What are you writing now?
I'm working on an urban fantasy series set in New York City for Roc (Penguin Group). The first book, Confessions of a Demon, will be published in Fall 2009. Here's the back cover copy:
After accidentally stealing the life force from a dying demon, Allay became the only human-demon hybrid in existence. Because demons feed off of human emotions, Allay decided the safest way to live as a demon and still retain some semblance of humanity would be to open a bar and drink from her patrons’ pain and torment. And she’s managed to stay under the demon radar—until now.
Attacked and nearly killed by another demon, Allay is saved by a human who comes to her rescue. Theo Ram is tall, handsome, and mortal—and Allay feels a connection to him she didn’t think she’d ever know. But their bond is cut short when the demon community in New York begins to rise up, and two opposing clans fight for power. Now Allay is caught in the middle, and she must decide where her loyalties lie…
I saw you're going to be in a new Star Trek anthology set in the mirror universe. Will it include characters from Dark Passions?
I'm excited to be writing in the mirror universe again. My editor, Marco Palmieri, knew how much I wanted to return to that world, and last year he gave me the chance to pitch a story for the Shards and Shadows anthology. I wrote a story about Kes the way I always thought she should be. She goes head-to-head with B'Elanna Torres (literally). It's called "Bitter Fruit," and the anthology comes out January 2009. Shards and Shadows is set in the same timeline as Obsidian Alliances (2007), immediately following Keith DeCandido's Voyager story "The Mirror-Scaled Serpent". It's not set in the same mirror universe as my Dark Passions books. (I agree with the theory put forth in the TNG episode "Parallels" that there are infinite realties out there, and these books fall into a different mirror "reality".)
Reviews of To Serve and Submit and A Pound of Flesh:
A Pound of Flesh
“This unusual fantasy uses elements of Norse and vampiric mythologies to create a very different kind of tale where even the least slave can have a profound impact upon world affairs. Plenty of gratuitous sex and no small amount of warfare serve to make for a fast, light read.”—Monsters and Critics
“Wright has managed to paint a vivid world where every person and locale manage to leap from the pages. Told from a first-person perspective, Wright lets the readers submerge themselves into the novel, trailing Marja’s path. They are able to identify with her and the other characters, rejoicing in their triumphs and mourning their losses. Featuring cultures that stand vividly apart from the norm, yet still allow the reader to connect, Wright weaves a spellbinding tale that will leave readers yearning for the next installment. This is definitely not one to miss.”—Affaire de Coeur
“An interesting tale....Fans who enjoy something different in their reading will appreciate this erotic fantasy.”—Midwest Book Review
To Serve and Submit
“Spellbinding...[With] plenty of political intrigue and battle scenes. The heart of this work lies in the character of Marja who accepts her sensual nature as a normal personality trait.”—Alternative Worlds
“Featuring vivid cultures and lots of action, this should appeal to fans of Jacqueline Carey, Terry Goodkind, and Storm Constantine.”—Library Journal
“Susan Wright has built a very believable fantasy world. Although erotic, the sex scenes are in good taste. This book carries you away into the exotic world of sex slaves, hardy heroes and barbaric chieftains.”—SF Revu
“Sensual and well-constructed.”—Kirkus Reviews
Is there a map for the world in To Serve and Submit?
Yes there is:
Are you writing any more Slave Trade books?
My next novels are erotic fantasy, and I do mean erotic. Readers have asked for more graphic sexuality in my stories, and I aim to please. The first is called To Serve and Submit, published in April, 2006 in trade paperback by Roc (Penguin Books). The sequel is called A Pound of Flesh, coming out in February, 2007 in trade paperback, with To Serve and Submit published in mass market the same month.
Are there any reviews of your latest novel, Slave Trade?
Reviews of Slave Trade:
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by Howard Price, March 21, 2003
"Susan Wright is no stranger to the writing interstellar fiction, having built up quite a reputation with her Star Trek novels. Additionally, she's a spokesperson for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, so if anyone is qualified (as well as justified) in portraying new and interesting aspects of sexuality, Wright is. Enter with an open mind and a spirit of rebellion, and you'll find yourself satisfied by Slave Trade."
by Melissa Kowalewski, September 6, 2003
"I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The characters are fairly well developed and the plot entertaining. While there were definite stylistic similarities to the Star Trek novels that Wright is known for writing in the past, it is easy to see why a person would get drawn into this book because not only is the story entertaining, but it gives readers a few, solid lessons to take home with them. For instance, teamwork and cooperation between two different groups of people, particularly groups that are "racially" different, can lead to many extraordinary and powerful changes, like overthrowing slavery."
by Eric Henriksen, April 2003
"This story supports many characters and intertwining threads, doing well with tying them all into a cohesive world. The characters are emotionally involving and well developed with changing first person point of view...giving greater insights into their motives and actions."
What authors do you read?
I read lots of science fiction, as well as every 19th century novel I can find. I know that's a strange combination, but it works for me. My favorite classic author is Anthony Trollope because he wrote so many books about relationships that were complicated by cultural restrictions. As for sci-fi, in particular I enjoyed Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan series, David Weber's Honor Harrington series, and Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series. I recently read Kushiel's Dart and Kushiel's Chosen, and am currently reading Kushiel's Avatar. I love the way Carey has brought SM to life in her fantasy novels.
I liked your Dark Passions books for Star Trek. When are you going to do more of those?
