Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Susan Anne Mason - The Writing Habit

Susan Anne Mason describes her writing style as “romance sprinkled with faith.” She enjoys exploring the themes of forgiveness and redemption in her stories. Irish Meadows is her first historical novel and won the Fiction from the Heartland contest, sponsored by the Mid-American Romance Author chapter of RWA.

Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Welcome back to Novel PASTimes today, Susan! 

What do you consider the best resources for historical research?

I call myself a Google-aholic! I Google everything, which leads me to all kinds of interesting websites. Overall I’d have to say Wikipedia is my favorite for just about anything I need to learn. I’ve also had good luck with YouTube. For instance, I found a great video demonstrating how old fashioned fire alarms worked, which was really helpful for Book 2 in the series!

What or who inspired you to write inspirational fiction? How does that keep you plodding ahead with your writing each day?

I didn’t start out writing inspirational romances. In fact I hadn’t read much Christian fiction at all because we don’t have many places to buy such books in my area of Ontario (Canada). The US has far more independent Christian bookstores, and even your Wal-Mart stores have a Christian fiction section. My first introduction to such stories was through Harlequin’s Love Inspired line. I loved the sweet romances mixed with messages of God’s hope and love. And so I decided to try one myself — one which Harlequin published this past February!
I don’t really think of my writing as plodding ahead. I love writing — but when I occasionally hit a roadblock, I use prayer to get me through it.

What helps you maintain productivity as a writer? And what do you find most challenging about the business of being an author?

I try to do some writing every day. Since I work part-time in the mornings, I have time in the afternoon to do this. The most challenging thing is writing every day! Because, face it, life gets in the way! Between two adult-children living at home, a husband, two cats, a house to run, and an elderly parent to help, things can get very hectic. But I find if I don’t spend some time each day on my writing, I get very cranky!

Do you feel you are more of a character driven or plot driven writer? How do you think it comes across in your writing?

I’m definitely a character driven writer. I always have my characters in mind first and have to come up with a plot to fit them. Plotting has always been something I’ve struggled with, and some books are definitely easier to plot than others.

Would you like to share about what you are working on now?

I am working on Book 3 in the "Courage to Dream" series—working title “Love Healing’s Grace”. It’s the story of Deirdre O’Leary and her brother Connor and their journeys to love. Of course, the journeys always take a detour!

Do you have any last words of wisdom to share with aspiring authors?

My best advice is to keep writing and keep learning the craft. It only takes one person to love your work. Through a writing contest, I was lucky enough to get my work in front of an editor from Bethany House, who ended up loving my book and offering me a three book deal! It can happen for you, too!

Thank you, Susan, for joining us at Novel PASTimes. It has been a privilege to interview you.
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