Today, we have an interview with Suki Selborne, author of the Tiger Billionaire, a four-book series about a white tiger shifter and an Irish girl who finds out she might have some supernatural heritage too. Here current catalog of books include:
She is currently working on two new series right now. The first is called Chase The Tiger and it stars four brothers and a cousin of Sebastian Chase, the hero in Tiger Billionaire. The second series is called Rock & Roar and it’s about five rock star lion shifters.
In this interview, Suki talks about her writing process, her new series, and more. Enjoy!
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a wife, a mom, and a book addict. My husband loves that ebooks exist, because it means the nightstand just has my Kindle on it, instead of a towering TBR pile!
My oldest kid has just started writing his own stories, so he’s become pretty interested in what I do for a living. When he saw the cover of my book Snow Leopard Mountain, he said “Is that a story about a man who makes friends with a leopard and they have an adventure?” “Uh… kind of,” I muttered. It may be a little early to explain about shifters! I really want to read his man and leopard adventure idea now too.
Can you describe your stye of writing for anyone who might not be familiar with your work?
Paranormal romance, but with a heavy splash of suspense. Even when I think the book is going to be a simple love story, the characters seem to get themselves into a heap of trouble. But that’s okay with me. It’s more fun that way!
In my books, shifters secretly run the world. They’re billionaires, bankers, royalty and rock stars. Hardly any of the regular people know about it, so that can make life tough for the shifters.
Tell us a little about your latest release. What was your inspiration for this book?
My new series Chase The Tiger launches soon, and the first in the series is called Dominic. In this series, four white tiger shifters and their ex-Marine cousin get together to form a secret network helping the FBI. In Dominic’s story, he finds the woman he needs to lie to is the one person who makes him want to be honest.
I’m a massive fan of conspiracy theories (for entertainment purposes only!) and I love the idea of a shadowy security network run by a bunch of maverick shifters, operating outside government control. Especially if the maverick shifters are ripped, tattooed and super hot.
Are you planning on attending any writer conventions in the next year? How about a reader’s convention?
I’ve never been to any conventions, and I have none planned, but hopefully one day! Writing can be a lonely job if you don’t connect with others. It’s wonderful to reach out to readers and other authors.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
Oh boy. I am a mega-outliner. I guess it’d be hard to write suspense without some kind of pre-planned plot to work from, but I probably do go a little overboard. If you looked in my notebooks, you’d find extensive chapter-by-chapter breakdowns, pages of detailed character back stories, series arcs plotted ten books in advance… My husband calls me “pernickety”, which is a polite way of saying it. 😉 But my shifter world is completely real in my head and I like to catalog that. It’s a joy to dive into it and find out where the characters are going next.
Not all scenes are created equal. What scenes do you find easiest to write, and which make you groan?
Action scenes seem to gallop along nicely when I’m writing. I’d say emotional scenes are harder, because you need to really tease out the feelings and the tensions between the characters. You’re trying to get into two people’s heads at once, even when you’re only showing one side of the story at a time. All the conflict is between what’s being said and what’s being hidden, and that’s what takes extra care to write. It’s hugely satisfying once it feels right though. But most of all, the first scene of a new book is the hardest to get down. Once I’ve made a start on a book, it’s easier from that point in.
Who is your favorite author, and what is it about their work that really strikes you? What makes you love them?
I’m a huge fan of TS Joyce. The first bear book of hers that I read blew my mind. Her books are so affectionate and warm, but there’s an undercurrent of steel and darkness too. And that’s so thrilling, as a reader. The second half of Grey Back Bad Bear left me speechless, because the plot took such an unexpected and yet totally perfect turn. You all know what I mean, right? Pretty sure everyone’s read that book! She’s a master at character development too. Plus she’s adorable on social media. Everything about her work is awesome.
And now for the silly… If you had to choose between living in one of your imaginary worlds, which one would you choose, and why? Who would be your hero?
