PREY FOR THE DEAD Blog Tour – Day 3

Thank you, Yvette M. Calleiro for hosting my blog tour today.

Welcome to the “PREY FOR THE DEAD” Blog Tour! @SusanneLeist @4WillsPub #RRBC


It is my privilege to share with you another great author from RRBCSusanne Leist is the author of The Dead Game and is here today to share with you her newest book, Prey for the Dead. I’ve read The Dead Game and found it very interesting. I’m sure her newest book is going to be just as good.

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Here is Susanne to tell you more about herself and her books!

I have always loved to read. Agatha Christie, Alistair Maclean, Robert Ludlum, and many other authors filled my young imagination with intrigue and mystery. When I wasn’t reading late into the night, the TV shows—Murder She Wrote and Columbo—entertained me with tales of murder and suspense.

Over the years, my taste in TV expanded to include such shows as Supernatural and The Originals. I searched for paranormal, murder mysteries but found few at the library or bookstore. So, I wrote one.

A career in writing has been a big leap for me. Accustomed to the number-crunching field of budgeting and the hectic commodity markets, I left my first career and M.B.A. in Finance behind to pursue my dream. I do not regret my foray into literature for one moment. Fellow authors helped me make my way through the competitive field. I write every day and even tried my hand at poetry. If someone tells you it’s too late in life to try something different, they are wrong. It is never too late to follow your heart.

TheDead Game is the first book in The Dead Game series. It brings fantasy and the surreal to the classic murder mystery with dead bodies, suspects, and clues. It offers vampires, vampire derivatives, and a touch of romance to give spice to the mix. Once you read The Dead Game, you will never look at a dead body the same way.

In Book Two, Prey for The Dead, the suspense continues as The Dead use an exclusive club in Disney World and infiltrate the rich and famous. The Dead grow in power, and not even the sun or the swamps of Florida can weaken them. Linda – my main character – and her friends join with the human vampires or hybrids to defeat the evil forces threatening to control their town.

I hope you enjoy my books. The third book of The Dead Game Series is waiting for me to write.


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Here is my interview with Susanne Leist By Fiona Mcvie

Here is my interview with Susanne Leist


Name Susanne Leist

Age 56

Where are you from

Brooklyn, New York

A little about your self

My first career was in Finance. I have an M.B.A. in Finance. I worked in the fields of commodities, financial analysis, and budgeting. The creative side of me was calling out to be set free. I listened and wrote my first book, The Dead Game, a paranormal mystery/thriller with vampires and vampire derivatives.

I am married with two beautiful daughters. My oldest is married and works as a buyer for clothing. My second is graduating from college and will go on to graduate school for social work.

My life is complete.


Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My book has settled comfortably in its vampire suspense sections on Amazon and Nook. Therefore, I am now ready to begin writing book 2 in the series.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

I began to write in earnest about ten years ago. That was the time when I had decided to write a book. It was much harder than I ever could have imagined.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I still don’t call myself an author. But I did feel like a writer after my publisher sent me a note informing me that my book had been published and to congratulate me. It felt good—really good.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

I’ve read many types of books over my lifetime. I could always figure out early on what’s going to happen, and how the story will end. I wanted to write a book that will follow the way I want it to be written. With Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, Linda Fairstein, and Brad Meltzer in mind, I wrote my book. I wrote and re-wrote. I had it edited a second time according to its reviews. Some people want to read more action, while others want to delve deeper into the characters. You can’t please everyone. I tried my best.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

My style controls me. Sometimes my mind is in the mood for poetry and at other times it wants a full-fledged murder mystery. So I wait for the perfect moment to write. I write alone without any interruptions.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

The Dead are supernatural beings that kill and play hard. They play dangerous games with the inhabitants of Oasis. Hence, The Dead Game.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

The town of Oasis, on the coast of Florida, appears too good to be true, with its calm ocean waters, palm trees, trade winds, and white-sanded beaches. Beneath the bright sunshine lies an evil so dark and deadly, ready to take over the town.

Nothing can be too good to be true.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

There could be such a town in Florida, where certain residents hide during the day, to only come out at night. The residents and tourists can be spooked by the colder winds and the dark shadows roaming the town. Dead bodies rolling in with shore can happen in beach communities. The rest of the story can be the result of someone’s over-active imagination or not. It’s up to the reader to believe or disbelieve.

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Personally, I haven’t had any spooky or unusual situations. But I watched many horror shows when I was growing up. And my favorite authors were suspense and mystery writers. Agatha Christie’s Murder at End House inspired the name for my haunted house. The old movie, The Blob, inspired me to write about a red liquid oozing into End House. The TV show, The Avengers, gave me the idea for a house with changing rooms. The rest I filled in with my own imagination.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

Agatha Christie had been my first foray into the genre of murder mystery. I was ten years old when I began to read her books. I also read Sherlock Holmes and Alistair Maclean. These books taught me the methods needed to analyze clues and crime scenes. In later years, I continued to read mysteries, but my favorites are Brad Meltzer and Linda Fairstein. When I was reading Meltzer’s Zero Game, I decided that I should try to write my own book. He doesn’t write in a pompous way like some authors. He follows through with the plot and clues. I was inspired.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

I am reading the series by Deborah Harkness. I’m finishing book 2. It has a lot of history that I’m not familiar with. But I like her books.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

In the past few years, I found Michael Koryta. His books are different. They are hard to categorize. They have mystery, paranormal, and unusual stories and events.  I like that they are a little creepy.

Fiona: What are your current projects?

