Last Friday, I had the privilege–and it was a great privilege–to be a part of the women’s group of Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church. They had read For the Love of Dogs and planned a summer evening, S.P.L.A.S.H. (sit poolside, laugh and share), to discuss the book and writing and all kinds of things. They even made cool things like this sign at the gate for Running Deer Ranch. And every women had a sticker on her back of a character on her back. As an ice breaker, they had to figure out who they were with yes/no questions. Oh! And someone–Lisa, the Women’s Ministries’ Director par excellence–had made dog bone cookies!

One woman, Monica, was kind enough to help me out with my guide dog in training puppy. Little Reyna (now 19 weeks old) added the “wow” effect but didn’t read the manual about good manners at other people’s homes. Monika was WONDERFUL with her.

(Don’t be fooled by this angelic look. That little gal puppy has a wild streak.)

As an author, I felt so honored to meet these women of all ages, who had spent their summer reading my book. I type in a little laundry room on an ancient computer…and it’s such a shot in the arm to actually connect to readers! It’s my favorite part of writing.

Speaking, though…oh…it’s so hard. I always leave an event thinking I could have done better. I feel as if I stumble and don’t stay as focused and wish I could edit myself.

But meeting those women…oh, they are wonderful.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Kristin says:

    I was one of the women to be blessed to be at S.P.L.A.S.H. last Friday evening. Perfect balmy August evening in California with the setting a lovely backyard with pool which was expected but also a beautiful garden which was unexpected. Everyone was very welcoming and the food tables inviting. Suzanne, you need never doubt your speaking abilities again. You are gracious and speak from your heart and it is obvious that you have a passion for writing but even more important that you love the Lord and that He directs your words both printed and verbal. We all look forward to your 5 upcoming books. The one question I didn't think of until later was–Might there be a sequel to For the Love of Dogs?!

  2. Suzanne says:

    Oh Kristin…thank you so much! I just felt as if I was all all over the place…writing, dogs, Amish…I worried that people were feeling like they were listening to a ping pong ball. Anyway…I really loved meeting your group. LOVED it! And no…I don't think there will be a sequel to Dogs. I did think about it once…maybe a book from Kathleen's POV. But it seems like it was meant to be a stand alone. Glad you liked it! Thank you again for stopping by the blog and leaving such a kind comment!