Since beginning her career in 2000 with “Danegeld,” which won a Golden Heart for best unpublished manuscript from Romance Writers of America, Susan has published 17 novels and three novellas with Dorchester Publishing and St. Martin’s Press, as well as self-publishing four books and a novella in The Magic Series. She’s been a finalist in the Rita contest for Best Romance Novel and garnered several Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times BookReviews. Publisher’s Weekly named “Body Electric” one of the 10 most influential mass-market books, and “One with the Shadows” a Best Book of the Year. Her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today best sellers lists. She’s known for breaking the rules of romance writing, and whatever her subject, historical period, or theme, her work always contains some element of the paranormal.
For more about Susan, visit her website at www.SusanSquires.com.
What’s your favorite scene in “Do You Believe in Magic?” and why?
My favorites scenes are not big action scenes, not even the sex scenes—though who doesn’t like sex scenes?—or even the satisfying ending. No, I’ve always liked the “getting-to-know-you” scenes, where the reader first understands the deep reasons the hero and heroine are right for each other (no matter how unlikely a couple they seem to be on the surface) and exactly what is standing in the way of their happy ending. Those are some of the most complex scenes to write, yet often, when I understand the characters, those scenes can just come flowing out. So, in “Do You Believe In Magic?,” the first of my Magic Series, my favorite scene is the one where Maggie takes Tristram home. He’s been in a mysterious accident in the middle of Nevada. She gets him to a hospital. But when he gets out he has nowhere to go, so she takes him to her father’s remote and decaying ranch for a night, before giving him a ride back to L.A. and his family. They’ve had several scenes together. The attraction has become palpable, but in this scene readers really start understanding who Tris and Maggie are, and what a relationship might cost each of them.
What is your favorite holiday tradition?
My favorite holiday tradition is probably caroling. I have always loved to sing, and I belonged to a caroling group when I lived in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Cold nights, warm scarves, coats and gloves, and voices singing together the familiar holiday favorites: what could be better? Only the holiday beverage we got when we came in. That was hot chocolate when I was young, and it got a shot of peppermint schnapps in it as I got older.
If a reader curls up with your book on a cold, winter night, what’s the perfect seasonal beverage you’d recommend?
If you are going to curl up with “Do You Believe in Magic?” this season, I’d recommend mulled wine. Steaming red wine with all those delightful holiday spices in it is a perfect companion when you are snuggling up with a book.
What are you working on next?
I’m working on the fifth novel in the Magic Series, “The Magic’s in the Music.” This series is about the large and successful Tremaine family who are descended from Merlin, and have magic in their DNA. It comes alive when they meet another with the Merlin gene. The couple are irresistibly attracted, and each gets a magic power. Sounds great, huh? But it’s not that easy. There are others descended from Morgan Le Fay, who want to do very different things with their power. The Tremaine family is under siege. The youngest brother, Lanyon has seen five siblings find their destined lovers and come into their powers. He’s seen the cost of magic too and wants no part of it. But the music inside him almost compels him to drift from club to club to play music that keeps the audience spell-bound. Everyone calls him the Ghost. He’s living a half-life, hoping to avoid the day when his destiny finds him. So when he looks up at the bar and sees a blond girl at the bar and feels that instant tug, he knows exactly what’s happening. He’s met his Destiny and, try as he might, there will be no avoiding her. He’s being drawn back into his family’s struggles, if for no other reason than the fact that only they can protect Greta Falk. At least for a while.
Do You Believe in Magic?
By Susan Squires
Award-winning NY Times Bestseller Susan Squires begins her new MAGIC series, with Do You Believe In Magic? Tristram Tremaine has never fit in with his large and boisterous family. They believe they carry a magic gene that comes alive only when they fall in love with another who carries that gene. After disappointing his parents one too many times, Tris, the bad-boy brother, hits the road on his cycle, drifting away from his destiny.
That is, until he meets Maggie O’Brian, a spit-fire rodeo rider with a strange ability to calm wild horses. Maggie lives on the road too, avoiding relationships. Her mother left her, the boy she loved left her, even her dog left her. The last thing she wants in a man is a tomcat with “love ‘em and leave ‘em” written all over him.
But the connection between Tris and Maggie is instantaneous. After a mysterious accident nearly kills Tris, he and Maggie must learn to believe in their destiny and each other to stay one step ahead of those who will do anything to prevent them from claiming it.She lost her memory … now she’s misplaced her heart. A finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.
Lady Elizabeth Fairchild is weary of playing flirtatious games in Regency London. Henceforth, she’s determined to be her caring and honest self. But that can be dangerous in a scandal-loving society, especially when she loses her memory . . . and falls in love with a highly honorable lord. No matter how strongly he may return her affections, he’s convinced she caused his friend’s untimely death. And without a memory, how can she be certain of her innocence?