Thursday, October 20, 2011

Interview with Susan May Warren

What thrills you about writing?  What makes you pick up the pen and keep going in your worst of moments?
Words, and the poetry of them, and especially how God might untangle the story for a happy ending.  At least I’m hoping….!

What is your ideal writing setting?
I like writing on a snowy or rainy day, under a blankie, with hot-cocoa.  If it’s nice out, then I’m tempted to get outside and walk and I hate missing sunny weather! I like to write in the morning, before people start moving around, but I get most of my inspiration in the afternoon after my brain has warmed up.

Any authors inspire you?
Many many authors inspire me!!  I find new ones every year to add to the old ones.  Of course, my staples are Rachel Hauck, Francine Rivers, Dee Henderson, Jenny B. Jones, Deeann Gist, Christa Parrish, Carla Stewart, Siri Mitchell, Ronie Kendig and Robin Caroll.  I always have their newest books on my TBR pile!!

What challenges you as a writer?
Coming up with fresh internal struggles and storylines.  And, I always want to be getting better, so challenging myself with prose is always a priority. 

What challenges you as a woman?
Turning off the voices in my head that say I need to have an immaculate, designed house and a colorful meal on the table at 6pm every night.  I also wish I had more time to really invest in my friendships. Thankfully, I have a handful of friends and we all agree that we are busy, but when we need each other, we are there.

Do you or have you ever belonged to a book club?
Yes, through my church, and online.

Talk about something that is making you happy right now.
Watching my two youngest sons play football, knowing my daughter loves her college, and seeing my oldest son branch out and become his own man.  I love watching my children become these amazing adults!

Tell me something surprising about you.
Although I’m an extrovert, I enjoy just driving, alone in my car for hours. 

What are you afraid of?
Strange people touching me on an airplane.  (Not kidding).  Germs.  And, I have issues with letting go of missed opportunities. 

Name something people shouldn’t leave your town without visiting.
World’s Best Donuts.  And the Java Moose coffee shop.  And sitting outside in the Harbor with a selection from both of those watching Lake Superior’s waves comb the rocky shoreline and breathing in the piney air.   

Have you ever based a character in your novel on a real person?
Josey Berglund from “Everything’s Coming up Josey” is me.

Do you have a “first” reader?
Yes.  Ellen Tarver.  Who is also my editor now with Summerside.  LOVE HER.  I call her my secret weapon.

Title of the last book you read?
Falls like Lightening by Shawn Grady.

Title of a book you are dying to read that’s not yet released.
The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck.  It’s going to be amazing.

Aside from my already highly stated opinion, why should people read your books?
LOL!  Because I try and deliver a story that isn’t just well-plotted and with powerful characters, but something that also explores a truth that hopefully impacts the reader in a life-changing way.  I hope that people are not just inspired, but changed in some way by my stories.

How can readers connect with you?
Thank you again for letting me stop by!

Check out my review of Heiress tomorrow!!

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