Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Suzey Ingold, author of Speakeasy.
Hi Suzey, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Thank you for having me! I’m a writer and linguistics student, currently based in Edinburgh. I’ve been writing for years and had my first short story, The Willow Weeps for Us, published in 2015, in the Summer Love anthology from Duet Books. Speakeasy is about a recent Yale graduate who must discover what he really wants when he meets the owner of a unique Midtown speakeasy in 1920s Manhattan.
What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?
Speakeasy is a historical romance. I’ve always been the type of person to be nostalgic about or to romanticize the past—the 1920s, Jazz Age era in particular. It was an era unlike any other, post-war and pre-Wall Street crash, and I loved the idea of setting a romance against the backdrop of the Prohibition in 1927 Manhattan.
How many days a week do you write?
It depends a little bit on what time of the year it is. I’m also an undergraduate student and if it’s around essay and project deadline time, then I often don’t have so much time to write while I get those handled. I try and write as often as I can, though, even if it’s just a little bit. In a good week, I’ll be writing a little something four or five days out of the week.
On average, how long does it take to write a book?
I don’t know if I can put an average on it just because it’s so dependent on what else I’m doing in the meantime. But Speakeasy took me about four to five months to write and that felt like a really good period of time in that I felt like I was consistently making progress, but without feeling too pressured or stressed about it.
Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?
If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?
Suze Simon from The Mediator series by Meg Cabot—we already have the same name, so… I spent a good part of my teenage years reading Cabot’s books and I still love them. Suze is a high school student who simultaneously mediates ghosts that no one else can see—along the lines of Buffy Summers, but ghosts, rather than vampires and whatever else—and has a ghostly love interest, the very dreamy Jesse.
Book Name: Speakeasy
Release Date: February 18, 2016
Pages or Words: 244 pages
Categories: Gay fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Romance
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Cover Art by Colin Moore; Cover design by C.B. Messer
In the height of the Prohibition era, recent Yale graduate Heath Johnson falls for Art, the proprietor of a unique speakeasy tucked away beneath the streets of Manhattan where men are free to explore their sexuality. When Art’s sanctuary is raided, Heath is forced to choose between love and the structured life his parents planned for him.
Heath swallows, playing over an idea that had formed shakily in his head after he saw Frankie, since Art walked through that door and possibly longer without him being fully conscious of it. “Maybe it’s time I was honest. Tell them that I don’t want to marry Ginny or work with my father. Let the pieces fall where they may.”
“You would do that?”
“If it meant being with you, I would do anything.” Heath sits up and the sheets fall to pool around his waist. “I know what I want, now. And it’s you and whatever a future with you brings.”
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Meet the author:
Suzey Ingold is a writer, linguist and coffee addict, currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brought up in a household where children’s books are quoted over the dinner table, literature has always had a strong influence on her life. She enjoys traveling, scented candles and brunch. Her short story, “The Willow Weeps for Us,” was included in “Summer Love: An LGBTQ Collection,” published by Duet, an imprint of Interlude Press (2015).
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