Writing Process Blog Tour

Thank you Bethanie Hardie, a fine author and blogger, for inviting me to participate in this blog tour. I’ve enjoyed her posts and so when she invited me, I was very pleased and honored. I want to make her proud by answering the questions and finding three bloggers to continue the tour.

Why do I write what I do?

I have been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I’ve read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I’ve begun to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and surreal to the simple murder mystery.
It’s hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That’s why I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own. It’s the type of book that I search for and love to read.
My book, The Dead Game, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don’t forget the haunted house—we must have one of these.

How does my writing process work?

This is the first book that I’ve written. I began with a basic idea in mind. I wanted a murder to take place in a small town. This murder would involve a house that was rigged with supernatural or mechanical traps and moving rooms. But I had no idea how the story would evolve or end. The end turned out to be a surprise to even me.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The vampires in my book were created from my creepy imagination. They look human—that is until they attack. Then they have red or green glowing eyes. They stand out from other vampires by the way they form alliances and mate.

I introduced a new type of vampire, a product of a human and a vampire. They are called human vampires. Their powers are different from a vampire’s power. Vampires can fly, shape-shift, control minds, and be killed by fire or spells. They must stay out of the sunlight—unless they’re protected by a special green glass. Human vampires don’t have these powers but only the power of suggestion. They’re stronger and live longer than humans. They die of old age—if they’re not killed beforehand.

These facts are revealed over time in the book, and are kind of, a spoiler.

What am I working on at the moment?

The Dead Game is the first book of two books. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.

I’ve just begun to work on the sequel. I have my outline and notes ready and waiting. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.

Nominated Bloggers

These are great authors. Check out their blogs and enjoy their colorful words and extraordinary imaginations.

Don’t forget to check out Bethanie Hardie’s blog at: http://www.bethaniehardie.co.uk


  1. Diana June 15, 2014 / 10:42 pm

    Hi Suzanne!

    Thanks for choosing me to continue this hop. I’m definitely in. 🙂

    I find your work quite fun and interesting—neat to see your answers to those questions!


    • Susanne Leist June 15, 2014 / 10:47 pm

      I also love your writing. At least there are only 4 questions and you don’t have to make up new questions.


      • Diana June 16, 2014 / 12:44 pm

        Thank you! 🙂


  2. bethaniehardie June 16, 2014 / 6:10 am

    Hi Susanne, I really enjoyed reading your answers to the questions! Good luck with the sequel, I can’t wait to get started on The Dead Game.


    • Susanne Leist June 16, 2014 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks again for nominating me for your blog tour. Keep in touch, Susanne


    • Susanne Leist June 17, 2014 / 6:32 pm

      I’m happy that you want to participate in the blog tour. This way bloggers can show their appreciation for each others works.


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