Interview with author of Love at First Date & Truth or Date, Susan Hatler!

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Denise Alicea

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



Love at First Date: 

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Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life . . .


Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating—the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.


When Ellen’s best friend asks her for a favor, dog-sitting leads to disaster and Ellen ends up at the local vet where she meets a man she can’t get out of her mind. Henry isn’t a logical choice, but she finds herself paying for dog obedience class to spend more time with him.


Ellen knows that in order to have a lasting relationship, she should take the safe route and go for one of the pre-screened guys. But, how can she think with her head when her heart keeps begging her to give Henry a chance?



Truth or Date:


Gina Hall is done with men who won’t commit. Ten years waiting for her ex to propose wasted her time. Never again. When her friend Kristen starts a game of Truth or Dare, she dares Gina to go on a date with Ethan, who’s amazing and total marriage material.


As Gina plans the going away party for office playboy Chris Bradley, she spontaneously initiates a game of Truth or Dare with him. When his turn comes around, he dares Gina to pose as his girlfriend to help get a flirty colleague off his back. Gina finds playing couple with Chris way too much fun.


Even though Gina and Chris are pretending, their relationship begins to feel painfully real. Fearing she might be falling for another fly-by man, Gina must focus on Ethan so she doesn’t make the same dating mistakes all over again.



Tell us where you are from?

1) I’m a California Girl, who loves reading, writing, and smiling. Sounds so simple, no? I’m pretty sure my hubby thinks I’m complex. Go figure.

 Tell us about your books?

2) Truth or Date is about Gina Hall, who’s done dating men who won’t commit. D.O.N.E. After ten years in a relationship that went nowhere, she’s jumping into the dating pool, and navigating the waters—which is always easier with help from good friends. Truth or Date is Book #2 in the Better Date than Never series, and Gina was a side character in Book #1.

 How do you create your characters?

3) My characters definitely create themselves. I have no control over them, really. I yell, “Don’t date him. He’s so wrong for you!” But, do they listen? Um, no.

 What inspires your writing?

4) Life inspires me. People, movies, books, something hilarious happening right in front of me . . . pretty much everything does. I’m easily amused.

Do you have special place to write?

5) I love to travel, so my laptop goes with me everywhere. My favorite place to write is probably at the coffee shop with writing buddies. That way when I panic over a scene, there’s someone there to calm me down. Author buddies are helpful that way.

 Where do you get your ideas?

6) Where do I get my ideas? They pelt me all the time and, I must stay, it’s very inconvenient when I’m trying to sleep. I have a pad and pen beside my bed, and a recorder in my purse for when I drive. Where they originate is beyond me, but when ideas strike, I must listen.

 What do you like to read?

7) I like to read humorous romance. Love and laughter are The Best.

 What would be your advice to aspiring writers?

8) If you’re interested in pursing a career in writing, I’d recommend joining a writing group, writing every day, honing your craft, and staying determined. Obstacles will likely get in your way, and you’ll have to say, “Move, Obstacle, MOVE. I have a story that needs to be told!” Using a firm voice helps. Just sayin.

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