Author Spotlight: Susan Fisher-Davis

Lincoln by Susan Fisher-Davis, Chris Boutot, CJC Photography, book cover photographer, romance novel1) How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
It was always a dream of mine to write. Since I won a writing contest when I was in sixth grade. I’m the type of person to go after what I want. I’d hate to look back on my life and regret not trying.

2) What hurdles have your overcome while striving towards your goals?
The hurdles of submitting to publishers. It’s so intimidating to send your manuscript in to them. You certainly have to have a thick skin when it comes to those rejections and trust me, I had a lot of them. I gave up for a year before deciding to try again. I met an editor who helped me with my first book, JAKE. I submitted to five publishers and three wanted it. I don’t think I would have had any offers without my editor. Who is still my editor, by the way.

3) Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
Well, this certainly won’t be a surprise to anyone who knows me. I love SAM Men of Clifton, Montana Book 9. He will not even be out until next year, but I fell in love with him a long time ago. Again, because of my editor, Sam got a story. I introduced him in JAKE, and my editor said I’d better be getting Sam a woman too, because that man was hot. So, Sam was created. I have that book finished already, but I’m sure I’ll be going back and adding to it. Yep, I love Sam.

4) For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
I can’t say this enough. Get an editor! Kudos to anyone who wants to write, it is one of the hardest things to do. But, you have to have a good, professional editor. Not a family member, not a friend, a REAL editor. You have to learn to listen to them and take their advice. They will give constructive criticism and you have to learn to take it. It will be for the best.

5) Favorite motto?
Never give up your dream.

6) In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
Articulate.

7) Which author inspires you the most and why?
There are so many that I could never narrow it down to one. They all inspire me. I love how they weave their stories and pull you in. I want my stories to do that.

8) What is your writing process like?
I don’t really have a process. I just sit and type. The ideas just flow through me. I can see the characters in my head and hear what they’re saying. The only time I actually write something down is if I’m out somewhere and think of something or wake up in the middle of the night. I’ve learned to write it down or I’ll lose it. Famous last words: I don’t need to write it down. I’ll remember.

9) What new projects are you currently working on?
I have a novella coming out in late December. I’m really excited about it too. Then next spring, I’ll be starting a five book series with five brothers. I also have another novella in my head I want to get out.

10) Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
Don’t be afraid to try new things and that includes books you’d never thought you’d read. I’ve discovered new authors because I became friends with them on Facebook and I’ve turned some women into cowboy lovers. Ones who said they’d never been into cowboys. We all need to take a chance. Life is too short!

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