She’s not quite the Kardashians—gender transitions, marriages to wealthy rappers and online sex tapes are out of the question for Suz deMello, who lives quietly in northern California caring for her elderly mother. But her career in writing is anything but quiet. 2014 was a banner year for Suz—she published no fewer than ten works, a couple of them unexpectedly. She knew that Ellora’s Cave, her former publisher, had bought several of her works and planned to publish them, but she also found herself starting an anthology group and writing for another.
2015 has been a little calmer. The Naughty Literati have published three anthologies this year and plan two more. For them, Suz wrote three original short stories in different genres—a ménage historical, FemDomme, and New Adult. Book Boyfriends Cafe put out Summer Lovin’, which is still doing really well. Suz’s contribution to that was a novel, Fashion Victim, sexy romantic suspense.
She looks forward to a much quieter autumn, with only three publications in the hopper and one or two more planned. As four out of the five are anthologies, she’s enjoying the reduced stress of working with groups of like-minded authors. And she likes that she’s found herself stretching as an author by writing in different subgenres that are new to her.
Here’s what’s coming up:
September will see the publication of two boxed sets with stories by Suz. On September 22d, Falling in Love will appear on Amazon. Suz’s book in it is Walk Like A Man. Here’s what it’s about:
Macho quarterback Jim Wellman meets his match in bright and sassy physical therapist Marti Solis, who goads him out of his wheelchair, pushing him to walk again. Unlike every other woman Jim has wanted, she refuses to jump into the sack with the celebrity athlete. Though attracted to his bedroom smile and rugged good looks, she’s intimidated by his fame and turned off by his arrogance.
Can Jim become the lover Marti needs? Can he learn to walk like a man?
Set in California’s beautiful Napa Valley, this multicultural romance delivers humor and pathos, sparkling dialogue, layered characters, a heroine to root for and a hero who’s pure fantasy.
Preorder it here: http://tinyurl.com/qdpozkj
On September 25, the Naughty Literati will publish its fourth short story anthology, Naughty Reunions. Suz’s story is Ocean Dreams, about a marine biologist Sandi, who’s never forgotten Blue, the baby dolphin with whom she bonded. Reunited with him years later, she discovers he’s a shapeshifter in the sexiest possible way.
And lastly—Suz’s writing manual, About Writing, will be published in digital for on October first, just in time for NaNoWriMo participants to read it and absorb its lessons. It’s already available in print and large print editions—here’s the 4-1-1:
Perfect for the advanced or aspiring author, ABOUT WRITING includes both Write This, Not That! Suz deMello’s bestseller, and the newer Plotting and Planning, a primer on the basics: conflict and character, point of view, scene and sequel…plus much, much more, written in deMello’s engaging style.
ABOUT WRITING: your essential writing manual!
Find it at http://tinyurl.com/deMelloAboutWriting
And what does Suz say about her heavy schedule?
“All this work makes me want to take a nap.”