18 October 2011

Interview: Riptide's Grand opening Party - Damon Suede

Q: What’s the one question you wish people would ask you when you tell them you’re a writer?

“Where can I buy your book?” LOL

No. I’m kidding.  I wish people would ask about the subtler things in a story. I love when readers dig deeper than “this happened and then that happened, and they all went to Guam in a rowboat.” I bury hundreds of Easter eggs in books (more for my own amusement than anything!) and I love it when readers uncover them. My favorite thing is a reader asking, “Hey is that name there because of the Greek meaning or the Finnish?” or “I noticed that you connected the colors of these three props in these five scenes and never commented on it. What’s that about then?”

Q: How do you answer it?

I tell them the truth when I know it, explain the logic when it’s there, show them how the choices got made and the small impacts of those choices over the rest of the book. Most people don’t pay attention to the small accretion of specifics that create an sense or plant a hint. They know they felt “scared” or “sexy” but they don’t need to know why. I love talking about the choices, maybe because I think about them too much… And when a reader has paid close attention to something I wrote, they deserve my undivided attention in kind.  Such readers do us great honor.

If you were doomed to spend the rest of your life on an island with only one book, one person, one food (coconuts and fish aside), and one object from the modern world (computer, deodorant, vibrator, etc.), what would they be?

The one book would probably be The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I’ve read it a hundred times and it’s never the same twice and always heartbreaking. My one food would be Murgh Tikka Lababdar (sort of like a tikka masala) because Indian food is so nourishing and so comforting at the same time. The modern object (and I’m assuming it can’t be my loaded Kindle, ya bastards!) would be a computer so I could write and thereby stave off madness. If I couldn’t write every day, in under a week I’d be in the corner playing with my eyelids and eating a wig.

The one person would be my boyfriend, who is my rock and my joy. He’s a forensic investigator and very handy besides, so in about 3 days he’d have built a boat out of twigs and squid and we’d be home shortly after.

Q: Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you’ve written?

Holy Sophie’s Choice! That’s like asking parents to pick their favorite child! Impossible! I’ll say this: I always love the most recent characters a little more ardently because (like infants) they seem to need it more; I’m more protective of the newborns. The older characters can take care of themselves in any dark alley. LOL

Q: What’s your current book list and where can we buy them?

I have a full length contemporary novel from Dreamspinner called Hot Head.
And I have a free online short called Seedy Business, which is a prequel to Grown Men (published in October by Riptide).

Where are your favorite online hangouts? What are your daily must-stop blogs and websites?
Goodreads. Facebook (although my patience is wearing then), Jessewave, Elisa’s Ramblings, Speak Its Name, Huffington Post.

Speaking of online hangouts, where are yours? Where can your readers find you?
Ah hell: I’m like jock itch. :) Any damp, dark place and I’m good to go. But you can try me at:

website | Facebook | FB Fanpage | Goodreads page | Amazon | Google+ | Dreamspinner Press | GLBT Bookshelf | Manic Readers |

The Giveaway: From October 1 to December 31, Riptde authors and editors will set sail on a massive Grand Opening blog tour!

We're gearing up for three months of games, prizes, interviews, chats, and scavenger hunts, and we'd love to have you along! At each stop along the tour, we'll be giving away great prizes - tons of books from our authors' backlists, swag by the boatload, gift ceritficates to All Romance Ebooks, and entries into the Grand Prize drawings for a Nook, a Kindle, and an iPad.

Have you got a question to ask Damon Suede? This is your moment! Ask away in your comments ;)


  1. Loved the interview; it was a fun read.

    Damon, do you work closely with the cover artists for your books?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. Lol, must be great to have a boyfriend that gets you off the island in three days :P
    Interesting that you bury hundreds of Easter eggs in books. I must admit that in literature I have to read for university I'm often very bad at finding those eggs... Maybe I will have more luck in your books? At least I know beforehand that they are there! I like the comparison with Easter eggs, makes it a lot more fun :)

    luciatea01 (at) hotmail.com

  3. LOL a twig & squid boat? Nice.

    Looks like you are all over the internet m'dear... why praytell, are you not on Twitter?

  4. Every time I read your interview I find you so flipping adorable. I love the description of the boyfriend. That type of man is hot. Although I tend to prefer the nerdier ones. Although with your guy being a forensic investigator, it sounds like you have the best of both worlds.

    sabrinayala at gmail dot com

  5. I LOVED Hot Head and look forward to your next release. I hear ya about how annoying FB has become. Every other week they seem to make an improvement that isn't really an improvement.

    Are there any other genres that you'd like to write in that you haven't yet?

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Do you have twitter?

    mariaml254 AT yahoo DOT com

  7. Very interesting about the easter eggs! I'll have to pay close attention when I'm reading Hot Head now :-)

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  8. Great interview.
    Do you have any rituals while writing..like listen to music,writing at a certain time of day or place..etc?


  9. Damon, you give the best interview answers.

    Your "Guam in a row boat" line made me think of "3, 6, 9, the goose drank wine..." because "they all went to Heaven in a little row boat." Now I'll be looking everywhere for something that's like as not there. =)

  10. This was great. Do you make a conscious effort to put the Easter Eggs in?


  11. Thank you everyone for the kind words! Y'all are awesome.

    @booklover I work VERY closely with my cover artists. LOL I often write huge essays with images and references to get across what I'm wanting. For Grown Men, I built a private page on my website with over 60 images to help indicate the style, mood, and look I was going for. SO, yeah. Closely.

    @Lucia The easter eggs aren't buried deeply, I promise. They're more of a fun game for the reread. :)

    @Amara Honestly? I just don't have time for twitter. I have SO much writing to get done and one more thing to type mak3es me want to jump out of a plane wearing a noose while drinking weedkiller. And in truth, people seem to be finding me fine. When Hot Head came out everyone said, "you HAVE to be on twitter! You HAVE to have a blog." But that lack hasn't hurt me or the books at all.

    @Bookishly Awesome He IS adorable. What's hotter than nerdsex? :) And the best part is that he's gorgeous, but he doesn't kNOW he's gorgeous: best option possible. He is my champion and my joy.

    @joder Genrewise, I'm an experimenter. I'm always looking for ways to push myself stylewise. SO I guess the answer is yes and it'll only depend on my finding a story that demands it!

    @Maria No twitter, sorry. :(

    @Elaing8 I have a long essay on my website about the way I use music when writing. I'm pretty obsessive abotu it actually, building a score for every prooject that I use almost ritualistically. And tinmewise, my best worjk is doione early mornign before I'm fully awake, but I can write pretty much whenever I'm awake! LOL

    @marybelle I do add estereggs conscioussly. I find that the added fun of that embeds certain things and that the resonances pay off BIG time over the course of a book. Often readers who don't notice those easter eggs directly sort of "intuit" their presence...so that they "know" things about the characters or the scene without being able to explain why. I've always written that way, and the dividends are fabulous. LOL

  12. I am a little late here but I hope one of your future titles would include stories about
    forensic investigation ie CSI.


  13. Fun interview. If I was an author, I'd want people to ask where to buy my book as well :)


  14. Great interview

    Can I agree with monica that would be great



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