Friday, May 3, 2013

Please welcome Susan Braun to the Barn Door Book Loft

We are delighted to have Susan Braun visit the Barn Door Book Loft today.

Hi, Susan, we are eager to learn more about your book and about your writing.

Is there a story behind your book “I Love to Tell the Story?”
Yes. When I taught, and then when I had my own kids, I’d frequently tell stories from my childhood. The kids seemed to enjoy them, and as I told them I’d realize how life today really has changed in many ways from the way it was when I was a child.

Question: If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
This will come as no surprise if you’ve read “I Love to Tell the Story” – I’d be a traditional hymn! Each chapter of the book begins with the lyrics to a hymn we sang in church growing up. I love the messages and the rich harmonies of the old hymns. They stick with me to this day!

Question: What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
My sister and I absolutely loved playing with our Fisher Price “little people.” We called them “kids,” and we had dozens. My dad built us a playhouse in the backyard, and we created an entire village with various Fisher Price toys and other structures we built from blocks. You should have seen the church we built! We made seats from communion cups, a stage from a Kleenex box, and spelled “God Loves You” with letter blocks down the hallway. It was an engineering marvel! J

Question: Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
Europe. I was captivated with Germany since childhood, when I spent hours at the library with my mom, who was doing genealogy with the microfilm machine there. I decided I wanted to see the land of my ancestors, and I’ve been blessed to travel there several times.

Question: Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Yes! I was fascinated by Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria – so much that I wrote a biography of “Mad” King Ludwig, who built it. He’s an eccentric character, so much so that he almost seems too quirky to be real. Yet he was!

Question: Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
I love riding my bike through our neighborhood! This is a great time for me to pray and reflect – not read! I love the quiet solitude of riding, and the way it gets me out into God’s creation. My biggest regret about winter is that it ends my bike rides.
For reading, I spend 30 minutes daily on a stationary bike with a reading rack in the basement. I find that reading makes the exercise more bearable!

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Another interest of mine is royalty – particularly the British Royal Family. I’ve been hooked on them ever since Princess Diana came onto the scene back in the early 1980s. I wrote my senior research paper in high school on “Charles and Diana: A Royal Romance,” even though my teacher discouraged this topic! (He did end up enjoying the paper once he read it).
“Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge: A Biography for Children” will be out this summer (after the royal baby arrives) in paperback and Kindle versions, at Amazon.

Purchase the featured book at:

Susan Braun is giving away a kindle copy of her ebook I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Patsy said...

Would love to read Susan's book.


Library Lady said...

I would love to win Susan's book, "I love to tell the story" to give to my church library.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

spangldlady said...

I would love to win this book. I grew up Baptist too,[still am] singing songs like this. The old hymns are beautiful and while I like some of the new I get really close to the Lord when I sing the old ones. Thank you for sharing Jesus in this way. Blessings! Darlene

Patricia Bradley said...

Interesting lady, Susan Braun is. Love those old hymns. And would love to win her book! pat at ptbradley dot com

Anonymous said...

I would very much love to win this if I can get it in a PDF format. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Teela Young said...

Since my hubby is a Baptist pastor,(and my dad was a Baptist pastor..) maybe I'll win this book! I'd like to compare backgrounds! LOL!

Rose Milligan said...

I love the title. My dad was a Baptist preacher, so I grew up hearing hymns. Thanks for having the giveaway.


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