Interview with Susanna Carr, author of The Bridesmaid's Best Man

Publisher: Harlequin

Publish Date: September 17, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Books A Million / Indie Bound

Synopsis: Every bachelorette party has a surprise…

Angie Lawson is in Bridesmaid Hell--if Hell was a strip club filled with screaming women in stilettos. But her night's about to get a whole lot worse. Now her ex-boyfriend is standing right in front of her--every sexy, delicious inch of him--and Cole Foster isn't the kind of guy that any woman can just ignore….

Cole's working undercover, but he certainly wasn't expecting the intimate reminder of the wicked heat that he and Angie always shared. But when the maid of honor--silver stilettos and all--is knocked unconscious, Cole realizes he needs Angie's help to get into the bridal party. And if getting there means getting her in bed, too, then he's definitely the best man for the job!

Author Bio: Susanna Carr writes contemporary romances for Harlequin Blaze and Harlequin Presents. Reviewers describe her work as fun, sexy and very romantic. Readers throughout the world find her stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times.

When she isn't writing, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online. Visit for news, excerpts and more.

Interview: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I was a disaster in most school subjects, but I did well in writing. My dad often took the time to look over and make me rewrite my essays and papers which helped me improve. So far he was my toughest editor! Grammar is still a challenge, and writing isn't easy, but I like coming up with a story idea and exploring it.

What made you interested in contemporary romance?

When I first started reading romance, most of the books I could get my hands on were contemporary. I've read some historical and paranormal, but I like the idea of romance happening in my world.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

One of my favorite authors is Lori Foster. I love her heroes -- they are strong and protective family men.

Do you have any writing rituals?

While I'm writing the book, I have a tendency to set it aside and write the last scene. Once I do that, I go back to where I was in the book and continue writing. I think this gives me a very specific destination than a fuzzy happy ending.

Who is your favorite character in THE BRIDESMAID'S BEST MAN?

My favorite character is the heroine. Angie is a fish out of water in this story. She's a tomboy who is more comfortable hanging out with the guys but she's stuck being a bridesmaid in an ultra-feminine surrounding. This really brings out her insecurities and it's a journey for her to realize she's strong, sexy and desirable.

What is your favorite a reader?

I re-read BET ME by Jennifer Crusie almost every year. I think it's the closest thing to a perfect romance story.

If you could re-do any of the books you have written would you? Why or if not...anything you wish you have changed?

I don't think I would unless there was a glaring error. I know there are a lot of authors who are tweaking, updating, or rewriting their backlists before they make them available as eBooks. I don't want them to do that!

I understand that writing styles change, that they feel the need to update so they can connect with a newer audience, or that the author feels she could write it better today. However, I believe that the vintage story should remain untouched and the author should honor the writer she had been.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The hardest part was balancing the romance and the mystery. I wanted to keep the mystery in the background because the most important part of the story is Angie and Cole getting together.

How did you come up with the title?

The original title was THE WEDDING FLING but there is already a Harlequin Blaze with that title. So the working title was WILD WEDDING, but that didn't really go with the book. I sent a list of title ideas, but the editor came up with the final title: THE BRIDESMAID'S BEST MAN. I think it fits.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I think the message in all of my work is "dare to bare." To really connect, you need to take a risk and find the courage to reveal your true self.


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