About the Author

Me

Photo by Kait Nolan

“If the apocalypse comes, beep me.” ~Buffy Summers, Slayer

I’m just a girl who wants superhero romance! Is that so much to ask? Why must it always be a tragedy? Why does Angel walk away? Why does Spike—what did happen to Spike? Why did Wonder Woman go back home after the end of season 1 and WWII, then come back, work with Steve Trevor’s grandson, and still not hook up? Seriously! And let’s not even talk about Superman Returns, ok? Let’s. Just. Not.

The Talent Chronicles series began with my desire for more superheroes! More romance! More Superhero!Romance. The links above will direct you to the Talent Chronicles page to read more about it.

Represented by Jane Dystel.

Mailbox graphicNeed to send me stuff via snail mail like cards, chocolates, a Tom Welling look-alike android house-slave?

I’ve got a thing for love stories and superheroes. I'm working on something I call the Talent Chronicles. This series began with my desire for more superheroes! More romance! More Superhero!Romance. 

Talents are people born with supernatural abilities, trying to find their way in a world that fears and wants to control them. I like to explore how the things that make us different from each other sometimes make life difficult, and sometimes are the making of us. These stories are for people who love Buffy, wanted more romance in Heroes, and thought Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor should have worked things out. 

My first book is about a teenage girl who is learning to choose between being right and being safe–among other things. It’s called Hush Money, and it’s almost done. Here's a blurb for you:

Be normal, invisible. Don’t get close to anyone. Kids with psychic abilities tend to mysteriously disappear when they get noticed. Joss has spent years trying to hide. Now she has an unasked-for best friend, who is the victim of an extortion plot by the school bully, who used to like Joss, who is best friends with her long-time crush, who is actually talking to her. Life just got more complicated.
Susan Bischoff
PO Box 792
Seymour, TN 37865
 
 
 
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What, you’re still here? You must be looking for the personal stuff. Okay, kid and pets coming right up.

Daughter Briar

Briar Rose, May 26, 2010 Kindergarten Graduation She looks deceptively quiet here. Do not be fooled.

Kittens

The Mighty Jungle...where only the most savage survive. Two vicious tigers feast on a giraffe they have felled together. The poor creature never had a chance.Barnum & BaileySept. 5, 2008

There’s a husband and a dog, neither of whom stays still long enough for pictures. But how about a picture of us from 1987?

15th birthday

Awesome hair, right? And what an awesome girlfriend I was that I made brownies for his 15th birthday.

Now look, I showed you my 80s hair. We’re done here. Go…read something.

31 responses to “About the Author

  1. seanachi

    Yay for your Bio, Pot! Love, Kettle

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  3. David Knight

    Thanks for the posts Sue….intersting articles….. i posted a book onnSmashwords premium after 3 months on the $2.00 price….people getting the 50% free but no sales…. no its up for free…trying to spread the joy from my heart and hope it will get my name known a bit. Love the front cover of your book! God bless Dave AscensionForYou-Knight

    • Thanks, David. I’m glad you got something out of what you read. Free reads can be a great promotional tool for new authors. I hope you have luck with yours–I think you have a wonderful attitude about it. One of the things that I think is great about indie publishing is that you can always make changes, learn new things, even start over if you want to go that far. I found that I could be more objective about my work after it had had some time out there in the world for a while. Perhaps you could take another look, change the cover art, edit the opening to something that does a better job of grabbing the reader in some way.

      I will tell you that there’s a big difference for me between the sales and total download numbers. I think there are probably a lot of readers who download samples and then never get to everything they’ve downloaded unless something reminds them. So I wouldn’t let that gulf between the numbers get you down all by itself.

      What I have noticed about my own shopping habits on Smashwords: I generally choose to view the sample in HTML. Once the story gets started, the author has about 3 screens of text to get my attention. By that time, I’ve got a pretty good idea about whether or not I want to spend money and a few hours on this author. If it’s more than 99 cents, I may have to download the full sample, or if I’m on the fence for some other reason. If what I’ve read in 3 screens has raised some kind of question in my mind, if I just feel like I need to know more about this character, or if I find the author’s voice to be particularly delightful, then I’ll probably buy at that point.

      • Totally agree with Susan’s second paragraph. Though I usually shop through Barnes and Noble for Ebooks and not Smashwords. The first thing that catches my eye is the cover art, then I download the free sample, and if I enjoy that THEN I by the book. I can read a 300 page book in a couple hours, so the book needs to be worth it. I’ve bought quite a few $8 books and it sure adds up!! I stumbled onto Hush Money because the price was so low and it had great ratings :)

  4. Jasindo

    Wow. From this bio, I can tell that we are kindred spirits. I hope to one day write a book along the same lines: superheroes and romance. How can it get any better than that?

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  6. Amanda Baker

    I love the bio! I found Hush Money on Amazon and expected just to tear into a couple of chapters on the Kindle before bed last night. I couldn’t put it down! It’s exactly the sort of thing that I’d been looking for! I thought I’d never find a superhero romance novel that I didn’t write myself. Then to find that you’ve been asking yourself the same sort of questions I have? I’m so glad to have found you! :)

    • Yay Amanda! It can’t be just us, right? Have you written any yet? Because it should be a thing. Only we, and our army of super-powered lovers, can push back the vampire hoards that continue to own the Paranormal Romance subgenre! (I suddenly want to say “For Justice!” right here, but think DC might come after me…LOL)

      • Amanda Baker

        I’ve written a few short stories that I thought could be expanded and put aside. Nothing published (yet!). But it will happen. Oh, yes, it will happen! Not a vampire will be left standing (except perhaps Dracula…and maybe Lestat – I always did love that crazy vamp!) by the time it’s all done!

