Susanne Leist graduated with an MBA in finance. Her life has led her through the hectic commodities market and the number-crunching field of budgeting, but she always continued to read and daydream...which ultimately led to the fulfillment of her dream to put one of her stories on paper for everyone to enjoy. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband, two daughters, and Maltese dog.
How did you come up with the title for The Dead Game?
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.”
Who is your favorite character and why?
I don’t know if I have a favorite character. Linda is the main character and she thinks with my voice. But she’s a little helpless. Todd, on the other hand, is strong and charismatic. I would say that Todd is my best character.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? What made you fall in love with this particular design?
The door on the cover plays a symbolic role in the book. It is closed but once someone opens it and steps through its doorway, another dimension is crossed. Mysteries are kept hidden behind this mysterious door.
Who is your intended audience?
My audience is anyone who enjoys mystery and the unknown; anyone who is ready to use his or her imagination to explore new possibilities.
What can we expect from you in the future?
My plan for now is to market my book to its target audience. The Dead Game has placed itself in the paranormal fantasy category on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I tried different key words but it has found its own home.
The Dead Game is the first in a series of three 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.
Once my book is further established in the marketplace, I will begin my work on the second book. I have an outline and notes all ready to be written. My writing often leads me in unknown directions, so I won’t know how the book will end until it does.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
It is always helpful to an author if a reader leaves a review. This way the author will receive feedback on his or her work, and use this feedback to improve his current book and future books.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I would like to thank you for featuring my book. It is hard as a new author to establish yourself but fellow authors, like Stephanie Collier, make the road much easier and less lonely.
And now, before you go, can we get an excerpt from your novel, The Dead Game?
Since romance is always enticing, I will provide a scene between Linda and Wolf.
Linda was horrified to find herself wrapped in Wolf’s arms. She became hypnotized by his black eyes and tempted by his deep voice. He seemed perfect in every way. She only wanted to be with him.
“I’ll be back for you.” Wolf held her tight against him, whispering in her ear. ”I love the way you stand up to me with your flashing blue eyes. Soon you’ll be mine, my beautiful ice queen.”
Linda couldn’t move; she was stuck in some kind of trance. His voice soothed her and made her think of love, passion, and great need: a need that could be filled only by him with his expert hands and mouth. She knew that one day she was going to be with him, to be joined with him.
His mouth lowered onto hers, drawing her into a swirling miasma of unexpected feelings and desires. His mouth covering hers introduced her to a new realm of pure pleasure. His powerful form enveloped her, making her feel feelings that were foreign and untried for her. She couldn’t get enough of him.
She began touching his face and then his body with an eager and unrelenting hunger. She didn’t know what she needed, but she knew that she wanted and desired this beautiful man standing right before her. Her past life was washed out of her mind, never to be considered again. She begged him to take her with him tonight. In response, Wolf lifted her in his arms—as if she weighed nothing—and turned to leave the party. His beautiful face looked victorious and happy. His black eyes filled with passion. She hoped that it was because of her. Then he looked down into her small face and gave a hearty roar.
While Wolf carried her in his powerful arms, a dark shadow swooped out of the house and flew at them. Linda was knocked out of his grasp, while Wolf was thrown across the patio. She looked up to see who had attacked them. It was Todd, his eyes a deadly shade of green, standing there panting.
Linda backed away in horror. His eyes clearing, Todd looked at her. “Don’t ever be afraid of me! I’m here to protect you!”
Then he was struck down by Wolf.
Thank you so much, Susanne, for joining us tonight! If you want more of The Dead Game follow the links below! You can also find Susanne on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog!