of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the
relationships that move them.
*Publisher’s Weekly* calls Susan’s prose “luscious and provocative,”
*Booklist* says, “Novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.”
While Susan appreciates the critical praise, she is most honored by the enthusiastic readers who write to tell her that her books made them laugh, made them cry, and made the world a happier place to live.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband and her tiny but intrepid toy poodle. She’s there for the coffee, not the weather.
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With her latest trilogy, Susan returns to the quirky small town of Fool’s Gold, California link: www.foolsgoldca.com, the town with the man shortage, with stories for the Hendrix triplets. First up is ONLY MINE.
Susan,welcome to Marilyn's Romance Reviews. Tell us about ONLY MINE.
Susan: Each book in the Fool’s Gold series is a stand alone novel, meaning that you won’t get lost if you read them out of order. Fool’s Gold is a town facing a serious (and seriously funny) problem – the 2010 census revealed that the town is suffering from a man shortage. Fool’s Gold has become the punch line
of countless jokes on TV talk shows, which makes the strong, independent women in town pretty darn crabby... and which attracts the attention of a sleazy TV producer.
In ONLY MINE, it’s Dakota Hendrix’s job to interview potential contestants. After she recommends two handsome young twins for the show, the twins’ gorgeous, stern older brother demands that she declare them unfit. Finn Anderson wants his brothers to return to college. Finn has raised the boys since their parents died, and he won’t consider his duty done until they graduate. While Finn does everything he can to strong-arm or coerce his brothers back to Alaska, Dakota is struggling with a problem of her own, a problem so big that it will change the course of her life.
You can read free excerpts at www.foolsgoldca.com. You’ll find lots of freebies and fun bonus content there, too!
How did you come up with your Fool's Gold series?
Susan: I knew I wanted to create a series based on a place. In the past, I’d written series based on a family, so once I ran out of siblings, I ran out of stories. Readers kept asking me for more in every series. They loved that sense of connection, and they wanted it to go on. Debbie Macomber was the one who suggested I stop writing about families and start writing about a place. With a place, the story possibilities are infinite. (Debbie Macomber) is like my Mayor Marsha – I never say no to Debbie! She’s a genius.)
The place itself needed to have a strong identity. As I was brainstorming the series, I heard a story about the then-upcoming 2010 census, about everything a town can discover about itself from census results. I wondered, “What if there was a man shortage?”
So Fool’s Gold was born… the town with the man shortage. But instead of making the women eager to get more men to town, I tweaked reader expectations and made the women strong, self-sufficient, and kind of crabby that anyone would think they need more men. They can run the town just fine without men. Which means that any men who do move to Fool’s Gold have to earn the right to live there. . . and they have to earn the hearts of the women they love.
www.FoolsGoldCA.com http://www.foolsgoldca.com/ is my gift to readers who have been so loyal to me. I wanted to create an experience for readers that goes beyond the books. On FoolsGoldCA.com, readers will find amazing bonus content such as between-the-books updates, stories, and pictures from the characters’ weddings, Fool’s Gold magazines, a map of town, funny ads from local businesses… I could keep going, but the truth is, you have to see it to get it. Fool’s Gold is the Land of Happy Endings!
What draws Dakota and Finn to each other?
Susan: At their core, Finn and Dakota both value their families more than anything. Finn thinks he wants to be done with his familial duty. He wants to get his brothers through college so he can return to his days as a carefree bachelor, but he will learn that he’s not that person anymore. Somewhere along the way, he grew up. At heart, he’s a family man.
You love to write about families, such as the Hendrix triplets. Why?
Susan: I was an only child, so I love writing about the big, boisterous family that I never had. Triplets are an extension of that – three sisters who have been together since birth. Each of the triplets has her own personality, but the experiences these three women have shared throughout their lives make them as close as it’s possible to be.
You’re known for both the depth of your characters and for your humor. Do both come naturally to you?
Susan: I think men and women falling in love with each other is inherently hysterical. Who came up with that bright idea? Men do everything they can to avoid emotion, and yet they’re irresistibly drawn to women, who overflow with emotion. When I get teary-eyed over a commercial, my husband looks at me like I’m completely nuts. There’s this constant push-pull between men and women that never really goes away, and it will always be funny to me.
Most of my storylines are not funny in and of themselves. My characters deal with some very serious issues in their lives, but their ability to find the humor says a lot about their resilience. I like people in real life who can laugh at themselves, and I like that in characters, too.
Do you plot your books before writing?
Susan: I do a lot of plotting in advance, which means I can write the story quickly, which further means that I don’t lose interest. For me, the creative rush is highest during the plotting process, and the actual
writing of the book is more about getting the story down on paper. I’ve tried writing without a plot, and it just doesn’t work for me. I enjoy the aspect of surprise, but I dread revisions. Even when a book is thoroughly plotted, though, the characters can sometimes surprise me. I was sweetly surprised by a secondary romance in ONLY MINE.
How many more Fool’s Gold books will you write?
Susan: There will be at least seven more books after this year’s. In 2012, three delicious cowboy brothers and their younger sister will move to Fool’s Gold.
And in 2013, I think I’m going to establish a bodyguard academy on the edge of town. After that, who knows? If readers clamor for more from Fool’s Gold, anything’s possible. (You can let me know you want more by writing to me at www.facebook.com/susanmallery, www.twitter.com/susanmallery, or
Are you working on anything new outside of Fool's Gold?
Susan: BAREFOOT SEASON, my next women’s fiction novel, will be out in April 2012 and will launch a new series set on quaint Blackberry Island. The story is about two former best friends who form a turbulent truce to save the inn they both love.
Again Susan, thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing about Only Mine, your latest Fools Gold release (on sale August 26th). An now for your fans and anyone stopping by today, I'd like to share this video of you talking about the book.
As one of Susan's Cheerleaders spreading her good news I'l like to share the following with all book bloggers.
BOOK BLOGGER CONTEST:
If a blogger embeds the Fool’s Gold Summer Kisses magazine to her sidebar, and lets me know it’s there, she’ll have a chance to win a Fool’s Gold tote bag with blanket and stainless steel thermos. They can write to me for instructions. Here’s the magazine link:
Jenel’s email: email@example.com
Yes, the above is a contest Susan Mallery is offering is for Book Bloggers. (from my original blog post here)
However I 'm personally offering a separate contest. To win a $10.00 Amazon gift card, purchase Only Mine, tell me where you bought it and the price. I'm trusting you, taking a leap of faith so to speak that you willo purchase this wonderful book. The Amazon card will more than pay for your next purchase, hopefully the next book in Susan's Fools Gold series.
There will also be few other "surprises" for others who comment. . Cheer leaders, you are also in the running.
My contest in International and don't forget to leave your email address.