Tuesday, November 22, 2011

with Suzanne Hartmann

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Suzanne!
Is there a story behind this book?

The Fast Track Thrillers began as stories I created to entertain myself during my children’s music lessons and sports practices. I never intended for them to be published, but God had other ideas. When my daughter decided that she liked NASCAR racing, I started paying more attention to the races and decided a racecar driver would make an exciting addition to my stories. When I felt God nudging me to create a novel from my stories, I realized I needed to learn a lot more about stock car racing (since I knew almost nothing about it), so I checked out a tall stack of books from the library. I hadn’t mentioned my project to anyone because I wasn’t sure I’d ever finish the book, but when I brought the books home, my family naturally wondered why I had checked them out. I ‘fessed up and shared my dream of writing a novel, and since then they have all been very supportive.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I read a wide variety of novels, both Christian and secular. Growing up, my favorites were mysteries and sci-fi. In high school and college, I discovered fantasy novels and read that genre almost exclusively. For the last twenty years or so, I have preferred suspense novels and thrillers of all types, as well as YA historical fiction. Once I started writing, I broadened my scope and now read all genres except erotica and horror.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
It would probably have to be classical music because of the way the music can tell a story. It’s not all happy-go-lucky or all down-in-the-dumps. It’s a little of both, and a lot in between.

What is your strangest habit?
My kids tease me about my “automatic pilot” when I drive. If we’re headed in a direction we normally take to a particular place, but are going somewhere different, I have to pay close attention. If my mind is occupied (like thinking about the next plot twist in my WIP), my auto-pilot will take us to our normal destination, not where we need to go. Several times, they have had to correct my course three times in a row to make sure we arrived at the right place.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
The last half of Hebrews 12:1b “… and run with endurance the race that lies before us.” Since Peril has protagonist who is a race car driver and several settings are at NASCAR speedways, this is the perfect verse to go with my book and gave it it’s original title: The Race that Lies Before Us.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I am currently working on the sequel to Peril, titled Conspiracy, due out in the fall of 2012. This novel picks up where Peril leaves off. Joanne’s life falls apart around her as she deals with a family tragedy and unfounded accusations against her and her boss George regarding several of her assignments. When the attempt fails, someone frames George, and Joanne determines to do whatever it takes to find out who’s behind it.

You can purchase Peril from Amazon.

Suzanne is giving away a copy of Peril. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

What a wonderful story behind the book. I love that your family were so supportive. I can relate to classical music as well.


cjajsmommy said...

That "automatic pilot" thing -- Well, I thought I was the only person that did this! My husband calls me on it all the time. Please enter my name again for a copy of this book.

Marianne said...

Thanks, Esther for another great post. i have read a few nascar novels in the secular genre, and though i really liked them, i would love to read one in the Christian setting. i remember going to a car race - must have been in the latter 60s, and things have certainly changed on that scene!i would love to win


ann said...

I went to Nascar racing when I was younger -cant sit that long anymore.
would like to enter for the book

amhengst at verizon dot net

Jo said...

What a interesting book this sounds like. My son-in-law's father was involved with racing.


Rev. Kim Justice said...

Would love to have a chance to win and read this book.. please put me in the drawing..

Teela said...

thank you for sharing a bit about Nascar...I've never been interested before...but LOVE a good mystery and PERIL looks great! Thanks for the chance to win. Teelayoung@hotmail.com

Amy said...

This book looks really good. I bet my mom would like it too.


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