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“I have been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I've read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I've begun to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery.
It's hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That's why I've decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own. It's the type of book that I search for and love to read.
My book, ‘The Dead Game’, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don't forget the haunted house--we must have one of these.” Quote from Author Susanne Leist
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I have been reading murder mysteries and thrillers since I was a teenager. I’ve read all types of mysteries, from Agatha Christie to Sherlock Holmes. In recent years, I’ve begun to read paranormal mysteries. These books bring fantasy and the surreal to the simple murder mystery.
It’s hard to find books that combine paranormal with mystery. That’s why I decided to write a paranormal, murder mystery of my own. It’s the type of book that I search for and love to read.
My book, ‘The Dead Game’, has dead bodies and suspects like a traditional murder mystery. However, it also has humans, vampires, and vampire derivatives. And don’t forget the haunted house—we must have one of these.
Did you come up with your title before or after you wrote the manuscript? During the writing of my book, the title just popped into my head. THE DEAD play deadly games on people and so my book became ‘The Dead Game’.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? ‘The Dead Game’ is a paranormal mystery.
I enjoy books that challenge me. I need a murder or a mystery to hold my attention. All the clues must tie in together at the end. The resolution must be satisfying. That is a true mystery for me, a la Agatha Christie.
The paranormal also calls out to me. I love haunted houses, creepy settings, feelings of being stalked…To me, this entails a killer or villain. Most paranormal stories have villains and dead bodies, so they can easily become mysteries.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? After my book was published, it sat on Amazon and Barnes & Noble without a description, bio, background, or anything for a few days. When the publisher had sent me an email—everything was done through email—saying that I was published, I hadn’t been told that my book was immediately available for sale. I had to quickly write up summaries and descriptions. Then I had to learn how to use Twitter, Facebook, and Google. I had to create blogs. I now have blogs on Tumblr, Blogspot, and Wordpress. I have finally reached the point where I could take a deep breath and enjoy being published.
My advice to a new author is to make sure that you are prepared before you launch your book. If you are prepared, then you can take the traditional path or the newer route of self-publishing.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The most rewarding experiences I’ve had so far have been my reviews. I can’t describe the incredible feeling of receiving a review by someone who enjoyed reading my book.
Who is your favorite author? My favorite author is Brad Meltzer. It’s fun and easy to read his books. His words flow smoothly and keep me engrossed in the stories. I like his characters. He weaves his extensive knowledge of Washington into the story lines.
I buy a book based upon the description on the back cover and not by the author’s name. This has led me to explore books written by a wide variety of indie authors. I found Brad Meltzer by his book’s description before I heard about him as an author.
What can we expect in the future? ‘The Dead Game’ is the first of two books. The first book resolves the murder mystery, but at the same time, opens a Pandora box of new mysteries. Its surprise ending will lead to more surprises.
‘The Dead Game’ is a paranormal mystery. It takes place in a small town, called Oasis, on the coast of Florida. During the day, the town is a paradise for its residents and abundant tourists with its picturesque streets, wide-sand beach, and warm waters. However, at night, the town turns dark and deadly. Dark shadows roam the streets. Tourists begin to disappear and bodies turn up dead on the beach. The evil in this town revolves around a deserted house. The younger residents are invited to a mysterious party at End House, and that is when the fun and games begin.
I have begun to work on the sequel. I have an outline and notes in place. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.
Linda moves to a small town to live a quiet life. She opens a bookstore and makes new friends. Life is simple--that is until the dead body washes up on shore. Linda is horrified to find that dead bodies and disappearing tourists are common for this town. As soon as the sun sets, she and her friends are stalked by dark shadows. But this is only the beginning.
Linda and the other young residents receive an unsigned invitation to a party at the deserted house on the hill. They are pursued through revolving rooms and dangerous traps, barely escaping with their lives. Two of their own remain trapped in the house. Or so they think.
They must embark on a difficult journey, chased by supernatural creatures, not knowing whom to trust, to uncover the one controlling the game and everyone else in town. Who are The Dead? Are they humans or vampires? Or a combination of both?
The Dead Game has begun.