Sweet & Spicy is starting a new series of interviews so our awesome readers can get to know their favorite authors even better. Our next interviewee is Susi Hawke author of all your favorite summer mpreg hit! She's here to discuss her newest release, Peppermint Spiced Omega.
Q: Welcome to the Sweet & Spicy blog, Susi! Let’s talk about your new book, Peppermint Spiced Omega. It’s been hotly anticipated by your readers—why’s that?
A: Thanks for having me! Hmm, okay. "Tom would love for Susi to tell the nice people about Tom's book." If you get the joke, then you've probably read one of the first two books in my Hollydale Omegas series. Tom is a popular character that speaks in the third person. At first people find him annoying, then they fall in love with him. I got so many reader messages about Tom that it was almost intimidating to write his story! I knew from the beginning that he spoke that way as a defense mechanism. He had big protective walls around his snarky little heart. I had fun finding his truth and bringing it to life. This is what I describe as a Hallmark style holiday novella. It will make you giggle, cry, and then giggle some more. Although, it's probably a little steamier than Hallmark!
Q: Readers love catching up with all your characters—which ones are your favorites? Do you have any books in store for other fan favorites, like Tom?
A: Tom was my biggest favorite. But after having written it? I really can't wait to get into Ian's story. Ian is the alpha that everyone assumed Tom would end up with, because they were an item earlier in the series. I always knew that they wouldn't work, though. Tom needed his "hot daddy" Colin. Ian wasn't ready for Tom. I think that he will wake up now and think about how life is passing by, and maybe be a teensy bit sad about "the one that got away." Ian's story will be the next book. As you may have figured out, each of the Hollydale books is loosely set up around a different holiday. "Champagne Spiced Omega" will be the New Year's themed one. It's due next month and will show Ian finding his own happily ever after.
Q: Since mpreg readers and authors really love the genre, we’d love to know—what drew you to mpreg? What’s your favorite thing about writing it?
A: I accidentally discovered mpreg! I love shifter books, and Kiki Burrelli's Finding Finn was suggested by Amazon after I bought an MM wolf shifter book. I had no idea it was mpreg, or what mpreg even was, for that matter. I was so entranced by the idea of an alternate universe where men can get pregnant that I dove headfirst into the genre. I was working on a gay romance book when I was challenged in a writer's forum to try something new for thirty days. I decided to try writing an mpreg. I figured it would help me hone my skills for MM. I had no idea how much I would love writing it!
The idea of flipping gender inequality on its head was fascinating to me. Mpreg puts Omega males in the position of being treated like a submissive "weaker" role. I like showing that the members of society that are perceived as being weak are actually the ones with hidden reserves of strength. Almost overnight, I found myself completely immersed and in love with mpreg. I have no idea if or when I'll ever pursue that unfinished MM book I was working on, because I'm here to stay with mpreg... if the readers will keep letting me tell them my stories, that is!
As for my favorite thing about writing it? I love writing snarky twink omegas and the big, goofy alphas that worship them. Also, fated mates! Who wouldn't want a mate that's the other half of your soul? The concept is so romantic!
Q: What’s on your schedule for the future? Anything exciting readers can expect from you in the next few months?
A: My upcoming schedule is jam packed and filled with more than one surprise. I'm launching a new fantasy mpreg series that springboards off of my Northern Pines Den series. It will feature more shifters of a larger variety—not only will we have jaguars, bears, and wolves, we will also meet foxes, coyotes, and more. This series involve psychic gifts, an ancient history involving a war between the gods and the fae, and the descendants of the original shamans that helped end that war. As the descendants rush to close the portal that the fae are trying to use to enter our world and attack, beguile, and take over, the legacy couples will come together as true mates and work together to save the world from the fae. There will also be a forgetful phoenix and her two faithful French gargoyle protectors who will help guide each couple on their journey. This series is called The Blood Legacy Chronicles and will debut in early December.
Following that, I have more surprises on the horizon. I won't give away all my secrets, but let me just hint at a couple co-writing projects I have scheduled with a few other popular mpreg authors. It's going to be EPIC!
Q: Where can your fans keep in touch with you if they want to stay updated?
My reader group on Facebook is the best! We get silly in there, and I give away snippets and reveals of works in progress. Last week I did a contest, and the winners got to name Tom's twins. They were also given a mention in the dedication.
- The link to my reader group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheHawkesNest/
- My regular FB author page is: https://www.facebook.com/SusiHawkeAuthor/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusiHawkeAuthor
- And there's also my weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cWBy9T
Q: Thanks so much for your time, Susi!
A: It was my pleasure! I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to speak with you. Happy Holidays, everyone!
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