Author Interview: Dark Deception Exposed By Suzanne Rock

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About Dark Deception:

After being plunged into a chaotic and deceitful society, Maria Guerrero finds comfort in the arms Enrique Torres, a man she believes is innocent of her world. She keeps him ignorant about her inner monster, and the blood oath she took to save her brother’s life. Instead she prefers to use their sexual play as an escape from her supernatural world.

When her secrets catch up with her however, Maria is forced to confess her sins. Will Enrique find it in his heart to forgive her deception? He must, before her vampire master demands her to pay him his due. With the help of a disillusioned fey warrior, she convinces Enrique that vampires are real, and danger lurks around every corner…

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ILVN: When did you decide to become a writer?

Rock: Writing was always something I enjoyed, even when I was very young. When I was in high school my parents steered me toward a more stable and profitable career in science, another subject that I really enjoyed. In my head I could either become a scientist or write, I couldn’t do both, so I put aside my writing and became a scientist. Even though I worked a very technical and analytical job, the love of writing never left me. Four years ago, when I had my second daughter, I realized that I didn’t have to choose. I could be both a writer and a scientist.

I also realized that I wasn’t getting any younger. I had to stop talking about “someday writing a book” and just do it. Six months after she was born I started writing toward publication. I wrote for one year before I contracted my first book, Spyder’s Web, with Loose Id. The rest, as they say, is history.

ILVN: How long have you been writing?

Rock: Almost four years.

ILVN: What types of books are you reading?

Rock: I read all sorts of books. Right now I’m reading “The Iron Duke” by Meljean Brook and loving it. It’s a steampunk novel, but also has some mystery and romance in it. The last paranormal book I read was Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. I’m slowly working my way through his Dresden files series. I’m also a Laurell K. Hamilton fan. I love her Anita Blake series.

ILVN: What was your favorite part of writing your book? The hardest part?

Rock: My favorite part of Writing Dark Deception was coming up with the initial idea. As a writer, the whole world is open to you at this point, and there is so much possibility. The story can go in any direction, and it’s fun to make stuff up and brainstorm. The hardest part is the editing. Sometimes it can weigh on me, but I know that edits are where the story really comes to life. I’ve been blessed with some fantastic editors who have really helped take my books to the next level.

ILVN: Tell us what it’s about.

Rock: Dark Deception is the first book in my Immortal Realm series from Red Sage. This series is about a group of immortals who live alongside us here on Earth. Most humans are unaware of their presence. Only a select few, chosen for their diplomacy and intelligence, know of their existence. These humans join representatives from each of the immortal clans to form a governing senate, much like the modern day United Nations. Together, they create and enforce the laws that rule our world and theirs—the Immortal Realm. Like any political entity, there are alliances and enemies, back-door dealings and prejudices. How these clans overcome their differences and battle an outside threat is the basis of this series.

In Dark Deception, the vampire clan has been placed under sanctions by the immortal senate for killing too many humans. These sanctions have been oppressive for the vampires, and have caused the clan to suffer. A ruthless leader rises up to take charge of the vampires, vowing to take revenge on the senate. His methods depress the vampires even further. How the clan deals with this new ruler and gets back into the good graces of the senate is the basis of this story.

ILVN: What are you working on now?

Rock: Right now I’m working on edits for Unholy Pursuits, the first book in a brand new series at Elloras Cave. If you like demons, fairies, and complex worldbuilding, then this story is for you.

ILVN: What is your favorite part of being an author?

Rock: Hearing that readers liked one of your stories, characters, or plot twists. I love receiving feedback from fans and talking to them about my books. I’m amazed how some of the characters in my head can take on a life of their own, lol.

ILVN: What do you do in your free time?

Rock: Free time? What free time? Lol. I write.  I also teach writing through various RWA chapters.

When not doing either of those, I like to spend time with my kids. They grow up so fast, and I want to make sure that I’m there for all of the important milestones in their lives. On the rare moments that I get some time to myself, I enjoy hiking and reading. I love being outdoors.

ILVN: If you could give a piece of advice to your readers on anything, what would it be?

Rock: If you like a book, then review it on amazon, goodreads, barnes and noble, and any other bookseller you can think of. How often a book is rated and the number of stars it has influences how often it comes up in search engines and how many people get to see it in the online store. The more people who see a book, the greater the chance it will be bought. The more people who buy the book, the greater the chance that the author will be able to afford to write another story. Perhaps they will write a sequel, because the first sold so well. So if you like a book – any book, not just mine – be sure to rate it.

It can’t hurt to tell the author that you liked the book, too. There is so much negativity in this business, it’s nice to hear when someone is a fan of your writing.

ILVN:  If you could give advice to new writers, what would it be?

Rock: Don’t ever give up. Ever. Dark Deception started out as a novella. It was rejected many times and went through countless extensive rewrites before it found a home. It took two years to get that story published and at any time I could have given up. If I did, then I wouldn’t be here talking to you today.

Also, learn as much as you can about writing and the industry. Never settle, but instead always try to improve your craft.

Interview Questions From Fans:

Fan Q: If you could be any fictional character who would you pick and why?

Rock: Anita Blake. I’m such a wimp. I’d love to be the kick-ass heroine, just once.

Fan Q: When sitting down to write a novel, whether it be a vampire one or something different, what’s the first step you take? Outline? Blurb out ideas? Just write and see where it takes you?

Rock: I’m what is called a plotter. Normally when I sit down to write, I have an opening scene in mind. I’ll use that and then plot out the rest of the book in a rough outline. I’ll then write the first chapter or two to get a feel for the characters. Then I’ll go back and adjust my outline and make character sheets (give the characters in-depth personalities). Then I’ll draft the rest of the novel as quickly as I can. Finally, I’ll edit. Editing normally takes me twice as long as drafting. My motto is “draft fast, edit slow.”

With Dark Deception, the story idea came from watching Star Wars: Phantom Menace. I loved the concept of a senate that ruled over all of the planets in the galaxy. I also loved the political intrigue and how each race fought to further their position or cause. I thought, what if there was a senate for paranormal creatures, instead of space creatures? What if that senate was here on Earth? It was in that moment that Dark Deception was born.

Fan Q: How much Vampire reading had you done before you began as an author? Do you think the vampires that you got to know in literature aided you as developed both your plots and characters in your own writing?

Rock: I hadn’t done a whole lot of vampire reading, mostly romance novels and urban fantasies. I stayed true to the more popular vampire myths when writing Dark Deception, but then added my own twists. For example, I blocked out different sections of the world for different types of paranormal creatures in my story. When vampires were first created in my series, it happened in Spain, and so all of my vampires are of Spanish descent. Vampires can turn humans of other ethnicities into vampires of course, but vampires not of Spanish origin are thought of as “low class” and are considered impure.

Fan Q: With all the “Vampire legends” and whatnot already out there(i.e wooden stake, burn in the sun, immortal) how do you keep your characters original?

Rock: All of my vampires are of Spanish origin. Instead of Transylvania being the center of vampire activity, it’s in Barcelona. Vampires in my world can manipulate the feelings of others, but not their thoughts. A vampire is also a slave to his or her creator through a blood-bond. While this has been done before, my twist is that the new vampire must continually feed on their sire in order to maintain that bond, otherwise it will weaken with time. Vampires can also find mates and when mated through a blood-bond, their hunger for blood lessens considerably.

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