Susan May Warren: The Writer & her Book (with giveaway)

The Writer & her Book

 Do you know I have every one of Susan May Warren’s novels on my bookshelves? Well, more often than not they are not on my shelves as they are out on loan to other readers! If you love contemporary romance or romantic suspense/adventure, then Susie’s books are a must read as she incorporates very appealing protagonists, organic faith threads, and excellent pacing. She has written a number of historical romance novels and many novella collections. Susie has a heart for writers and loves her readers, so I hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better today ~ she’s a real sweetheart! Don’t miss entering the giveaway below for Troubled Waters, her long-awaited Montana Rescue novel about Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose.

The Writer

Rel: Why do you tell stories?

Susie May: Because stories change my life every day.  And I long to share the stories God has given me to impact the lives of others.  And, of course, to entertain. The world is full of empty entertainment. I think entertainment should be edifying. So…I write stories I feel/hope that readers will not only be entertained by, but that will bless them.

Your favourite place to read

In my overstuffed red chair, with my fire burning, with a cup of hot cocoa!

Best meal of the day

Popcorn. Can be eaten anytime!

Most beloved childhood book

MOST beloved?  Ack!! I LOVED the Pippi Longstocking series!

If your life was a TV show, what would it be?

Hmm.  Maybe Parenthood. But we’re the grandparents. 😊

Whose music inspires you?

I am currently a rabid fan of country artist Brett Young. But I can always get lost inside Michael Buble music!

What ice-cream flavour would you be?

Be? Oh boy. Can I be what I like?  Caramel Cookie Crunch Gelato.  Creamy, fattening, with nuggets of sweet cookie and dark caramel. Do whatever you want with that metaphor.

The most recent novel you read

I just finished a Ronie Kendig novella, Lygos.  And a Melissa Tagg novella, One Enchanted Noel. I’m currently reading The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck.

What’s your current book recommendation?

All of the above? I love anything by those authors. Plus, I’m a fan of Lori Benton. And, oh, I just read for endorsement Beth K Vogt’s upcoming novel with Tyndale, Things I Never Told You. Fantastic book!

Name a book character you can’t forget

Okay, I’m still thinking about Charlie Lionheart. (Lady and the Lionheart). But I’m also in love with Pete Brooks, my character in the Montana Rescue series, since I’m writing about him currently. #toomanyheroes!

Dream travel destination

Greece. To scuba dive.

The Book

Troubled Waters

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

What was the working title?

Troubled Waters was  originally called it, “If I Lost You.”  It’s the story of billionaire Ian Shaw who just keeps losing all the important people in his life. But when Sierra Rose, the woman he desperately loves (but can’t have) goes missing after a shipwreck, well…Ian will do anything to save her.

Describe your book in 5 adjectives

Romantic, Sunny, Hot, Dangerous, Satisfying

Which character did you enjoy writing most?

Sweet, broken, tortured, conflicted Ian.  Who so wants to be the right guy, but can’t get out of his own way to let God give him his happy ending!

Which character gave you the most grief?

Pete, my subplot character. He returned to Montana, and I couldn’t figure out why. Until I realized…it was to get the girl!

What emotions do you think your story will generate in readers?

Longing.  Maybe some panic. Relief. More panic. Swooning. Frustration. Joy.

What emotions did you experience while writing this story?

Ditto to the above.  😊

How do you choose your characters names?

Oh, those were chosen long ago when I started this series. Mostly, I knew Ian was capable, detail oriented and smart and Ian just felt like the right name.  As for Sierra, her hippie mother named her, and I just loved that Montana-feeling name.Susan May Warren

Thanks Susie May!

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than 1 million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies, Rescue Me, and A Matter of Trust. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, on Twitter @susanmaywarren and on Instagram @susanmaywarren.

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32 Responses to Susan May Warren: The Writer & her Book (with giveaway)

  1. Loved, loved, loved the book. Sigh.

  2. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading Susan’s books. Rel, thank you chance to win a copy.

