Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on romance author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The first question I asked Susan was, as always, Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?
I’m proud to have readers all over the world. My books have been published in over 30 languages. I’m equally proud to be the creator of the sports romance, a genre that didn’t exist until I wrote FANCY PANTS in 1989, followed by my Chicago Stars and Wynette, Texas books.
Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester–though they should totally check here first!)
Everywhere books are sold. (How lucky am I to be able to say that?!)
How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?
Go to my website as http://susanelizabethphillips.com to sign up for my “monthly” newsletter which, truth to tell, I don’t always get out each month, but I have goals. I’m also active on Facebook and Instagram.
For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write? What can readers expect from your newest book?
My next book (June, 2021) is a rom com, the latest in my Chicago Stars series. When Stars Collide.
THE DIVA AND THE QUARTERBACK. He’s Chicago Stars backup quarterback
Thad Owens, always number 2. She’s #1 opera superstar Olivia Shore, a soprano with a grudge. They’re trapped together on a one-month press junket promoting a luxury watch. It’s not going well.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Of the whole writing and publishing process? What do you think has been your greatest lesson in the journey thus far?
I love being able to connect with readers all over the world. When I began touring internationally, I saw right away how similar women are everywhere. We want happy ending stories of love and connection.
What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?
Nothing gets done without butt in chair!
What does your writing space look like? What do you need to have around you while writing or editing?
In the summer, I love writing on the screen porch in our Chicago area home. In winter, on the small balcony of our Southern California home. Basically, any place that’s outside is my favorite place to write.
While you’re writing, do you prefer music, silence, other? Please elaborate!
I can have music playing, but only classical—preferably from either the Classical or Baroque periods. (See how picky I am!) Nothing with lyrics or nothing too dramatic. I have enough drama going on in my head.
Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that must be in the vicinity (or must be avoided) while you’re writing or editing a piece of work?
This is so boring, but I have a cup of black tea at my side. Irish or English Breakfast. No herbal. No flavor. No frou-frou. I take it straight.
Thanks so much for spending the time to answer our questions, Susan!