Friday, March 7, 2008

Introducing Susan May Warren

One of my all-time favorite authors is Susan May Warren. She’s also a former missionary, an awesome teacher, an incredible brainstormer, and just an amazing person all around. When I grow up, I want to be like her. J Her newest book, Taming Rafe, has just hit the shelves. To read my review, check it out under the books link at
I asked Susan just a few questions to go along with the rest of the goodies from her blog tour, so, without further ado, let me introduce the incredible Susan May Warren.
JW: As an author still trying to decide which genre is my favorite to write in, I find it interesting to see what the big wigs do. So far, you’ve written in a couple different genres. Do you have a favorite? And are there any others you’d like to branch out to eventually?
SW: I’ve written in Romantic Suspense and Chick Lit. Next year, I’m branching out into more of mystery/thriller series with a PI named PJ Sugar, although it will have all the elements of a SMW novel – a strong heroine, a romance or two, suspense, intrigue and of course strong spiritual elements. I love writing Romantic suspense, so all my books will have varying degrees of suspense in them, even if it’s not the main theme.
JW: Tell me about your writing space and routine.
SW: I have my own office, overlooking our beautiful property in the north woods. I start work about 8am, and work until around 4pm, when the kids come home from school. I usually do email and other projects in the am, and write in the afternoon. And, I’m always listening to music – usually XM radio, the cinemagic station, or the message (Christian music).
JW: I can understand about doing other projects in the morning. My brain doesn’t wake up until lunch. Speaking of food…what are some of your favorites? Food, hobby, verse, whatever.
SW: Let’s see: Hot buttered popcorn topped with parmesan cheese, Romans 15:13, favorite phrase: “Lord, let me make a difference for you that is totally disproportionate to who I am” (John Piper). Hobby: Reading? *grin* Favorite current TV show: Friday Night Lights
JW: Okay, I know you’re swamped, so just one more question for now. Or two, depending on how you look at it. Could you give us some words of advice—one writing related, one not?
SW: This world is not our home. It was never meant to satisfy us completely, but rather give us a foretaste of what is to come – heaven, eternity, joy. If you can spend your time on earth doing what you love to do, for the one you love, that’s an awesome thing. But even if you can’t, remembering that everything that happens is meant to push us into the arms of our Savior will help us not only stay upright, but run the race with focus and hope.
JW: Thanks so much, Susan. I appreciate the messages in each of your books and look forward to reading whatever you put out next!
If you haven’t read Susan’s books, put them on your must-read list! I have almost all of them if you want to borrow them, but if I were you, I’d just go ahead and buy a few. You can find them at or CBD. You won’t be sorry.
To learn more about Susan, check out her website at She’s hosting a contest, so make sure to enter! Rafe has his own blog, so check it out at where you can read the first chapter, watch the book trailer, etc. And if you’re an aspiring writer, check out Susan’s writing blog at


Catherine West said...

I will recommend Susan's Book Therapy to anyone that asks! Her insight and knowledge of the craft far surpasses anything I've paid for thus far on my writing journey. Her ability to brainstorm is almost scary, but above all you know you've got somebody behind you who really cares about you and your story. My re-write went from a nightmarish thought to something I actually had fun with after going through Susan's Book Therapy. And compared to other services out there, it's on the less expensive side, but well worth every cent!

Susan said...

Thanks for having me on your blog!

Susan May Warren

Lori said...

You'll never meet a more giving, down-to-earth (fun!) author than Susan May Warren! And BONUS, I always learn something from her books. :) They are the kind that you study to discover how exactly she DID THAT. Great story-telling is why you pick up one of Susie's books, but it's the spiritual depth that makes you keep thinking about it after you've closed the covers. :)

Thanks for the interview girls!

Lori said...

P. S. I love that Piper quote too. Boy, does that man have a contagious passion for Jesus!