Spotlight & Giveaway: The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Posted July 23rd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 40 comments

Today I am thrilled to welcome New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips to HJ!

Susan welcome to HJ! I’m so thrilled to have you here, to get things rolling…5 Random facts about you?

susan phillips• I met my husband on a blind date.
• My books have been published in 30 languages.
• If I weren’t an author, I’d probably work in my original career as a high school teacher…or maybe a rock star (!)
• I’m sort of a nutrition nut. I walk regularly and do yoga. (Discard any images you have of me in one of those complicated pretzel poses. I’m just happy to show up.)
• Even though I hate tattoos on men, I have a kinda-sorta crush on David Beckham.

What would you say are the defining characteristics of your Novels?

I want my readers to laugh when they read my books, but also maybe shed a tear or two. I love crossing the landscape between both comedy and drama, sometimes in the same scene. My heroines are far from perfect, but, like so many of us, they’re doing the best they can. My heroes serve as THOMboth hero and villain, becoming one more obstacle the heroine must face. You won’t find serial killers and mustache twirling bad guys in my books. Instead, you’ll find a man and a woman (sometimes more than one couple) trying to live their lives as best they can. The lovers’ paths will be treacherous⎯and almost certainly paved with deliciously hot sex(!)⎯but our hero and heroine will eventually find their way just as we hope we will find ours.

What is your favorite trope to read, one you will never get tired of?

KAAI love all the conventions that are hard to pull off in contemporary fiction: girl disguised as a boy (JUST IMAGINE), marriage of convenience (KISS AN ANGEL, THIS HEART OF MINE, NOBODY’S BABY BUT MINE), tough guy hero tamed by a not-altogether-together heroine (All my books!).

If you were a heroine in a book, your character would be – The girl next door, the damsel in distress, Kick-butt take charge heroine or the aloof ice queen and why?

NONE of the above. The character who might be closest to me is Dr. Isabel in BREATHING ROOM. Like her, I’m most comfortable with rules and structure. And like her, I’ve discovered life has a habit of getting messy.

If you had to summarize The Great Escape for the readers here ….

TGETHE GREAT ESCAPE is “Lucy’s Story,” the long-awaited follow-up to CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE. And let me say that being the daughter of the former president of the United States isn’t easy¾and not nearly as much fun as it might seem. Lucy has tried to be perfect¾never embarrass her family, do well in school, even get engaged to the perfect man. But on her wedding day to Mr. Irresistible, (aka Ted Beaudine from LADY BE GOOD and CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE), Lucy does the unthinkable. She runs away, leaving her would-be groom at the altar. And when a menacing-looking stranger on a motorcycle offers her a ride, she says, “Yes.”

Please tell us about the characters in your book.

Panda⎯and don’t be fooled by his name because there’s nothing cute and cuddly about him⎯is as foreign to Lucy’s world as she is to his. And Panda isn’t the only one she’ll meet on her journey. There’s Bree, abandoned by her husband and searching to find her path. An Temple⎯the queen of celebrity personal trainers and a woman desperate out of touch with her own shortcomings.

What scene did you have most fun writing? why?  

CMII had better have a little bit of fun writing every scene. Otherwise, the work will feel flat to both me and the readers. But my favorite scenes are always the ones where a character says something in my head that’s unexpected. That’s when the magic happens.

Susan I am going to put you on the spot here: what one book from your Chicago Stars & Wynette series did you have the most fun writing and why?

Oh, no. You won’t get me that easily. Each book has made with crazy with anxiety while I was writing it and filled me with joy when it was done. I’m kind of a nutcase that way.

Which of your hero’s has given you the biggest run for your money and why?


Oh, honey, every one of them. I swear I curse them out more than the heroines do. These are men I love to write about, love to read about, but sometimes they had be a total pain in the a@@!

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013 / 2014?

The idea for the book I’m working on is something I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. New characters, including a VERY dangerous hero. (Or is he the villain?) I’m using a setting that’s fresh to me, and I have a heroine I adore. I’m not ready to say much more at this point, but it shouldn’t be too long before I start talking about it. As soon as there’s a title and publication date, I’ll go public. Until then, take a few minutes and sign up for my newsletter mailing list. You won’t get spammed. I promise.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

My primary contact with readers is through Facebook, which I love, Twitter, which I hate, my website; and my newsletter mailing list.


THE GREAT ESCAPE is now available in trade paperback. Here’s a sneak peek.

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40 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips”

  1. Marcy Meyer

    I loved Heaven, Texas. I thought Gracie and Bobby Tom were great characters. This story had me laughing and rooting for them to get it together. So great!

  2. Karina G.

    My favorite book would have to be Match Me If You Can, I absolutely loved the part where all the men are gathered around, and the ladies are just looking at them and thinking how gorgeous they all are. But, more than anything it was just how Annabelle was one of the guys. I have all the print copies of the Chicago Stars series! I absolutely love them all!