All the stories I write are set in one world, so that’s easy. But which hero? Such a hard question, because I’m hopelessly devoted to all of them. Right now, I’m crazy about Benedict (the third Chase brother), because I’m currently working on his story. I fall in love with all my heroes while I’m writing them. It’s impossible not to.
What’s in the works for you right now? When can we expect to see it released to the world?
Chase The Tiger: Dominic is scheduled for release in August. I’m also very excited that a story of mine called The Night Shift is featured in the amazing anthology Shifters in the Shadows, which is on pre-order now and releases September 27th.
Can you share an excerpt of your upcoming book, or recently released one?
This is from Chase The Tiger: Dominic -
Dominic’s deep voice dropped to a menacing whisper. “Don’t move.”
Scala froze instantly, even though her legs were beginning to prickle with tiredness. It took all the willpower she had not to jump around and shake them out.
Come on, she told herself. Just a little longer. Remember why you’re here. Let him think he’s in control.
But she had one big problem. Right now, Dominic really was in control. His arm around her waist felt like an iron bar. Scala could look after herself in a fight, but she could already tell she had no chance hand-to-hand with this guy.
He wasn’t human. He couldn’t be.
“Are you… one of them?”
He glared at her, but she ignored the warning in his amber eyes.
Goddamn it, it was so hot in that basement. When would the stupid fan spin back toward them? It moved so slowly, she wondered if it was stuck.
She persisted. “Are you an animal? A shapeshifter? Like those wolves?”
He pressed her back harder into the corner, his face half an inch from hers. The warmth of his body against hers made her gasp.
“You need to be quiet. Now.”
Scala’s legs ached like crazy, and she could kill for some caffeine. If this British asshole wasn’t careful, he would be the one she killed for it. God knows, he was asking for it.
First, he’d gotten in the way of her family business. Then he’d kidnapped her and threatened her with a gun.
Now he was telling her what to do. Nobody told Scala Bryce what to do.
How she longed to tell him to go to hell. She couldn’t wait to shove him off her, and kick his arrogant ass into touch. The sooner he took his hands off her, the better. In fact…
Oh, God. Who was she trying to kid? She loved the way he felt against her. He turned her on so much, it was embarrassing.
Dominic Chase was the enemy, but goddamn it, he was beautiful. Those arms. Those abs. Those eyes. That face. That crisp British accent.
She shifted uncomfortably in his grip. If he didn’t move away soon, she was going to find it hard to keep her hands off him. And not in the lethal way she had originally planned.
Her breath quickened under his stare. His eyes ran over her heaving chest, making it worse.
“Can you be quiet a little longer?” He leaned in so close his nose touched hers. Shockwaves shot down her spine to her core. “Look, I’m trying to keep you alive here, lady. Do me a favor, and go along with it.”
She closed her eyes, to block out the cute.
She began to lecture herself in her head. Control yourself. Pretend he’s not attractive. Breathe normally.
His hand cupped her cheek.
Ignore how great he smells. Ignore how incredible his hard body feels.
He seemed to push himself against her even more. Was that… his gun?
“You do know I’m trying to help you, Miss Bryce?”
Remember your training. Remember why you’re here.
“Sure, I do. I…” She faltered. Holy shit, he was so close. His breath fluttered hot against her ear.
Stay professional. For God’s sake, stay professional.
It was not a good time to lose control. This man was just as highly trained as she was, and he was armed. If she let her ice queen mask slip for a second, she’d be in trouble.
Taking a deep breath, she forced a smile.
“Yeah… okay. Okay, Dominic. I’ll do what you want. It’s just hard to concentrate when it’s so… “ She took another deep breath. “It’s so hot in here.”
At last, the fan turned toward them. Scala’s red curls began to flicker around her face like flames.
“It sure is,” he said, tracing her jawline with one finger. “Too hot.”
Before she could give herself another pep talk, Dominic bent his head to her collarbone and kissed it softly. As his lips touched her skin, Scala let out a moan.
She was so screwed.
(from Chase The TIger: Dominic - out in August)
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Thanks again to Suki for taking the time for this interview!