October 14, 2012

Greetings! The Great State of South Dakota with Sui Lynn



I'm Sui Lynn and I'm from the great state of South Dakota. Where we don't carve statues from mountain rocks but we carve mountains into monuments. I live in Rapid City, about 30 miles north of Mount Rushmore, on the edge of the Black Hills National Forest. Most of the year, I love it here, but the weather can be a bit unpredictable at times.

For the most part, South Dakota is a rural state, our main industries are farming and ranching. We also get a portion of our revenue from tourism of the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and much more. If you want to see what we have to offer, I'd recommend visiting the South Dakota Tourism website. On a personal note, I'd recommend coming in the fall of the year, after Labor Day. The weather is more stable, most of the tourists have gone home and the Black Hills National Forest becomes a kaleidoscope of fall colors as the trees begin to change.

Being a South Dakota Native, many of my books are centered around the area or places I've visited, not because I write what I know, but because I truly love it here and believe that feeling comes through in my work. Wrapped in one state are pine forests, grasslands, canyons and open skies. What more beautiful backdrops could I chose to write. 

I write M/M Romance. Something about two strong men growing emotionally and overcoming obstacles calls to me as a writer. I can't get enough of it, both in my reading choices and my writing. I don't set ever story in South Dakota, but most of my work either has the characters based here or starting out from here and branching out. Kind of like I did in my own life, only to return to the place I call home.
 
The Changing Moon series, The Pauper Prince and A Royal Bind, both take place in the Black Hills. This series is a gay paranormal romance between two shapeshifters, add in some born vampires, some drone vampires, a police chase, a few misunderstandings, attempted murder and you've got a couple of busy stories. If you are interested in more, check out my blog, 2 Cents, for the blurbs and excerpts from the stories, or go to Silver Publishing for purchase.

My other works span the mix from M/M Contemporary romance, Dark Chocolate and Raspberries, to M/M Yaoi Romance, Blue Rose with Dreamspinner Press. These two stories were the first and gave me the courage to expand into my true writing love, paranormal and Fantasy.

My M/M Fantasy Romance, the Elements of Love series comprised of Adel's Purr and Nico's Fire was soon to follow and I couldn't be more proud of my work.
 
Feel free to check them out and let me know what you think. I love hearing from the people who read my work.

Wishing you Love and Butterflies,
Sui Lynn~~

7 comments:

Julie Lynn Hayes said...

I'd love to visit South Dakota some day. It sounds beautiful. I already know how great your books are. I love the passion you put into your characters. They all come alive on the page!

Great post, Sui!

Debby said...

I have been to Mount Rushmore once and really loved. I would like to return with out the kids when we retire. I enjoy reading MM romance but have not read any of yours. They look great and I am adding them to my list. Thanks
debby236 at gmail dot com

Sui Lynn said...

Thanks Julie and Debby for stopping by! Debby you'll have to let me know if you enjoy the books. :)

Sui~~

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Some of my family members visited South Dakota this summer and loved it. They couldn't stop talking about their wonderful experiences. The Badlands really are bad--like no one wold want to be caught out there on foot. Wasn't Louie L'Amor (spelling?) from South Dakota?
Your books look so enticing and the covers are beautiful.
I wish you the very best.

Fran Orenstein said...

One could go through life and never meet anyone from Rapid City, but I knew two women from your town who were in my laughing Yoga group, but did not know eachother. Now along comes, you and if that isn't coincidence, what is? SD is one state I would love to visit. I'm intrigued by your books and the characters. The covers are great, too. Lots of luck.

Heidiwriter said...

We used to be "neighbors"! I lived in Montana most of my life. South Dakota, especially the Black Hills and Badlands is beautiful.

Fiona McGier said...

30 years ago we had our honeymoon in the Black Hills. We camped in a federal park that had no flush toilets, but had beautiful scenery. Many years later we returned with our 4 kids and camped at Angostura, and drove to the tourist spots of Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse park where we were amazed at how much had been done since we were last there. We loved the Badlands, though on our honeymoon I didn't want to camp at the KOA there, due to a fellow camper warning me about checking for snakes and scorpions in my shoes before I put them on!
I think it's a good idea to set your stories in an area you are intimately familiar with, so no readers will "call" you on discrepancies you might be unaware of!