Blog Tour & Interview: Sleight of Hand by Sue Duff

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This blog was created by Denise in September 2008 to blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. Slowly, but surely this blog expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds interviews, contests, and of course promotional venue for authors, etc

Sleight of Hand


As the epic Weir Chronicles continue in this third installment of the series, rebels poison Ian and it’s up to Rayne and Patrick to find a cure before their friend succumbs and Earth’s fate is left in the hands of adversaries intent on taking control of the planet. To obtain answers, Rayne must travel to
an alternate world where few survive as Patrick unearths the secrets of the rebels and discovers a truth that shatters his beliefs about the Weir and the future of Earth.



Praise for the Series
“A stunning debut with a thrilling mix of sci-fi and fantasy. Duff has a real hit on her
hands.” – Roxanne Kade, blogger at Therian
“I recommend this to anyone who loves a good Sci-fi esque, fantasy, dystopian,
secret-war-going-on-behind-the-human’s-backs-and-right-under-their-noses sort of
book.”– Jaay V, blogger at Reckless Indulgence
“This is one series that I recommend to readers of fantasy and paranormal romances.
You will not be disappointed.” – Jessica Bronder, blogger at J Bronder Book Reviews


Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born in Chicago, IL but I grew up in Phoenix, AZ. I did my undergraduate work in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and relocated to Colorado to attend graduate school at the University of Denver (DU). I fell in love with the state and made it permanent! I’ve been a speech therapist in the inner city school district for several years and love working with children.


Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

I suffered a skiing accident a few years ago and was laid up for an entire summer, so I turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. My out-of-touch-with-reality side kicked in, or perhaps it was the pain meds at the time, and I envisioned myself as a writer of novels. Fifty-nine days later, I had a two-inch-thick novel on my hands entitled FADE TO BLACK. I liked this new me, so I wrote another one. By the end of the second novel, I decided to figure out what I was doing, and signed up for a Creative Writing course at the local community college. My second career, and the series, evolved from there!


How do you create your characters?

Like most babies, they start out with a glimmer of personality, but I never really know who they are until they grow and develop on me and through the story. Every one of my characters has a piece of my personality, an interest, or a trait I wish I had. Even the villains are an extension of myself, albeit my darker side. Thankfully that side of me stays on paper!


What inspires and what got you started in writing?

For me, writing was a way to express myself in ways I never could “out loud.” I don’t offend others if they don’t see themselves in the character or recognize their own words spoken by someone in a story. I am bolder as a writer than as a spokesperson. I have my causes, but tend to keep them to myself and prefer to live by example.


Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

I have seasonal sweats that I rotate depending on the time of year! I have to be at my desktop computer with my huge double monitors and my comfy setup. When writing FADE TO BLACK, I lived on diet pepsi and smoked gouda/pear/cracker snacks. When writing MASKS AND MIRRORS, I lived on diet pepsi and french/sweet potato fries. SLEIGHT OF HAND saw me evolve into diet pepsi/tea/water, more frequent breaks, complete meals and much earlier bedtimes. I’d like to think I’m writing smarter and healthier!


How do you get your ideas for writing?

Some comes from headlines, or people I encounter but most of it still comes from dreams. I swear I do my best writing while asleep. Struggling to make a scene work used to keep me up till all hours of the night, yet somehow when I woke up in the morning, I knew exactly how to write it. I’d run down to the computer and crank it out while still in my pajamas.


What do you like to read?

My tastes are very eclectic but almost exclusively fiction. I’ll pick up a biography now and then, but I have a love and need to escape myself. I tend to gravitate toward mysteries, adventure, intrigue, romance, and of course fantasy and science fiction!


What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring authors in regards to writing?

Write what you love or want to learn more about. Get excited about the learning process as much as the writing itself. If you dream to be a writer, think of yourself as a writer. There are countless resources out there, either online or in your local community, to learn the craft. No matter what, keep writing. It costs you nothing but a bit of your time, and who knows, maybe you’ll discover more about yourself than you ever dreamt was there.


Anything else you’d like to share?

I’d love to hear from you!

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