Monday, July 23, 2012

Interview, Spotlight, and GIVEAWAY with Redemption Author Susannah Sandlin


Book One Penton Legacy series

By Susannah Sandlin

Following a worldwide pandemic whose vaccine left human blood deadly to vampires, the vampire community is on the verge of starvation and panic. Some have fanned into rural areas, where the vaccine was less prevalent, and are taking unsuspecting humans as blood slaves. Others are simply starving, which for a vampire is worse than death—a raging hunger in a creature too weak to feed.

Immune to these struggles—at first—is Penton, a tiny community in rural Chambers County, Alabama, an abandoned cotton mill town that has been repopulated by charismatic vampire Aidan Murphy, his scathe of 50 vampires, and their willingly bonded humans. Aidan has recruited his people carefully, believing in a peaceful community where the humans are respected and the vampires retain a bit of their humanity.

But an unresolved family feud and the paranoia of the Vampire Tribunal descend on Penton in the form of Aidan’s brother, Owen Murphy. Owen has been issued a death warrant that can only be commuted if he destroys Penton—and Aidan, against whom he’s held a grudge since both were turned vampire in 17th-century Ireland.  Owen begins a systematic attack on the town, first killing its doctor, then attacking one of Aidan’s own human familiars

To protect his people, Aidan is forced to go against his principles and kidnap an unvaccinated human doctor—and finds himself falling in love for the first time since the death of his wife in Ireland centuries ago. 

Dr. Krystal Harris, forced into a world she never knew existed, must face up to her own abusive past to learn if the feelings she’s developing for her kidnapper are real—or just a warped, supernatural kind of Stockholm Syndrome in which she’s allowing herself to become a victim yet again.

Susannah Sandlin’s REDEMPTION is the first in the Penton Legacy series. Book two, ABSOLUTION, will be out September 18, and book three, OMEGA, on December 18.

About the Author

Susannah Sandlin is the author of paranormal romance set in the Deep South, where there are always things that go bump in the night! A journalist by day, Susannah grew up in Alabama reading the gothic novels of Susan Howatch, and always fancied herself living in Cornwall (although she’s never actually been there). Details, details. She also is a fan of Stephen King. The combination of Howatch and King probably explains a lot. Currently a resident of Auburn, Alabama, Susannah has also lived in Illinois, Texas, California, and Louisiana. Her novel Redemption won the paranormal romance category in the 2011 Chicago North RWA Fire and Ice contest, and is the first of three in a series that debuts this year.

Take a Moment to Step into Ms. Sandlin's Intriguing World of Writing

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Sort of. I haven’t run into any sexy Irish vampires (darn it), but the basic idea did come from a personal experience. A couple of years ago I came down with the H1N1 virus (the “swine flu”)—there was a big epidemic spreading around the world, and everyone was scrambling for a vaccine. Somewhere in my fevered brain, I came up with the questions that lie at the heart of the Penton Legacy series: What if a human pandemic vaccine changed blood chemistry and made the blood of a vaccinated human poisonous to vampires? How would the vampires react if they suddenly began starving because so many humans got this vaccine? That’s the scenario behind the Penton Legacy series, which begins with Redemption and will get darker as the series progresses through book two, Absolution, and book three, Omega.

What books have most influenced your life most?

I grew up reading Stephen King and Anne Rice, and I think my love of the paranormal initially came from books like The Stand and The Vampire Lestat, as well as early Laurell K. Hamilton Anita Blake books. I remember reading Guilty Pleasures and feeling like my head was going to explode. I wanted more!

What are your current projects?

