Title- Stealing Fire
Publication Date- late August 2013
“How do you recognize your soulmate?
In glittery 1980’s Los Angeles, Beau Kellogg is a brilliant Broadway lyricist now writing advertising Jingles and yearning for one more hit to compensate for his miserable marriage and disappointing
Amanda Harary, a young singer out of synch with her contemporaries, works at a small New York
hotel, while she dreams of singing on Broadway.
When they meet late at night over the hotel switchboard, what begins will bring them each
unexpected success, untold joy, and piercing heartache … until they learn that some connections,
however improbable, are meant to last forever.
STEALING FIRE is, at its heart, a story for romantics everywhere, who believe in the transformative
power of love.”
STEALING FIRE was a 2012 quarter-finalist in the amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.
Can you share your Top Ten Favorite Authors with us?
Would love to, and thanks for inviting me here today! In no particular order:
1) Dick Francis – my favorite thriller writer ever – I’ve read and reread his books for years and never
tire of the strong, clear characterizations, steadfast heroes and truly nasty villains. Francis was a
retired steeplechase jockey, and virtually all his stories are connected to the world of horse-racing,
so they are authentic as well as riveting!
2) Daphne du Maurier – evokes mood brilliantly and writes about Cornwall, England with real flair.
REBECCA is of course her most famous (and I love it!), but I was so caught up in reading MY
COUSIN RACHEL while at summer camp that I had no idea everyone else had left for lunch while I
was engrossed in the story!
3) Noel Streatfeild – I’m a huge fan of stories about theater, esp. set in England, and Streatfeild
wrote prolifically about children training for stage careers in England between and after the wars.
As she was an actress herself, the stories have real depth and authenticity, and I keep going back
to them – her SHOES series is a classic for good reason!
4) Ayn Rand – I was hooked with ATLAS SHRUGGED but have read the rest of her fiction and
some of her nonfiction. She tells a story with such passion that it’s hard not to get completely drawn
in. ATLAS was a world full of heroes and villains, and I’m not the only reader who wishes her
characters were real. I’m thrilled that it’s finally been made into a film (with two of the three parts
already released, and the third coming out in 2014.)
5) Somerset Maugham – OF HUMAN BONDAGE is one of the great novels ever written, and while
it can be depressing beyond belief, its scenes are so wonderfully done that I keep going back to
them for their craft.
6) Mary Stolz – A prolific writer of malt-shop books (teenage stories for girls, set in the ‘40s, ‘50s
and ‘60s), her novel THE SEA GULLS WOKE ME is still one of the great ones, about an
unpopular girl who’s sent for a summer to a resort off the coast of Maine, owned by her uncle, and
wakes to life and love in a hurry. Wonderful reading – and reminds me why I kept all those
paperbacks I bought as a child and pre-teen from the school book clubs!
7) Robin Maxwell – A new favorite, she writes some marvelous historical fiction and specializes in
the Tudor era, though my favorite of hers is her novel about the princes in the Tower. Detailed,
wonderfully written and very historically accurate.
8) Judith McNaught – Okay, a guilty pleasure from the ‘80s. If you’re going to read rich romance
fiction, she did it really well. I still reread and enjoy them, though my favorite is still probably
PERFECT, a contemporary about a movie star wrongfully imprisoned for murder who breaks out
and takes a young schoolteacher hostage so he can get away to Colorado before taking the next
step in his escape route. (Lots of realism here, obviously.) Very good dialogue, very good
characters. Lots of fun! I don’t read her romantic suspense – I think a lot of terrific romance writers
go off the rails when they go into romantic suspense – but the straight romance novels are
9) Herman Wouk – MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR was the first of his that I read, and
YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE still infuriates me – as a writer, reading about another writer who writes
15 pages a night without fail makes me crazy! But he has great narrative power and you just can’t
stop reading till the end.
10) Betty Smith – a huge favorite since childhood – JOY IN THE MORNING, A TREE GROWS IN
BROOKLYN and TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER are just wonderful, and the details of her world
stay with you long after you close the books.
Susan Sloate is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including Realizing You(with
Ronald Doades), a recent self-help novel, and the 2003 #6 Amazon bestseller, Forward to
Camelot (with Kevin Finn), which took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production.
She has written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s biography Ray Charles:
Find Another Way!, which was honored in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards.
Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series
MysteryQuest on The History Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies is a perennial
young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a sportswriter and screenwriter, managed two
recent political campaigns, and founded an author’s festival in her hometown outside Charleston,
Stealing Fire was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and
combines autobiographical experience with her lifelong love of the musical theater. She is proud to
be distantly related to Broadway legend Fred Ebb, the lyricist for Cabaret,Chicago, All That Jazz
and New York, New York.
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