Trying Something Different

My grandson attending a comic book convention costumed as Clark Kent.

Have you ever been to a comic book or sci-fi convention? Under normal circumstances, we have one here each spring. Two years ago, my grandchildren decided to attend the convention costumed. We had a Wonder Woman, a Supergirl, a Terminator, and Clark Kent–not Superman, but Superman’s alter ego. Most kids there opted for the cape and blue tights, but not Tonio. He chose to be the one most people overlooked–the bumbling reporter who could morph into the superhero at the drop of a hat. The purple cape on his shoulders is the sign of another superhero, one who made a donation to support local paramedics. So, given the choice, which costume would you choose?

If COVID 19 has taught me anything, it’s that life can change in an instant, and no one can singlehandedly fix it. Not even Superman or Clark Kent. We have to change and adapt to our circumstances. They will not adapt to us. It hasn’t been easy for me because, truth be told, at seventy, I’m rather set in my ways.

Each January, I make a point of looking back on the previous year, rueing what went wrong and celebrating what went right. While it’s true that the year was a hard one, there have been some personal victories, one of which was stepping out of the box and embracing a new writing style.

In the past, my bestselling novels have been my romantic thrillers, but last year, I decided to try something new. The last thing I ever thought I would enjoy writing were short novellas, written in the first person with the sole purpose to make the reader read, relax, and laugh.

My first attempt was Tequila Sunrise, based on the last vacation I was able to take before the virus simply grounded us. A short version of the story is available in the Summer Shorts box set.

I released the story independently in December adding more words to the story, fleshing out scenes, adding visits to other places I’s seen in Mexico.

I decided that these shorter novels would become part of a new series of 99 cent books called Cocktails for You. More people seemed to be reading now that many are staying home, but sometimes a quick read is best

I wrote a second story in the same fashion when I was part of the Dear Santa, A Christmas Wish box set. What Dottie Wants.

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When I released this one independently, I once again gave it a makeover, adding to the backstory, bringing in eccentric secondary characters and adding to the ending. The novella was renamed Champagne Cocktail and became the second book in the Cocktails for You series

The third book in my new series is Buck’s Fizz, currently available in the New Year’s Eve Shorts box set. I will be releasing this one on it’s own in March.

The author’s Billboard has given me an opportunity to grow as a writer and to try new things. So, while I continued to write my romantic thrillers, having added a fifth book to my Vengeance is Mine series, Secrets and Lies, I’m also looking for ways to entertain and expand my fan base and bring you books I hope you’ll enjoy.

So, when you pick up a book, what genre of romance do you prefer? I’ll take anything, as long as I get my happy ending. And, if I were to go to a costume party, I’d choose the alter ego, too.


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About Susanne Matthews

I'm a retired high school English teacher turned author. I'm Canadian. My husband and I have been married 48 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, as well as 2 step-grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling, especially somewhere warm in winter.

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