In December 2017 I began a Patreon account to help fund my fiction writing.
My first Patreon project is to re-release my first book, made up of two novellas – Fly By Night and Sacrifice – as a novella series under the banner, Duo Ex Machina.
The Duo Ex Machina series is about Frank Capriano and Milo Bertolone, loving couple and members of the two-man band, Duo Ex Machina, and their infrequent and unpleasant encounters with crime.
Fly By Night
My first Patreon target has been achieved – I’ve re-edited and re-released Fly By Night with a beautiful new cover by Willsin Rowe.
Sacrifice is being edited and posted as fortnightly chapters to my supporters, and will be released to them as a complete e-book in due course.
I’ll be writing three more e-books in the series: Number One Fan, Kiss & Cry, and Little Star, each set in years and decades following the first two novellas, set in 1999 and 2004 respectively.
Your Patreon pledges will allow me to make time to write these three new novellas, as well as paying Willsin Rowe for new cover art and formatting of the final stories for mobi and epub versions.
I’ll also be collecting a number of other short stories and writing new ones for free story collection, Scar Tissue and Other Stories, when I reach my initial income goal of $100 a month.
I aim to give my backers value for money, so there’ll be posts about Melbourne (where most of the stories will be set), my inspirations, sneak peaks of other works in progress, bits of other writing and writing tutorials (depending on which tier you support).
Stay tuned for the new cover images and new releases, or support me on Patreon for early access to the stories, other fiction, writing advice and more!
This week’s new romance release interview is with:
1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?
The name of this book is Chasing Bullets, and yes it was VERY hard to pick the title. I had a working title of Undercover, but I decided that I needed to change it, as there are so many other books out already with the title Undercover. So I went in search of a better one.
After about 20 different incarnations and three weeks of different permutations, I eventually settled on Chasing Bullets, which came up in one of the many urban dictionaries on Google as a slang version of “to take a bullet ”.
2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?
Oooh, I love this question. I think a lot (most) authors like to keep a photo gallery of images and ideas of their characters. And this is particularly true for me, so I picked my characters, using well-known celebrities almost before I started writing them.
My hero, David Cooper, is a cocky, sardonic undercover cop, with slightly messy surfie-blonde hair and a constant three-day growth. The celebrity I picked to personify him is Eric Christian Olsen, who actually plays a cop in the TV show, NCIS LA. His goofy persona is close to my hero’s personality. And I like to think my heroine, Tara Hunter, who’s an extreme sports guide, is tall and statuesque, just like the Aussie model, Megan Gale. One of Tara’s best asset’s her beautiful big smile, and Megan Gale is world renowned for her own gorgeous big smile.
3. What five words best describe your story?
Courage, heroes, Aussie suspense and (of course) romance.
4. Who is your favourite fictional couple?
This is a really hard one. I know this might sound odd, but I’ve always loved animal stories. And one of my favourites is Milo (the cat) and Otis (the dog). I know, it’s a soppy eighties tear jerker, but how can you not cheer for those amazing animals with such a strong love for each other they’ll climb mountains and swim surging rivers to find each other again? I cry every time I watch that movie.
If I have to name a human fictional couple/team, it’d be Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games. Throughout all the trials and tribulations Suzanne Collins throws at her characters, Peeta loves Katniss unconditionally, even though Katniss won’t allow herself to admit her own feelings for him. Peeta supports Katniss through everything, even when she’s lost faith in herself. It’s such a poignant, tragic book (and movie) but you can’t help barrack for them both to come out winners (of the games and at finding love).
5. What song always makes you cry?
James Bay has an amazing, soulful voice. His song, SCARS, always makes me think of Tara and Cooper, when she first leaves him in Sydney and runs away to Byron Bay. I always imagine Cooper staring out his hospital window, wretched and in pain, wondering what he did wrong. It’s also significant because of the scars both characters bear, both internal and external.
Tara Hunter’s easy life in Byron Bay is turned upside down when David Cooper, her ex-police partner, appears in town and their chequered past comes back to haunt her. Tara is drawn into Coop’s mission to track down a group of terrorists hiding out in the jungle wilderness. But when he’s taken hostage, will she be able to find the courage to tell him she loves him and save him from a terrorist’s speeding bullet?
About Suzanne Cass
Suzanne Cass lives in Perth and loves to write about enigmatic heroes in wild, passionate, dangerous stories. Chasing Bullets is her second published novel. Her debut novel, Island Redemption won the RWAus award for best unpublished romance novel of 2016.