Our Interview today is with Susette Williams. Thank you Susette for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.
Question: Tell us about working with any people who help you create your book?
Answer: I used to belong to several critique groups over the years, but they seem harder and harder to come by—at least a good one! I have always found critique partners to be valuable. Each person has different strengths and weaknesses, so it was always good to have two or three partners to work with at a time.
Question: Do you use Beta readers?
Answer: I also love to use beta readers. Authors often struggle with insecurities concerning our work. Think of it this way, how would you feel if you went to work and performed tasks associated with your job, then coworkers, friends, family, and even total strangers went online and wrote about you, your views, and how you did your job? That is basically what readers are doing when they give their opinions of an author’s work. We are constantly subjected to criticism and if lucky, praise.
Question: How do you get your covers?
Answer: The publisher for The Quakers of New Garden created that book cover, but for my self-published books I learned to create my own book covers. What started out as a chore or necessity, because a fun, creative outlet. I have had to learn while working with PhotoShop to create my book covers. It is not one of the easiest programs to use, but thankfully my son and my husband are very skilled at using the program; and there are a lot of tutorials for using PhotoShop available on YouTube.
Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.
Answer: Tate Stephens, the high school principal, begrudgingly agrees to play Scrooge in the school Christmas play. Tate is irritated that Charity Fletcher, his nephew’s teacher and director of the play, chose his handicapped nephew for the part of Tiny Tim. Didn’t she find it cruel to typecast his nephew that way? Can the school play be a success, or will Tate become the Scrooge who wouldn’t change and spoils Christmas?
Charity Fletcher is inspired by how precocious, outgoing and sweet Matthias Reeves is in spite of his bone disease. His over-protective uncle, Tate, on the other hand, can be quite infuriating. She reluctantly gives Tate a role in the school play so that he can make sure that Matthias is safe. Charity hopes that Uncle Tate will make a similar transformation as Scrooge in their rendition of the play. If Matthias is lucky, perhaps his teacher and uncle can find true love with a happily ever after ending.
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Answer: I love to make people laugh and will include humor in secondary characters if the book is more serious. But overall, I normally have a subtle message. Sometimes I’m writing a book for fun and have a message in it without realizing it, such as Maid for Murder. After I wrote it, I realized it was something we were having to deal with one of our children with—dating someone who didn’t share their same beliefs.
Question: What is your current WIP?
Answer: Shadows of Doubts will be the next story that is released. Here is a little bit about the story:
Things start missing from the church shortly after Mathew Flaggnigan begins working there. Drum set, books and even money. Everyone has their suspicions, including Raffealle Gellermine.
Mathew has a past, but for the life of her, she can’t figure out why Uncle Rob and her brothers are trying to encourage a relationship between them. Could her brothers be right? Does she unconsciously choose the wrong type of men as an act of rebellion? Can she trust Mathew? Especially with her heart?
Mathew met Raffealle’s uncle, Rob, when he was visiting a mutual friend. Rob left a picture of Raffealle with Mathew. For years the beautiful woman haunts his dreams. When Rob tells him of a position open at their church, Mathew steps out in faith to follow his dreams. Could Raffealle be the woman God has set aside for him?======================================================
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