Readers, one of our favorite authors is back with a new book.
Welcome, Susan. Where do you write?
I write in two places—a big blue chair that is more marshmallow than chair! It has two wide arms on it so I can stack all my research materials on each side, and on my giant ottoman and create a sort of writing “nest” where I incubate the story. For editing, I move to my desk, and surround myself with all the details of the story—names, eye color, timeline—all the pertinent facts I need to get it right.
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I took a look at what I was already reading and thought—well, I already basically understand the structure of these stories, so I’ll start there. I had a shelf of romantic suspense, so I launched my writing in that genre.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I’m a DIY girl— I love turning “trash to treasure,” so I’m constantly working on my house, furniture, painting, etc. I also love to garden and keep a flower garden in the summertime. I also work out at the Y (love my yoga and swimming classes) and of course…read!
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Read. A lot. Keep a writing journal of the words that sing to you. Be observant of the world around you – take notes on interesting people, events, situations and setting. And, eventually, start writing!
What is your favorite book? Favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
Oh, I love everything by Dee Henderson, Francine Rivers, Siri Mitchell, Deeann Gist, Rachel Hauck, Beth Vogt, Lisa Jordan, and Melissa Tagg. I think Dee and Francine were my biggest inspirations—but the others now inspire me to stay on top of my craft!
Where did you get the idea for When I Fall in Love?
I love cooking shows, and I’ve always wanted to write a story about an every day Iron Chef (hello every mother out there who’s opened the fridge and said…huh, what can I make with a carrot, a hunk of cheese, 2 eggs, and a leftover pancake?) Our family went to
last year, and the setting captured my heart—I knew I had to put a book there,
and even better…a cooking book. But vacations also have a way of making you
forget your troubles. So…what if a couple met and fell in love on
vacation…could they bring the romance home, into real life? Hawaii
From idea to final revision, how long did it take to write?
This book came fast—I wrote it in 3 months, start to finish. Sometimes it’s like that—the story just appears and flows out.
Are you working on anything now?
I just finished the next book in the series, Always on My Mind, a story that picks up the subplot from When I fall in Love, and carries it into the main storyline with the question: What if you see someone you love headed for trouble—but they’ve told you to stay out of their life. Do you interfere?
Please tell us about the story.
When I Fall in Love is about Grace Christiansen, a woman who is content on staying in her hometown of Deep Haven, staring at her dreams of being a Chef from afar until she is given the gift of a cooking vacation to
Set up on a “blind” vacation date by her family, she has no idea she’s going to
spend the next two weeks in paradise with the most eligible—and yet mysterious—bachelor
from the Saint Paul Blue Ox hockey team. However, Maxwell Sharpe is harboring a
heartbreaking secret…. Can they take their newfound romance home from vacation?
I love the theme of this story…What if you found your true love, but you could only have him for a short amount of time—would you still marry him? This book puts to the test the old adage: “It’s better to have loved and lost than never having loved at all.” Really? We’ll see!
Please give us a peek at the first page of the book.
It would be the most perfect day of her brother Darek’s life. Even if Grace Christiansen had to personally hand-dip two hundred strawberries.
“If you don’t leave now, you’re going to miss the entire wedding.” Her assistant, Raina Beaumont, reached around Grace and moved the bowl of strawberries out of her reach. “I might not be going to culinary school in a month, like you, but I swear I can dip these without making a mess.”
But—the word touched her lips a moment before Grace nodded and stepped away from the island in the middle of the industrial kitchen.
The afternoon sun creased the red tile floor and stewed the smells of the tiny kitchen—wild mushrooms simmering in garlic and wine sauce, focaccia bread baking in the oven.
She could stand here, close her eyes, drink in the scents, and die happy. Something about seeing her brother—her wounded, broken oldest brother—smile down at his beautiful bride-to-be last night at the rehearsal dinner had filled her soul right to the brim. Yes, of course she would dip strawberries and hang twinkly lights from the rafters of the folk school building. Because that’s what family did—they shared in dreams, even helped make them come true.
Raina pushed her toward the door. “Seriously, I’ll get Ty to chase you out of here, or better yet, throw you over his shoulder and—oh, for pete’s sake, you have chocolate on your dress.”
“What? Shoot, where’s a rag?”
But Raina had already reached for a wet cloth and was dabbing at the dark stain on the collar of Grace’s dark purple dress.
Grace checked her reflection in the microwave door over Raina’s shoulder. Her hair had stood the test of the kitchen, still caught up in netting.
’s spectacular idea of having her hair
done before she set foot in the kitchen to oversee the final preparations might
not have deserved the battle they’d waged. But she shouldn’t have worn the
dress. Unfortunately, that brilliant thought she’d managed with no help from
her big sister, and now she’d have a stained gown for the
pictures. . . . Eden
Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Stop by www.susanmaywarren.com!
Thank you for having me today!!Susie May
It is a pleasure to have you here, Susie. I'm really loving the Christiansen, even though I'm not a fan of hockey.
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