1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Summer Newman is a Canadian writer who has been published by 60 magazines and newspapers, including by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.. Summer published many dozens of romance stories with magazines in New York and has published literary pieces in periodicals in both Canada and the United States. Summer has written both a weekly literary column and published articles on writing technique. Topics covered by Summer include everything from alternative music to the outdoors to personality profiles. Summer has published prominently in both fiction and non-fiction and considers all projects immensely satisfying, from a published fairy tale on frogs and a dragonfly to political Op-Eds in a prominent newspaper. Summer published Passions in the North Country in May, 2013 with Siren, and in August is publishing a romantic adventure novel called Natalie Unleashed with Siren. Summer was in the Honors English program at Saint Mary’s University and majored in Russian Literature at Dalhousie University.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy sports, including tennis and golf, and love the outdoors. I enjoy watching documentaries on almost everything imaginable, from history to economics to philosophy. I enjoy great movies such as Pride and Prejudice, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Shawshank Redemption. I listen to a lot of music, ranging from The Doors to Donna Summer. Lately I really enjoy Arab music and music from Bollywood productions, especially Devdas.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I start writing at 8:15am and then continue until 9pm with breaks for meals, to run errands, and to give my mind a rest. I usually write 6-8 per days, seven days a week.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
My ideas come from something as simple as an object – say a windmill – or are created by the need. I just started a romance based in the Old West today. The first thing I need is a clear picture of my woman lead and the rest of the story will automatically fill in around her. I think I’ll make her what would be considered a big, beautiful woman today.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
My favorite story is called A Dangerous Love about a black woman and white man falling in love despite negative extenuating circumstances. The reason I like it best is because I literally fell in love with the protagonist.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
In my senior year at high school my home economics teacher always urged me to travel when I was young. Three years after graduating, with this advice in my mind, I hitchhiked from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia, a distance similar to hitchhiking from Portland, Maine to Los Angeles. When I got out of the car in downtown Vancouver, I intended to ask the first person I saw for directions to the nearest youth hostel. I said, “”Excuse me,” to literally the very first person I saw. When she turned around, it was that same teacher. True story.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Many of my stories are based on people and places I have seen, though my characters all have their own home addresses.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
My muse is not inspirational. I am a ‘grunt writer,’ someone who simply works at it the same way a person who works a regular job would. I sit down and write when it’s time, and leave when the day is over. It’s more businesslike than most.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I want to write about purely literary themes that could not be classified. One novel I have drafted is now 100,000 words and is called American Gun. It’s based on the U.S. gun debate and includes, I believe, characters expressing every argument and nuance of the debate. That was hard work, but it was intriguing.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
This is embarrassing. I read only classical writers. The most modern writer I have read is probably Solzhenitsyn, and he wrote many decades ago. I love the now deceased Christopher Hitchens. He was funny, brilliant, and, I believe, unsurpassed as a speaker.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorite female character is a dignified black woman named Latesha Thomas from A Dangerous Love. I really hope to publish that story this year. It’s about 100,000 words and it is my dearest project. I am actually working on the final draft of this story right now.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
The hardest part by far is finding homes for all your children.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write as much as you can and realize that you will mature. I wrote a novel called The Seven Voyages ten years ago and put it in a drawer, thinking it was brilliant. I hauled it out two months ago and realized it was the biggest pile of junk ever created on this earth. If I was throwing it away, I would have hid it under my trench coat and carried it to the curb under cover of dark – that’s how bad it was. By I did rewrite it recently, keeping much of it relatively intact, and submitted the new version last week. The new version is called The Maiden’s Journey and if I get it published I will submit to a prestigious competition for novels. If it’s got a chance, who knows, but I do know it’s a whole lot better now. I’m proud of it.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’d probably be a gym or English teacher, or maybe working in a brew house, though I don’t smoke, do any drugs, or drink alcohol.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
For me the perfect romantic getaway is my own stories. You can create whoever you want, put them anywhere you want, make the perfect person, find their perfect flaws. These people are my magic carpet ride into perfect romantic getaways. Reality pales in comparison to imagination.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Passions in the North Country (MF)
By: Summer Newman
Categories: Erotic Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal
Word Count: 78,664
Heat Level: SCORCHING
Published By: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
[Siren Classic: Erotic Paranormal Romance, ghosts, HEA]
Jenny Ashbury is a beautiful woman from Florida running from a jealous and dangerous ex-boyfriend. She flees to Canada, hiding in an old hotel on the south shore of Nova Scotia. She meets an incredibly handsome and interesting man named Devon North, the mysterious owner of the North Country Inn. She works there for free in exchange for a room where she can disappear like a ghost. In time her brilliant business sense rescues and revives the floundering inn, and she is drawn irresistibly to Devon, a man who unleashes her unfulfilled, wild passions.
Staying at the inn, she soon learns of its ghostly inhabitants: the Captain and a nun named Maria. The lovers lived side by side for decades, separated only by a door without a lock, but they never consummated their burning love, nor ever physically touched, even once. Their spirits wander, destitute, waiting for Jenny and Devon, the perfect couple who will release them with the scorching lovemaking the Captain and Maria craved but never experienced.
Then the mad ex-boyfriend tracks Jenny down...
A Siren Erotic Romance