#BadMoonRising Buried by Sue Rovens #thriller #suspense

It’s a dreary Monday morning here, but meeting new authors and anything involving books always brightens my day. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere and today’s author proves it. She based a character in her book on a person she saw on the TV show Hoarders – who kept used body pads from funeral homes in her trailer. Welcome Sue Rovens!

Would you rather sleep in a coffin for one night or spend the night in a haunted house?

Hmm. I think I’m going to have to go with the haunted house. I’d curl up somewhere and basically just hide until morning. There’s something unsettling about being IN a coffin – not just because of the lack of space to move around, but the sense that I don’t belong in one (at this time). It’s almost like tempting fate.

Has a movie or book scared you so much you couldn’t sleep?  Which one?

No book has ever scared me to that extent, but movies are quite different. The visual and auditory components tend to stick with me after the story is over. The Shining was one – had to sleep with the lights on for a few weeks. (I saw it when it first came out – 1980, I believe). The images of all the dead people in the hotel, the scene where Jack and the Waiter are in the bathroom, Wendy’s run through the hotel at the end and seeing bizarre flashes of weirdness – I had trouble with those images.

Would you rather use a Ouija board or participate in a séance?

Neither? LOL. I’m of a mind where I think these things are evil, but if I had to pick one, probably the séance. Even though I have researched  and written an article on the history of the Ouija board and know that it was created to be a parlor game for entertainment, there’s something in the back of my mind telling me that it can invite evil into one’s life. I know – it’s illogical, but that’s my take on it.

What was the hardest part of writing your author bio?

Trying to come up with things that I haven’t said or used before. Since I’m not famous and pretty much live a normal life, coming up with an interesting blurb can be challenging. I’ve had a fairly consistent run with producing a book every two years since 2012/2013, so those in-between years can feel a little “lacking”.

Which comes first for you – plot or characters?


For my last book, Buried, I knew I wanted to write a story about a hoarder after seeing the television show Hoarders. The person on the show ACTUALLY kept used body pads from funeral homes in her trailer. After seeing that, I was like, here we go – this behavior needs to be included in a story.

For my current manuscript, Rage, I had envisioned a character – a pathetic, depressed, and desperate guy who is on the edge of sanity. Once I figured him out, I knew I needed to wrap a story and plotline around him.

What are you working on now?

Rage, my fourth novel. As stated above, one of the main plotlines follows Weston Cross, a guy who is at the end of his rope on a number of levels. It’s a suspense story to be sure. I don’t want to give too much away since I’ve not completed the revisions on the manuscript yet, but anyone who likes a “real story” that pushes boundaries would enjoy this one. And by “real story” – I mean that there aren’t any supernatural elements (like there was in Track 9 and Badfish). So the general feel is more like Buried, but darker.

Priscilla Wyatt is a single, middle-aged nursing assistant who lives behind Sommerville Funeral Home. When her dachshund, Weenie, returns home with a ghastly find, Pris’s life starts to spiral out of control, plummeting her headfirst into the macabre.

Gerald Zenith, proprietor of Sommerville, couldn’t care less about the dead. Between running scams and keeping a necrophilia-loving subordinate in check, Gerald’s hands are full. He hasn’t the time nor the interest to be concerned with what is happening in the cemetery during the wee hours of the mornings…until all hell breaks loose.

Some secrets are too big to stay buried.

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Rovens/e/B009PCPQUS/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 https://www.amazon.com/Buried-Sue-Rovens/dp/173391630X

Author Bio

Sue is an indie suspense author who lives in Normal, Illinois. Currently, she

has three novels and two collections of short (horror) stories available through all the usual book outlets.

She runs a blog, where, among other things, she interviews authors of all genres. If you are so inclined, please send her an email at srovens@yahoo.com. She’d love to have you participate in the Meet & Greet. Authors of ALL genres and professional levels are welcome.