  7. Amber

    Like my other comment said, I loved your book :) I am also an aspiring authoress but I am still in the process of writing my first book (an inspirational fantasy-Kind of like The Chronicles of Narnia meets Pilgrim’s Progress). So I was wondering if you took any writing courses or if it naturally came to you? Did the story just flow out of your head one day or come from a dream? Your book looks so effortless. I find myself rewriting so much and struggling with details….I’m good at describing personalities but when it comes to body types and facial features I draw a blank. I’m probably going to take a writing course. Any who, that’s alot of questions and you’ve got a book to finish….so I’ll leave and say good luck! :)

    • I remember reading Pilgrim’s Progress with brittle, yellowed pages that fell out when I turned them. Sadly, I remember little else.

      As William Hung once charmed us by saying, “You know, I have no professional training.” I did take one creative writing course in college, but it was filled with pretentious literati who were in love with words rather than stories. I don’t think I got much out of it. What’s attractive to me about the idea of taking a writing course is that it forces you to actually sit down and write. Making yourself write, even when it’s bad, is the hardest part, and doing a lot of bad writing is way to get better.

      I have some other thoughts, but I think I’m going to send you an email rather than put them down here. Hope you don’t mind!

      • Amber

        Thank you for your email and helpful advice. I feel like I’ve heard from a celebrity :) It seems like so many young ladies…especially young moms are writing best sellers out there. I know it’s work but it’s hard to imagine any of them with my writing issues lol. I keep thinking they must’ve gotten all A’s in English Lit. Thanks for giving me perspective and hope :)

        • You’re welcome, Amber, and thank you. I think that English Lit classes probably don’t have a whole lot to do with understanding what appeals to today’s commercial fic readers. So if you weren’t one of those A students, take heart!

          • Amber

            thanks again :) yeah I’ve always been good with my imagination but my grammar is horrible among many things. I’ve had to Google things like “how to write flash backs” and “writing in first or second person”. LOL But hey, my life is full of doing lots of things that I don’t really know how to do. I’m sure I’m not the only one. It helps to get wisdom from other writers. Maybe one day you’ll get to see my book…and the bio will say “I had no idea what I was doing but I did it anyways” ;P God bless!

  8. JJ

    Love your bio! I’m also writing about superheroes. There is a bit of romance but it isn’t the main focus. You were recommended to me by someone on Twitter – can’t remember who. I just downloaded the sample (first sample I’ve ever downloaded). Can’t wait to read it. :)

  9. Clarissa

    I’m a Huge X-Men fan and when I was reading this book I was like OMG finally something out there for the in the closest superhero freak….. I like to say I’m know out about being the SuperHero fan that I am and you help me make that step!!! lol
    Can not wait for your second book!!! Any idea to when it may be out so at least I can get some sleep at night!!

    • Aw, that’s so sweet! Thank you! I think it’s been kind of hard for women to feel like we have a place in the superhero fandom. But there’s so much to love! I’m glad you’re “out.”

      I’d love to be able to give you a release date for Heroes ‘Til Curfew, but I just can’t yet. If you’re a fan of Imogen Rose, you can check out a sneak peek excerpt. The first scene of Heroes ‘Til Curfew at the end of her book titled Quantum.

      Thanks so much for leaving me this comment. It really made my day!

      • Clarissa

        You just made my heart so happy… gasp…. Thanks for the reference I haven’t read anything by her but I’ll have to check her out now!

  10. Clare

    WOW, I loved Hush Money So MUCH! I spent all night reading it. I can not wait until the next book comes out. By the way your Bio rocks!

  11. Susan Kelly (Sanas)

    Susan, thank you for following me on Twitter! I wrote a comment on your website to tell you how much I enjoyed “Hush Money,” and you very kindly replied there as well! (I know you must be busy writing.) I am impressed with your customer relations skills!

    This notion of writers having an internet “platform” to market their books is interesting to me, because I have almost finished my first novel and will be looking to self-publish it as an e-book. I’m spending (probably too many) hours a day trying to figure it all out. The way you do it seems effective, and, um, makes me feel cherished. (I first saw “Hush Money” on BookBuzzer.)

    I hope “Heroes ‘Til Curfew” is proceeding apace! Do you ever intend to write a longer novel for adults?

    • Susan- Thanks for your compliments. On things to do when you start, I have a series here on the blog about things I did when I started out which I thought turned out to be helpful. The first post was called “Unknown to top 1k in 8 weeks.” You’ll find the series in the “increasing kindle rank” category here: http://susan-bischoff.com/category/increasing-kindle-rank/. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the first post. Hope that helps.

      Heroes ‘Til Curfew…I don’t know if I’d say apace, but it’s proceeding, and honestly, I’ll take that! Things are going well again, thank you for asking.

      Demographics is a strange thing. I never really set out to write YA, but it turned out to be the young characters who spoke the loudest and they really suit my style right now. But there are definitely more mature characters in my head. My books are for older teens (and up) and I don’t think of them as kids. (Even though I think of the Talents as “my kids.” Figure that out.) To be honest, when I was writing it I thought of my audience as the women my age who loved Buffy, watched the X-Men cartoons as kids, and read Twilight. So as everyone grows up a bit, I think I’ll be moving into older characters and probably some more mature themes. Part of what’s nice about being indie is the freedom to do just what I like. Heroes ‘Til Curfew will be longer because it’s a broader, deeper story with a bit more going on, though I don’t expect to be a very long book.

      I guess the short answer would have been…yes? Apparently I like short books and long answers.
      Thanks for you comment.

  12. Susan Kelly (Sanas)

    Thank you, Susan. That’s very helpful!

  13. Hey, Susan! I just passed on to you (well a few days ago, sorry I’m slow) the Kreativ Blogger Award! Now you have to send it on to 6 other people! :)

    http://anyakelleye.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/kreativ-blogger-award/

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