Saturday, October 5, 2013

First Lines: Susanne Matthews

My next guest is visiting from Canada and popped in to update us on the madness that is SYTYCW.

Susanne Matthews
Susanne Matthews

ImageSusanne Matthews has written three books: Fire Angel, In Plain Sight, and The Captain's Promise. She is also an entrant in this year's So You Think You Can Write competition with "Just For The Weekend," a fun a flirty romance about a kindergarten teacher who attends a sci-fi convention and finds herself accidentally married to a millionaire who is not what he appears.  

Like one of my earlier guests, Susanne's favorite first line also comes from the classic Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Her explanation of this line's importance ties back to her childhood. 
"Rebecca,  written in 1938, was given to me to read when I was  fifteen. At the time, I’d been captivated by historical novels; I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a Gothic romance. I procrastinated a bit, but sat down and began to read. The minute I did, it aroused my curiosity. The first sentence, nine simple words, drew me right into the story. What or where was Manderley? Was this a good dream or a nightmare? Was it a recurring dream as the use of again suggested, or did the author mean she’d returned to Manderley? As I read on, I wasn’t disappointed. The book lived up to its promise and more.To this day, Rebecca continues to be one of my favorite novels." 

Stop by to visit Susanne and show some love for her SYTYCW entry:
So You Think You Can Write

Curious about Susanne's current projects?
I am currently working on my submission for the So You Think You Can Write 2013 contest with Harlequin. Just For The Weekend is my attempt at a fun and flirty romance. Kindergarten teacher Cassie James craves excitement and fun. Attending a sci-fi convention isn’t what she has in mind; neither is falling in love with a guy she thinks is a male stripper. It’s just for the weekend, right? When she wakes up apparently married, she panics.

Millionaire Sam Mason believes Vegas is the last place to find love. Dressed as an alien, he’s blind-sided by a green-skinned slave girl. One kiss and he’s hooked. A whirlwind courtship leads to an alien-themed wedding chapel, but before he can reveal himself, the bride vanishes. Finding her may be harder than he suspects.


  1. Thanks for having me on, Marion. I've just sold my latest book, Until It's Over to Entranced Publishing. It'll be released next year. Susanne

    1. Please let me know when it's out so I can do a feature on you! Congratulations!

  2. Congratulations on the sale, Susanne.