Friday, December 16, 2011
Interview with author Susan Edwards
Would you tell us a little about yourself?
Sure. I live in California with my husband and mother. I’m an animal person so I have a household of cats including two 9 mo old kittens who are my babies. I recently rescued two Chiweenie pups and love all my “babies”. I also have rats and a couple hamsters.
Where do you get your inspiration for your writing?
Inspiration comes from all around me. From nature, pictures, people, TV, you name it. I can look at a picture and have it suddenly tie into a book I’m writing which happened recently. Anything can trigger a connection for me.
Out of the books you’ve written, do you have a favorite hero or heroine? If so, who and why?
I love White Wolf and Jessie. Jessie was a lot of fun as I was and still can be just as rebellious as she is. But I also loved Jeremy and White Dove. Their book was a lot of fun to write.
What was it about this period of history that inspired you to write about it?
I think the Native American culture touched a chord within me. I’ve loved the research, the writing about it and I think one of the best things is, is that many of the beliefs and attitudes are applicable to life today. Writing in this time period has opened my eyes to much of life today and to many areas where we are very imbalanced. It has encouraged me to a more balanced way of thinking and living.
Do you have a hobby besides writing?
I like to bicycle, hike and garden and am starting a 26 foot medicine wheel garden in the spring. I also knit and crochet but also cross stitch and quilt when the mood strikes. And of course I read and spend way too much time on the computer.
Other writers will often branch out to different worlds, what has brought you back to this one over and over again?
Again, it is a world that speaks to my heart. There is also a lot to be explored, especially within the paranormal world which I’ve really gotten into with my writing and will be branching out.
Do you have a process in your writing routine?
I usually put on some music, and sometimes I will light some candles. Otherwise, it is just sitting down and writing with some futzing around. It usually takes me half an hour to get writing.
What advice would you give a writer when it comes to researching such a culture or time period for their writing?
Be as accurate as you can be. Take the time to learn the culture and even be able to think it as though it was your own. You have to be able to feel what it was like in your time period.
What are some of your favorite author’s and some of your favorite books you’ve read?
Oh there are way too many here. I read Nora Roberts and love some of her trilogies a lot as well as her Death books written as JD Robb. I love the Harry Potter books, as well as the Imager series by LE Modesitt and David Eddings series Belgariad. Haven’t read his other series yet. I also love Christine Feehans series.
If you could ever interview one historical person and write a story on their life, who would it be and why?
I would love to interview women in the Native tribes and actually experience some of their culture minus the wars and other hardships. I think there is a lot we women of today could learn and apply to our own lives.
To view Susan’s newly released books go to http://tinyurl.com/73648wk