Sue works at Illinois State University as the Stacks Maintenance Manager and has haunted the halls of Milner Library for over 29 years. She lives with her husband, Charlie Edwards, and two very silly, adorable kitties, Monkey and Noodle. When not working or writing, she’s running, lifting weights, learning to play French horn, watching odd movies and television series, or gazing at the monarch butterflies enjoying the four-foot milkweeds in the yard.

She is working on her next suspense novel, Rage, and plans to have it available sometime in 2021.

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53 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising Buried by Sue Rovens #thriller #suspense

  1. Great interview! I loved Sue’s answer regarding the Ouija Board vs. seance and pretty much agree with everything she said. Regarding The Shining…the movie didn’t bother me, but the book scared the daylights out of me, LOL! I still consider that one of King’s best novels.

    Rage sounds like it’s going to be interesting, and Buried sounds scary. Wishing Sue all the best!

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  2. Another fascinating introduction to an author, her writing, and her book, Teri. Hi, Sue! I agree with you on the presence of evil. I’m not certain, but there’s so much we don’t know about the invisible work, why risk inviting it into our lives. 🙂 A fun interview.

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  3. Hoarders is a great place to get inspiration! You know, books always scare me more than movies. I think my imagination goes way beyond any producer or director 👻. Thank you for introducing me to some great new reads ❤️

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  4. I was interested to read Sue’s comments about movies versus a book. I have always thought that providing the visual makes things far more impactful and frightening. When you read, your imagination is limited to your knowledge of that particular situation so if you imagine a murder, but have never seen one, your imagination is restricted to what you know. Visuals are far more powerful as they give you the image.

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    1. suerovens

      That’s a great point – restrictions on imagination. That’s true, I think. It could be why horror/suspense writers watch a lot of horror movies – to broaden their scope of what’s been done and what has yet to be done.

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  5. A most excellent post today, Teri and Sue! I had to smile at being that scared by The Shining. It was pretty darn creepy all right. My main memory (besides the “Heere’s Johnny!” moment) is of the little boy wandering the halls saying “Redrum, redrum.” That just totally creeped me out.

    A very interesting interview and some new books for me to check out, too. Thanks, and best of luck with your newest one, Sue! Sharing!

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  6. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:
    And with this one, I’m caught up again on Teri Polen’s wonderful Bad Moon Rising series. Do stop by and check out this very interesting post by Sue Rovens. I loved her interview questions, and her books sound perfect for October reading. As always, please pass it along so others can enjoy it too, thanks! And thanks to Teri for this fun series. 🙂

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  7. Happy Monday, Teri. Sorry about the dreary, but it must help put one in the mood for all the spooky stuff. 🙂
    I enjoyed this terrific introduction to Sue. The bit about the hoarder… LOL that’s too good to be made up. I can see how it would be hard to resist using it. Hugs to you both!

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  8. suerovens

    A BIG JUICY THANK YOU to Teri for letting me scuttle all over her blog today. I appreciate everyone who took the time to read my interview. And I am really serious – ANY AUTHOR who would like to be a part of my Meet & Greet (author interviews) on my blog is MORE than welcome. Just shoot me an email at srovens@yahoo.com.

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  10. Nice to meet you, Sue 👋
    Rage and Buried sound great. I’m a horror/dark fantasy/specific writer, so straight thriller/horror without the supernatural elements, and focusing on the horror people are actually capable of, actually freaks me out the most!
    The Shining did a number on me too when I was young 🥺

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  11. Buried sounds intriguing in a visceral sort of way. I’m the opposite of most regarding books or movies. I can’t actually remember any movie scenes that stayed with me or scared me afterward. But words–if a sentence or paragraph conjures up a terrible image in my mind, that can haunt me for a long time afterward. And Sue–great bio! I love that you live in a place called Normal.

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  12. “Even though I have researched and written an article on the history of the Ouija board and know that it was created to be a parlor game for entertainment….”

    One thing that continually amazes me is how people can take something not intended to be “real” and make it “real.” That can apply as much to superstition as to invention.


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