The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Welcome to Soul Mate Publishing author, Susan C Muller...

Hi Susan, nice to have you visit my site! Wishing you a great time visiting to me and good luck with your latest release. Let's get started with the interview...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women?
There’s not much point is worrying about something that’s never going to happen. I’d rather worry about something that has a chance of being solved, like what happened to Jimmy Hoffa’s body, or is the Loch Ness monster real?

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time?

I only write one book at a time, but I’m usually researching, editing or promoting another book. That’s all I can keep straight at once.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple?

Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) and Rose Sayer (Katherine Hepburn) in The African Queen.  An Oldie but goody. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve missed something special. This movie is the standard for the story plot of opposites attract.

4.    Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
If you wanted quotes about writing, I could give you dozens. Elmore Leonard is a good source.  But you asked about life, so here it is:

I’m tough and can take whatever life throws at me …Especially if it’s dipped in chocolate first.  Jim Hunt

5.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?

I write most days. I don’t have a quota on word count or pages.  I just write until I don’t know what’s going to happen next. This usually just involves getting up to let the dog out (the poor thing probably wouldn’t ever get a chance to go to the bathroom if I didn’t hit a blank spot,) or changing the clothes from the washer to the dryer. A real block requires overnight.

Once, my two critique partners and I were all on deadlines. We emailed each other our daily word count. That will get you going. No one wants to be the tail end of that competition.

6.  What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?

I use both, but I prefer Facebook, it’s more personal.  Besides, I’m from Texas. I can’t say hello in 140 characters. Anything of substance is going to take a page or more.
7.    What are you working on now?

I just finished writing the sequel to The Witch on Twisted Oak.  It’s the story of another detective in the same squad, Remy Steinberg, and is called Voodoo on Bayou Lafonte.

The Witch on Twisted Oak
by Susan C. Muller



A powerful psychic is brutally murdered.  Secrets are revealed.  An old enemy is out for revenge.

Detective Ruben Marquez is thrust back into his childhood memories when he investigates a gruesome murder that occurs only feet from his mother's home.  Is the killer somehow connected to his own past?  Is the beautiful, mysterious daughter of the victim, someone he can trust?  Or is her revelation that she’s a witch a sign he should stay clear.  But how can he, when it appears she’s next on the murderer’s to-do list.

In the ultimate test of courage, he uses himself as bait to protect all he holds dear . . . his career, his family, and the Witch on Twisted Oak.


The bell rang on the far elevator and Ruben twisted in time to see a tall woman step out. She was young, no more than twenty-eight or twenty-nine. He looked closer, thirty, maybe. Her build was hard to determine under a long, diaphanous skirt that almost brushed the floor and a gauzy blouse that hung to her hips.

Despite several people in the hall, she headed directly for him. Her skirt and blouse flowed back against her body, revealing a slim figure. Her eyes and hair were as dark as his own, and her olive complexion glowed like polished brass.

"I’m Theresa Reyna. Yolanda Garza’s . . . niece.”

“I’m Detective Ruben Marquez,” he said.

“Yes, I recognize you. You really haven’t changed much.”

What did she mean by that? He’d never seen her before. He’d have remembered that face. “Let’s get my partner and head into one of the interview rooms. It’ll be quieter in there.”

Ruben strode to the squad room and beckoned to Adam. When he looped back toward the woman he did a double take. She faced away from him and her hair hung past her shoulders in a black waterfall. The florescent lights that made most people look sickly, reflected off the darkness like the full moon in a mirror.

A feeling of déjà vu swept over him and was gone. Where had that come from?

Adam rounded the corner and she twisted back, her hair billowing around her, framing her face.

Ruben stumbled over the introductions and led them toward the furthest interview room. He needed the time to clear his head. He could feel Adam studying her. Adam might be spoken for, but he wasn’t dead.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Susan C. Muller is a fourth generation Texan. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she majored in Business Administration. She started her first novel at age eleven, but it wasn’t until after she had worked many years and raised a family that she returned to her first love, writing. She is a member of Northwest Houston RWA, Kiss of Death online RWA, and The Houston Writers Guild. Her novel, The Secrets on Forest Bend, has won several awards.

Susan and her husband, Sid, live in Spring, Texas with their rescue dog, Buster, a 120 pound black lab of advanced age. They have two children and four grandchildren. They love to travel and have been fortunate to see much of the world. Her favorite places include Kenya, New Zealand, and the Galapagos Islands. When not writing, she can be found doing volunteer work at a local hospital. She loves to read, travel, snorkel and take long walks.

Susan will be awarding a $20 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.
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  1. I am also a book reader. I had read many books. Some of them is yours too. I like your way of writing.

    Trip advisor

    1. Thanks, Henry, I appreciate that. Every writer needs encouragement. Voodoo on Bayou Lafonte will be out in December.

  2. Thanks for hosting me today, Rachel. It was fun.

  3. Enjoyed reading your interview and excerpt.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  4. I enjoyed the interview, thank you. Love learning more about the author.


  5. Thanks for the comments, Karen & Rita

  6. Susan...I, too, like The African Queen. Bogey and Hepburn make such a sweet couple in that movie. She makes him want to be a better man.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  7. Thanks for sharing the great interview and excerpt. Sounds like a really good book and I have added it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  8. A fun interview thank you & I just loved the answer to the first question.