Sunday, June 13, 2010

Featured Author, Susan Whitfield

Today I'm featuring, Susan Whitfield, fellow L&L Dreamspell author to Immortyl Revolution!

After earning a B.S. degree, Susan taught English for thirteen years and earned her MAEd.  She moved into high school administration, earned her doctorate, and retired from a principalship in 2005 to write.

This North Carolina mystery writer has written four books in the Logan Hunter Mystery series, including Genesis Beach, Just North of Luck, Hell Swamp, and Sin Creek. She sets her novels in the state she loves. Genesis Beach, the first in the series, is set in a fictitious place only she can locate with any accuracy. “I was first inspired to write my first novel while I was at the beach looking down at a tanned man with a pierced nipple in the hot tub,” she giggles.

Excerpt from Genesis Beach:

I’d come all this way to slap him and tell him to go straight to Hell only to find out he was already there.

Susan said, “I liked my female protagonist, Logan, so much that I decided without hesitation to send her off to the Blue Ridge Mountains after a serial killer. Just North of Luck challenged us both.”


“Just south of sanity!”

“…grabs you by the scruff of the next and takes you on a harrowing ride into hellish, gruesome, and scary scenes. Whitfield’s skill at expectation and reversal will leave you saying OMG!”

“…unique supporting cast of Appalachian characters…”

Whitfield went back to her childhood home and the nearby mansion she loved to set Hell Swamp along Black River, and use The Black River Plantation for the crime scene. “There really is a Hell Swamp somewhere down Black River but I didn’t venture there because I’d been told about the canopy of water moccasins that called it home. I have since become friends with the plantation’s owner, Ed Padfield, a real sweetie. I treasure that friendship.”

The fourth novel in the series, Sin Creek, will be released by L&L Dreamspell later this year. “I don’t have a cover yet, but the novel is set along the Cape Fear Riverfront in Wilmington. I love Wilmington!” Here’s a tidbit to tease you:

The Cape Fear River snakes through eastern North Carolina past the stunning port city of Wilmington, and sidling up next to it is Sin Creek, a sliver of water where wickedness and decadence take precedence over decency and threaten to bring the city to its knees.

Early reviews:
“…provocative page-turner!”

“…unexpected turns, engaging situations…”

Susan's series can be purchased anywhere books are sold as well as online. Susan says, “If you want a book autographed, just go to my site at order from there. Sin Creek will be added as soon as information is available.”  You can also view video trailers for Just North of Luck and Hell Swamp there.

Susan also has a cookbook she compiled after asking writer friends to submit recipes for Killer Recipes, not only a book of writers’ favorite foods but also book titles, web sites, and other interesting tidbits. All proceeds from this cookbook will be donated to cancer research. “I feel so good about doing this because so many of us have been affected by cancer in some way. I appreciate eighty-seven authors submitting as many as five recipes for this project. Killer Recipes will be released in August and we hope you’ll buy some and spread the word.” This cookbook will be available on Whitfield’s web site,, as well as and other online stores. “I’m proud and grateful that L&L Dreamspell jumped at the chance to publish this special book.”

Susan Whitfield is currently working on a stand-alone about the misadventures and perils of two women who’ve been friends since infancy. The working title is The Goose Parade of Old Dickeywood. She also blogs at interviews authors and industry experts.

Autographed copies at Susan's Web Store

I'd like to thank Susan for joining me today and sharing information about her books.  Please feel free to leave a comment for her.


Denise Verrico said...

Susan, I'm so excited to have you on my blog!

Susan Whitfield said...

Denise, what a lovely job you did to promote my work. Thanks so much. I'm now following you and your work and wish you many happy sales!

dkchristi said...

I agree. The interview does an excellent job of showcasing Susan's novels. I appreciated the quotes from reviewers as an added "punch.", author of Ghost Orchid, a mystery of love, lies and redemption wrapped around a ghost orchid.