My current project is to begin writing book 2, while continue promoting book 1. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Fellow authors have supported me. Authors, who I met on Facebook and Goodreads, answered my questions and offered advice on how to market my book.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It has become my career. I work 12 hours a day at it so it is officially my career. No one would do that for a hobby.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I’ve changed a lot already according to my reviews. I should have given my main characters a deeper role together. Readers want more depth to the characters. We know what they feel about each other. They just haven’t acted on it. Now that they have been introduced and had gone through a lot together, I could delve further into their psyches in book 2.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I helped my daughters write essays in their applications for college. One of them I really liked. I was surprised that I had written it.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

On my blogs, I’ve been experimenting with poetry. I’ve been receiving a positive response. I wanted to experiment with different types of writing before I began the second book.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I wish I could write perfectly the first time around and not have to edit and re-edit. I’m a perfectionist and I could edit any writing to the death.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

I told my publisher what I wanted on the cover. I wanted a partially open door with blood dripping outward from it. A hand would be reaching out from the inside. Outskirts Publishing offered me a closed door with fire around it. At least I got a door. The door is important for the story.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

I must stick to my ideas and opinions. It is always good to take constructive criticism, but it depends upon who it’s coming from. Most authors are helpful and supportive but some can be mean and vindictive. Such is life.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

The best advice for a new writer is to have everything in place before you launch your book. I had nothing in place when I was told my book was published. I had to open Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Blog accounts. I had to write summaries to put alongside my books that were sitting and waiting for me on Nook and Amazon. It took me months to figure out how everything worked. I read articles about how to market books.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I wrote my book based on the love I have for mystery and the paranormal. The TV show, Supernatural, inspired the humor in the dialogue. The TV show, The Originals, reminded me of the elegance and beauty of vampires.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I had an older brother who I looked up to. He read two or three books a week.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

Witty dialogue makes me laugh. One example is The Big Bang Theory. Anything bad happening to animals makes me cry. I still haven’t gotten over Lassie not coming home in Lassie Come Home.

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

I would love to meet my brother again, now that I’m older. I want to tell him how much I miss him, and I think about him every single day.

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

She tried the best she could to make her family happy.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I love to swim and read books.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

Supernatural, Reign, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Elementary, Forever, The Big Bang Theory, and NCIS.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?





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Megan Cashman

~ Author

Author Interviews: Susanne Leist

04 Tuesday Mar 2014

Sometimes it is not easy to categorize one’s book. Genres can be blurred by a theme or character, and usually that is because we all have different literary tastes. Author Susanne Leist is one of these authors. She combined her love for mysteries, thrillers and the paranormal with her book, The Dead Game, which is the first book in a trilogy. Here she is to talk about her writing, her book and her self-publishing:  Susanne Leist

MC: Many dream of one day writing a book. What prompted you to turn that dream into reality?

SL: 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 the surreal to the simple murder mystery.

It is hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That is why I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own.  It is 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.

MC: How did you balance writing your book with work and family?

SL: At this point of my life I have time to write. One daughter is married and the other is in college. Since I’m not working, I have free time to devote to my craft.

My writing didn’t begin as a craft. It began as a hobby, which grew over the years into a book. With a finished book in hand, I decided that it was time to publish. Since I self-published, I had to enter cyberspace to find readers. Soon I had Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts. I even created blogs. I entered a whole new world. I’ve met many Indie authors, independent authors, who are very supportive of each other.

I am no longer alone.

MC: What intrigues you more: the paranormal or mysteries?

SL: I enjoy books that challenge me. I need a murder or a mystery to hold my attention. All the clues must tie in together at the end. The resolution must be satisfying. That is a true mystery for me, a la Agatha Christie.

The Dead GameThe paranormal also calls out to me. I love haunted houses, creepy settings, feelings of being stalked…To me, this entails a killer or villain. Most paranormal stories have villains and dead bodies, so they can easily become mysteries.

MC: How are your vampires different from all the others out there?

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

Human vampires are a product of a human and a vampire. Their powers are different from a vampire’s power. Vampires can fly, shape-shift, control minds, and be killed by fire. They must stay out of the sunlight—unless they are protected by a special green glass. Human vampires don’t have these powers but only the power of suggestion. They are 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.

MC: You chose to self-publish your book. What made you choose this route?

SL:  I self-published my book. However, I wouldn’t recommend this unless an author has his or her marketing in place beforehand.

At the end of August, Outskirts press, the self-publishing company, informed me that my book was published. I’d thought that this meant it was ready for print. I was waiting for them to send out a Press Release and a Wholesaler’s Summary of my book. Little did I know that my poor book was sitting alone on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, without any words or background.

That same day, I wrote up my bio and summaries of the book. I opened online accounts and blogs. I hadn’t known what a blog was but soon I had three of them.

That same week, I joined reading groups and whatever else came up on my computer screen.

Now, four months later, I can sit back and breathe a little. I never want to go through those last few months again. If I had connections, or knew about the publishing business, I would have published the traditional way. It would have been harder at the beginning. Afterwards, I wouldn’t have had to navigate through cyberspace on my own.

My advice to a new author is to make sure that you are prepared before you launch your book. If you are prepared, then you can take the traditional path or the newer route of self-publishing.

MC: What can we expect from Susanne Leist in the future?

SL:  My plan for now is to find readers and a target audience for my book. The Dead Game is the first in a series of three books. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora’s box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.

Once my book is established

in the marketplace, I will begin my work on the second book. I have an outline and notes all ready to be written. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.

Susanne Leist:

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