Interview with fantasy author Susan Noble

Today’s guest is fantasy author Susan Noble. She’s talking about her novel Summoned: Book 1 of The Elemental. She’s also offering a $15 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commentor during this virtual book tour. Details after the interview.

Bio:
Susan Leigh Noble has
always loved dragons and magic so it is no wonder that she became an author of
fantasy novels. As a cat lover, she also threw a telepathic cat into the mix
for her The Elemental Series. The first two books, Summoned and Quietus, have
already been released in e-book format. She is currently working on the third
and final chapter of the trilogy.
When she isn’t writing, Susan is an active volunteer in her
neighborhood and at her children’s schools. She lives with her husband, two
children and three cats in Texas.
She loves
to hear from readers: susannoble@satx.rr.com
Check out her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, or visit her author website.

Welcome, Susan. Please tell us about your current release.
Summoned takes place in a
world where two types of magic – one that used spells and a natural form where
the user had control of the elements – used to exist but died out long ago. At
the age of four, Lina learns she has the power to start fires with a mere
thought just like the Elementals from the past. Now at the age of eighteen, a
strange, mystical compulsion overwhelms her and forces her to leave her
homeland. She must travel north to find out what or who is summoning her. As
she travels and encounters mythical creatures that haven’t existed in
centuries, she must accept that someone is using spell magic against her. When she discovers the truth, it changes
her life in ways she could never imagine.

Blurb for Summoned:
Lina wants an ordinary life in the Grasslands of
Zena. But she isn’t ordinary at all. At the age of four, she discovered she
could start fires with a mere thought – an ability believed to have died out
long ago. Cautioned by her telepathic cat, Tosh, she keeps this Elemental power
a secret in fear of how the outside world would react. There is something else
different about Lina – she feels a strange force compelling her to go north.
 
Before she can decide whether to give into this
mysterious urge, she is kidnapped by gypsies and wakes in a foreign land. The
desire to travel north is as strong as ever. When a strange raging fire
prevents her return home, Lina realizes she must find out once and for all what
or who is summoning her.
On her journey, she befriends an odd assortment
of allies including the son of a High Council member, a thief, a former
guardsman and a large sarcastic black dragon. Together they battle mystical
creatures and unnatural forces, although such magic had ceased to exist over
800 years ago.  During each battle, Lina
must use her innate Elemental power as she becomes more certain that someone is
using magic against her. When she discovers the shocking truth, it will change her life in
ways she could never imagine.

Excerpt from Summoned – Battle:
Then
he saw one of the men break away from the battle. His sword held ready, the man
set his horse directly toward them. Tosh lashed his tail angrily against the
saddle. He had succeeded in getting her out of the danger of the initial attack
but that lone rider would soon be upon them, and Lina had no weapon. He
considered his options. He only saw one clear choice. He lifted his paw, claws
outstretched.
Lina,
hold on.
He
prepared to slash the mare again, but as he raised his paw, he caught a glimpse
of her face. She was staring intently at the man racing toward them. Her face
held a determined look as the wind began to blow her hair. The long
honey-colored locks whipped around her face as the wind began to blow harder.  The force was so strong Tosh had to dig his
claws into the saddle in order to stay on the mare. He whirled around in time
to see the full force of Lina’s gust of wind hit the attacker. The man fell
backward, his arms outstretched as if to grab the saddle. But his fingers
missed and continued backward. Then Tosh heard the sickening sound of the man’s
head hitting his horse’s rear hoof. The man hit the ground with a deadening
thud and lay motionless. Lina cringed, a look of shock on her face. 
“I
didn’t mean…” she whispered in a sick voice. Her eyes had a haunted look, and
she shook her head slightly as if in disbelief over what had happened.
You
had to stop him, Lina.
He leaned against her, tucking his head into the crook of her
arm.
Lina
hung her head down. Her honey-colored hair fell around him like a curtain. “But
I only meant to stop him.” She stared at the motionless man before her. “Not
to kill him.”

What inspired you to write this book?
I have always loved reading fantasy novels, and I
began thinking of writing my own when I got this idea in my head about a young
woman being drawn away from the life she knew by a mysterious force. The more I
thought about it, the more the story just began to develop.  
What exciting story are you working on next?
Currently, I am writing the conclusion to “The
Elemental” trilogy. Book 3 (still unnamed) will wrap up Lina & Val’s story
as both Lina’s powers and Val’s new-found magic will continue to grow and of
course play an important role in concluding the series. The antagonist from Quietus (Book 2) will return with a
vengeance and there will be all sorts of battles, including one involving the dragons.    
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess back in high school is when I first
considered myself a writer. I wrote for the high school newspaper and later my
college paper. My favorite area to write was in-depth features. It was after college
that I decide to give writing a book a try.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your workday
like?  If not, what do you do other than
write and how do you find time to write?
As a stay-at-home mom, I wish I could write full
time but my days are filled with taking care of my four-year-old daughter and seven-year-old
son. I try to make sure I volunteer at their schools, and of course, my son has
music and karate classes. My real writing time comes early in the morning
before anyone is awake or the few hours that they both are in school since my
daughter only goes to preschool half days right now.    
What would you say is your interesting writing
quirk?
I actually enjoy doing some of my writing longhand.
I know in today’s world with so much technology that this probably isn’t done much,
but I keep a notebook with me and use the time waiting for the kids to jot down
ideas or even start scenes. Sometimes I will actually combine two of my
favorite things – writing and watching the San Antonio Spurs play basketball.  
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew
up?
I remember wanting to be a teacher for a while but
truthfully, I have always enjoyed writing and wanted to become a journalist. In
fact, I have a degree in Journalism, though I haven’t worked for a newspaper in
many, many years. Life has taken me in a different direction.  
Anything additional you want to share with the
readers?
I have enjoyed writing these novels and hope that
they enjoy reading them. 

Thanks for stopping by, Susan.

Readers, Susan will award a $15 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Leave your e-mail address with a comment here, and follow her tour and comment at other stops for more chances to win.



10 thoughts on “Interview with fantasy author Susan Noble

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the motion of writing frees up thoughts sometimes, so that's why longhand works for me for certain things.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  2. Lisa Haselton says:

    I don't come across too many folks who write stories longhand any more. I think hand writing is going to become a lost art! I feel I'm more creative with a pen in my hand than typing on a keyboard, too, but it's just quicker to type! 🙂

    It's great to meet you, Susan.

  3. Susan Noble says:

    Definitely much quicker to type and I do write quite a bit that way – but with kids you have to be able to write anywhere which is where writing long hand comes in handy. Luckily I type 60 WPM so transcribing my thoughts is quick.

  4. Catherine Lee says:

    So many people HAVE to spend so much time at a computer these days. I think if you have an opportunity to write longhand, you should do it. It's a way to avoid repetitive stress/carpal tunnel.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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