Welcome back, Susan. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Thank you for having me on your blog today,
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
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
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
but most of the action takes place in The Scent of Fear also
begins in D.C., but then moves to Bird-in-Hand and Bird-in-Hand,
I chose these areas because in my story world, they had more freedom than the
rest of the country. Holmes County, Ohio
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
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? Holmes County, Ohio
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.
, felt more normal than it
had in years. He refused to allow gossip to dampen his mood. Washington,
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?
My blog: http://susanjreinhardt.blogspot.com
My Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSusanJReinhardt
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