Thursday, May 31, 2012
Introducing...Susannah Sandlin & Redemption
It's been a long road for Redemption, the first in the Penton Legacy** series. She started it in November 2010 when she and one of her crit partners got the bright idea to do NaNoWriMo--that annual march toward self-emolation wherein normally sane author types test their mettle by trying to complete a novel, or at least 50,000 words, within thirty days. Crit partner Susan bit the dust after two weeks but Susannah plowed stubbornly on, and by the end of November had a big, 60,000-word mess on her hands.
It sucked--just ask her. She'll tell you. It was the first (and last) novel she will ever write as a pantser, and she had to take it apart and do an outline, then put it back together. Which took another three or four months and grew to 85,000 words. Then she learned it straddled the line too much between urban fantasy and paranormal romance without committing fully to either genre, so editors didn't know what to do with it. It came apart again, and ended up at 96,000 words. It finally got finished. It won the paranormal category in the 2011 Chicago North RWA Fire and Ice contest.
Better, it sold as part of a trilogy proposal to Montlake Romance in January, with all three books scheduled to come out this year. Except books two and three were a gleam in Susannah's eye. She just turned in the manuscript on book two, Absolution, to be released in September. Book three, Omega, is still gleaming in the old iris but she's beginning to daydream of scenes, which is usually how it all starts.
Congratulate her. I don't have the heart to do it. She's saddled me with a second website, a second Twitter account, a second Facebook page, a separate email account, and a second Goodreads account. She's drowning me in passwords and online minutiae. The brazen hussy even wants me to blog for her every once in a while.
Susannah and I will be doing a live chat over at Savvy Authors (www.savvyauthors.com) from 8-9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 13. The chat is called "Help Wanted: Clone!" for reasons that should be obvious. Come and talk to us, er me, er her. Whatever. It's free after you register on the Savvy site.
In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for Redemption and the sexy Irish vampire named Aidan, the Gallowglass Scottish warrior named Mirren, and the tortured, brilliant William. The Penton Legacy is their story.
*Susannah Sandlin is me. Well, actually, Susannah Sandlin is Suzanne's great-great-great grandmother, who is buried in Blount County and most likely rolling in her grave that her name is being used on a book about a vampire apocalypse in Chambers County, Alabama.
*The series is called the Penton Legacy except on Amazon's Japanese site, where the audio CD has explicably been named the Pentagon Legacy. Susannah's probably been put on a watch list.
BIO: Novelist currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (urban fantasy, Tor Books) as Suzanne Johnson. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, author of the Penton Legacy (paranormal romance) and Collectors (romantic suspense) series from Montlake Romance. See my author website for more info!