadowing, characterization and my favorite beginning. I hope to see you there.