Wednesday, December 04, 2013

THE SCENT OF FEAR - Susan J Reinhardt - One Free Ebook

Welcome back, Susan. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Thank you for having me on your blog today, Lena.

I didn't choose my genre. It chose me or I should say, “God had other ideas.”

My late husband and I were visiting Gettysburg in December 2004, when I heard the voice of the forefathers as fading echoes. Eight months later, we were discussing this experience when my husband declared, “That’s your book. And you’ll write it in four months and call it Ghosts of the Past.”

In exactly four months, I had the first draft of The Moses Conspiracy. (The name changed a couple of times.) I thought it would be a single title, but a reader comment and the characters turned it into a trilogy.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Oh, I’m glad you asked that question! I’d have to say it was my wedding day. Years before, my friends and I embroidered a Christian wedding canopy for another friend. Beloved and I used it for our wedding. Our first dance was to Steve Green’s, “Cherish the Treasure,” which we sang to each other. So romantic.

How has being published changed your life?
Out of necessity, I’ve become more focused with my time. In addition to being published this year, I started a full-time position. Since my publisher wants as much as I can produce, I don’t have to deal with proposals and trying to sell editors on my book ideas. This alone has removed a huge amount of stress.

What are  you reading right now?
Non-fiction:  Covenant Relationships by Asher (Keith) Intrater
Fiction:  The Charm Bracelet by Susan Page Davis

What is your current work in progress?
I’m working on book three of the trilogy, Out of the Mist. I'll also have a Christmas novella coming out in December 2013 called, The Christmas Wish. It’s a peek at the silent years between The Moses Conspiracy and The Scent of Fear.

What would be your dream vacation?
If time and money were no object, I’d love to take a road trip. I’d visit historic sites from Pennsylvania to Florida. I’d also include visiting several blogging friends along the way and throw in a writers conference or two.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Since the trilogy takes place in Amish Tourist Zones, the decision was easy. The Moses Conspiracy starts in Washington, D.C., but most of the action takes place in Bird-in-Hand, PA. The Scent of Fear also begins in D.C., but then moves to Bird-in-Hand and Holmes County, Ohio. I chose these areas because in my story world, they had more freedom than the rest of the country.

By the way, although there are Amish peripheral characters and settings, the books are not traditional Amish novels.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be?
I’d like to have a long talk with Jonathan Cahn, who wrote The Harbinger. Since he has extensive knowledge of our history and the Hebrew cultural basis of Scripture, it would be like a crash course on the subject.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Antiquing, gardening, couponing, crocheting, and doll collecting are all fun activities. I’m interested in so many things that I’ve had to pick and choose because of time constraints. I’d say poking around antique shops ranks as #1 on my list. Recently, I crocheted a ruffled scarf to scratch my crocheting itch. The picture is on my Facebook Timeline.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Building momentum is my toughest challenge. Once I get going, the words flow. As a seat-of-the-pants writer, I know the beginning and the end of a story. It’s interesting to see it develop over time. I overcome the start-stop syndrome with prayer about the story’s direction and by leaving an idea or two unwritten. The next time I sit down to write, that’s where I start.

What advice would you give a beginning author?
Don’t be in a rush to get published. It’s better to absorb your writing lessons, experiment with different genres and techniques than to produce something you’ll be unhappy with down the road. Enjoy the learning, the connecting with other authors, and seeing your writing skills grow.

Tell us about the featured book.
Here's the backcover copy:
The Zimmermans enjoy the tenuous peace in the wake of their hair-raising year battling the New Patriots. Unexpected visitors once again throw them into turmoil.

Jim Kenneman, Director of National Security, masterminded the plan to break up a hate group ravaging the Christian community. Now his enemies are out to eliminate him. Should he make a run for it or stick by his tried-and-true negotiating skills?

Monty Addison, a topnotch operative, carried out his assignment in Bird-in-Hand. A plot to destroy his boss sends him on a mission. Without agency sanction, it may cost him everything—his career, his family, and maybe his life.

Dr. Abby Weaver strives to save infants and toddlers in Holmes County, Ohio. When she meets two strangers, she can’t get the tall, handsome one out of her mind. Will their paths intersect again, or will dangerous times keep them apart?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Jim leaned back in his chair, satisfaction spreading through him like the promise of spring. The last time he’d been to the White House, the cherry blossom trees were in full bloom. Washington, D.C., felt more normal than it had in years. He refused to allow gossip to dampen his mood.

A light tap on his door signaled the entrance of his assistant, Andy. The man approached, bearing a courier pack emblazoned with the Presidential Seal. Jim sat up straight on full alert. Only urgent communications arrived via special messenger.

Andy extended the pouch to him. The world came to a screeching halt as the bag hung between them. Almost in slow motion, he grasped it and nodded his dismissal.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

I'm also on Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest. There are links to those sites on my blog.

Thank you, Susan, for sharing this book with us today.

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The Scent of Fear

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Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lena,

Thanks for hosting me today on your blog. I look forward to reader's comments and questions.

Susan :)

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed "meeting" Susan and look forward to reading her books. The first page of THE SCENT OF FEAR certainly has me intrigued! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

Britney Adams, TX

Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for the interview, Lena. The Scent of Fear sounds like a good one. I love the title.

Melanie Backus, TX

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Britney - It's nice to meet you as well. Thanks for entering the giveaway.

Hi Melanie - Naming a book can be a challenge. I'm glad you love the title.

Susan :)

Jean said...

Thank you for this opportunity!

Jean K
West Palm Beach, FL

Mary Preston said...

This does sound like a very interesting read.

Mary P


Vera Godley said...

This sounds intriguing. Would love to read. I also like your idea of a road trip, though there are some countries "across the pond" I'd like to visit, too.

I'm in North Carolina

Sybil Bates McCormack said...

As an author-in-the-making, I know that first pages can be extremely tough. Susan makes it look so easy. Great job! Would love a copy of the book. Blessings!

Sybil in GA

Jackie McNutt said...

Lena, it was nice meeting Susan and learning of her books.
thank you from Ohio

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean - Thanks for entering, Jean!

Hi Mary - I hope you'll check the book out on Amazon. You can read part of it for free. :)

Hi Vera - I have family in N.C. My second choice for a dream vacation would be the U.K. Since reading about ballets at Covent Gardens, it's held a fascination for me.

Hi Sybil - Thanks for the kind words. Best wishes on your writing journey.

Hi Jackie - Oh, you'd love this book. Most of it is set in Ohio.

Susan :)