Splendid Isolation

Writing is a yin-yang kind of thing. On the one hand, writing — especially fiction, where everything’s coming from some internal wellspring — is an isolated business. We need quiet time. Uninterrupted time. No phones. No e-mail. No knocks on the door. Life needs to stop for a while so we can get off and do what we do.

At the same time, we need the stimulation of conversation, of observation, of a cacophony of input from the outside. It keeps us honest. Gives us the voices and insight we need. How can we write about the human condition (and even urban fantasy is about the human condition) without being a part of it? How can we get any writing done without stepping away from it.

Yin and yang. Just makes me want to scream sometimes.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

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