Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday Guests: Susan Macatee

Since I just reviewed her story, Angel of my Dreams, in the anthology Northern Roses & Southern Belles, I thought I'd interview Susan see what she's been up to recently.

Civil War seems to be your niche, and you’re a reenactor, any more plans to revisit this exciting era?

I don’t have any Civil War stories in the works right now, but because of the great reviews for my Civil War time travel, Erin’s Rebel, I’m considering doing another time travel featuring Civil War reenactors.

Tell me about your Christmas Civil War story.

The Christmas Ball is the story of a woman soldier, disguised as a man, since women weren’t allowed to serve in the military in that time period. She falls in love with the camp surgeon, but can’t reveal she’s a woman. He discovers her secret when she’s wounded and he examines her.

Knowing she’s a young woman, instead of the youth he’d thought her to be, changes his feelings for her. He’s attracted to her quiet strength and the beauty he’d overlooked when he knew her as a boy. When he’s transferred to Washington, he secures a transfer for her and takes her to his sister’s home where she’s taken under the woman’s wing and transformed into a ballroom beauty on Christmas Eve.

What else are you working on?

I’m working on a post Civil War romance. This is a reunion story, as the hero and heroine had spilt up just after the Civil War ended. Five years later, they’re brought back together by the death of the hero’s father. He returns to town to see to his father’s burial arrangements. The heroine was a nurse during the war and now wants to go to medical school in her quest to be a physician. The hero was a soldier during the war and was held the last months in a Confederate prison camp. So, though it’s a post Civil War story, the characters have all been affected by the war.

What’s your dream story? The one that becomes a New York Times runaway bestseller, the one you hope to one day write?

That’s a tough one, because right now, my interests are jumping all over the place. Besides historical and paranormal romance, I’ve developed an appetite for science fiction romance. As a result, I really don’t know what type of book would be my dream book, or even where my interests will take me. It depends, partly, on how my current releases do and also, if my new genre interest develops into a marketable manuscript.

Right now, I’m just enjoying the freedom to write stories that interest me.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Just for readers to visit my website: to read excerpts and chapters, as well as find the links to reviews for all my current releases. They can also take a peek at the stories I have in the works.

Thanks so much for having me, Isabel!

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