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Meet Susannah Nix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susannah Nix.

Susannah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m an award-winning author of contemporary romance novels. I worked in advertising and public relations before I became a stay-at-home mom, but I always wrote in my spare time. I experimented with writing screenplays, epic fantasy, historical fiction, and paranormal mystery before I figured out that what I enjoyed writing most was the emotional relationship between characters, which led me to romance.

Once my kid left for college, I started to pursue publishing seriously. I learned about self-publishing through Kindle Direct Publishing at a local Romance Writers of America meeting and was drawn to the autonomy and benefits it offers. I published my first book in 2017 and now have six novels available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited. My seventh book, a Christmas story set in a fictional Texas beach town, comes out next month.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have certainly been ups and downs along the way as I experimented with different marketing techniques and tried to figure out what kinds of stories had the most appeal to genre readers. One of the things I consistently struggle with is imposter syndrome. We like to tell ourselves that if we can just reach a certain milestone, we’ll know we’ve “made it.” But the reality is that when you reach that milestone, you see there’s another milestone beyond it you haven’t reached yet and you’ve still got all the same doubts and insecurities you had before. No matter how much success you achieve, you still have to work hard.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m best known for my Chemistry Lessons series of romantic comedies about smart women who work in STEM fields. I am very proud to say that book three in the series, Advanced Physical Chemistry was recently awarded the Romance Writers of America 2019 RITA Award for Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length. I think the thing that sets my books apart is that my characters are relatable. Even the movie stars and billionaires, I write about feel like real people with real flaws who struggle like everyone else.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband has been my number one supporter and biggest fan from day one. He’s always clamoring to read my next book as soon as it’s done and brings me food and coffee whenever I’m up against a deadline. My friends have also been hugely supportive of my writing over the years, and have served as critique partners, beta readers, and cheerleaders throughout the process.

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