Interview with Author: Susan Hayes
It is a great pleasure to welcome Susan Hayes author of the Drift Series.
Welcome Susan to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know more about you and your stories better!
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
Blind Bet’s title has several meanings. It was inspired by on a photo I saw of a blindfolded woman about to be kissed. There was no contact between the lovers, and it made me wonder if she knew who was about to kiss her. In the book, my heroine has an accidental meeting with a bowl of hot soup (really!) and needs to wear bandages for a while as her eyes heal. Pain meds lead to an inadvertent confession, and a bet is made that changes the lives of everyone involved. The title also refers to the fact that to find their happily ever after, all the characters needs to make a leap of faith. They can’t know if things will work out, they’re all betting blind.
The other significance of the title is that it’s a gambling term. The entire Drift series uses this same convention. Life out on the Drift is risky, and every day is a gamble.
What prompted you to write in this genre and who or what inspired you to?
I have always loved science fiction stories. Books, television, movies, all of it. From Star Trek to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, I am a sci-fi geek.
I started out writing paranormal romance, but soon I realized I could combine my love of romance with my love of sci-fi. After that, there was no turning back. I now have more than forty published works, and half of them are sci-fi romances, with many more to come.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer and do your characters reflect some of these attributes?
My friends and family would probably tell you that I’m far from sane most of the time. It’s part of being a writer. We have entire worlds and hosts of characters inside our heads, all clamouring to get their stories told. (sometimes they’re so insistent I can’t sleep.)
That being said, I think one of the most important things I do to stay grounded and sane-ish is to give myself time away from writing. It’s easy to forget to do this – but stepping back and taking time to breathe is important. My characters are a diverse group, but I think some of them learn this lesson through their story arcs much the same way I did, by hard experience.
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
Blind Bet is part of the Drift universe, which is a cyberpunk world with cyborgs, cyber-jockeys, alien races, lots of technology, and powerful corporations that are constantly looking for ways to grow richer and even more powerful. To create stories in this world, I’ve researched everything from how wings would work in zero gravity environments to how cloning works and what it might look like in the future. I’ve taken online courses in space travel, read medical journals, and even delved into brainwashing and mind control techniques.
What makes you laugh?
Dry British humour and the absurdity of daily life.
What makes you cry?
Far too many things. A poignant piece of music. Every single episode of “Touched By An Angel.” (and yet I watched them anyway.) Even commercials can get me right in the feels.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
I’m a geek. I love all things sci-fi and fantasy. I have tattoos of dragons and the cosmos. I own TV props from Xena: Warrior Princess, Lexx, and Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda. There’s a collection of swords on my office walls that includes replicas of Sting and Glamdring from Lord of the Rings.
Is there anything else you want to add about the story, series that has not already been mentioned?
The Drift series is a wild, wide-open universe, and it’s allowed me the freedom to create spin-off series inside the same world. While the Drift series is mostly menage, the Nova Force series is M/F and follows a team of military investigators as they work to keep the galaxy safe. The series run concurrently, but the stories stand alone. In the future, I’ll be writing another series that includes a recently added alien race, the Vardarians. (They’re the ones with wings I mentioned earlier.)
What is the best way for readers to interact with you?
Readers can find me around the web, but I spend most of my interactive social time on Facebook, on my page or in my reader group.
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/SusanHayesAuthor
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/389883471205646/
A complete list of My books: https://susanhayes.ca/susans-books/