Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Catching Up with Susie Medwell

Hi, folks! Come on in and grab a chair.

Today we have the talented Susie Medwell with us, chatting about writing across the genres, time management and more. Her newest release, the contemporary romance Text Me, Tweet Me, Need Me, just hit the e-shelves a few weeks ago. She’s contracted with three publishers and has also ventured into the ever-growing self-pub world. She also pens erotica romance as Zara Stoneley.

Susie, Text Me, Tweet Me, Need Me brings into focus the unavoidable presence of technology in today’s dating scene and relationships. What inspired you to add this modern twist to your first contemporary romance? Writing is all about what-if’s. I find social networking/dating fascinating – in theory it lets us meet people we might never have otherwise bumped into, but can we really ‘click’ with someone we meet in cyberspace? And what if that someone isn’t really a stranger? Couple that with the fact that I’m a firm believer that we find love when (and where) we least expect it and I had a story I really wanted to write.

 Your heroine is a journalist. Do you have any experience in the field? How much research did you have to do? I did some freelance work many years ago, and also have friends who work in journalism so my research could be done over a glass of wine (my favourite type)!

 Having read some of your erotic romances before, I couldn’t help but notice that although the sex scenes in this book sizzle, they are tamer than those in your other works. What are the main differences between the sex scenes in an erotic romance and those in a very steamy contemporary romance? For me, it isn’t the actual language and content of the sex scenes that differs between erotic romance and steamy contemporary romance, it is the reason the scene is included. In an erotic romance the sex is an integral part of the story – it affects how the relationship develops and the characters grow – you can’t remove the sex scenes without damaging the story. In a contemporary romance you could remove the sex scenes (or make them sweeter!) without affecting the story, as the development of the relationship and the growth of the characters aren’t dependent on them. In contemporary romance the trend today is to avoid purple prose and call a spade a spade, so the language is still ‘to the point,’ as it is in a more erotic story. In one of my erotic romances though, I might push the characters boundaries during a sex scene so that they can overcome some issue (e.g. of trust), however in ‘Text me’ the issues are resolved outside of the bedroom!

You just got started as a published author just over a year ago and you already have quite a few books out. What’s your secret for being so prolific?  I actually don’t feel as though I am prolific! I really wish I had more time to write, and could type quicker, as I have so many ideas and stories I want to tell. For a few months last year I was between jobs and the extra time made an enormous difference to my writing. I’m working part-time at the moment and finding it much more difficult, as my warming up time each day (at least an hour before I really get in to the swing of things) eats up too much of my actual writing time. I suppose the answer to your question is that I have a real desire to tell the stories that are lurking in the back of my mind, writing isn’t a chore, it’s a love and a necessity!

 À la Twitter, can you please describe your book using 140 characters or fewer? One hot text can lead to another, but can secrets from the past destroy every hope of passion in the future?



Susie has been writing stories for as long as she’s been reading them – it’s rumoured that she’s related to Elizabeth Gaskell so it could be in the genes! She submitted her first novel, a thriller, when she was twelve years old but as she hit her mi- teens her tastes shifted from action to romance. She was soon addicted to alpha heroes, and what could be better than writing about them?

She’s had an exciting and varied life, which feeds into her stories... she’s got an Honours degree in Computer Science ...a teenage son... a cat...a cottage in the English countryside...and her own sexy alpha hero! She loves sexy high heels...good food....good (lots and lots of coffee)... and sunshine, so whenever she can, heads off in search of the sun and inspiration for her stories. Susie also writes erotic romance as Zara Stoneley.


Twitter - @SusieMedwell




A Lyrical Press contemporary romance.

Texting and tweeting can lead to trouble when the truth gets out…

Dating your boss is bad. Finding out he’s married with a baby on the way is a whole lot worse, but losing your job when you show him the door really sucks. And when he knows all your family secrets, there’s bound to be trouble. But the job Samantha’s got lined up can put her life back on track. One last date for research purposes before she can finish her article on online dating–then she’s a man-free zone, and it’s serious journalism all the way.

Ben has only one thing on his mind: to keep the promise he made to look after Sam. All he has to do is work out how he can support a girl who distrusts men, hates charity, and definitely doesn’t want rescuing. He thinks he’s come up with the perfect solution, until he realizes it’s his heart, not his money he needs to invest.

But can Sam see past the lies and learn to trust a man again? And more importantly…will Ben still want her when he learns about her past?

CONTENT WARNING: Contains hot texts, sexy showers, a girl who can pack a punch, and lasagne.



  1. Thank you for having me, Carmen!

  2. Congratulations Susie! Your book sounds great!

    Hi Carmen!


    1. Nas, it's a lovely read :) I strongly recommend it! :))