Monday, February 15, 2010

Guest - Susan Kearney

Good morning everyone! Are you ready for Shrove Tuesday, aka Fat Tuesday? I'll have a blog detailing some of the food traditions from around the world for this last day before Lent. It might give you some ideas for your own celebrations OR it might make you hungry for one of those delightfully fattening treats :-) (There are no calories on this blog! LOL)

Today we have Susan Kearney, one of my favorite futuristic authors, who will be discussing creating characters for this great genre. Make sure you read all the way to the Lynda Again section. I have another special treat for members of my newsgroup (if you aren't a member, read below to find out how you can become one).

Futuristic romance is my favorite genre. Yes, I’ve written for historical, contemporary, romantic suspense and science fiction markets but the idea of mixing romance and science fiction has always draw me. Perhaps it’s the possibilities... that the universe is infinite and full of adventure and surprises that draws me to the genre.

I’ve always loved action and adventure combined with romance. I believe the trick to making stories seem believable is to find a way to connect to the characters and their worlds. That’s why the Pendragon Legacy trilogy may have dragonshapers who can morph between dragon and humans, but they also have hopes and dreams – just like you and me. My characters want to save their families. They want to fall in love. They just do it on a somewhat grander canvass.

When I began the trilogy, I had no idea JORDAN would be the hero for the third book. But his backstory intrigued me. I mean a two-thousand year old man who is on a critical mission to save Earth -- who could ignore him. Besides — he fought with King Arthur, he knows stuff we don’t and that’s enough to drive Vivianne Blackstone, a self-made billionaire to distraction—and passion. You see when I write the alpha male, I often let him meet his match with an alpha female. That’s when the tension rises and the sparks fly. That’s when I can’t type fast enough. That’s when I forget that there’s no such thing as dragons and interplanertary travel and an ancient threat to Earth. The story becomes real because I’m rooting for my people. And I hope readers will be rooting for them too.

I can only tell the stories that interest me and I hope readers will come along for the ride. I like strong, intelligent men and women who feel vulnerable when they fall in love. And I like to have fun with the worlds, the characters and the plot. If you’d like to know more about me and my books, I encourage you to watch the videos and read a free excerpt at

Link to video about RION
link to video about LUCAN
link to excerpt JORDAN

1600 years ago, Jordan was the sole survivor of a ruthless Tribe attack which annihilated his world. To stop the Tribes deadly galactic conquest from continuing, he followed the Tribes to Earth, assumed the name Merlin and assisted King Arthur and his Knights to save Earth. When Arthur died, Camelot fell and Jordan lost his Ancient Staff. Now, over 1000 years later, the Tribes are back and so is Jordan. He’s recovered his Ancient Staff and is again on the trail of the Holy Grail to save Earth and protect the galaxy.

Vivianne Blackstone is a lady with her own agenda. An American businesswoman, self-made billionaire and a fighter from the get-go, she’s confident, capable and a definite type A personality. One of Earth’s brightest and most loyal citizens, she vows to do her part to save the planet when she learns the Tribes are on the move again.

Jordan and Vivianne team up to save Earth and along the way they fall in love. But according to galactic legend, there’s only 1 way to defeat the Tribes: Uniting the Ancient Staff with the Holy Grail. There’s only one catch, Jordan cannot live without the Ancient Staff. To defeat the Tribes and save Earth, he must perish.

Susan Kearney used to set herself on fire four times a day, now a USA TODAY BESTSELLING author, she does something really hot—she writes paranormal romance and her current series The Pendragon Legacy based on Arthurian Legend is a huge success. She can apply the old rule of "write what you know" and never run out of ideas for characters and plots. An All-American and professional diver, expert in martial arts, sailor, real estate broker and owner of a barter business as well as women's fitness and three hair salons, she has enough material for a lifetime.

Kearney has written historical, contemporary and futuristic romance as well as romantic suspense and science fiction for publishers such as Harlequin, Tor, Grand Central Publishing, Simon and Schuster and Berkley. Kearney has won career achievement awards for paranormal and romantic suspense., as well as Telly awards for her videos. She given workshops at national conferences on the business of writing as well as on plotting , characterization and world building.

A native of New Jersey, Kearney writes full time. She resides in a suburb of Tampa—with her husband, kids and Boston Terriers. Currently she's plotting her way through her 54th work of fiction. You can reach her through this web site.


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susan said...

Jordan sure sounds good. I wish you nothing but good luck in the book. I am glad to have a chance to read about it and send my comment. susan L.

Susan Kearney said...

Thanks Susan L. Good luck wishes are always appreciated.

Pauline B Jones said...

Nice discussion on characters. The book sounds very fun! What came first with this series? The idea or the characters? A bit of both?

I thought it was interesting Jordan surprised you. Love when that happens, but it can also make you pull on your hair. LOL! Did it delight? Make your head hurt? A little of both?

Pauline Baird Jones

Stephanie said...

What a Terrific twist to the popular legend! I am definitely going to find the rest of the series and check it out.

The way you described your plotting process is interesting. Do you go through the same thing with each of your books or do you find the process different with each one?

Thanks for sharing with us!


Beth said...

I already have the first book. I am looking forward to getting the other two as soon as I can. Can't wait to read them.

Susan Kearney said...

I like surprises when i write. It means the subconscious is working. :)

I don't have a plotting process. When I have to do a proposal i think the entire book through. But if I don't have to--I just write. And each book is different. I wish I had a process.

Are you one of those readers who waits until they have the entire series before you start reading? :)

It doesn't matter I was just curious. :) Thanks for reading LUCAN.

Susan Macatee said...

This sounds like a great series, Susan! I've read a few of your futuristics and they're in my keeper pile!

Best of luck with this!!

Pamk said...

this series sounds fantastic. I really need to get them. Love your other futuristic i've read. But for some reason I keep missing these. I am off to add them to my wish list at amazon so I don't forget again. It's hard getting old.

Beth said...

Susan Kearney,
Yes, if I know that the series is only going to be a few books long I do like to wait so that I can read them all at once. But with Lucan I was going to read it right away. I won it in a contest and the person giving it took three weeks to get it to me. I've only had it in my TBR for about 10 days. Now that Jordan's release is so close I will wait to read all three.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Congrats to Pam whose name Wookie pulled from the box! I'll get your book out to you within the next few days! Thanks for playing :-)