  3. Aly P

    It’s one of the hardest questions ever! I love Ain’t she sweet and Nobody’s Baby but mine. I’ve re-read the 1st one 4 or 5 times already and I can’t wait to do it again 😀

  4. Allison W

    Just one favorite?! I love them all really! Kiss an Angel was the first one I read, and I still love it. Maybe because of the circus aspect makes it a little different, and proving herself through it all, I love that book.

  5. Cindy Hamilton

    I haven’t read any of Susan’s books yet but after reading the interview I am going to check them out! The Great Escaped sounds good!!!

  6. Eileen A-W

    Once I discovered SEP I had to read ALL her books. Am missing out on a couple, but am pretty close. My favorite? The one I am currently reading. It’s like being a mom, I love them all!!!

  7. ndluebke

    I don’t have a favorite yet. You are a new author to me. I suspect that the humor will get me tho. I’ve had some of the funniest things happen in just life, that I know it fits in many situation. If you ever want to hear about our cat that locked itself in the bathroom, let me know. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Kai W.

    It would be It Has To Be You. I love this book because it is about second chance to prove that you are more than what people think. I feel like I was Phoebe because so many people think I am too timid to do anything right or I’m just not competent. It’s kind of nice to prove them wrong.

  9. Rita Wray

    I recently read Call Me Irresistible and I loved it. I loved the premise of the story and the characters were great.

  10. Cari White

    Nobody’s Baby But Mine… My dad coached football for 28 years, so major fan oh Chicago Stars, but I love Cal Booner. He was more than Jane expected!

  11. Krysten M

    I’m going to say it’s a tie between Nobody’s Baby but Mine and Match Me if You Can! I love all the characters and how they interact. Just makes for great stories.

  12. Anita H.

    I would say I love them all but if I had to choose one, I’d pick my first SEP novel, Nobody’s Baby But Mine from the Chicago Stars series. It was one of the first sports romances I had read and I was instantly hooked on not only that series but SEP’s writing which is unparalleled!

  13. Kim Perry

    I love all of the SEP books that I’ve read!! It Had To Be You, Nobody’s Baby But Mine, and Match Me If You Can are some of my favorites! I love the sports romances and that I was able to follow the same characters throughout the series. Thanks for the giveaway!


    the chicago stars series. the humor and romance were so much fun to read about. love, love, love, sep’s books!

  15. Ada

    It would either be This Heart of Mine from the Chicago Stars or Call Me Irresistible from the Wynette, Texas series. I’ve re-read both because they’re written so well and just make me smile. I love everything about the stories.

  16. CateS

    That’s like asking which child is your fav… maybe Glitter Baby because that was my first SEP.

  17. Aurelia B. Rowl

    Oh yeah, my favourite romance author!

    I love the Chicago Stars series and am slowly working through the back catalogue, especially now they’re on Kindle in the UK. Woohoo!

    Match Me If You Can had me cackling, with tears streaming down my eyes for nearly ten minutes, and then every time I read the scene to pick up where I left off, it would set me off all over again.

  18. Patoct

    It is a tie between Nobody’s Baby but mine which was the first SEP I read – it was so funny and Kiss An Angel – different setting – the circus and I will never forget what Alex did to show his love for Daisy – getting on knees and begging for the tiger.

  19. Mom on the Run

    I went to 2 workshops SEP led at RWA last week and she is the most delightful and engaging speaker I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to dig into that backlist.

  20. Leanna

    I loved Nobody’s Baby but Mine. I love tha Chicago Stars series. I love reading books about athletes and she writes them so well. I like her on Facebook and I get her newsletter its the best way to find out about new books.

  21. Amy R

    Heaven, Texas and Nobody’s Baby But Mine are at the tops but I love all of them. The Chicago Stars series is great.

  22. ssmommie75

    I don’t believe I’ve ever read one before, which from everyone’s comments makes it sound like I am really missing out.

  23. Christina G

    My first SEP novel, Nobody’s Baby But Mine is still my favorite. It sent me back to the bookstore searching for the rest of the series and any and all SEP! Best investment ever! I haven’t read a SEP book I didn’t love!

  24. Sharlene Wegner

    I have read Call Me Irresistible 3 times so far, so I guess that is my favorite! I have read the entire Wynette, Texas series & they are all excellent!

  25. Kim

    I’ve enjoyed them all, but I really liked Kiss An Angel, Match Me If You Can and What I Did For Love.

  26. Erica M

    All the Chicago Stars book but especially Nobody’s Baby but Mine. My favorite book of all time that I can read over and over again is Kiss An Angel.

  27. Melissa

    Nobody’s Baby But Mine was the first SEP book I ever read, I was sucked in! I loved the vulnerability of Doc Jane and Cal the stubborn man with a heart of gold! I have re-read that book and all of her books so many times I can probably quote chapters. Recently this year I stumbled upon the books on CD in my local library and rediscovered them all over again. Anna Fields the narrator for most of her books gave such an amazing voice to many of these characters! She really got them.

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