The second Penton Legacy book, Absolution, will come out in October and we’re finishing proofs on that. I’m writing the third, Omega, which will come out in December. I also write an urban fantasy series under another name, and the second book in that series is scheduled to come out in mid-November. And I’m pondering a paranormal story for a holiday anthology. So it’s a crazy year!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

LOL. Always. In Redemption, there’s one character, Lucy, whom I wrote into a corner I couldn’t get her out of. Which is a pity, because I later realized she had a lot of potential I didn’t use.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I’m a linear writer and tend to be very focused and immersed in a project. I like to work on one project, finish it, then move to the next one. But since I’m writing two series in different genres—with very different tones and settings and heroes—that’s not possible right now. So it’s a real challenge for me to work on this dark paranormal series at the same time I’m working on the urban fantasy series, which is much lighter in tone and has a first-person POV heroine.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Love scenes! OMG. They are really hard to write because they have to be choreographed just like a fight scene. Plus you have to come up with all those body part names and sounds without getting purple or silly. And it needs to be meaningful for your characters’ growth within the context of the story, and stay within the voice of the character whose point of view the scene is in. Love scenes are just ridiculously complicated.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Decide how badly you want the writing life. It takes a lot of hard work to sustain it—getting published is only the first step, not the ultimate goal, which is staying published. There are always day jobs (I have one myself), families, pets, friends, social obligations—then add writing deadlines, contracts, production schedules, promotion, and marketing. To really give it a serious shot, you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot. Yeah, it’s sad. I am no fun whatsoever anymore! Just ask my friends.

What is your favorite type of food?

I lived in Louisiana for many, many years, so for me you can’t beat seafood and Cajun food. Love oysters, crab, shrimp…even gator!

Who is your favorite book boyfriend?

I’m so fickle. I have new book boyfriends on a steady basis. My current favorite book boyfriend is Adam Hauptman from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. Grrrrrowl.

Do you have a song that you'd consider the theme for your novel?

I do have a playlist for each of my books. Aidan’s theme song for Redemption is Jace Everett’s Damned if I Do. You can hear it here. The lyrics are just perfect; I got chills when I first heard it.

Thank you so much Susannah for taking the time to visit the Seraphine Muse and give us insight into the wonderful writing world that took place with Redemption.

Connect with Susannah online at following sites: 

And the Giveaway!

6 Redemption Prize Packs, with a signed book and swag, 

and one $50 Amazon Gift Card.

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Roger said...

"Lucy" - If you wrote her into a corner, you still have time to write her out of the corner!? At the end of Redemption she was still alive, but in really bad shape. I kind of liked her. Thanks Susannah & Kay for the Q&A.

Susannah Sandlin said...

Thanks, Roger! I'm afraid I had "writerfail" with Lucy...although with a vampire, you never know what could happen...

And thanks, Kay Leigh, for having me on the blog today!

Anita Clenney said...

The book sounds great! One I'll definitely have to check out. I love paranormal and an Irish vampire sounds very appealing. As far as Lucy...well, with a paranormal, you might be able to write her out of that corner again. :)

Susannah Sandlin said...

Thanks, Anita--yes, that's the great thing about paranormals. No door is ever TRULY closed!

Disincentive said...

I haven't read any of the authors books, but I've been following her blog for a while already and I LOVE her posts. She is amazing :D
Irish... Oh, sounds perfect.

Steelerlady2379 said...

I have not read any of Susannah's books, but I am always looking for future reads. And now I have put your books on my list to-read!
Happy reading and writing*

miki said...

^^ Lucy has a bad future in front of her anyway yes she could create something similar to penton somewhere else but once trust is lost it's hard to find again and with vampire they have a long long memory^^

The series will become darker? still a happy end i hope^^

The Every Free Chance Reader said...

Awesome interview! This book sounds really interesting. It is on my TBR list for sure!

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, too!

Andra said...

Wow, I love the cover! The guy looks a lot like Taylor Kitsch. :D

Frk. Hyms said...

Sounds amazing and looks amazing. Win-Win :D

Imel Cullen said...

I love book cover, the eyes burned me 'lol :D
that book sounds interesting, I want to read that..

thanks for giveaway^^

KaSonndra Leigh said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'm suddenly finding myself reading more and more vamp fiction because of books like this one. LoL

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