  3. Ahh, I LOVE this series!! And I haven’t yet gotten to read this one, and I’m in desperate need of it. XD These books are excellent.
    Favourite MR character….Probably Willow. I loved her in “Rescue Me”!! But they’re all great. <3
    Thank you for this fabulous interview and amazing giveaway!

  4. Ian and Sierra were my favorites even from the very first book (sorry Kacey & Ben). You know the #1 reason I heart Susan’s books??? THOSE covers! Oh. My. Word! They are lickable!!! I’m dying for her Montana Fire series to come out in paperback so I can lick **AHEM** I mean LOOK at them, too (wink! wink!).

  5. My favorite character is Sam the deputy (from Rescue Me), but honestly, it was hard to choose. I like them all!

  6. I haven’t read this series yet, but am excited to dive into it. I am a big fan of Susan May Warren’s writing! She has the perfect combination of adventure, suspense and romance. :)

  7. Umm, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve read the prequel novella and book two in this series, but not books 1, 3 or 4. But believe me, I will be reading them all. I think I own almost all of Susie’s books as well. She is one of my favorite authors.

  8. Loved this post! Susie is an amazing author, and after meeting her twice I know how awesome she is as a person too! I have all her books in my collection, though like you there’s often more than one out on loan!
    And having read this epic story already I can say that it definitely gave me all those emotions you mentioned, Susie, and I loved every second of them!
    I like this title but ‘If I Lost You’ is perfect for Ian!
    And lastly I love all the Country music mentions in this series! Brett Young is awesome!
    Don’t think I could pick a fav character from this series but I have to say I’m loving Pete and I cannot wait for his story!

  9. I liked Willow from Rescue Me.

  10. Sorry not read yet.

  11. I am SO enjoying Susie May’s Montana Rescue series! If you haven’t read it, put it at the top of your list! I already have a copy of this one, so you don’t need to enter me in the contest. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Thanks for a fun interview!

  12. I haven’t read this series yet but I loved her Christiansen family series and read all of those books. She really does know how to write some great heroes.

  13. I have not yet read her Montana Rescue Series, but love other books by her that I have read. I would be delighted to win a copy of this one. Thanks for the giveaway. 😊😍

  14. I haven’t read the whole series yet but Ian is probably my favorite character so far.

  15. I had the pleasure of listening to her read an excerpt live on Facebook. Looking forward to reading the book myself.

  16. sam from rescue me.

  17. Gosh! This question is hard. I really love the majority of the characters equally and how each book has been really a fantastic telling of all of their lives. I would say, the story I am MOST eager for is Ian and Sierra’s. :)

  18. I think Sierra is my favorite character. She has such a passion for family and servant heart…I am one book behind this one, can’t wait!

  19. Danielle Hammelef

    I haven’t read this series and I am missing out on so much fun.

  20. I would have to say the character by the name of Esme.
    A lady at my church, her name was Esme, but everyone knew her as Millie.
    She loved the church library.
    If I win, this book will be dedicated in loving memory of, Esme “Millie” Overcash.

  21. I think Kacey from Wild Montana Skies is my favorite, so far. That was also my favorite of the books, but all are excellent.

  22. I really enjoyed Susan’s Christensen Family series, but I have not had the pleasure of reading her latest series. I’m looking forward to it though because she is a really good storyteller. :)

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

  23. I love this series. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading “Troubled Waters”, but my library is getting it. Can I say all the characters are my favorite? 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. I haven’t read any of the Montana Rescue books, but my sister loves the series. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. I have the series, except this one I believe. But haven’t read them yet. I’m going to have to binge read them.

  26. Haven’t read this series yet, plan to read them soon.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. I have read some of Susan’s books, but not this one.

  28. I haven’t read any of the books in this series yet.

  29. I haven’t read her books yet, but I really want to!

  30. I LOVE Susie’s books! My favorite is Sam Brooks from Rescue Me, the 2nd book in this series. He took care of his mom after his dad died. I thought he was kind & admirable!

  31. I haven’t read any of the books in this series yet but it looks like a great one for winter reading!

  32. I haven’t read any of the Montana Rescue series yet, but they are on my TBR list. Susan is one of my favorite authors! I LOVED her historical fiction series: Heirs of Anton! It is

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