The night grows heavy.
It grows dark.
We look to the moon.
To bask in its glow.
A halo of blue.
Falls to earth.
Blue against orange.
To shine into the night.
Today’s interview is with Susanna Leist, author of Prey for the Dead – Book Two of The Dead Game Series.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Prey for The Dead, Book 2 of The Dead Game Series
3) What is the book about?
Prey for The Dead is the second book in The Dead Game Series. My main character, Linda, and her friends find themselves faced with the return of The Dead vampires. These vampires aren’t as peaceful as the vampires living in Oasis, Florida. A love triangle develops where Linda is caught between a hybrid—half vampire and half man—and a vampire. Their adventures take them to an exclusive club in Disney World and the swamps of southern Florida to defeat the evil vampires.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
Vampires living in Florida came from my overactive imagination.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
The book took me a year to write, a year for others to proofread, and six months for me to edit.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
My publisher edited my first book, The Dead Game. I used the ProWriting Aid program to edit my second book, Prey for The Dead. The program gave a more comprehensive edit than the Outskirts Press’ editor. I felt confident enough to send my book for a Kirkus Review. The reviewer liked the story and the supernatural mystery.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
My author website is https://www.susanneleist.com/
My blog is https://susanneleist.wordpress.com/
I have book trailers. My newest one is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pILNxaD5XlI
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
My best tip for a new author is to have your promotions prepared in advance before you launch your book. I learned this from experience.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read all genres. I don’t stick to the same authors. I enjoy reading books written by different authors.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
My favorite is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. This book led me to read mysteries, and it set my expectations for future books. For me to enjoy a book, it must have plenty of twists and turns. Thank you, Agatha Christie.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have a Maltese. His name is Nounous, which means a teddy bear in French. My daughter gave him his name.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I own a kindle, but I read e-books on my computer. I prefer paperback books.
Red is the sun’s last ray
as it sets for the day.
Red is my vision as I watch you play.
Red is the desire I feel
for you each day.
Red is your blood now
flowing through my veins.
PREY FOR THE DEAD
An Unwelcome Surprise By Susanne Leist
Lights sparkle like stars on the walls.
Spots of color guide my journey.
Past closed doors, I walk, my head lowered, my steps slow.
I feel my way along the walls, the lights warm beneath my fingertips.
A cold wind hits the back of my neck.
I turn to the dark corridor before me.
Dark shadows twist into shapes, and an arm beckons to me.
Heart pounding in a tempo matching my chattering teeth, I stand frozen against the wall.
A knob hits me in the back.
My arm reaches behind, and I twist the knob.
I step back into the room.
The door shuts in my face.
I turn around.
Water flows beneath my feet.
An azure sky surrounds me.
I walk forward. The scene fades to black.
A brisk cold wind replaces the warmth.
In the distance walks a woman wearing a yellow raincoat and black rubber boots.
She approaches me with an ax in one hand and a black garbage bag in the other.
I back against the door, jiggling the knob.
She stands before me and smiles.
I lift my eyes to eyes shimmering blood red.
“Would you like to fill this bag for me?”
She raises the empty black bag.
I swallow the lump in my throat and shake my head.
Dots of lights shoot before my eyes.
The room swims.
I shut my eyes and fall to the ground.
ALONE IN A CEMETERY
The wind whispers.
The trees sway.
Air hisses through the leaves.
Shadows lurk between gravestones.
With long robes, they sweep toward me.
A statue looms in the distance.
A winged angel turns her cold face
and faces me.
A wicked grin curves her mouth.
Her wings take flight.
And so do I.
Let the leaves change colors & fall.
Shades of orange, yellow, & red.
Autumn, the best season of all.
Take care when you head hits the bed.
The Dead descend; our town will fall.
THE DEAD GAME SERIES