Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Temptation Tuesday - Susan Meier
One month before I turned thirty, I threw a major hissy fit.
My husband said, “What is wrong with you?” I said, “I’m bored and not doing anything I want to do with my life.” He said, “What do you want to do?” and I said “Write.” And he said…So write.
For one, I love airports. Going to conferences a few times a year gives me an opportunity to fly and eat five-dollar-a-slice-pizza and pay three dollars for a bottle of juice that should be a dollar-fifty. Who wouldn’t love that?
Second, I adore meeting new people. Conferences and contact with fans over email and at booksignings give me a chance to meet tons of people.
Third, it takes a lot of work and energy to write a book and I am never bored.
I write and rewrite every scene. I try different versions of scenes. I write and rewrite my synopsis. Then I create a storyboard to accommodate the changes I make while I’m writing. I research locations. I research occupations. I interview people.
And I do all this while keeping up a house, helping my oldest child (who is disabled) navigate life, being a wife, friend, mom, mentor, sister, aunt and cousin to thousands of people. (That’s an exaggeration, but not a huge one. There are 11 kids in my family. Sixty-three members in my immediate family.)
I love it.
I love getting up before everyone and putting in three or four hours on my stories. I love pouring over details. I love rewriting things, challenging myself to get it right or make it better. I love grammar. I don’t think anyone can know too much about grammar so I’m always reading grammar books. And books on how to write. I have shelves and shelves of books on writing. And I read and reread them.
Some people might think I’m crazy. I don’t argue. But I’m crazy in love with having the honor of being an author. My goal is to give readers the best possible books. Because, having been a reader for thirty years before I decided to add writer to my list of life duties, I know how much a good book can mean to a reader. I still get chills when I read something that’s above and beyond the other books in its genre. I still sigh with delight. I still become a fan girl when I see my favorite authors.
And I want to give that experience to you. I want you to laugh and cry with me. I want you to cheer for my characters and sigh with relief when they finally realize they are made to be together and that being together will enrich their lives.
I’m sighing now, just thinking about that blissful feeling.
That’s what I try to give readers in every book I write. A little bit of bliss.
I think I reached that goal in MAID FOR THE MILLIONAIRE and MAID FOR THE SINGLE DAD, my first “duet” for Harlequin Romance. The heroines in these two books have been abused. Liz by her father and Ellie by a former boyfriend.
Susan is giving away a copy of her current release, MAID FOR THE MILLIONAIRE! Post in the comments for your chance to win!