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   Growing up in deception

Title: Blood Dreams and White Lies

Author: Susan Gaston Curran

Publisher: Publish America; (September 29, 2003)

Genre: Horror/Thriller

ISBN: 1592869769

Paperback; 229pp



Rating: Highly Recommended


April 29, 2004


Imagine one of your closest friends is a killer, but not just any killer, it is your father's killer. This is the nightmare that 26 year-old Jess Sullivan lives with. Plagued by messages and phone calls by the killer, Jess is fighting for her survival.


With the help of childhood friends, Mark Perry, Siggy Siegenthaler, and Monty Montgomery, they help Jess find the truth to childhood beliefs they grew up with.


The story is set in Wisconsin amidst a horse breeding and training farm. Siggy works here and is very protective of Jess. Jess doesn't really want to be there, but feels she must in order to put the pieces together, regarding her father's death.


Mark on the other hand wants to rekindle their relationship. Meanwhile, Monty is missing, no one knows where he is.


Without giving too much away, it is without doubt the author demonstrates her extraordinary skills in story telling. The extremely vivid descriptions made my heart race, causing this reader to endure difficulties in breathing during certain scenes. Author Susan Gaston Curran, is not quite an A-list writer, but she is certainly on Stephen King's heels.



Reviewed by Demetria Harris



An Interview with Susan Gaston Curran



To start this off, why don't you give an idea of what the book is about?


Blood Dreams and White Lies is a suspense-filled tale of Jess Sullivan's search for the truth surrounding several murders, nightmares, and the feeling that she's been stalked by the murderer.



Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life?


I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. I've wanted to be a published author since my fourth grade teacher assigned a short story to be written. I fell in love with the ability to mold characters and scenes, and then later kill people without committing the actual crime.



Who were your earliest influences and why?


One Christmas I received a Nancy Drew mystery. I think I read the entire series. Then I progressed to Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark.



What would a typical day be like for a writer?


I spend the morning reading other's works either critiquing or for pleasure. Some afternoons, I write the hours away; other days, I gather information on writing on the web, or research for a new project.



How long have you been writing and in what capacities?


As I said before, that first short story in the fourth grade got me started. I was a reporter on my high school newspaper and our literary journal. I spent only two years in college and frankly, they are a blur.



Which is more difficult to write - Fiction or nonfiction and why?


Nonfiction, by all means. I can't be as creative with it.



Has there ever been a time when you wanted to throw in the towel and give up? And if so, how did you defeat those instincts?


One agent told me that Blood Dreams and White Lies would never fly because no one would believe that Morgan Horses are bred in Wisconsin. There are 50 or so farms in the state I discovered. I can't stop. It's part of who I am.



What is the hardest part about being a writer?


I think the toughest part for me is the loneliness. I've had to refuse invitations from friends so that I could finish a project. Sometimes the invitations stop coming.



Do you have any hobbies? What are they? How do they enhance your writing?


I used to spend a lot of time in my garden. I studied landscaping. I love to golf. I've written two novels not yet published and one that deals with garden shop, the other is set on a country club.



Articles and media alike make it sound as though the only way to rise to the top is to sacrifice. What do you find to be good sacrifices?


I've yet to find anything significant that Ive had to sacrifice other than drinks or dinners with friends. The true friends I've found over the years understand.



What question do you get asked more than any other?


How'd you do it?



Whats the coolest thing a reader has said to you?


The owner of the company my husband works for told me that he started the book and couldn't put it down until he finished it.



What has been your feedback from readers? What do they say to you about their interpretations of your book?


Most readers have made positive comments. The only negatives have been the number of errors, and lack of character development.



Do you think that as a writer you are more prone to watching what goes on around you and observing behaviors than most people are?


I people-watch whenever I'm in public. I love to watch the interaction between strangers. There is always a story there.



Who are some of the authors you consider to be "don't miss"?


John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Nevada Barr, and Dan Brown



If one were looking to start his/her own career as a writer, what would you suggest his/her first step to be?


Read everything she can about writing. Write everyday even if it's only for a half an hour.



What kind of movies do you enjoy?


Suspense thrillers and action



What is your favorite city to visit, but one that you wouldnt want to live in?


Chicago, Illinois



Whats the strangest question youve ever been asked in an interview?


Is the main character in your book, you?



Whats the best part of being a writer?


Doing what I love and getting to see my work printed and bound



What's next?


I'm writing the sequel to Blood Dreams entitled Sonset on EveningStar, and promoting Blood Dreams as much as possible


Betsie's Literary Page thanks Ms. Curran and hopes our readers enjoyed learning more of this upcoming author, and we wish her all the best in future works.