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Welcome, Susan

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine?

Latte would be great, thanks.  And thanks for inviting me.

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

I live near Glasgow with my husband and two kids and a polar-bear-sized Labrador.

I studied European languages at university and spent a lot of my early work life travelling abroad. As a result, I’ve been to 51 countries. I love travelling! And amazing food – I do find they go hand in hand.

I don’t use a pen name. I always wanted to see my own name in print.  I figured I’d worked hard to write that first book, I wanted people to know it was me!  I’ve been self-publishing for a decade now, although to be fair, I had a six-year hiatus, when I had my kids. So, I’ve only really begun writing again with a vengeance (and it really is with a vengeance!) in the past two years. I write contemporary romantic fiction. My first two books feature travel, the next two are Christmas books, and the two newest are the first two in a four-book series about family life, friendship and relationships.

What is the title and genre of your next book? And when is it out?

Well, I only released my latest book 2 days ago, so I should probably mention that – Just One Day – Spring (book 2 in the Just One Day series). Book 3 – Just One Day – Summer will be out on 26 July, and book 4 – Just One Day – Autumn will round off the series on 4 October. Those are already up for pre-order. I find that helps me write them!

Do you write in first or third person? Please explain why

Actually, until the Just One Day series, I’d only ever written in third person, I think. But first person was right for this series.

How did you come up with the story?

Just One Day is the story of a 38-year-old mother-of-three who has her own business and is constantly juggling to-do lists and never has any time, never mind time for herself. To be honest, having two kids myself, it wasn’t a huge leap!

Are you a planner or panster?

Well, I was a pantser, but then I became a freelance editor, about eight years ago, and that changed how I plot my own books. But I’m not 100% planner. That would drive me nuts. Too prescriptive. I like to throw a little spanner in the works late in the day.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Be a sponge! Honestly, learn from everything and everyone – books, courses, writing events and conferences, writers, bloggers, and make sure you’re on social media, but don’t get sucked in.

What is your writing routine?

I prefer to write first thing in the morning. Come early afternoon, the kids are back from school, and although I can work, I find the creativity doesn’t flow the same. 

Do you have an editing process?

Yes, I’m also a freelance editor, so I am always refining my process. Every book is slightly different. Usually, I do 2-4 drafts.

What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?

 I love creating characters, worlds, plots, and I hate when I tie myself in knots with timelines!

Where can people find you on the internet?

Facebook:www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author

Twitter: @susan_buchanan

Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?

Thanks for buying my books. It helps me continue doing something I absolutely love – it’s a true privilege.

Amazon: Amazon.co.uk: Susan Buchanan: Books, Biography, Blogs, Audiobooks, Kindle

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