Of course you want to know, what is LLC 2015? It is short for LoveLetter Convention 2015, and it takes place in Berlin, Germany, on May 2 and 3, 2015. There are lots of German authors attending, but there are also some really nice (and famous!) authors from America, Canada, England and Australia.
We had a blast in the previous 3 years, and to add to the advance fun of the event, we have decided to do some interviews with the authors we will be meeting. Some of them are attending for the first time; others had a great time in a previous year and are coming again! So if you have the opportunity to visit Berlin for some sightseeing, why not attend the convention as well? Or let your family do the sightseeing, and you do the convention. If you want to check it out, here is a link to the website:
Our guest today is Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of many contemporary romances and two historical romances in the start of her career.
Aurian: Welcome to Utrecht, Susan. Would you like something hot to drink in this cold weather? Hot chocolate with whipped cream, tea or coffee? And of course some Dutch cookies.
Susan: Dutch cookies! I love them! And a good strong cup of tea to go with.
Freya: Can you tell our readers who might not yet know you or your books, a little about yourself? Something that is not in your official bio.
Susan: I don’t think there’s anything my readers don’t know about me because I tend to be very open. I am a terrible singer. How about that?
LLC 2015 questions:
Aurian: Could you tell us why you are attending a convention in Europe? Have you been in Berlin before? Were you surprised at being invited to a convention this far away?
Susan: I was in Berlin when I toured in Germany in 2011, but I was only there for a day. This time I’m going to be able to visit longer. I loved being invited to LLC, but I wasn’t surprised just because I have so many readers in Germany. (And I love every one of them!)
Freya: Berlin is a beautiful city with a rich history. Are you planning to do some sightseeing before or after the convention, or touring the country? Or is this convention part of a larger booktour through Europe?
Susan: I am planning to do sightseeing in Berlin, but this is also part of a larger tour in Germany and Spain. Munich, 4/5; Hamburg 5/5; Hanover 6/5; Koln 7/5; Kerpen 8/5; Barcelona, 11/5; Malaga, 12/5; Madrid, 13/5. Yeah!
Aurian: That is quite some tour Susan, I hope you enjoy it!
If you could see only one monument/famous building/historical place in Berlin, what would it be that you absolutely have to see?
Susan: Probably Museum Island (maybe this is cheating!) since I love art museums so much.
Freya: O Aurian and I are planning the same thing, we both want to see the Egyptian musuem.
You have been hiking in Holland! Where did you go, and would you like to come back some day?
Susan: My sister and I took an incredible walking trip to the Netherlands in 2010. In addition to visiting the Keukenhof Festival, Haarlem, Utrecht, and Amsterdam, we hiked in several of your beautiful national parks. My favorite experience, however, was a long hike through the Kinderdijk Windmills on a very cold, rainy day. Magical.
Aurian: That is so cool, you visited our own city! I am glad you enjoyed spending time here.
:Book questions by our friend Karin from Austria::
Karin: You started writing quite some time ago. Do you feel the attitudes of your heroes and heroines have changed over the years? If so - how?
Susan: I’ve always loved strong, alpha heroes and feisty heroines. The characters now have, perhaps, more depth than in the early days of my career, but they continue having strengths and flaws we all can relate to.
Karin: Your most successful books are those that evolve around the Chicago Stars. Is there a chance that you continue this loosely connected series - perhaps with books about Phoebe's twins?
Susan: I am currently beginning work on another book connected to the Chicago Stars. (Even though I said I was done.)
Karin: Your latest book seems to be a stand alone novel with quite a gothic feeling to it. Is that something you want to explore further or are you planning to return to the light humorous contemporary romances?
Susan: I never know what I’m going to do. I write about whatever is currently fascinating me and hope my readers will come along with me on the journey.
Karin: Have you ever given thought of writing something completely different from your "usual" books - maybe try fantasy or some such under a pen name?
Susan: No. No. No. No. I love what I do!
Thanks for the interview Susan! We do look forward to meeting you in Berlin, and we certainly have some books for you to sign!
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Where to find Susan Elizabeth Phillips?
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I usually post the authors bio in my interviews, but although Susan’s bio is really fun and interesting to read, it is way too long to add to this interview. So, if you are interested, you can read it: http://susanelizabethphillips.com/all-about-me/
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