Intricate Entanglement is Su’s latest release from Damnation Books, a mix of a thriller with an overlay of maddening darkness
Hi Su. Welcome to my blog
Hi, Lee. Thanks for the invitation.
Tell me about yourself and your writing career to date.
I think I’ve been writing all my life without knowing that it is my calling. Few years back, when I was a new mom, I had time only to sit in front of the computer; baby related activities occupied the rest of my day. The focus on writing was born.
Although I started writing in the horror genre, my first published novel was a paranormal romance. Now I divide my writing passion between the two genres.
At the moment I’m shopping around for a couple of stories. Of course, one is horror and the other paranormal romance.
Consequently, I developed the passion to design book trailers for my books. I also design them for other authors, now. You can see my trailers here:
Your new book is Intricate Entanglement. It’s a brilliant concept but what can I expect as a reader?
:-) You should expect a rollercoaster ride in the twisted minds of the criminally certified. There’s psychology, mythology, and downright insanity in that book. Intricate Entanglement takes place in a mental hospital for the criminally insane. These are stories of the patients, each told by them. Seven or eight stories in total—depending how you look at it—that touch on such topics like growing old, sexual preferences, and obsessions. The central character, Doug Pinkham, is an opportunistic reporter who got more than what he bargained for. Literally. I hope you enjoy it.
Here’s a link to its trailer on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7j9YWnLh
What gave you the idea?
I wrote those short stories separately, unsure how to use them because they felt incomplete, like missing an important element. On one sleepless night, I did a bit of research and a lot of thinking. It hit me then that the element missing in each is insanity. The complex and twisted process that lead to the final product made “Intricate Entanglement” the right title for the book.
So why do you write?
To rid myself of the demons whispering awful commands in my head.
No, it’s more innocent than that. I love to create believable worlds in which one can lose time and forgot his troubles. Fear is an interesting emotion; it evokes other emotions—like hope, despair, love, hatred, loyalty, and disloyalty among many—to tag along. Even my paranormal romances have an edge to them. Not a gory one, but an edge nonetheless.
Good writing takes you momentarily out of your reality and into another plane full of suspense and emotions. It gives you a break from mundane or boring day into hours of pure exhilaration.
Good writing leaves the book in your memory, even after you finish reading it. Even if you forget the title or the author’s name, some scenes pop in your head at odd times.
What do you like most about writing?
Research, no doubt. I come across interesting facts that I file for later investigation and analysis. Digging up facts expands one’s horizon and knowledge.
What do you like least about writing?
Promotion and marketing. They must be done, but I’d rather spend time plotting my next book, or killing away some monsters.
No, I lie. My monsters hardly ever die.
Your Kindle is broken and you can only have one book (not your own!) on there. What would it be and why?
One of two things:
Either a dictionary of a foreign language. I will have mastered it by the time I’m rescued.
Or, a huge reference book on mythology. The stories I can come up with by reading something like that!
Where would you like to be in ten years time?
At a stage in my career where I’m so secure financially that I can afford to write freely because I have an army to do my promotion. Of course, I’ll be writing in that mansion of a cottage by the sea, in my office which will have only one solid wall, the rest are made of glass. Curtains can be pulled closed to block the glare of the sun in the middle of the day.
Yes, that’s where I want to be.
Where can I find out more about you?
My blog where I usually host other authors: www.suhalfwerk.blogspot.com
My website, where I post all my books in one place: www.su-halfwerk.com
Follow me on twitter if you want a headache: http://twitter.com/SuHalfwerk
Facebook, where you can transform the headache to a migraine: www.facebook.com/Su.Halfwerk
Or call my sister and she’ll spill the beans.
Lee, thank you so much for interviewing me. I love thought-provoking questions.
More about Su:
Su Halfwerk writes in the horror and paranormal romance genres. From a tender age, the written word left a strong impression on her, later on terrifying, blood-chilling books became the object of her interest. Su’s style in horror combines shuddery terror with elements of surprise; some would even call it an enigmatic twist. In the world of paranormal romance, she transforms the desire to scare into a quest to seduce and tantalize.
When not writing, Su is designing book trailers for herself and other authors.