Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Susan Rush

It's a pleasure to welcome Susan here today! Tell us, is there a story behind your book Just Over the Horizon?
While working as a hospice social worker, I’ve had the rare honor of being with many people as their journey here on earth came to a close.  A wise patient once told me he wasn’t afraid to die because he was looking so forward to seeing what lies over the horizon. I loved his point of view, and it gave me the idea for my title. I wanted to write a story that portrays how God’s comfort and grace can guide us through all life’s hardships and crises, including death. For believers, there really is no death, just a journey over the horizon to our eternal home.

Lovely! Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why? 
I loved creating Mama Mae. Even though she suffered loss, her humor and passion for life didn’t waver. She was a spunky, spit-fire so it was fun writing her dialogue. Coach is a close second with his constant proclamation of God’s goodness is spite of his diagnosis.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Like most moms, hearing my children laugh- especially a loud, snorting, belly-laugh- makes me smile. Nothing erases the stressors of my day like watching my children play with unbridled joy.

So true! What is your favorite season of the year?  
I absolutely love summer. My two college kids are home and this momma is always happier when her nest is full.

My feelings too! Love my family. What is a favorite memory from your childhood?  
I loved snuggling next to my daddy in his worn recliner as we watched John Wayne movies. He always made me feel so adored and safe. I never wanted to grow up.

If you could invite four people to dinner, who would it be and why?
I would invite my daddy just so I could see him again. Ruth Bell Graham so I could hear her pray (after all she prayed for Billy for all those years), Mother Teresa for inspiration and Brian Reegan to make us all laugh.  (If you don’t know Brain Reegan, look him up on youtube. He is a clean comedian who is hysterical.)

Nice choices. Do you have a favorite quote? 
Yes, I have many! Anything by C.S. Lewis or Corrie ten Boom. My most, most favorite is simple. “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” If Corrie ten Boom, a holocaust survivor, can say that, then I should have a deep enough faith to believe it, too.

Amen. When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 
I’m busy writing the sequel to Just Over Horizon. The working title is Sunlit Shadows. No release date yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

Thanks for joining us.

Buy her book here:

About Susan:
Susan grew up in Charlotte, NC and has a psychology degree from Furman University and masters in social work from the University of South Carolina. She jokes that God didn't lead her to a career in hospice; He took her kicking and screaming the whole way. Now passionate about end-of-life care, she loves providing care and counseling for those who are writing the final chapters of their life story. Her debut novel, Just Over the Horizon, chronicles the faith journey of a hospice nurse and is a heart-warming story of grace and redemption that teaches us how to embrace life fully while never losing sight of our eternal home. She presently serves as a hospice director in Columbia, SC where she lives with her adorable hubby and three phenomenal children.

Connect with her here:

Susan is giving away a copy of Just Over the Horizon. 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 can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Diana Flowers said...
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Diana Flowers said...

Susan, I live in W. Columbia, SC! And I have been thru Camden many times, AND lived in Charlotte, NC, for a short time as well when we first moved to the south 25 yrs ago. I love the South and want to read your book so badly! Love the cover!


Jackie McNutt said...

Susan, I would love to win your book.
I have experienced the grace and beauty that surrounds hospice workers, the patients and family members when my late husband was in a in- patient hospice facility. It may be hard for some to see or understand but the reality of God and His comfort in death and pain surround a person who is dying and it encompasses everyone around them if they are open to it. I have treasured memories of my time there.
I am sure your book is a reflection of that.
Thank you and Blessings

Boos Mum said...

Your book does have a lovely cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

joye said...

I am always looking for new authors to read. Your book sounds really good.

joye said...

I am always looking for new authors to read. Your book sounds really good.

sm said...

Just Over the Horizon sounds good. I'd love to win and read it. I am also very excited to see what God has prepared for me. sharon wileygreen1ATyahooDOTcom

Anonymous said...

Would love to read!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue (What a good name, my oldest is named Sue, Susan)

Your book sounds so enlightened in helping the infirm deal with the end of life.

I'm looking forward to being able to The Blessed One just over the horizon.

Joyce Guard

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