Monday, August 11, 2014

Author interview - Susan Gourley

 Recon Marine Mak agrees to lead the combined scientific mission intended to track down all the illegal genetics labs. The trail of betrayal and deceit crosses from one galaxy to the next, each stop exposing atrocities that Mak can't help but take personally. Only one thing keeps him from quitting the mission. Doctor Molly Drant, the brilliant civilian who shares Mak's insatiable quest for scientific knowledge. Molly's brave, steady presence helps Mak face the horrible experiments performed on soldiers. It all reminds him too much of his own creation in an epigenetics program.
Mak's admiration for Molly deepens into something more and the genius doctor returns his regard. Recon Marines know little of love but Mak enjoys any type of education. But before he can learn the depths of Molly's affections, the increasing dangers of their mission catch up to them. A traitor traps Mak and Molly in a horrific military exercise intended to cover the tracks of the criminals they've chased over a million miles of space. Molly's genius will be tested along with Mak's soldiering skills but only love and trust will insure their survival. 

You can also find Susan at her website.

1. Where did the idea for The Marine’s Doctor come from?
The Marine's Doctor is the third and final book in my Recon Marine Series with New Concepts Publishing. The idea parked itself in my head years ago when I first saw Kurt Russell in the movie Soldier. Russell was a futuristic soldier who had been selected at birth and then brutally trained to be a soldier. The plot of the movie revolves around his group being replaced by a new generation of genetically enhanced soldiers. Russell finds his humanity as he battles the emotionless replacements. My Recon Marines are genetically engineered soldiers who want to like other men but haven't a clue how the civilian world works.

2. What did you learn from writing this book?
My heroine in this book, Dr. Molly Drant, isn't a physical kickass woman. She's a genius with a compassionate heart. She uses her brains to save the day. I loved writing her and figuring out how to demonstrate her intelligence without appearing a snob.

3. What author would you like to be compared? Why?
I fell in love with futuristic romance years ago reading Jayne Castle who I now know is Jayne Ann Krentz. I admire the witty exchanges between her characters and the unique worlds she created. Please someone compare me to her. LOL

4. Tell us what you’re working on now…? Where did the idea come from? When will it be released? Cover pic?
 I've started another science fiction romance series and the first one is under contract though I don't have a cover picture or release date yet. This series takes place in space, think space opera with more romance, where humanity has established scattered colonies. A vicious enemy travels through the outer regions like a swarm of locusts and kills everything in its path. The remnants of one distant planet has learned how to kill the enemy and will fight side by side with humanity in a last attempt to keep mankind from extinction. The Warriors of Gaviron search for revenge and find new hope with the brave Earthling women they encounter.
 I'm also outlining the final book in my fantasy series, THE MORBUNDA SAGA, that I write as Susan Gourley

5.  And just for fun, what was your first car?
My parents gave me an ugly green Rebel. It was a mid-sized sedan with a huge eight cylinder engine. It could fly. Gas was cheap then so it didn't matter to me that it was a hog. I think it created my bad driving habits because it ran like a warhorse. That big engine was hard to get started in the cold though and caused me lots of problems now and then.

7. Finally last book read and next on your TBR list?
I just reread The Black Prism by Brent Weeks and am going to reread The Blinding Knife by Weeks before the third book comes out at the end of the month. I have a stockpile of books on my Kindle that I'm going to read when I go on vacation in September. Most of those books are from my blogger buddies.

Find The Marine's Doctor here at an early discount. It will be available on Kindle and Nook soon.


  1. I remember the movie Soldier.
    The next series sounds really good, Susan!

  2. Congratulations on finishing your series and starting a new one! I have found it a challenge to build a new world after writing a series in one I've become comfortable in. I hope you have an easier time than I'm having!

  3. Thanks for having me, Marcy. Did you like that movie, Alex? Kurt Russell was a real badass.
    I always regret finishing off one series, Dianne, even though I enjoy creating a new one with new issues and characters.

  4. Sounds like a great new series too! Love the sound of your female MC!

  5. Some of these questions are funny. Great interview.

  6. Dr. Molly was one of my favorite female characters ever. I love smart women and she's brilliant. Thanks for visiting, Jemi.
    Thanks for stopping in, Michael.

  7. Congrats on the contract!
    I love strong heroines. Yours sound wonderful.

  8. Congrats on the contract! I love strong heroines too. :)

  9. Thanks for the good wishes, Cate and Tyrean.

  10. Let's hear it for strong women!

  11. I like reading how ideas come to other writers. And there must be something about first cars that make them unique.

  12. Thanks for visiting, Carol and Liza. First cars do make a lasting memory.

  13. Sounds like an interesting book/series. I must check them out.

  14. Thanks, Liz. Hope you find something you like.

  15. Congrats! Sounds great. =)

  16. Hi, Susan! Great to see you here. Best of luck.

  17. Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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