The Lady Scribes are pleased to welcome Suzan Butler as a featured blogger. Look for more from Suzan in the coming months and check out her newest release, No Strings Attached.
I have a confession. I'm totally spying on your conversations. In the coffee shop, in the line at the grocery store, on Twitter, Facebook, and especially at the bar. If you're talking, I'm listening. I could say it's just making sure I'm being realistic with my dialogue, but the real fact is I just find people interesting. In fact, I have perfected the art of listening without staring. I can zone in to a conversation at ten paced. I used to stare but when I finally asked a couple to raise their voices while they talked so I could listen and got the weird looks... I decided that listening without letting on would be a better plan. Yes, I know. I have no shame.
Years ago, my best friend at the time was going through a really bad break up. Her husband dumped her and broke her heart, leaving her with two little girls. She kept talking about how hard her life was, and how stressed she was. Then suddenly, she stopped talking. She looked at me,, frowning, and asked me, "You're not going to put this in a book, are you?"
Hehe. Of course not... for a couple years until she's put it way in the past. :D
Recently, I was talking to some readers at Lori Foster's Reader/Author Get Together about bar life, and it turns out... I'm not the only one who people watches. In fact, a group of us made up stories about people sitting at the bar. One man come in with one woman and left with another, leaving the first woman alone at the bar. A few minutes later, he reappeared with the woman he left with and yet a third woman. We had an entire story in about five minutes of watching that scene. Then there was the creepy old dude that spent his night drunk and hitting on every girl under thirty.
It's likely that I'm probably son some FBI and NSA watch list for the people that I've interviewed in order to do my books. I do like to know some weird things. And when I was writing from the bad guy's point of view in my upcoming book, No Strings Attached, I had to look up sexist, charismatic speakers on YouTube, because they would do entire speeches on what they believe, and since I believe so opposite, I had a hard time getting into my bad guy's head on WHY he believed the way he did. And I even interviewed an ex-cartel member to make sure I had the details of my mafia mentality right.
But while that research is cool, the actual fun thing is conversation between everyday people. The best things that I overheard are almost always when people don't realize I'm listening in.
I love my job. I can sit around and listen in on people's conversation and claim it's research, and not just because it interests me.
So now my rationale is this: I'm not creepy. I'm a writer. It's what I do.
Are you a people watcher too?
Ashlynn Connolly has been Ethan Kearney's best friend since they were twelve, despite the different in their tax brackets. Though he played stupid pranks on her as a child, and left for a career in the Navy, Ash has always stood by him. But now Ethan has a deadline, and he's going to put their friendship to the test with a business proposition-a marriage proposal.
If Ashlynn hadn't been flat-out broke , and about to ask for a loan from her best friend, she might have laughed at Ethan's proposal. But being laid off with a small child to care for alone changes one's perspective and the idea of being Ethan's wife is too much to turn down, and not just because of the money he offers.
Getting married is the simplest solutions to both their problems, or so it seems. But while the passion between them scorches the sheets, a shadow from Ash's past prepares to burn them more thoroughly than either ever expected.
Suzan Butler is a romantic fiction author with a penchant for Dr. Pepper, ice hockey, and world domination.
She lives in Texas under a not-so-secret identity with two monsters, writing books and planning her next step in her evil plans into the twilight hours of the night because that's when it's quiet in the house.
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