Thursday, March 28, 2013


Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems synopsis

Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it's on her own terms.

Her journey, out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdos she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back in her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo.

Jay has the dating blues too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it's up to him to convince her it's never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence.

Let's begin with the @SusanRicci #TWITTER'VIEW #Author of #Humorous #Romance #Dinosaurs&CherryStems

Dragonheart: Welcome Susan. How are you this evening?

Susan: I'm fine, Deb, I appreciate you having me here tonight! This is a fantastic ride, and thanks so much for having me on!

Dragonheart: My pleasure! Tell us about your current project.

Susan: Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems, my humorous romance pubbed in late 2012, and it is currently in first place on a Listobia list on GR!

Dragonheart: What sparked the idea for this project?

Susan: I was writing an article about the woes of Internet dating, which became a journal after I found myself in a relationship.

Dragonheart: Interesting! How do you choose your book covers?

Susan: An author bud recommended a gal who did a cover for her, so I contacted her, cried help, and she blew my mind with a fab idea.

Dragonheart: Music seems to influence a lot of authors, what music influences you?

Susan: I like oldies/rock classics, but I don't listen to music while I write, I'm too open to distractions. Need ear plugs, actually.

Dragonheart: How do you handle "writers block"?

Susan: I go write a review for an author I've recently read (if I like it), or read a book whose author inspires me. It returns!

Dragonheart: Who has been your greatest influence?

Susan: My mother. She was proud of my newspaper articles, always encouraged me. She sent my neighborhood newspaper to Kennedy. I was 10.

Dragonheart: That's awesome! Do you or have you ever had a muse?

Susan: Yes, and it's a sneaky bugger, always trying to escape or take a vacation. I recently put it on a leash, so it's grounded. :)

Dragonheart: HA HA HA! What one subject is TABOO in your writing?

Susan: Not sure what you mean by "TABOO". I haven't the ability to write erotica, although I'm a sexual person. I leave it to others.

Dragonheart: TABOO..The one thing you won't write about.

Susan: Won't write erotica, (can't), murdering a child, (too ugly), child porn, (creepy), but I'm willing to try almost anything else.

Dragonheart: Understandable! What do you do when you aren't writing?

Susan: LOVE to read, LOVE to travel with hubby, spending time with the grand kids is a given, and I love to dance when the op arises!

Dragonheart: Fun stuff! If there was a book you wish you'd written, which would it be?

Susan: Gone With The Wind. No question. Read it when I was 12. Saw the movie a gzillion times, wore out about a dozen books. My influence.

Dragonheart: I love Gone With The Wind too! What is your greatest passion?

Susan: Creativity. Entertaining another soul via my creativity. The sole reason why I write. A kind word about my prose humbles me.

Dragonheart: What one word best describes you?

Susan: Voracious

Dragonheart: What do you do to relax?

Susan: I'm pretty boring. I read, walk Emma the lab, give hubby a massage. Have a spritzer. Watch a storm or the sunset. Swim...

Dragonheart: Not boring! Is there one, current, TV show that is "can't miss" with you?

Susan: I have a big time tie here Dexter and Bones. (plus Mike & Molly and Two and a Half Men :D

Dragonheart: I love Mike & Molly. Money is not object, where do you go?

Susan: I'd ship our families and our new Winnebago to Oahu and live on a white sandy beach till the end of my days on Earth.

Dragonheart: Beautiful! Tell us the first two books on your TBR list.

Susan: No More Wasted Tears by Bev Preston, and the new Daniel Silva book, which isn't out yet! I've read everything he's ever done.

Dragonheart: How do you choose character names?

Susan: In Heart Marks The Spot, 2/3 of the stories were made up names, meant to amuse. Like Feelda Peaches Aldaway. Others are random.

Dragonheart: Tell us one thing we may not know about you.

Susan: This is hurtful...I have some OCD. Yep, like Monk, the TV character--not as bad though. Don't use other's pens. Wet-wipes, yep!

Dragonheart: I completely understand that. What do you want to  be when you grow up?

Susan: What society deems is successful and normal. ;)

Dragonheart: Final question. Of the 7 Deadly Sins, which one have you committed recently?

Susan: Envy. Up until I found out my book was numer 1 on a Listopia list, Envy. Terrible isn't it? Thanks for letting me ramble, Deb.

Dragonheart: Thank you for allowing me to do this Susan. I appreciate your time. It's been an honor!

Susan: Debby, the honor is mine. Thanks for your patience and your time. It's much appreciated! xo


  1. Sue Ricci here, posting as, well, you know! Thank you, Darlin' Debby, t'was an honor to be asked to share my craziness! XO

  2. It really was my pleasure. Thank you!

  3. Very good interview ladies!
    Great job--and great job as #1.
    Glad you shared your craziness.

  4. An enjoyable interview, Susan. Thank you.

    Tom Winton

  5. Susan Ricci, here, and it's been a long Pre-Easter Day. Thank you, Pen, and Tim for checking out our Twitter'View, I am so happy you stopped to comment, I'm very thrilled and humbled! Wishing all Involved here a wonderful Easter, with my thanks! XOXO


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