Wednesday, May 22, 2013

THE MOSES CONSPIRACY - Susan J Reinhardt - One Free Ebook

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Like me, Ellie Zimmerman in The Moses Conspiracy is passionate about her faith, family, and country. The other characters have totally different personalities. A critical element to any story are believable, individual people. I don't want them to be clones of yours truly.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I'm not a quirky-type person, so this question has me stumped. Does wearing a conservative outfit with wild socks count?

Sounds a little quirky to me. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
For years, I wrote Christmas pieces, skits, Bible Studies, and Sunday School curriculum, but never considered myself as a writer with a capital "W." About 10 years ago, my late husband urged me to seek publication. When an editor requested a devotional, it dawned on me that I was indeed a real writer.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
My reading tastes range from Romance to Christian Speculative Fiction. I also enjoy suspense, mystery, and contemporary novels. Some of my favorite authors include Tamera Alexander, Cathy Gohlke, Kathi Macias, James L. Rubart, and the early works of Frank Peretti to name a few.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I start my mornings with prayer, Bible reading, and journaling. They set the course for my day and help me maintain peace.

Lists also keep my day from spinning out of control. As a blogger, I make an effort to stay a month ahead with my posts. Scheduling and organization are great stress reducers.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
At times, a name just comes to me. Researching surnames online is another way I choose names. I discovered the name, "Zimmerman," means "carpenter." Since the husband in The Moses Conspiracy is a carpenter, the name was a perfect fit.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I'd have to say writing and getting The Moses Conspiracy published fits that description.

The inspiration for the story occurred in Gettysburg. I "heard" the voices of the forefathers as fading echoes. My late husband and I were discussing that experience eight months later when he declared, "That's it. That's your book, and you'll write it in four months, and call it Ghosts of the Past."

In exactly four months, the first draft was written. The names changed from Ghosts of the Past to Echoes of the Past. Later, it became The Moses Conspiracy.

Shortly after this initial draft, my husband was diagnosed with leukemia and died within two years. The vision for the story and the desire to dedicate it to his memory gave me the strength and motivation to reach the goal.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I'd like to be a lamb because of its dependence on the shepherd. Jesus uses that analogy in the Word, and I know how much I need Him in every area of life.

What is your favorite food?
I'm part Italian and love that cuisine. Meatballs and spaghetti are my favorite entree.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
When I started The Moses Conspiracy, my fiction-writing was miniscule. The learning curve was a steep one. I overcame this deficit by attending writers’ conferences, reading books and blogs, and asking my critique partners to look at my work.

Tell us about the featured book.
A trip to post-terrorized Washington, D.C. in 2025 and a buggy accident in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania set in motion events that expose a diabolical plan to destroy the Christian community. Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The last thing she needed was to lose her way in Washington, D.C. She hoped the "See D.C. 2025" commercials weren't all hype. Ellie Zimmerman's hands clenched the van's steering wheel. A quick glance into the rearview mirror reassured her Peter didn't sense her growing nervousness.

A truck barreled past her, kicking up water from the wet road. She turned on the windshield wipers to clear away the fine mist. The sign for her exit came up, and she exhaled.

Would the fears from past experience ever stop dictating her present reactions? She slid her hand into a bag of M&M's and popped several into her mouth. Maybe they would get rid of the metallic taste anxiety triggered.

A United Nations' checkpoint came into view. Her stomach tightened into a knot. Relax, Ellie. The congressman sent passes for the White House Tour, and John double-checked the preparations before you left. He'd pronounced them in order.

I can’t wait to read this. I’ve been on a White House Tour, but it was in 1964. I’m sure things are very different today, and in the future will be more so. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Susan, for sharing your life and book with us today.

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The Moses Conspiracy - paperback
The Moses Conspiracy - A Novel - Kindle

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pol said...

I loved the post today and can't wait to read this story, sounds a lot like today with all that is happening in the world...
I like to wear crazy socks,hubby shakes his head when he sees what I am wearing when we go out...
Paula O(
a reader from Ga

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Pol -

Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway.

I once wore cow spot socks with a very conservative pants outfit. It's fun when people do a double take.

Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

It's great to see Susan here! It's nice too, to learn more about her. I did not know the name Zimmerman means carpenter - interesting!

I live in north central KY, not far from Louisville. I'll pass on the giveaway since I already have Susan's book. It's a winner!

Thanks for a great interview, ladies!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

I was so glad when I discovered the meaning of that name. If all character names were that easy, it would cut my research time considerably.

Susan :)

Mary Preston said...

What a fascinating story this promises to be.

Mary P


Patsy said...

I would love to read this book and see what happens concerning the Christian faith.


from South MS

Jean said...

Thanks for the opportunity of possibly winning this book!

Jean K
West Palm Beach, FL

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Mary - Thank you! I appreciate your comment.

Hi Patsy - Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway.

Hi Jean - You're welcome. The Moses Conspiracy has 8 5-Star reviews on Amazon.

Susan :)

Mama Cat said...

Would love to read this - sounds fascinating! Jeanie in Phoenix

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Mama Cat -

Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway. I loved writing The Moses Conspiracy, and there are two more books on their way.

Susan :)

debbie curto said...

i would love to win a copy of this book! I live in Illinois.

Jon and Vicki Marney said...

Sounds like an interesting book--it would be great to win this book.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Debbie - Glad you were able to pop over here from Facebook. :)

Hi Vicki - Thanks for entering.

Susan :)

Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds like an exciting read! I'm in MN.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Veronica -

Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway.

Several readers have described The Moses Conspiracy as suspenseful and action packed.

Susan :)

Kristie said...

Your book sounds great. I can't imagine someone trying to destroy the Christian community because it is so large. Wow! I'm glad you decided to try your hand at fiction. We used to have "Silly Sock Day" at work. One lady wore socks with jingle bells. It was cool (but noisy). Ha ha. Kristie from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristie -

Sock Day! That sounds like fun. You're giving me ideas. :)