September 29, 2008

Suzanne Perazzini is in the House

Thanks very much to Anna for this opportunity to meet you all. I thought I would tell you about my path to publication.

I tried to write a manuscript when I was in my early twenties while teaching in Italy and someone who read it said it sounded like a Mills & Boon story so I gave up in disgust.
I started again seriously six years ago and immediately caught the attention of an editor with my first submission. And guess where that editor worked? At Silhouette - Mills & Boon’s sister. Well, I wrote four manuscripts for the new Bombshell line at her request but she couldn’t get the senior editor on side and eventually rejected them all two years later with a letter saying that my stories were more issue-oriented than Silhouette and that I should get them published mainstream. As you can imagine I was not a happy chappy. However, my first published book, Beneath the Surface, is the first one I wrote that caught the Silhouette editor's attention way back then. I still say that if the Bombshell line had accepted books like mine, they would still exist but sadly they didn’t get the following they thought they would and died a natural death. Quite understandably (at least I think so) I got the pip and stopped submitting to them.
So then, I tried to get an agent and after many requests for fulls but no bites, I got the pip again and decided to submit to epublishers. My first submission was Beneath the Surface and was picked up almost immediately by Wild Child Publishing:
That book came out 11th June and can be bought here:
This is the blurb:
Jo has the darkest of secrets in her past, which drives her to seek out the most traumatic of hotspots in the world as a war correspondent so she never has the time to confront what she did. A fellow reporter, Craig, accompanies her into war-torn Sergavia to recover rolls of film from a dead colleague and along the way Jo finds love and a reason to go back to the beginning so she can move forward.
I had meanwhile submitted my second Bombshell wannabe to Red Rose publishing but I will tell you the rest of that story when I wake up in the morning. Yes, I live in New Zealand and we're 16 hours ahead of you. It is now Monday evening and I need to feed the troups after a hard day at work (me as well as them). Chicken curry and rice tonight so I'd better get going. I'll also tell you a little about my passion for travel and the forty plus countries I have visited.
Meanwhile if you need to know a little more about me, please visit my blog: or my website:
Until then arriverderci.


Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

I am a HUGE fan of Suzanne's books and I am thrilled she is blogging about her work here. :D

Suzanne, what books from your teen years do you hold near and dear to your heart?

Also, could you tell us how you came to choose the subject matter of your stories? Your work is compelling and intriguing. I love your voice. :D

I think Harlequin missed out big-time.

Hugs, JJ/Nancy

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Thanks for dropping by, Nancy. I read a lot when a child but less for pleasure through the teenage years because of all the forced reading for literature at school - Dickens, Hardy, Shakespeare etc. But I do remember Anne of Green Acres well. I started reading again after university when I finally had free time to indulge myself.
As to the subject matter of my stories:
I don’t know what I am going to write until I put my fingers on the keyboard so there is very little planning. I love tough heroines and strong silent heroes who are a match for each other on all levels. I also love travelling and take my characters far and wide. I do a lot of research while writing as I discover where my story is set and what the storyline is.
While I am fascinated by women who live such dangerous lives, I prefer to leave the danger in my books. My travelling is done at the grassroots level of countries so I get to know the people and the cultures but I would never visit a country that was at war.

Jane said...

Hi Suzanne,
I'm amazed that you've visited forty countries. Do you have a favorite?

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Favorites are hard because they are all so different but South Africa blew me away with its amazing landscape and wild animals. However, Cambodia is a great country to visit right now before the tourists arrive in herds. It is relatively untouched from that point of view. The Angkor Wat complex is truly wonderful. Of course, I can't leave out Italy where I lived for 9years. It is so diverse and you could visit a different part every year for the rest of your life and still not know it all.
But as with all preferences, this is purely personal and I am a person who loves the countryside before cities.

Virginia said...

I have never read any of Suzanne's books but they sound like they would be really good.

Suzanne Perazzini said...

Well, Virginia, I am biased as I am the author but I would recommend them. LOL.