Susan F. Craft, who writes inspirational historical romantic suspense, recently retired after a 41-year career. Forty-five years ago, she married her high school sweetheart, and they have two adult children, one granddaughter, and a granddog. An admitted history nerd, she enjoys researching for her novels, painting, singing, listening to music, and sitting on her porch watching the rabbits and geese eat her daylilies. To assist authors to “get it right about horses in their works,” Susan worked with the Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation to compile A Writer's Guide to Horses that can be found at www.lrgaf.org.
As an inspirational author, how do you feel your faith and/or ethical values come through in your writing?
A recent review posted on Amazon speaks to this question better than I.
“Laurel is a riveting post-Revolutionary War novel! I fell in love with the characters in the first novel, The Chamomile, and continue to be captivated by them. In Laurel, the unthinkable happens when Lilyan and Nicholas' daughter is kidnapped. As this couple travels across South Carolina in search of their precious daughter, Susan weaves a story of danger, hunger, despair, and faith. One of my favorite scenes is when Lilyan is charged with murder and thrown into prison. At first the women shy away from her, but Christ shines so strongly through Lilyan that they are naturally drawn to her. In the middle of her nightmare, Lilyan reaches out to be the hand of God healing the wounds of these broken women. Susan has written a beautiful book of faith and redemption. You will be glad you read it!”
Is there a genre different from the one you write in, which you particularly enjoy reading? And why?
I enjoy mysteries, but not the grizzly ones with the autopsy scenes. As a young girl I read every Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on. I progressed from there to books by authors like Victoria Holt and Agatha Christie. More modern authors include Deborah Malone and Caroline and Charles Todd.
I love the mental exercise of trying to figure out who done it. I enjoy a clever twist that leads me off the path.
Would you be willing to share with our readers what a typical productive writing day in your life is like?
I recently retired after working full time for 41 years, so my habits have changed a bit. When I was younger with a husband, two children, and my mom to care for, I would settle down around midnight and write until one and two in the morning. After my mom died and my children grew up and moved away, I continued to write late in the evenings, even on weekends.
I was concerned after retiring that I might not know what to do with all the extra time. Believe me, it’s filling up with things to do that have nothing to do with writing. I’ve got to discipline myself better.
One thing that has remained constant is my ruminating. I will ponder for hours on end before committing my thoughts to paper. I used to create entire scenes and conversations while stalled in traffic, in doctors’ waiting rooms, and in lines at the grocery store. As I have aged, I can’t wait as long between the ruminating and the writing, as many ideas get lost in that process.
Do you have any tips for aspiring or new authors in marketing or blogging?
Consider social media as a way of sharing your passion. For example, the posts I contribute have something to do with history, especially the Revolutionary War. I’ll run across a tidbit of historical information, I call them “my treasures,” and can’t wait to share them.
Then when the time comes and you have a novel published, your “cyber friends” may become your best allies, sharing posts, and passing along the news to their friends.
Exercise control, though. Social media outlets can be time stealers. Set time limits. I happen to love Pinterest and can while away lots of time there, if I’m not careful.
Hone your writing craft. Become the best wordsmith you can be. Write to inform, not to impress—no one wants to have to consult a dictionary when they’re reading your works. Write from your heart.
Take some public speaking classes. They will prepare you to speak before groups. Remember, no group is too small. I once met with a book club that had five members. They really read my book and shared amazingly interesting perspectives. We had a fantastic time. You know why, we all love books and can’t get enough of them.
Thank you, for visiting with us at Novel PASTimes this week. It’s been a privilege interviewing you.
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Here are other places on the web where you can connect with award winning author, Susan F. Craft:
www.susanfcraft.com (my website)
http://historicalfictionalightintime.blogspot.com (my personal blog)
http://colonialquills.blogspot.com (post the fourth Monday of each month)
http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com (post once a month)
http://www.hhhistory.com (post on the 31st of months that have a 31st)
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