Life was supposed to get easier for Tatum Duncan after she started dating Zach Bertano, but when Zach’s overbearing family starts trying to control her, Tatum finds herself pressured to “speak for” Zach. Worse, new guy Nigel is proving to be more tempting than Tatum wishes. One guy feels right … but the other makes her heart race! Which will Tatum give in to?
Find out in GIRL DIVIDED TWO, the newest installment in Suzie T. Roos’s exciting series that blends edgy with a splash of innocence and a smidgen of humor, releasing October 20, 2015.
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About Girl Divided Two:
Title: Girl Divided Two
Author: Suzie T. Roos
Author Location: St. Louis, MO
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Spoken For #2
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Jacques Day Publishing
Format: Digital eBook
Life was supposed to get easier…
At least that’s what Tatum had hoped. New school year, great boyfriend…and things with her and Zach were supposed to be wonderful. Fairy tale wonderful.
Zach’s overbearing family controls his every move—and worse, they want to control Tatum. Now Zach is pressuring her to ‘speak for him’, which means she’ll not only be committed to him but also his mob family. Where’s the guy she fell in love with? To make matters worse, her friends introduce her to Nigel, the new guy who is more tempting than Tatum wishes.
So which will Tatum give in to … coercion or temptation?
Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.
She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, CA. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.
Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends.
She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Knowing I wanted to do this kind of fell in my lap when my daughter went off to college. Sorry, there is no great story about how I was an avid child/teen reader…writing stories as a child…nope. Still, I guess I always considered myself to be the creative type. I suppose I would have to be to dream up a story like this!
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
On average, it’s taking me about 5 months. That is not my preferred timeline, though. To me, it would be better if I had more time to think of clever new ways to say different things. But it seems once you write a book it’s best to get the next one out within 6 months, especially with respect to a series of any kind!
3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
It’s forever changing. With my family and foster animals and whatever comes up, it differs.
For the first book, Girl Spoken For, I could focus all day and all night for months.
For Girl Divided Two, it fluctuated a lot. I’d have weeks with only a day here or there where I could work for 5 hours straight through.
For Girl Departs Three, I’ve decided, because how life can be, I needed to set a real work schedule; M-F all day and night. If I work all week, I can take the weekends off. So far that is working out okay. Things just come up and you can’t escape them.
For example, my mother-in-law passed away a few weeks back and that sent my schedule out the window.
The beauty of being a self-published author is I make the calls!
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I will use a word and then somehow use it 2 more times in the same sentence! Not sure if that’s talent or just stupidity.
5. How do books get published?
We don’t have enough time!! Whatever you think goes into it, triple it, at least. That’s if you want to put your best product forward. With a lot of help people with know-how, the process can be made easier.
First, you write a story. Then you have it “beta read,” and, next, have a content editor tear it apart. Then, re-work the story based on what the content editor says, so you can hand it over to a copy/line editor and have them dissect every word. Then once those edits are approved or rejected you have it proofread, by a couple of people. Then it’s best to re-read the whole thing from front to back to make sure you didn’t screw up any edits. Because no matter what, you have! Then I send it for formatting. That’s my process for self-publication.
But if you want to go the traditional route of publication, through a house, you take your manuscript and clean it up the best you know how. Maybe even hire an editor, but I would not hire the team like I have. Because the house will have their own editors working on your manuscript. Then you send your polished manuscript to the publishing house, or an agent, and cross your fingers.
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
My imagination! But for the Spoken For series, it really did begin with one simple idea: write about the difficulties of being a teenage mom. Something I knew all too well.
They also say, write what you know. From there my characters began talking to me. It’s scary at first, but soon becomes exhilarating.
I do have other story ideas and look forward to writing other books.
7. When did you write your first book and how old were you?
If you’re looking for a book worm with a long history of having affairs with books, you came to the wrong door! I wrote my first book, Girl Spoken For, when I was 36 yrs. old.
8. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I volunteer a lot for the Humane Society of MO. Reading a book when I’m not writing—a bit difficult when you have to write a novel within 5 months. Movies and concerts. I’m all over the place.
9. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Great question! Huh…let me think… I found it amazing that I could write about a modern day mob family, with old traditions. Then to find out a family member of mine had mob stories to share with me. I would have never known this slight connection to Capone if I didn’t write this story. That was a pleasant surprise.
10. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written 12 books. What I’m doing is re-writing them and condensing 12 down to 6. That’s a bit challenging.
If you go by the old material stretched out into 12 books, my favorite is book #9! I originally named that Imagine—know the connection? J
Of my current publications, my favorite is Girl Divided Two (book #2).
11. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Find a critique group! Find fellow authors who write, or read, your genre.
Stay true to yourself. Seriously. There’s always another way to write your story, but it doesn’t mean it’s the right way. I always said with my Spoken For series, it’s not for everyone, but someone out there will love their tale as much as I do.
Write for yourself first and foremost!!
12. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I do. They can’t wait for the next book. They want to know more about my hero, Zach Bertano. They want a “sexy” scene with Zach & Tatum. I love hearing from fans.
13. Do you like to create books for adults?
I hate labels. Honestly. I want to create a book that any age can connect with. Whether it’s a song in the story. A movie. A car. A parental relationship. A friendship. A kiss… I want something in my books that will touch someone, someway, somehow!
I like to create books for everyone.
14. What do you think makes a good story?
Drama. Twists & Turns. Sexual tension. Relatable characters.
15. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
This is funny…I wanted to be in the military. Then a cop. Then I honestly wanted to be a coroner. Before I gave up…it was a marine biologist! Go figure.
16. What Would you like my readers to know?
I’m available at: firstname.lastname@example.org I do enjoy hearing from my readers!