Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Welcome to RomCom Author - Susie Tate

I’m delighted to welcome Susie Tate to my blog.

Susie Tate - Author

Hello Susie - It’s been wonderful connecting with you through the Romantic Novelists’ Association. The RNA is such an excellent group in which to reach out to fellow authors and sharing writing experiences. I love hearing news of everyone’s up-and-coming book releases.

But before we discover more about your latest release Anything but Easy, here are a few questions which will hopefully give your readers and followers an insight into some of the things that matter to you.


Arabella: When writing a novel are there any key traits, such as virtuously good or shamelessly bad, you like to give your characters?

Susie: I don’t like stereotypes and I don’t believe anyone is irredeemably bad. Often my most unsympathetic characters come through as pretty decent in the end! Heroes of course in my opinion have to be a wee bit on the arrogant side and throw around their fair share of testosterone. My heroines’ personalities vary widely – from painfully shy to ridiculously extrovert, but all my characters have their vulnerabilities and reasons for you to root for them getting to their happy ever afters.


Arabella: A book has a beginning, middle, and an end. When penning your latest release, Anything but Easy, which part did you find the hardest to write and why?

Susie: I think with Anything but Easy it was the middle that was the hardest. I knew where I wanted the characters and story to go, but as the hero and heroine were so opposite, and the hero so fiercely controlled with everything he did, it was sometimes tricky to get them there! The chemistry between them overcame most of the obstacles in the end though so it was worth it.

Arabella: We all have a long list of books we keep meaning to read but never have the time for --- which book is a must-read for you this season?

Susie: Both Mhairi McFarlane’s and Penny Reid’s books always make me laugh out loud and we could all do with a laugh at the moment! So I’ll definitely be reading Mhairi’s new book If I Never Met You and Penny’s latest Engagement and Espionage. 


Arabella: A slice of Chocolate Cake, a piece of Fruit, or Burger and Fries?

Susie: No contest! A slice of Chocolate Cake. 

Arabella: What advice would you give to someone who is starting out on their writing journey?

Susie: Read, read, read, then read some more: books from the genre you want to write in, books from other genres, books about writing – it’s all helpful. Then have confidence in yourself and the story you have to tell. There’s always room for more stories!

Arabella: What about your future plans? Any books or series in the making?

Susie:  I write romantic comedy and contemporary romance. I'm a GP and my books have been described before as "Grey's Anatomy meets the romance novel". 

I’ve got another series of three interconnected standalone books on the go at the moment that I hope to bring out next year. All the first drafts are done so it’s the endless editing process to go through now before my real editor can rip them to shreds and remove all my semicolons J

Thank you so much for welcoming me to your blog! Great questions! 


It was lovely to have had the chance to host you on Arabella’s Blog and Chit-Chat, Susie. Thank you for being such a super guest. Wishing lots of fun when promoting your book - Anything But Easy.



About Susie Tate 

Susie Tate - Author

Susie is a general practitioner in Dorset. Things have been a little crazy in the NHS of late for both her and her husband (also a doctor working in anaesthetics). Reading and writing has kept her sane. She is so grateful to all her fab readers and reviewers for their ongoing support - it really has meant the world to her.

When she's not working or writing she's looking after her four scrummy little boys (well, one might not be so little but it's the mental age that counts!).


Book Blurb: Anything But Easy

Kira Murphy is a liability: always has been. She might be small but her personality and heart are not: a sexual health doctor with a foul mouth, pink streaks in her hair, a bizarre world view, a reputation for being ‘pathologically social’, and a huge crush on the current Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth . . . she’s weird and lovable in equal measure.

The last thing Barclay Lucas needs is a liability. He’s made it into the cabinet with single-minded determination, sheer grit, and serious conservatism. But then a crazy, pink-haired, tiny dynamo turns his life upside-down and serious for Barclay is a thing of the past.

But he’s never liked feeling out of control – something he experiences with Kira on a daily basis. So he pushes her away when she needs him the most, and unfortunately for him she retreats at head-spinning speed. It’s only then he realizes that although being with Kira is anything but easy, the grey, boring alternative is far worse. He’ll have to use all his hard-earned political negotiating and maneuvering skills to get her back. Because after being dragged from black and white into full Technicolor with Kira, Barclay knows that, however serious and worthy his life is, he can’t live it without her.

Anything but Easy is an opposites attract, full-length contemporary romance.

Release date: 13th September 2020

Genre: Opposites attract romantic comedy/contemporary romance


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  1. Great to get an insight into my fellow authors and their writing style, Susie. Best of with Anything But Easy.

    1. Thanks! These were great questions - I had good fun answering them 😁


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