Today’s author names one of my favorite King novels as the one that unsettled her most (I still have the movie images of the floating kid outside the bedroom window and the guy in the creaking rocking chair in a dark bedroom imprinted on my brain). She also brings physical evidence of things (very cute ones) that have prevented her from writing. Welcome Sue Rovens!
Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?
I’d have to say ‘Salem’s Lot. I read it when I was 15/16, and it became the impetus for me to write horror (which has turned into suspense/thriller). I found the characters and story so compelling, I wanted to be able to create a world like that. Plus, at the time, I thought it was terrifying. I hadn’t ever read anything like that before, so it made quite an impression on me.
Which unsolved murder fascinates you the most?
It isn’t murder, per se, but the story of The Titanic, the Dyatlov Pass Incident (an event in which nine Soviet trekkers died in the northern Ural Mountains in 1959), and The Donner Party will always have my attention. I think the intensity and unsettling nature of ALL of these are what pull me in.
If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf, etc.), which would you choose?
Oh, there’s so many adorable ones! I would say a kitty (which I already do! Noodle!) and/or an owl, because they’re awesome.
How do you use social media as an author?
Probably not well enough. I have my own blog (suerovens.com) which is where I have the majority of my “author presence”, but I am on FB (my personal page), and I do have a tiny footprint on Twitter. I guess I’m on Instagram too, but I don’t do much there. Honestly, I sell best in person, and I just don’t have the time/desire to spend most of my day on social media. That might result in fewer sales, but probably not by much.
Have pets ever gotten in the way of your writing?
Constantly. Noodle (left), being chill. He’s the 18 pounder. Monkey (right), the diva, with a couple of friends.
What are you working on now?
My fifth novel! Sanctum. It follows Ed Thackery, recent retiree who got into the real estate game to get out from under his wife’s feet. He manages to sign his first clients, but then realizes that something’s wrong with their house. It’s not only haunted…it’s… (spoilers which will not be discussed – you’ll have to read it for yourself). 😊
I’m working on draft #3 now, meaning it should be ready for public consumption next year sometime. My best guess is summer of ’23.
Not much time? These VERY short tales are just the thing. Perfect for the upcoming spooky season.
Some horror, some apocalyptic, some weird. Volume 2 of In a Corner, Darkly, elevates the horror to a whole other level. Meet Mark DeSoto who scores a cool, new job in a record store, who learns the secret behind why their merchandise is flying off the shelves; follow Gully into an apocalyptic nightmare as he attempts to escape the men with the icepicks; join a group of friends as they realize what it means to get lost in the jungle. These fifteen tightly spun tales will keep you in… SUSPENSE!
Author Bio and Social Media
Sue Rovens is an indie suspense/horror author who hails from Normal, Illinois. She has written four suspense novels and two books of short horror stories. She is currently working on a fifth novel, Sanctum, which should be out sometime in 2023.
Track 9, her second novel, snagged a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly (May 2018), her short story, “Coming Over”, from her book, In a Corner, Darkly (Volume 1) was turned into a screenplay and short student indie film by the theater department of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and another short story, “When the Earth Bled”, won 2nd place in the Support Indie Authors short story contest in 2021. Her two most recent books (Buried and Rage) are under Plump Toad Press.
Sue owns a blog (suerovens.com) which includes interviews with authors, musicians, podcasters, and artists. She is also an Executive Producer for an indie (short) horror film which is currently in pre-production called “Let’s Do Things that Make Us Happy”.
Sue is a member of The Chicago Writers Association and the Alliance for Independent Authors (ALLi).
Blog – https://suerovens.com
Email – email@example.com
Twitter – @SueRovens
Amazon Link – https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Rovens/e/B009PCPQUS