1. Susan, tell us something about yourself, especially about your writing journey
In high school I loved to write scenes, usually dramatic and tension filled (or at least I thought so). It was fun. However, in college, I began to take the idea of writing seriously. I graduated from emotion filled drama to actual full stories. But, it wasn’t until several years later when I started telling my son bedtime stories that I found my passion – children’s writing. That’s when I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and realized I knew nothing about writing! But I learned. Now I am the proud author of two chapter books and two picture books, one the award winning “Grrr … Night!” I’ve also stretched my writing wings and this past year my first adult book, “Two Old Ladies – It’s all in the Attitude” was published. It’s been a great journey.
2. Did you ever feel like giving up on your writing? And how did you press through this?
Yes. A few years ago I experienced burnout. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to write next. I had so many ideas and half-finished stories on my computer that I felt overwhelmed. I had to step back and decide exactly what I wanted to accomplish. I picked out a couple of stories and put the rest in a folder where I couldn’t see them. At the moment I am working on a sequel for Grrr…Night!. My middle grade novel, Stone Girl, just went to the publisher and my YA novel, I Spy Something Wicked, is in edits with another publisher. It’s a busy time.
3. Where did you get the idea for your new book?
Two Old Ladies – It’s All in the Attitude started out as a short scene about contrasting attitudes toward winter weather. I fell in love with the main characters, two sisters, Lillybelle and Annabelle, but had no idea what to do with the scene. So,I put it aside. Every couple of years, I’d pull it back out wondering what to do with it. I finally decided to write a few more scenes. Each humorous “scene” showed how attitude can affect your life. I added a few thoughts and prayers. It became a humorous inspirational book about attitude.
I also have to put in a plug for my poetry book, Shoe Haiku. It’s official launch is next month. It’s for the woman who loves shoes as much as I do! You can find out more information about Shoe Haiku on my website.
4. How do you feel this book will encourage readers?
Life is hard enough without focusing on the negative. So many things in life we can’t change, but our attitude is in our control. Lillybelle and Annabelle use love and humor to show the difference a good attitude can make in a stressful situation.
5. How did you find your publisher?
I was very blessed in the fact that the publisher of Doodle and Peck is also a critique partner. She fell in love with Two Old Ladies. I was extremely blessed to have someone publishing my book who loved it as much as I do.
6. If you were a song, what would it be?
Depends on the day. Many days it might be the hymn “I’m Happy Today.” But, there are a few days when “I’m Not Crazy” by Matchbox 20 definitely fits.
7. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read. I’m a huge mystery fan. Crochet. I’m making a Halloween afghan at the moment. Play on the computer. (Wayyy to much!) Drive. I love to drive back roads listening to CDs. Spend time with my family.
8. Tell us what your new book is about?
When your late husband worked downtown, thongs were something people wore on their feet,” Lillybelle Maudine Granger told her sister, Annabelle Verline Kingston. This pair of seventy-something senior citizens tackle everything with flair and humor, whether it’s trying to imagine heaven (“Wouldn’t a purple halo be nice?”), playing matchmaker for the youth minister, or helping a stressed-out young mother. Because, for these two old ladies, it's all in the attitude!
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Susan worked in elementary school libraries for over 12 years and is familiar with both books and the children who check them out. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Susan is a past judge for the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation as well as a speaker for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Oklahoma.
Thank you for visiting us, Susan. I sure enjoyed the interview. Since I am "an old woman," I think I must read that book. I'm glad you shared it with us. I also wish you great things with the upcoming book of poetry. You're a busy woman.
Any questions or comments for Susan?