Susan Schreyer is a perfect example of why I enjoy interviewing authors. Besides having a great first name, Susan Schreyer is a wonderful writer. I am also continually amazed how freely authors share their writing “secrets” and how each interview offers more possibilities for new writers to improve their own writing skills.
I am a new fan of Schreyer’s work. “Death by a Dark Horse”, (an equine murder mystery set in Snohomish, Washington), is an wonderful work of fiction for a first time novelist. I was completely captivated by the story — and could not put it down. It has mystery, murder, and twists right up to the end of the book. I enjoyed the light, ‘cozy’ suspense (no gore) that unfolds and slowly builds momentum until the final scene– the light romance was enjoyable as well — ah to be young again.
Books two and three of the Thea Campbell Mystery series, “Levels of Deception” and “Error in Judgement”, already reside on my Kindle and await my reading pleasure. Plus, I am thrilled she has a fourth WIP.
Chat with an Equine Murder Mystery Author
I love getting to know new authors, especially whose work I enjoy. Susan Schreyer is no exception. She talks openly about how she just fell into writing, as a means to “fill her time.” Yet she is far from inactive.
Schreyer shares her insights into character building, and how her ‘beta’ editors helped her improve her writing into well-polished novels. I personally learned several new approaches I had never considered, and look forward to testing and incorporating the methods that fit my own writing personality.
- Death by A Dark Horse
- The importance of the characters’ backstory
- Character Characteristics
- Role Paying to Get the Story Right
- No Whimpy Characters
- Backstory the Killer and Victim, before the Hero
- The mystery is about the Killer and victim and the story starts when the protagonist runs across the crime and how they get involved in it.
If you are a lover of equine (horse) mystery, light romance, or from Snohomish, Washington, then take a peek at Susan Schreyer’s work. You won’t be disappointed.
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Susan Schreyer lives in the great state of Washington with her husband, two children, and a variety of animals or various species. The horse lives within easy driving distance. When not writing stories about people in the next town being murdered, articles for worthy publications, or blogging, Susan trains horses and teaches people how to ride them. She is a member of the Guppies Chapter of Sisters in Crime and is co-president of the Puget Sound Chapter of SinC.
The Thea Campbell Mysteries include, Death By A Dark Horse, Levels of Deception, and An Error In Judgment.
Susan loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted at any of these sites:
- Susan Schreyer Mysteries web site — http://susanschreyer.com
- Things I Learned From My Horse — http://thingsilearnedfrommyhorse.blogspot.com
- Writing Horses — http://writinghorses.blogspot.com
- Facebook: Susan Schreyer Mysteries
- Twitter @susanschreyer
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