About

This is the online home for Sue Blake and all types of feline alchemy.  I can also be found at Smashwords and Goodreads.

My début urban fantasy novel is called Feline Alchemy and can be purchased as an e-book on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Oyster, Scribd, PageFoundry, Flipkart and Baker & Taylor.

Here is an interview I posted on Smashwords, by way of background information –

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was offered a contract for Feline Alchemy by a couple of publishers but in each case there were clauses that I wasn’t comfortable with, so I decided to publish the book myself.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The hallucinatory aspect.

What is your writing process?
Partly meticulous, partly accidental..

Describe your desk
Seriously? Who thought up that question? Someone with a carpentry fetish?? Sheesh…

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
My time is usually spent enjoying a free-wheeling, glamorous, affluent-and-photogenic-friend-filled, sunny, reckless-yet-sanitised, pleasantly-hectic-but-in-control, aspirational kind of lifestyle – like in an advert for the latest Apple gadget, or in an advert for a new model of car, or in an advert for vodka, etc, etc, etc.

Who are your favorite authors?
William Blake, Frank Miller, Angela Carter, Philip K Dick, J G Ballard, H P Lovecraft, Joe Orton, R L Stevenson.

How do you approach cover design?
The cover is the gateway to the soul of a book (ahem), so I need to work with a designer whose ability I trust. The artwork for Feline Alchemy was produced with a local artist and writer whose work I’ve long admired, K A McFadden.

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Erm… what success?

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, “inspires” is a bit strong… Sleep is my favourite mode, as a rule.

What do your fans mean to you?
I have no fans and I don’t plan on having any fans. I do plan on having people enjoy what I’ve written. But then plans can fall through, as so often they do.

What are you working on next?
A dystopian SF series of near-future shockers – it’s a heady mix of Philip K Dick, Shakespeare and the Marquis de Sade, with a smattering of jokes.

If you’d like to contact me directly then send a message to blakesweetfa@gmail.com.
Or you can find me on Facebook.

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    • Oh, thank you – awards are nice 🙂 I’ll happily accept it once I’ve had a chance to think up some questions of my own… Btw I’ve been meaning to leave a comment about how much I envy your lovely bike path – my cycle into work involves weaving in and out of the school run and negotiating roundabouts; not picturesque at all 😦

      • Aww, that stinks! I’m still surprised they finally got that bike path I take made. I’d be too scared to ride in the street. Scared of drivers who don’t pay attention I should say. I’m so glad you can get some enjoyment out of the pictures i’ve been taking. I’ll be sure to keep em coming more regularly!
        How long is your cycle into work? 🙂

      • no idea how I arrived here, but this replay hits a nerve: bike paths are a luxury in the UK, and I haven’t found one yet. And the schoolrun adds to the misery 🙂

      • Really? Oh that’s too bad. Where I live, the new part of the town has bike paths everywhere – very useful, albeit easy to get lost on until you learn the route 🙂 In the old part of town, no bike paths at all.

  1. It does indeed stink 🙂 To be fair, there are lots of bike paths where I live. This is fortunate since, having been hit by a car once a few years back, I share your nervousness about spending too long on the roads. It’s a 20 min ride but I’ve never seen anyone making a film en route – do you know yet what film was being shot along your path the other day?

    • Yep, I’ve got to agree with Ernie here 🙂 For me, there’s very little that’s as wonderful as lucid dreaming, those rare times when you’re in the midst of a dream and suddenly realise that you’re dreaming. Whenever that happens to me I think “Perfect!” and then launch myself into the air so I can fly…

    • No, I haven’t received it before – thanks! That reminds me, I still need to accept my 2nd Liebster award, too 🙂 I’ve been engaged in “review swaps” lately (it’s a Goodreads idea, where indie authors read and review each other’s books, so as to become more visible on Amazon, etc). But once I get some time I’ll certainly participate. Thanks again, Oyinkan.

    • Oh wow, you’re the first person who’s taken Feline Alchemy as a direct result of all the chatting and writing together in the world of blogs (as far as I’m aware). How cool! I hope you enjoy the read 🙂

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