Skeleton: Suki Fleet on what it’s like to have one in your closet…

Skeleton_postcard_front_DSPToday I’m turning over the website to showcase Suki Fleet and her latest release, Skeleton, from Dreamspinner Press! Just released on Oct 1, this novella is currently sitting at number 18 on the Amazon bestseller list for short reads in the Gay/Lesbian genre. Not only that, but it’s 25% off on the Dreamspinner site, from now until Oct 10th! So be sure to check it out before the sale ends!

My Walk a Mile book tour is still going strong: today I’ll be visiting Amanda C. Stone, and Elizabeth Noble’s Emotion in Motion. There will be interviews and more–and most of my backlist is on sale at the same Dreamspinner Early Halloween sale I mentioned above, including Walk a Mile, and the first in the Sixth Sense series, Unspeakable Words.

So without any further ado, here’s Suki!

Welcome to the website, Suki! I’m looking forward to finding out more about your new novella, Skeleton. The premise sounds intriguing! Before we get to the story, however, I’m curious about your writing process. Are you a panster or a plotter? Do you outline extensively or write your story as you go along?

A panster…I’ve never heard that expression but I’m definitely not a plotter! I tend to know the direction I want the story to go in. I guess it’s like seeing a flag high up on a mountain and having to get to it in any way that you can. Sometimes you might have to walk, sometimes you might be able to get on a train sometimes you have to climb a sheer rock face or you might find a helicopter. It’s never straightforward and it’s not always hard but it’s not always easy either.

Do you have a favorite character that you’ve created? Why does this character resonate with you?

Remee from This is Not a Love Story. Because he never gives up although he wants to.

Of the stories you’ve written, which one do you like the most? Which one would you recommend a new reader begin with?

This is Not a Love Story is my only other published release. I’m very proud of it but it is a pretty emotional read. This one is much sweeter and lower in angst. I guess it depends on what you are looking for.

The Zombie Apocalypse has begun. You have a van with enough gas to get you to a defensible location. In addition to your immediate family, you can take three of your own characters with you. Who would you chose and why?

Ah, three is hard because someone would be unhappy 😛 I’d say Crash from This is Not a Love Story (he had his own story out soon (23rd Oct) called Wild Summer). Anna from Skeleton (because She is pretty awesome) and Remee because I have to but he would insist Julian come too.

Sad Man_flickrHow often does your real life experience figure into your story telling? Do you base characters or stories on your actual experiences?

Yeah, sometimes. Emotionally more than anything.

Editing: love it or hate it?

Love the edit 😛 (seriously)

Do you miss your characters when you come to the end of their story? Do you find ways to write sequels for them or do you become entranced with a new set?

Yes, I think about them for weeks and weeks after. It takes a while before I can fall into a new story.

Skeleton Blurb

Jan has given up on love, at least the romantic kind.He loves his five-year-old son Henry more than anything.

But when Henry starts school, Jan is introduced to Matthew, a very sweet but shy young man who helps out in Henry’s class. Although he tries desperately to ignore his attraction, Jan finds himself falling for Matthew—he’s everything Jan needs.

But amid creepy silent phone calls and possible break-ins, things start to fall slowly apart for Jan. Matthew wants to trust Jan, but the skeleton Jan has been trying to keep buried in his closet and the guilt he feels threatens to destroy everything good in his life.

Excerpt
Beyond the distant trees, the sun is sinking, leaving fire-shot ribbons of blue, clouds like the tail ends of meteors.

Jan opens the gate and stops in front of the front door, pulling Matthew with him under the shelter of the overhanging roof.

“I want to know everything about you,” Jan admits, bringing his hand up to gently brush away the raindrops from Matthew’s cheek, while trying desperately to hold his gaze.
There is a fire in his veins, burning through the tips of his fingers, and he wonders if Matthew can feel it. He wonders if that’s why Matthew’s breathing changes, if he needs his inhaler.

Reluctantly breaking the contact, Jan pulls out his keys to open the front door.
It occurs to him that this is the first time he has ever brought home anyone he wants to sleep with this badly. For Henry’s sake, he always told himself he needed to keep this part of his life separate. But now, looking at Matthew half-drowned, shivering, and otherworldly in the most beautiful way, Jan thinks maybe he just hadn’t found the right person to bring home before.

Author Bio
Suki Fleet currently lives in the heart of England. Her childhood was quite unconventional and she spent some time living on a boat and travelling at sea with her family. Since she was very small she has always dreamed of writing for a living, but though she has written original fiction online for years and encouraged many new writers to keep going and follow their author dreams, it is only recently she got the courage to make her own dream a reality and actually send something off to a publisher.

By day she runs her own business selling fabric (her second love) and juggling family commitments, by night she weaves the stories that the characters in her head dictate. These stories often start with pain or longing but always end with love.

Thank you so much for joining us here today, Suki, and sharing that magical snippet of Skeleton with us! Congratulations on its success, and good luck with your future endeavors!

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