Suzanne can be found at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.
During the month of June, Suzanne is running a book-a-day-giveaway contest. To enter, scoot on over to her blog (www.suzannewoodsfisher.blogspot.com) to leave a comment or pop her an e-mail: Suzanne@suzannewoodsfisher.com
Copper Fire is the sequel to Copper Star, picking right up at the very end of World War II. On a summer day in 1945, my main character, Louisa, receives a telegram from the International Red Cross Tracing Service. She discovers that her cousin, Elisabeth, has just been released from Dachau. Louisa is determined to go to Germany to get Elisabeth…and that’s where the story begins.
Copper Star (ISBN: 0-9793327-4-5) and Copper Fire (ISBN: 978-0-981-5592-0-9) are available at Amazon or other on-line booksellers, at Suzanne’s website, or can be ordered through your favorite bookstore.
Why did you become a writer? Was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
SWF: Throughout high school, reading and writing clearly became my only interests, despite dismal career options. (Besides, I was hopeless at everything else. True story: I took Algebra and got a “D,” which I blame largely on the thick accent of my Persian teacher. I couldn’t understand him. Sadly, I had to re-take the class in summer school and was greatly disappointed, on the first day, to discover the same Persian teacher standing at the front of the class. (When he saw me, he looked equally disappointed.)
I got another “D.”
Fast forward to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, a small Christian college. I was on the staff of the college newspaper and met a young student named Ginny. We became fast friends. Sharing a love of writing, we kept our relationship going through letters. A few years later, after we had both married and had started families, Ginny called me to ask if I could take over some freelancing jobs. I jumped at the chance. I started writing for Christian Retailing, then Christian Parenting Today, and eventually became a contributing editor for that magazine. And those relationships have opened other doors.
What inspires you to keep going?
SWF: This is an industry in which “no one is looking for you.” Behind every published piece, a writer has a fat file of rejection letters. But, ah, there’s just something about that published piece that makes up for that rejection file!
What do you love about being an author? Is there anything you dislike?
SWF: Most favorite part? All of life is material. It’s all grit for the oyster. Least favorite? I still only make a dime an hour. And I still get plenty of rude rejection letters!
Please tell us all about what you are working on these days.
SWF: In late August, Grit from the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers, will be released from Vintage Spirit. I wrote Grit with three other very talented authors.
And another piece of great news! I just received a contract from Revell/Baker for a non-fiction book called Amish Peace in an English Life. It won’t be out until 2010…but it is taking up 90% of my brain right now.
After you finish your present project what plans do you have?
SWF: Writing, writing, writing!
Suzanne's Blog Tour Stops
6/2 On Being a Writer 6/3 So Many Books 6/4 Actual Unretouched Photo 6/5 Cecelia Dowdy 6/9 RelzReviewz 6/10 Surviving the Chaos 6/11 Mumblings of a Mommy “Monk” 6/12 Delia Latham 6/16 Bibliophile’s Retreat 6/18 Coming Home—A Christ Centered Blog by Christian Writer Miralee Ferrell 6/19 Dena Dyer 6/20 Amber Miller Writer & Author 6/23 Portrait of a Writer…Interrupted 6/23 Theresa Slack 6/24 Diane Wylie 6/25 Christy’s Book Blog 6/27 Tricia Goyer 7/08 2nd Cup of Coffee 8/03 Trish Berg 12/08 Lena Dooley
6/2 On Being a Writer
6/3 So Many Books
6/4 Actual Unretouched Photo
6/5 Cecelia Dowdy
6/10 Surviving the Chaos
6/11 Mumblings of a Mommy “Monk”
6/12 Delia Latham
6/16 Bibliophile’s Retreat
6/18 Coming Home—A Christ Centered Blog by Christian Writer Miralee Ferrell
6/19 Dena Dyer
6/20 Amber Miller Writer & Author
6/23 Portrait of a Writer…Interrupted
6/23 Theresa Slack
6/24 Diane Wylie
6/25 Christy’s Book Blog
6/27 Tricia Goyer
7/08 2nd Cup of Coffee
8/03 Trish Berg
12/08 Lena Dooley