I've written some of what I know. I know a lot about New Orleans, where I lived for many, many years. I know about Hurricane Katrina 'cause I was there, unfortunately, among the evacuating masses and the rebuilding few. I know about growing up in rural Alabama in a town so small you're related to everyone if you go back a couple of generations. I know about SEC football. I know about the brutal world of university politics (it's ugly, folks).
After that, it's pretty much me writing about stuff I don't know, but want to. I've lived inside the heads of wizards, elves, vampires, and the humans who love them. I've gone deepwater diving off the foggy, frigid waters of Cape Breton into the turbulent North Atlantic in search of a Knights Templar treasure that sank centuries earlier. I've run from would-be assassins through the English countryside (because I was trying to find King John's lost crown jewels). I've ridden out a hurricane in a fishing camp deep in the Atchafalaya Basin; the hurricane was named after my grandmother. I've been a nuisance gator wrangler, a merman, an eagle shapeshifter, and a Scottish gallowglass warrior.
The coolest thing of all? I get to take readers with me. Because that's what reading books--and writing books--is all about. The chance to live in another space for a little while, to experience something new, to study the human condition from a wonky angle and maybe come away with something to think about.
Which brings me to the Kingdom of Faerie, where some of my characters are about to visit. It will be my first visit to that mythical realm, so I've been thinking about what it should look like.
That's where you come in. Tell me what you'd imagine Faerie to be like, to look like. What would you see? What would you smell and hear? My faeries are not like Tinkerbell or Jinx, I should add. Some are good; some are bad. They look very human, at least when they want to. They're powerful, but definitely march to their own drummer. Currently, the Prince of Winter and the Prince of Summer are in a power struggle for the monarchy because the Faerie Queen is on her last leg and childless.
So, help me build Faerie! I'll choose one commenter to receive a book of choice in his or her format of choice.
Speaking of choice, I hope you're following along this month's big blogfest with the members of the Southern Magic chapter of RWA. We're hoping you'll join us on Saturday, Nov. 1, in Birmingham for the always-awesome Readers Luncheon. Have lunch with some terrific authors, win tons of goodies, enjoy some swag and -- oh -- did I mention that the guest speaker is New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day? Be there! Click here for more info and to register. Hope to see you there! (And sit at my table because I sure do hate to eat alone.)
Check my blog on Sunday to see if you won! You can also find me on Facebook and on Twitter, and read more about my books as Suzanne Johnson here and as Susannah Sandlin here.