1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
I rock the textile arts. I’ve got a degree in Fashion Design, and have done a lot of sewing and sewing related work like fabric store retail, sweat shop garment worker, sewing instructor, custom dressmaker, and maker of ridiculously intricate and expensive dresses for dolls. I draft sewing patterns, I knit, embroider, crochet, smock, quilt, and have forgotten more about textile science than most people I meet have ever heard of. Or, I should say that I have done and know how to do these things. These days it’s mostly writing with some knitting on the side.
5. Who are you reading right now?
Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living, Kristen Lamb’s Are You There, Blog, It’s Me, Writer, Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, and lots of DC comics from their Flashpoint thing.
6. Pop culture or academia?
Pop culture. So much. I love to learn, but I have a hard time finding non-fiction I can read. When it feels like the author cares more about impressing colleagues than sharing information, it just starts to feel like work. Which is why I started going for Idiot’s Guides when I want to know something.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
Breaking Benjamin is my biggest muse right now and has been for a while. I love the sound and the lyrics really speak to me in characters and scenes. Evanescence and Metallica also appear on my playlist a lot, as well as Led Zepplin, a-ha (yes, a-ha), Seether, Sarah McLachlan... I love music that sets a mood and has lyrics that tell me a story. And if that story’s painful and kind of angry about it, all the better!
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
Yes. That is, I plot out and outline my stories before I sit down to write, but there are always surprises.
I have a vacation analogy. Some people will rent a car, drive off into the countryside without a plan, and just see what they see. But I’m more the kind who has specific points of interest that are must-see locations. I don’t have a down-to-the-minute itinerary, though. Within the plan there’s room to explore, check out this local attraction or that side-road. And if the side-road turns out to be more compelling than one of my “must-see” spots, I’m free to change course. But I don’t want to spend my whole vacation wandering around without a map.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
Joss Whedon. Love the characters, love the dialogue, love, love, love. Ayn Rand, Shannon McKenna, Nora Roberts, Saturday morning cartoons, soap operas, anime, manga…
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
I’m just a girl who wants superhero romance! Is that so much to ask? Why must it always be a tragedy? Why does Angel walk away? Why does Spike—what did happen to Spike? Why did Wonder Woman go back home after the end of season 1 and WWII, then come back, work with Steve Trevor’s grandson, and still not hook up? Seriously! And let’s not even talk about Superman Returns, ok? Let’s. Just. Not.
The Talent Chronicles series began with my desire for more superheroes! More romance! More Superhero! Romance. I’ve just released the second novel in the series, Heroes ’Til Curfew. Check with your favorite retailer, or visit my website: http://susan-bischoff.com for more information.