Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Susan. Is there a story behind your book Finding Father?
Susan: This is actually the fifth book that I've written, although the first to be published. I had the idea for the book as I was finishing my fourth, but I hesitated to even begin writing it because of the subject matter. It deals with the topic of date rape and I was afraid that readers would be turned off and not want to read it. But the idea wouldn't leave me, and so I wrote the first chapter and showed it to my writer's group. Of all my books, this is the one I've gotten the most reaction to, most of it very positive. That is why I decided to publish this book first.
I’ll have to confess I looked the book up on Amazon. It looks intriguing.
Question: What started you on your writing journey?
Susan: I've wanted to write ever since I was a child, but when I became an adult I thought it might be a waste of time because no one would read what I wrote. In discussing all this with my twin sister, she said, “Write something for me, Susan, and I'll read it.” So I started and loved it. My twin sister has been my most consistent encouragement, critic, and advisor through this whole process. Then I joined several writer's group, gave my books to friends, and found that other people liked to read them too!
How wonderful to have a sort of built in encourager in your sister.
Question: What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Susan: Jane Austen is my favorite author – I've read all her books over and over. Another favorite is Gone With the Wind, which I've read many times.
Question: Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Susan: The character of Steve was the most interesting one to me. Although he had done some very bad things in his life, I didn't want to portray him as a stereotype – I wanted him to be a real and likeable person. I heard a Christian speaker say once, “We don't like to think of ourselves as bad people. We think of ourselves as nice people who occasionally do a few bad things.” In Steve, I have a character who sees himself as a bad person, but that is the beginning of his redemption.
Although I didn't plan it this way, as I continued writing I found myself giving Steve more and more of my own traits. By the end of the book, everyone who has read it says that they do like Steve, although a few really disliked him at the beginning.
Question: What is your strangest habit?
Susan: I talk to myself! I've done this ever since I was a little child and when I try to quit, I find it impossible. My twin sister does the same thing, so maybe there is some genetic element to it.
Question: Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation?
Susan: My family has a favorite beach town, Ocean City, NJ, that we've gone to every year since I was 5 years old. The family has grown a lot since then – my parents now have 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and counting. But every year my father still rents out several houses and as many of us as possible come to the beach for a week. It's something I look forward to every year. Just last summer my husband and I bought a small condo in Ocean City so we can go there whenever we want!
Question: Has this favorite spot, or some other place you have traveled inspired anything in your writing?
Susan: When I was 21 I traveled to the Solomon Islands as a summer intern with Wycliffe Bible Translators. It was a beautiful place and I look back on that experience as a highlight of my life. For my second book, I created a fictional island based on the Solomon Islands, and the character is a young missionary on her first assignment.
Question: Besides missionary work, are there particular spiritual themes you like to write about?
Susan: My books are all fiction, and I write a lot about relationships, especially women's relationships, healing, forgiveness, and acceptance.
Question: Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you. (and why it's special)
Susan: I was widowed at the age of 28 (with a small child) and felt for a time that my life was really over. I struggled to trust God during that time. The verse that was meaningful to me was Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Five years later I married my current husband and had two more children, as well as a step-daughter that I inherited. My life was definitely not over!
Thank you for sharing that.
When is your next book due out and what can you tell us about it?
Susan: My next book is called Kerry's Calling and tells the story of a young woman and her first assignment on the mission field. The story isn't as much about missions as about the church. The team that she works with is a microcosm of the church, and each member has an issue that he or she is struggling with and it is causing difficulty with the other team members.
Thank you so much Susan. It was lovely to have you here.
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