If you’ve been reading Christian Fiction for any length of time you are sure to have heard of Susan May Warren and it’s very likely you’ve read one or more of her novels. Contemporary, romance, historical, romantic suspense, Susie May has made her mark! Enjoy this insight into Susie’s reading habits and be sure to enter the giveaway below.
Are you a re-reader? Why, or why not? And if you are, what are some of the books you have read over and over?
I am!! I love stories, characters and WORDS. I’m a crazy person who totally defaces my books with highlights, dog-earred pages and smiley faces (and comments in the margins). Now that I have a kindle, it’s a little cleaner to highlight. But I love reading a favorite story over—recreating those emotions, and remembering why I loved it so much.
When is your optimal time to read – do you prefer to read in one long block, or do you also read for five minutes here or there when you can?
I read a book every weekend, starting Friday afternoon, then onto Saturday afternoon and evening, and then Sunday. I can’t read during the week as I am usually doing research, or writing, and my brain is tired.
I’d love your thoughts on novellas. Are you thumbs up or down? Or does it depend?!
I like novellas for certain reasons. Christmas novellas are super fun—just a quick read designed to help you get into the holiday spirit. I like prequels, to set the scene or setup of a novel series.
Are you faithful to a genre, an author, or simply quality writing?
Quality writing. I will read anything if it is well written.
Which factors most influence your selection of a book?
POV—I am not a huge fan of first person, so you really have to draw me in with voice if you write first person. I love words and the poetry of words, so if the first page is well crafted, with a compelling set up, I’ll continue on. I’m not swayed by popular opinion—I’m not super impressed if a book is on the NYT. But, if it has won an award, I’ll usually take a look. And I always listen to the recommendations of my friends!
Your fiction pet peeve?
Poor use of internal dialogue, clique statements and telling of emotions. I also hate it when an author doesn’t dig deep enough in a story to get at the real heart of the matter, but stays with the familiar trope.
What book have you read this year that you could not put down, and why?
I loved Melissa Tagg’s Christmas novella, One Enchanted Eve. (As well as her Walker series book, Keep Holding On). I also loved The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof, and The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton.
How do you mark your spot – folded page corner, bookmark, dollar bill, whatever is at hand?
Whose debut novel impressed you more than you anticipated?
Lindsay Harrel. She just had a book come out called One More Song to Sing. I knew she was talented, but that book really blew me away. She’s a talented author you’ll hear more of.
When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you?
The hero. If he is sacrificial, generous, brave and vulnerable, well, I’m a goner.
What are some of your favorite CF reads from around 10 years ago, or further back?
Snack/drink of choice while reading?
Hot Cocoa and Popcorn.
What book cover has really caught your eye?
Recently, I’m hugely jealous of Ronie Kendig’s covers. She always finds a fantastic hero/soldier.
Which author makes it easy to turn off your internal editor?
Ronie Kendig, Rachel Hauck. Melissa Tagg. Beth K. Vogt. Lisa Jordan. These are my favorite authors that I love to escape with.
What book do you wish you had written? Why?
Outlander. Because of Jamie. *sigh*
When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him–not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff’s department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He’s the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father’s accidental death. And he’s the one–perhaps the only one–who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she’s nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.
Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on–namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.
Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.
Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Wild Montana Skies, with more than one million books sold. 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 www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.