Wordsmith– I also spotlight my favorite authors

Today I have my spotlight on award-winning, best-selling traditional romance novelist, Suz deMello.  If you’re a romance reader, you’ve probably read her books or have heard of her.  Or, are you an aspiring author? Ever wondered how an author plots and writes a book?  Wonder no more! Suzie deMello is here to tell you the secrets, or at least a few of them.

Plotting and Planning is Suzie’s second writing treatise, following the best-selling Write This, Not That! 


Another engaging, witty writing primer from Suz deMello, whose Write This, Not That! was an Amazon bestseller. Plotting, point of view, character creation, conflict and much more are examined in this brief but pithy writing manual.  A must for the serious writer who wants the basics without boredom.

Says bestselling author Kylie Brant: “Sue has written a concise manual that is valuable for both beginning and seasoned writers. Going to write a book? Read this first!”

From Silver James: “Suz deMello’s PLOTTING AND PLANNING is a concise, informative, and entertaining look at writing a novel.”

Here’s an excerpt to pique your interest:

How does an author write a book?

Unfortunately for aspiring authors, this is not an easy question to answer. It’s tantamount to asking, Where do authors get their ideas? which, believe me, is our least favorite question. I often tell people I get them at Sears—they’re sold by the dozen in the basement between the barbecues and the bikes.

In reality, I get my ideas from almost anywhere. Maybe a magazine article about a place or event. Perhaps someone I meet or something a person says may trigger a train of thought that will eventually lead to a book. Maybe travel to someplace new ignites the creative spark that will inspire me.

Here’s a better question: What are the building blocks of plot and story?


If you like what you read, here’s where you can buy the ebook:




About Suz deMello:


Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for several including Totally Bound and Ai Press. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

Check out Suzie’s site: http://www.suzdemello.com

And her blog: http://www.TheVelvetLair.com


10 thoughts on “Wordsmith– I also spotlight my favorite authors

  1. Thanks for hosting me, Kathleen, and for the sweet compliment.

    BTW I’m preparing a paperback, ABOUT WRITING, that will incorporate both writing manuals into one convenient little book, perfect for Christmas gift-giving to a writer you know…or even yourself 🙂 I hope it will be available by December first.

  2. Suz, I’m thinking about all the authors taking part in NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) and know how much their books will improve with your writing tips in PLOTTING AND PLANNING. There are many pantsiers who wing it, but then they have to go back and rewrite. I like character driven plots, but if the plot is weak, I’m bored and stop reading.

  3. Dash Hamelton

    Hi Kathleen and Suz, I know author’s need to plot. I think of plotting a secret plan or scheme to accomplish some purpose, especially a hostile, unlawful, or evil purpose. Planning is typically any diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective.

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