I've created a proposal for another 2-book Star Trek: Mirror Universe series that takes place at the same time as DS9. I was very excited about this series because it got a great response from readers who wanted to see more. But the editor of the series, John Ordover, left Pocket Books to start his own publishing company. So if you want to see the story continue with the alternate Seven of Nine and Kira Nerys as well as new mirror characters like Jean Luc Picard, then tell the editors at Pocket Books. I'm ready to start writing!
I found the reader reviews of Dark Passions on Amazon. Do you have any others?
Here's a handful of reviews for several of my Star Trek novels:
by Karin Pissoort, February 14, 2001
***** (5 stars) "Female Power! I loved it! We all adore Seven of Nine with her strong Borg identity but it is an even greater pleasure to read about her alternate character as an agent of the Cardassian Obsidian Order. And what an opening scene: to have her assassinate that Klingon in cold blood... immediately the tone is set for this series. Susan Wright is the next in line to write a very good novel about this merciless realm. It will certainly appeal to all readers who go for a little more "adult" adventures of our well known Star Trek characters. I am sure Susan had great fun in writing this story about the Mirror Universe and its wicked women who go boldly were no man has gone before! A Best-Seller!"
Science Fiction Weekly
Trek Must Get Beyond the Borg by Theodore Wilczynski, January 2001
I just read Star Trek: Dark Passions (parts 1 and 2) by Susan Wright and found them more enjoyable than anything in the Star Trek universe in a while. Perhaps Wright should develop the new series. For those who don't know, Dark Passions takes place in the mirror universe. It's a universe of dark betrayals and inner plots. A series in the mirror universe would be great and would give several Star Trek characters from all of the series a chance to interact.
Gateways: One Small Step
by Michelle Erica Green, August 21, 2001
"Fortunately, the Gateways series gets off to a good start this month... Susan Wright's One Small Step takes on the daunting task of turning a laughable third season episode into a springboard for the Gateways project - and, remarkably, it succeeds. For this reader, it's impossible to take hot babe Commander Losira seriously whether she's a murderous replicant or a sorrowful hologram, but Kirk's ongoing interest in the fate of her people and their civilization is all too easy to believe, given his frequent attentions to stunning alien women in distress. One Small Step tells of the immediate aftermath of the Enterprise's encounter with Losira and the initial race to possess the power of the Kalandan Gateway."
by Kilian Melloy, December 14, 1999
"Don't think of this two-book story as four short stories; think of them as one novel in four parts spanning years and light-years. In part one, Captain James T. Kirk and his officers discover a massive plasma storm and name it "The Badlands" just before a surge of radiation fries half the ship and some of the crew. A Romulan smuggler adds romance and a Klingon war ship brings danger, but the real story resides in the level of technical detail Wright folds into the action. Part two finds Captain Picard and company surveying The Badlands when they encounter a Cardassian war ship and have to make nice despite indications that the Cardassians may be testing out a biological weapon on the Enterprise crew. Wright's grasp of the characters is spot-on, and her erudite expositions on Trek physics make "tetryons" and "sub space carrier waves" sound almost plausible. Bring on Volume Two! REVIEWER'S RATING: (4 out of 5)"
The Best and the Brightest
by Alexander von Thorn, 1998
"The Best and the Brightest tells the story of a group of young cadets at Starfleet Academy from their first year to graduation. It steps out of the usual format of a contained plot and well-established characters and instead covers a sweep of years with new people, though many familiar faces appear along the way... Since the Academy experience is central to so many characters in the Star Trek universe, it's interesting to see this in greater detail than would be possible in a television format. Where we have only had snapshots in the past, this book gives a more detailed look at this experience, and by extension gives us more information about every character who has passed through here. Fans of Star Trek will want to add this book to their collections."
I'd really like to write Star Trek books. How did you get started writing them?
In 1992, I wrote a complete and polished novel for Star Trek: The Next Generation and my agent sent it to Kevin Ryan, who was the editor of the Star Trek line at Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books. Kevin rejected that novel, but he liked my writing enough to ask me to submit another proposal. I created the proposal for Sins of Commission, which was bought by Kevin and published by Pocket Books in 1994. John Ordover, an Executive Editor for the Star Trek line, then asked me to write one of the first Voyager novels (back when the holographic doctor was still called "Dr. Zimmerman" in the scripts). Carol Greenburg is my editor, and both John and Carol have been invaluable in helping me develop story ideas and in refining my novels.
There is so much interest among authors who want to write Star Trek novels, that it's even more difficult to break in now. A good science fiction agent can assist you through the process.
Dark Passions is one of my favorite Star Trek series. What gave you the idea to make Seven of Nine a member of the Cardassian's Obsidian Order?
John Ordover, my editor at Pocket Books, suggested that I write a two-book series set in the alternate universe featuring the "bad girls" of Star Trek resulting in Dark Passions 1 and Dark Passions 2. In the alternate universe, there's no wormhole around Bajor and there's no wormhole in the Badlands that could transport Annaka Hansen (Seven of Nine) or Voyager into the Delta Quadrant. I wanted the characters' circumstances to be twisted mirrors of the normal Star Trek world, so Seven of Nine's parents crashed near Cardassia instead. Seven of Nine was "assimilated" into the Cardassian culture, becoming a deadly killing machine reminiscent of her life with the Borg.
Who is your agent?
My agent is Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency in New York City.
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