Today I’m excited to welcome Susan Simpson for an author spotlight and book excerpt.
Susan Lantz Simpson has been writing stories and poetry ever since she penned her first poem at the age of six. She has always loved the magic of words and how they can entertain and enlighten others. Her love of words and books led her to earn a degree in English/Education. She has taught students from Prekindergarten to high school and has also worked as an editor for the federal government. She also holds a degree in nursing and has worked in hospitals and in community health. She writes inspirational stories of love and faith and has published a middle-grade novel (Ginger and the Bully). She lives in Maryland and is the mother of two wonderful daughters. She is a member of ACFW and Maryland Christian Writers Group. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, walking, and doing needlework.
How many times in your life have you been told, “wait a minute,” or “wait until later,” or “not now”? I think that has often been the answer to my prayers, as well.
I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I’ve written poems and stories since I was able to string words together. Surely, this must have been my calling! I’d write. I’d submit my work. I’d be published. Easy. Right?
I wrote. I worked. I wrote. I cared for children. I finally submitted a few stories at a time when magazines published short fiction. I promptly received notes like, “the story is good but isn’t what we’re looking for right now.” I took some small comfort in the fact that the editors didn’t tell me my writing was awful. I’d put my stories and ideas on hold and pursue other interests.
Inevitably, my heart and mind returned to writing. I’d haul out all the stories and begin again. I communicated with authors I admired and received so much helpful advice and encouragement. I rewrote, resubmitted, and waited. And waited.
At the urging of one well-known author, I contacted an agent and held my breath waiting for her reply. Agents are busy people. They can’t accept every writer who reaches out to them. I was an unknown. I knew my chances were slim. To my amazement, the agent loved my story and my writing! She offered me a contract. Yea! Now I would have my book(s) published.
But the wheels of publishing turn slowly. I waited while my agent sought an interested publisher. Several months and several rejections later, she found publishers for my two proposed series. Yet, books are not published overnight. I had to wait some more. Maybe I should never have prayed for patience years earlier because God certainly gave me plenty of opportunities to learn that virtue. At last, my books are seeing the light of day. Hallelujah!
Moral of the story: Persevere. Follow your dreams. Believe in yourself. Believe God will lead you where He wants you to go—if you let Him. Prepare for bumps in the road so they don’t surprise you. Plan to wait . . . and wait some more. You can accomplish your goals and achieve your dreams if you hang in there.
P.S. You might not want to pray for patience!
Author Interview Questions:
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a regular “Jack of All Trades.” I am a certified teacher for early childhood education as well as for middle/high school education. I am a registered nurse. I am a writer, and I have also worked as an editor and a photographic researcher.
- What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love creating plots and scenes. I especially love listening to the characters in my head. They tell me so much.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
The best thing readers can do is talk about the book with friends, relatives, coworkers, everyone. Recommend the book to others, and please, please post reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, or anywhere that accepts reviews. Also, ask your local library and bookstore to carry the book. All help is greatly appreciated!