D’Elen McClain became a police officer (Suzie Ivy) during her mid-life crisis and then a detective two years later. She specializes in sex crimes and homicide. Her high school sweetheart has been by her side for more than thirty-years and she believes in happily ever after because she lives it.
Julie: Welcome, D’Elen. Please tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing. Have you always gravitated toward being an author?
D’Elen: I’ve been a book junky for as long as I could read and I’ve always been a story teller. I come from an artistic (painting, sketching, etc.) family but have not one drop of talent. I draw stories instead and always have.
Julie: How do you balance work and family with your writing?
D’Elen: This is a hard one for me. My children are grown but I am a police detective in a small rural underfunded jurisdiction and I work long hours. I get up at four a.m. and write for two hours then hit the shower and get to the office by seven. I also try to write two hours each night. My husband drags me away from the computer kicking and screaming so I will spend time with him. I’m always glad when he does though.
Julie: Anything your fans would be surprised to know about you?
D’Elen: The people who read my blog know I’m an animal, insect, spider, fang fanatic but I’m also a terror on roller skates and I still have the desire to be a roller derby queen.
Julie: When you’re not writing, what do you like to do to just kick back and have fun?
D’Elen: I work with my 150 pound Rottweiler Charlie and my quarter horse Biz. They make me nice and dirty and keep me grounded. I also let my husband win at dominoes so he stays grounded.
Julie: Dealing with writing deadlines can be a challenge. What do you do to cope with the stress?
D’Elen: Deadlines? Please, that’s a nasty word! I’m backward with stress because writing relieves my stress due to my day job but at the deadline crunch I’m a bear to live with. (I had to use a “B” word there).
Julie: Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?
D’Elen: Usually a bottle of wine, sitting on my back porch and swearing that I’m taking a break before beginning the next book. I’m back at it the following morning. Always.
Julie: What’s next for you?
D’Elen: I’m working on the next book in my Bad Luck Series (I write true-life humorous adventure under the name Suzie Ivy) and after that I will start writing the new Fang book.
Fang Chronicles: Amy’s Story, Bad Luck Publishing
Bad Luck Cadet, Suzie Ivy, Bad Luck Publishing
Bad Luck Officer, Suzie Ivy, Bad Luck Publishing
Bad Luck in Small Town, Suzie Ivy, Bad Luck Publishing
Fang Chronicles: Zenia’s Story, Bad Luck Publishing
Books by D'Elen McClain
Filed Under: Behind the Books