Interview with dark fiction author Sue Rovens

Dark fiction
author Sue Rovens is here today and we’re
chatting about her new suspense/horror novel, Track 9.
Sue Rovens is
a suspense/horror indie author who is an active member of the Chicago Writers
Association. Her two novels, Badfish
and Track 9, are available in both
paperback and Kindle formats. A third novel is being processed in her head –
the hope that this year’s NaNoWriMo (2017) will see the first draft of this

When not working on writing, Sue collects antique advertising, clocks, and
radios. She likes to watch movies, read, and indulge in the occasional piece of
cheese. She also runs, slowly. Geese have been known to out-lap her.

In order to
pay the bills, Sue works in Milner Library at Illinois State University. She
has been there for just over 26 years.
Please tell us about your current
Track 9 is a hit-the-ground-running story about
a couple trapped in a haunted train station in Rain, Germany. It’s a
character-driven examination focused on the “underbelly” of people – what
happens to individuals when they encounter the unknown, from both a mental and
physical standpoint. It’s a suspense story with swaths of horror mixed in.
Each of the
four main characters deals with serious flaws. In order to survive, they have
to overcome or outrun these issues. That’s where things get sticky and where
the tension builds. When people have to face challenging situations head-on,
they can be their own worst enemy. It’s all about what happens next that drives
the story.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was in
Germany about 11-12 years ago and was really taken by the enormity of the train
stations. To an outsider, they were so daunting and overwhelming. I used that
feeling and created a story around it.
What exciting story are you working on
For this
year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – which takes place in November),
I am going to start work on a story about a hoarder who lives next to a funeral
home. I have the basic concept in mind, including the other main and supporting
characters, but when I actually start writing, anything can happen.
It will be in
the suspense/horror genre along with my other two novels (Badfish and Track 9).
I am also in
the process of revising my second book of short stories – In a Corner, Darkly:
Volume 2. I put it out initially in 2013, but have decided to take it off the
market and re-do it. I’ve pulled three of the original stories and put in three
newer ones. Once it’s finished, it’s going to be much better, cleaner, and more
When did you first consider yourself a
Probably in
2012, when my first book of short horror stories was published. I would love to
do it full time, but until my sales can pay my bills, it’s a part-time
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
No, it’s
part-time. Other than writing, I run two to three times a week and lift weights
twice a week. I also spend time reading (an important aspect of being a
Finding time
to write is difficult. I assume that most writers who have full-time jobs would
say the same thing. When I am working on revisions, a short story, or a novel,
I would say I set aside two evenings a week and at least one weekend day to
focus on writing.
I’m not one
that can write EVERY day (except during NaNoWriMo). It feels too forced and I end
up just “filling space on the page”.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I have to
have a game open on the computer at the same time as I am writing. I go to it
once in a while, just to give my mind a breather. It’s not something that takes
away from my work. It’s the perfect mindless activity I can do at the computer
while I’m thinking through scenes or dialogue.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Yes! I would
encourage your readers to experience my “style” of suspense/horror. I don’t
write gore for gore sake. My writing is more psychological/character driven
with plots that move forward at a consistent pace. To read the first chapter of
Track 9, visit my blog –

Thank you for being here today, Sue!

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