Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Author Interview: The Greeks of Beaubien Street by Suzanne Jenkins

Describe your book in five words or less. Compelling, disturbing, memorable, effective, intriguing. (from reviews;-)

How did the ideas for your books come to you? The idea to write The Greeks of Beaubien Streetevolved as I daydreamed about my childhood growing up in Dearborn. My father took us to Greektown to shop; we didn't go there to eat in the restaurants. We bought the foods we couldn't get anywhere else; wonderful Greek bread, tangy Kalamata olives, cheese, taramasalta, halva, and of course, filo dough based pastries. I loved the Eastern Market, too. Writing a book about my childhood sounded too boring. I am intrigued with women who become police officers, so the next logical step was to have a fantasy about one and write it down. Writing the crime scenes came from some perverse place I don't want to investigate too deeply. I'm sixty-two years old so it's too late to find out what's going on now.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Possibly to remember that even in the rose-covered cottages of the world, creeps may dwell. And that those who are often thought of as marching to the beat of a different drum will be most normal of all.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?
The hardest is not rushing the process! I am impatient. I’m also totally dependent on a good editor. The editing of my first two books continues to be an issue. I am so grateful for the readers who love the story line and are willing to plow through the misspellings, etc. Hopefully, the next round of post published editing will do the trick. The easiest is the fiction. It just comes to me.

What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I have three fiction works and three non-fiction in process. When my brain is fried from trying to think too hard, I work on the non-fiction.

Why did you choose to write for specific genre?
The stories just came to me, so I think the genre chose me. I’m trying to write a sci/fi book and boy, that is really tough if you aren’t inspired.

What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date? It’s thrilling!

What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question? Lol! Wow, that’s really tough. How about “Are you a recluse?” The answer would be “I’m a wannabe, but it’s awfully difficult to market books as a recluse.

What was your road to publications like?
I just did it myself. Now that my first books are doing well, I am thinking that it was really a smart move for me. The traditional publishing houses are jumping on the indie bandwagon and I think it will make it even more difficult and more expensive to do it yourself. The key for new authors is to ask questions before you pay out any cash. It’s too easy to allow your pride to intervene and costly mistakes are made that way. Bloggers are key for indie authors. I think I was really lucky that I found Pump up Your Books and Book Tweeting Service early on. Thank you so much for helping me promote my book!

About the Book:

Nestled below the skyline of Detroit you’ll find Greektown, a few short blocks of colorful bliss, warm people and Greek food. In spite of growing up immersed in the safety of her family and their rich culture, Jill Zannos doesn’t fit in. A Detroit homicide detective, she manages to keep one foot planted firmly in the traditions started by her grandparents, while the other navigates the most devastated neighborhoods in the city she can’t help but love. She is a no nonsense workaholic with no girlfriends, an odd boyfriend who refuses to grow up, and an uncanny intuition, inherited from her mystic grandmother, that acts as her secret weapon to crime solving success. Her story winds around tales of her family and their secret laden history, while she investigates the most despicable murder of her career.

The Greeks of Beaubien Street is a modern tale of a family grounded in old world, sometimes archaic, tradition, as they seek acceptance in American society. They could be any nationality, but they are Greek.

About the Author:

Suzanne Jenkins is the author of the Pam of Babylon Series. The Greeks of Beaubien Street is a new series about a Greek homicide detective who grew up above the family grocery store in Greektown, Detroit. Jenkins has fond memories of growing up in a Greek American household in the suburbs of Detroit. She currently lives in the west Michigan lakeshore area with her husband, two dogs and two sheep.

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