Welcome back to the Book Loft, Susan. Is there a story behind your book Renew-7 Days to a More Positive Outlook?
There certainly is. Many hospice patients have shaped my life, and I wanted to share their stories. Believe me, it’s not sad or depressing. Their stories are inspirational. They have taught me to live more freely and lightly while savoring the gift of life.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Pinterest! And the dust bunnies calling my name from the corners of my house.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Historical Christian Romance. I’m a huge Angela Hunt fan. Her Keeper of the Ring series is my all-time favorite. I just finished Eve by William Paul Young and couldn’t put it down. It challenged my beliefs, but in a good, healthy way.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
Oh my goodness, Charlotte, North Carolina is the most perfect place on earth. And I’m completely unbiased. The beach is three hours to the east. The mountains are two hours to the west, and the city itself is incredible. The foliage in the fall is beautiful. Only one to two snows in the winter, and they melt as fast as they come, and the summers? Hot and green—just the way I like them.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Does dieting count? If so, then that’s most definitely it. Diets always start tomorrow.
I love writing about passing from this flawed life to our eternally perfect life. Once we understand the brevity of our days here and change our perspective to focus on eternity, the sting is taken out of dying and death. Well, maybe not completely. Of course, we ache to see our loved ones and saying good-bye can be gut wrenching, but we don’t grieve as those without hope. I just wish we could see what the dying see in their last minutes. I don’t think we would be begging them to fight to hang on. We would be cheering them on like a labor coach as their spirit is birthed into heaven.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I don’t have a release date yet, but I’m working on Sunlit Shadows which is written from parallel perspectives of people dying in a hospice house and those who are on the other side cheering them on, visiting them from heaven and finally ushering them into their forever.
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