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 fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

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