Day 22 brings us Suzanne Synborski! Check out the nightmare character that scares her. Just reading about it is enough to give you….well, nightmares.
Jake Preston, successful New York photographer, had spent his life searching for something more, a magic he could never quite perceive—yet he always hid behind his camera, always let the lens see for him. Like so many of us, he hungered for a revelation, an epiphany, but was terrified at the prospect of finding one . . . until he returned home to discover his lover’s body, dead on his blood-spattered bathroom floor, and on a mirror, a Cajun French message scrawled in fresh blood, the words merging with his reflection like sordid war paint.
Even though he cannot translate the scarlet message, he is sure he knows what it means. The murder is his fault—blood for blood.
With unblinking eyes, Jake smears the haunting words into a meaningless blur of red, and then with scarlet-stained fingers transcribes the message onto his flesh, transferring the bloodguilt onto his soul, completing the ritual by painting his face with a glistening mask of red. He knows what he has to do.
Believing he is on a quest for revenge, Jake rushes to New Orleans, a maelstrom of color, disguise, and depravity. Stranded alone in a city where nothing is as it appears, Jake’s quest manifests into a supernatural battle between good and evil that leads him across Louisiana, spellbound by the magic and mystery of one of the most unique and mysterious cultural regions in existence. Be there for the unmasking.
Jimmy and Julia, two college students, are haunted by oppressive memories of tyrannical, deceased mothers; Julia responds by becoming a reclusive overachiever and Jimmy, a serial killer. Their lives become inextricably intertwined by a shared fixation for a missing library book that contains marginalia detailing plans for the brutal murder of a local woman. Julia, believing she has uncovered information that can stop a string of serial killings, struggles to find a way to prevent the murderer from striking again, never realizing she has embarked on a perilous, unconscious quest for freedom from the past.And Jimmy goes hunting . . . for Julia.
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
This question brings back a memory I have not thought about for a long time. The first story I can remember writing occurred in the third grade. The teacher assigned us the “what I did on my summer vacation” paper. I wrote a story of the trip to Mars I took with my dog. I do not remember the actual writing or even the details of the story. However, I do remember the resultant parent/teacher meeting. I remember sitting at my desk while my teacher, tears flooding her face, tried to convince my parents that there was something very wrong with me. I have to admit that she was correct.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
The fictional character I would most like to have a drink with is Heathcliff. No question about it. He is the ultimate British daemon lover. Yes, he is a psychopath, but every guy has to have a fault. I wish I did not have to limit this meeting to just one drink.
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Since I live in Louisiana, my first thought would be rain. But that is not very Halloweenish. I have never discussed this publicly before, but I would say the entity that has most frightened me is the most terrifying nightmare character ever. Anyone who meets her will never be able to forget. It is a horribly terrifying occurrence. I had never heard about her in New York, so I kept our meeting a secret so people would not think I was insane. After I moved to Louisiana, I found that here almost everybody knows about her, and cauchemar is her name. She is an ugly creature that sits on your chest or back as you sleep and prevents you from breathing. She rides you like a horse, shaking your shoulders, and screaming. In some Freudian return of the repressed cycle, I named my business after her-Cauchemar Media. I also included her in my first novel, Behind Lace Curtains.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
My first thought would be Heathcliff for both, but that would be redundant. One of my favorite bad guys is Frank Booth from Blue Velvet, which is one of my all time favorite movies. Frank was so off-the- wall and unpredictable, so deliciously freaky that viewers cannot turn away from his visage. My favorite movie hero is Dirty Harry Callahan. He wins on the cool factor alone. I wish cops in the real world could get away with what Harry does. We would have fewer criminals.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
The hardest part of writing, for me, is finding time. My day work vacuums up my life. I often go from five in the morning until 11 at night. Finding time for continuous writing is very tough and frustrating. I am forced to grab snippets of time here and there. I hate that.
What are you working on now?
I am now about two-thirds through a first draft of a novel that is very different from the other two. It is about a damaged woman who travels to Louisiana in search of something she think she needs to be whole. Instead, she finds something much different, something very dangerous. The novel contains supernatural elements, violence, and a very twisted, dark, romance.
Suzanne Synborski is a freelance writer/editor with experience in public and private sector communications, marketing, public relations, script writing, video editing, and web content & design. She is the owner of Cauchemar Media LLC.
Suzanne holds a master’s degree in British and American literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, summa cum laude, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing with a minor in Writing issued by Syracuse University/Utica College, summa cum laude, and an associate’s degree from Mohawk Valley Community College, also summa cum laude.
She also satudied Photography/Darkroom and Silver Smithing at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute School of Art.
While in Louisiana researching locations for a novel, Behind Lace Curtains, Suzanne fell under the spell of Cajun Country. In 1994, she relocated to Louisiana and began working as a freelance copywriter and marketing consultant. For two years, she was the feature writer for Acadiana Woman, a regional magazine that highlighted issues important to the women of Acadiana. Suzanne was one of the founding members of the Acadiana Women’s Political Caucus, a branch of the National Women’s Political Caucus. In addition to Behind Lace Curtains, Suzanne has also published Library Angel.
When not writing or teaching others to write at LSUe, Suzanne concentrates on her ongoing study of Uranian Astrology and continues to explore the mystery and magic of Cajun Country.
Behind Lace Curtains buy link http://bitly.com/1L3AwtN
Behind Lace Curtains preview chapter http://bit.ly/1f7wLHa
Library Angel buy link http://amzn.to/1Djtr1A
Library Angel preview chapter link http://bit.ly/1HS8GuI
Where to find Suzanne
http://rougeskireads.com/ book review/blog site
http://cauchemarnedia.com business page
http://suzannesynborski.com/ Personal site