Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Suzanne Woods Fisher-author interview & book giveaway

Today I welcome Suzanne Woods Fisher.
Here are the questions she answered so graciously.

I LOVE the cover of this book.
Giveaway guidelines below!

Tell us about “The Search,” the featured book.
The Search is the third in the ‘Lancaster County Secrets” series. It’s set in Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania, in 1972. The story begins as Bess Riehl is arriving in town to help her grandmother for the summer. Unbeknownst to Bess, her grandmother has a few plans for the summer up her sleeve!

Who influenced your writing?
I remember a moment in a college library when I looked up old Christianity Today magazines that had my grandfather’s name in the masthead. It gave me that bone-tingling chill to see his name…to realize how the written word carries forward. I had a great respect for my grandfather’s work—I think it was the inspiring moment for me to write for a career.

Your hobbies, interests?
Raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind! Love it! Love the people, love the pups.

Where do you like to vacation?
On the beach (any beach) on a perfect, sunny day. With a good book and a glass of iced tea.

What are some of your likes and dislikes?
Huge mortifying dislike: my last name is Fisher and I hate fish.

Tell us a little-known fact about yourself that readers may not know.
(See previous question!)

How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day?
When I have the luxury of time, I try to have a writing goal of about 1500 words a day (good, solid writing). And then I like to spend time each day on promotion (answering e-mails, Facebook, planning for speaking engagements, working on my weekly program). But life is seldom filled with a luxury of time!

Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?
Six months would be awesome…but it’s usually been about a three-month turnaround. In a good way, it’s fun to be thoroughly immersed in a story. But I never want to rush a book out. My goal is that each book is better than the one before it. I want to keep improving my craft.

What are you currently reading?
A book by Jamie Langston Turner. She is a master of detail! I think I read that she’s a professor at a Christian college…you can just see her mind, collecting all kinds of trivia to weave into her books!

Do you grow flowers or vegetables? What are your favorite flowers?
I have a very large vegetable garden—love to grow summer tomatoes, zucchini, basil, pumpkins, strawberries, etc. I do love growing flowers, too—I have zinnias and marigolds in each garden bed. Right now, as I write, I have flowering narcissus bulbs on my desk. Hints of Heaven’s perfume!

What are you writing now?
Working on the second in a new series—I just turned in the first one on January 1st, so my mind is still stuck in that novel. I haven’t heard back from my editor yet…and she will probably have edits. I can’t quite let go of that story yet…but I am trying to get my mind wrapped around this new story. I have the basic idea mapped out…now, for the details and character development!

How can readers find you on the Internet? I love to hear from readers! Means so much to me to connect with booklovers.

And thanks for spending this time with us, Suzanne.
We wish you much success.

Suzanne has offered to giveaway her wonderful book "The Search" to one of you my followers.

Leave a comment with your name and email address. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment AND your email address.Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- ENTRY DEADLINE February 13, 2011

A fantastic gift to one of you for Valentine's Day!
I would love for you to be my follower and get my email updates.


Patsy said...

I would love to read this book. I really enjoy reading all Amish books. I know it will be great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

Seeing this book causes me to be sorry that I haven't read the first two in the‘Lancaster County Secrets” series. The cover is lovely. I like the description Suzanne gave of the story. I wonder what Grandma's secret is? Thank you for offering "The Search" as the giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I win so I can find out what Grandma's secret is!

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway! thanks ! Mary B.

Unknown said...

i love to garden too, both flowers and veggies. Not sure that i have a big one, but big enough. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

G said...

I'm entering for my mom. Thanks.

ceis8009 at yahoo dot com

Katie Marie said...

This book looks great - I'd love to win! Please count me in.

Trinity, I am a follower of your blog. I enjoy visiting here!

~ Katy M

Joanne Sher said...

This sounds lovely. Please enter me. I follow your blog. joanne(at)joannesher(dot)com

Suzanne said...

Hi Trinity Rose and her blog readers! Just wanted to pop by and thank you for hosting me today. Fun to see your interesting fact, I've gotten distracted and have spent time poking around on it! Thanks for being such a support with my books. Warmly, Suzanne Fisher

Carol N Wong said...

This book's story reminds me when I used to go to my aunt's farm to help out for a month each summer. I noticed that the author raises
puppies for the blind to work as guide dogs. My daughter in law lives in China and she is blind but there are no organizations to help her. They just don't have guide dogs there!
We are so fortunate to be living here. Please enter me for this contest.


JenT said...

I love reading books about the Amish.
Oh and Carman sent me. :)

Tressa said...

I've been looking forward to reading this.
tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

lgm52 said...

Just can't go wrong with Suzanne Woods Fisher novels! Count me in!

Charity U said...

Please enter me!

Carmen sent me. :)


Jennifer said...

I would love to read this one.

jmschwindt0306 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

jdjmcc said...

Please enter me! This is exactly the kind of book I love to read:) Thank you! Carman sent me!

Meredith said...

I'd love to win! Raising guide dogs--that's a great hobby!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Jo said...

This book looks great. I love the cover.
Carman sent me.


Carolyn said...

book looks great!

loveangel132 said...

Carmen sent me. Thank you for the giveaway, it looks like a really good read!

Anonymous said...

My son is visually impaired (attends Indiana School for the Blind and Visually impaired) so I applaud your contribution of making life a little easier for the blind by helping to raise and train seeing eye dogs!

Would love to read your current book.

Mona said...

Love books in this genre.

Patsy said...

This book sounds really good. My kind of read. Would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

rubynreba said...

I'd really enjoy reading this. Thanks for the chance.

Suzanne said...

Thanks, everyone...for your encouraging and supportive words! And heart goes out to you and your son. So glad he is able to attend such a terrific environment. I'm raising my 9th puppy right now...six months old and driving me cuckoo! Reading your comment made me remember the end result of this work...helping someone like your son. Warmly, Suzanne

Jolee said...

Thank you! Sounds like a pleasurable book. Love reading on the Amish. Warm regards. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

Unknown said...

I read The Choice by Fisher and loved it! I'd love to read The Search! Please enter me!


Natalie W said...

I would love love to read this!!
Count me in,
Thank you!

Amanda Stanley said...

Great interview ladies! I have The Waiting waiting for me in my TBR stack and I would love to have this one to follow it! Please enter me and thank you for the chance :)


Amanda Stanley said...

Oh, I almost forgot, Carman sent me! :)


karenk said...

would love to read suzanne's latest masterpiece...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

PriviesAndPrims said...

Love reading Amish!
Carman sent me too. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Charlotte Kay said...

I would LOVE to win this book:)
Thanks for the chance and for entering me in this giveaway!
Blessings and Smiles,
Charlotte Kay
charsaltz at yahoo dot com

Novella Vialli said...

I really want to win this book. I didn't even know about it till now. When i saw the cover i was captivated and wanted to know more. I hope i win! I just started my own blog and books that are this good would help get my own followers!

debijackson said...

I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway. I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Hannah said...

Carman sent me and I would love to win this book! I'm always looking for new books since I love to read!


Unknown said...

Both my daughter and I have read all your prvious books. Would love to read this one and do a review for you. I came over from, Thanks for allowing the chance to win your book.

Mona said...

The Amish have always fascinated me. I would love to read this and the first 2 in the series.

Anne Payne said...

Always love reading Amish Fiction. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. Sounds very intriguing :) Carmen sent me!


Sandee61 said...

I'd love a chance at winning this book, I really enjoy Amish fiction. Thank you for the entry.

I'm a new subscriber! Enjoying your blog.



Katie said...

I'd love to read this!

Nancye said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net