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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Welcome Susanne Dietze

I can't believe how quickly this month has flown by. You only have two more days to leave a comment for your chance to win this month's giveaway which features two of the author interviews from March. :) How cool is that?

Today I'd like to welcome Susanne Dieteze. What is your 'how I got published' story?

You know how Disney says dreams come true at their parks? Well, in my case, it really happened! I was on a Disney vacation in 2014 with my husband, kids, and parents when I got the call from my agent that I’d first sold a novella. At the time, we were in a noisy restaurant, so I had to take the call with me to a small vestibule outside the restroom.

Oh! I love it. How cool. How did you develop a 'love of story'?

I’ve always loved books, loved being read to as a child, and loved losing myself in a good story. I’ve enjoyed making up stories since I was young, too. My Barbie’s “plotlines” were a tad overdramatic.

LOL. I love the Barbie plotlines. :) What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?

My dearest hope is someone would finish the story feeling entertained and satisfied by a happily-ever-after ending—but also encouraged. God loves us, has a plan for our lives, and never abandons us, but sometimes we can’t see, feel, or even trust in His love because of our circumstances or difficulties. The characters might be fictional, but the challenges of life they experience resonate with our own, and I hope my stories communicate God’s unwavering affection and love to anyone in need of encouragement.

I know what you mean. Do you listen to music or snack while writing?

Yes to both. I always have a mug of tea or hot apple cider close by, as well as protein bars. As for music, sometimes I make playlists or pick one specific CD to go with each story. Whenever I sit down at the computer and turn on the music, the songs help draw me right back into the mood of the story.

 What a great idea. Tell us about your new book.

My novella, For a Song, is in Barbour Publishing’s The Cowboy’s Bride Collection, nine stories of love, challenge, and family on the open range.

Here’s the blurb for For a Song: Two songbirds, red and yellow—a straightforward order for an upstanding widowed rancher’s lonely daughter. But when a sister-act of saloon singers (a redhead and a blonde) arrives on the stagecoach expecting him to give them a job, his daughter changes her tune and starts singing not for a pet, but a pretty ginger-haired Mama.

Oh! This sounds like a lot of fun. :) What are you working on now?

I’m completing the manuscript for my first trade sale, My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho, which will release from Barbour Publishing in May of 2017. It’s a mail-order mix-up when a bride and groom marry the wrong people.

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she writes in the hope that her historical romances will encourage and entertain others. A pastor’s wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, travel, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. Susanne is the author of over half-dozen historical romances; her latest, For a Song, is in Barbour’s The Cowboy’s Bride Collection. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com.


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2 comments:

Jennifer Thompson said...

Hi, Jodie! I'm so excited to have come across your blog. It's been so long since we last chat.

Susanne really hit home for me when she wrote:
"God loves us, has a plan for our lives, and never abandons us, but sometimes we can’t see, feel, or even trust in His love because of our circumstances or difficulties."

I have struggled with one difficulty after the next over the last couple of years and Susanne reminded me that God is still here and He still has a plan for me even if I've derailed a bit. Thank you, Susanne, for the reminder.

I hope all is well with you, Jodie, and have been missing your brilliant insight :)

-Jennifer Thompson

Jodie Wolfe said...

Hi Jennifer,

How fun to connect with you again. My email hasn't changed. I'd love to hear from you.

Blessings,
Jodie