How many books will be in the Deep Haven series?
Six, total, so far. The next one out is the Shadow of your Smile, about a wife and mother who falls and loses her memory of the past 25 years…including the loss of her only daughter. If you could erase grief, would you do it? Even if it meant losing your memories?
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Keeping my stories fresh. I tend to gravitate to things I like. Like dogs. And pizza. And donuts. And small towns. And football. I had to tell myself that football was off limits. At least for a while. ƒº
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
The research and the epiphany are what I enjoy most. I love it when I discover a truth that sets my hero/heroine free…and that truth applies to my own life. It’s like God is saying – see, this book is for you, Susie. It’s so fun to see God at work in my writing, teaching me truths as I pour them out onto the page.
What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?
I started an online community for writers focused on craft and coaching called My Book Therapy. We have nearly 1000 members, so I’m pretty involved there. And, of course, I’m a long time member of ACFW.
What do you do to keep your writing fresh and improve on it each time you write a book?
I read a lot in between projects, analyzing voice and technique. I then take notes and see how I might incorporate those techniques into my writing. I always try and read “up” also – read those authors who take my breath away with their prose or storytelling. I always learn from them.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
I just finished The Shadow of Your Smile (a Deep Haven book), and am currently writing a Christmas book for Summerside, called Baby, it’s Cold Outside. (A wonderful Minnesota title!) Then, I’ll return to Deep Haven with the next story – tentatively titled, You Don’t Know Me, about a woman in hiding.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading My Foolish Heart?
My Foolish Heart is about fear, and how it can imprison us. I really grappled with the idea that “Real love casts out fear.” Why? It came to me that when we truly understand the love God has for us, then we can rest in His arms, regardless of what lies ahead. It’s my hope that readers begin to let that truth transform them and break them out of their prisons of fear.
What is your greatest achievement?
My four amazing teenage and adult children. I am so blessed by them, and it is a joy to see them walking in their faith, as men and woman (I have one daughter) of God. I take my parenting very seriously, so while I know it is because of their teach ability, I am thrilled to know that I might have something to do with their solid character and walk with the Lord.
What do you do to get away from it all?
I go dancing with my amazing, wonderful and cute husband. (smile)=