Author Spotlight: Susan May Warren

Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from last week’s Author Spotlight with Suri Mitchell is Allysia! Please email my assistant Christen with your mailing address. (

This week please welcome Susan May Warren in the spotlight! To win a copy of her new book Duchess (Summerside, 2013) , leave a comment on this post.

What is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Keep writing. Once you finish a book, start a new one, and build on the skills you learned in the last one. Dee Henderson told me that. (and she is right!)

What was your biggest break?

Being found on the slush pile by Anne Goldsmith Horch, at Tyndale House.

I’m inspired by…People who live beyond themselves for the good of others.

My great adventure has been…Being a mother. I love being a mother – but I never thought I wanted kids. I’m so thankful God chose for me!

The one thing I hope to discover is…that thing I fear most that keeps me from achieving what I long for. Not that I have deep unfound longings, but sometimes, you just know there is something you should know, or have, and you just can’t figure out why you haven’t gotten it yet, and you know you are the one holding yourself back, but you can’t figure out why. That dark, quiet, secret fear that you’ve buried so deep you can’t unearth it. Have you read Hinds Feet on High Places? There is a moment when that fear, that self, is ripped away from the heroine, and she is left with a pure heart, devoted to God. That’s what I’d like to find.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…Space.

If you have only…an hour…What, left to live? I get my family, and we hang out on some beach somewhere, watching the waves until I slip away. Or an hour to do anything? I’d spend it hanging out with my husband, just enjoying his company.

Describe yourself in one word. Curious.

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Besides my laptop? 🙂 My family Bible.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far? Sky-diving over Monterrey California.

What drives you to succeed? I want to be a good steward of the gifts and skills God has given me. I don’t want to let anyone down.

Best Surprise. When my father showed up from 3 states away to watch my son, Peter, play football in the state playoffs.

Best Saturday Afternoon Read. Any book by Rachel Hauck.

Best Forgotten Custom. Sunday dinner.

Best Way to Break a Sweat. Swing Dancing!!

Best Style Icon. Audrey Hepburn. Grace Kelly.

Best Time-Waster. Grey’s Anatomy.

Best Indulgence. Popcorn with parmesan cheese.

Best Advice. Be the person you’d like to hang out with.

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. Suzanne says:

    Great interview, Susan! I really enjoy our energy and enthusiasm. Thanks for taking time out to share your thoughts with my blog friends. Suzanne

  2. Patty H says:

    I’ve read the first book in this series, and would love to add this to my TBR stack!

  3. Robyn L says:

    sounds like great summer reading and I’d love to win the book

  4. angela chesnut says:

    would love to win.

  5. Brandy Ford says:

    Great interview! I enjoy your blog! The book looks really good!

  6. Wilani Wahl says:

    I love to read and would love to win this book

  7. Sharon Timmer says:

    Want to add this to my Summer reading list!

  8. Jaquelyn says:

    Susan is an awesome author! And it was really cool to hear more about her! I like a lot of the same things! Thank you for featuring her!

  9. Jodi Peterson says:

    Love Susan’s books. Hands down my favorite author! Haven’t got my copy of Duchess yet but would L-O-V-E, LOVE LOVE LOVE to dive right in!

  10. Lauren says:

    I love reading Susan’s books! She does a great job making her characters come to life. They feel so real.

  11. Brandi P says:

    I enjoy her books and thought the interview was interesting.

  12. Mel says:

    Thanks for the fun “get to know you” interview and for a chance to win a fun read. Now for some popcorn with parmesan later…

  13. Amylee says:

    Sounds like a great book! I’d love to win it!

  14. Stephanie says:

    I have loved any book I have read by Susan, and look forward to reading this series! 🙂

  15. Bette says:

    I also am inspired by those who live beyond themselves. Her books based in Russia brought back my desire to serve in now former eastern block countries..sharing God’s heart wherever you are is what He calls us to. Her writing continues to inspire me. 🙂

  16. Linda Ortiz says:

    Great interview! Susan, your book sounds great!!! Another book to add to my summer list…boy, do I have a long list! 🙂

  17. Kristine Morgan says:

    I love Susan’s books. She is an awesome storyteller and I would love to win a copy of Duchess!

  18. Amber says:

    I enjoyed reading this interview. I’m a big fan of Susan May Warren. Thanks for the giveaway!


  19. amyc says:

    What a fun interview with Susan.

  20. Sandra says:

    Enjoyed hearing your thoughts….

  21. Angie Vik says:

    Fun interview. I have read most of Susan’s books. Would love to win.

  22. Sheri says:

    Great interview!! I have loved every book that I have read by Susan. They never disappoint!!

  23. Bonnie Traher says:

    Would be awesome to win.

  24. Cheryl says:

    Love the interview. Have added Duchess to my list of book to look for.

  25. Beth says:

    Love reading your books. I would love to win Duchess!

  26. Mary says:

    I enjoyed your Interview Susan. Wow, lots of thought provoking questions. I am enjoying Heiress. I can’t wait to find out what happens with Esme and whether she ever sees her family again.

  27. Kalyn Brooke says:

    I think the biggest fear writers have, is to not write until they think they’ve perfected it. Oh how we waste precious time doing it that way, rather than thinking of it as practice!

  28. Merry says:

    Fun interview with an adventerous lady! I ‘ve enjoyed many of Susan’s books, please add me to the drawing. Thanks!

  29. Alyssa Faith says:

    On my to-read list for a while now!! Would love this book!

  30. Sarah K says:

    I too love popcorn with Parmesan Cheese. Best way to eat it! Thanks so much for the interview! 😀

    Sarah K

  31. Halita Wilson says:


  32. Jan C. says:

    Life is made more interesting with your interviews that always stimulate!
    Thank you for them.
    Entering my chance to win this great sounding title!

  33. beckie says:

    I am a new fan! Just read my first Warren novel, “Take a Chance on Me”. I’ve got a lot of catch up reading to do!

  34. Kerri G says:

    I love your books! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  35. Melissa says:

    Thanks so much for posting this neat interview, I always enjoy getting to know authors better! I have read several of Susan Warren’s books and have enjoyed them very much. I’m also delighted to find this website and to catch you with you as well Suzanne Fisher.

  36. sharon says:

    A very interesting and informative interview. Thanks for this chance.

  37. Tina Rice says:

    Your interview is very interesting, like you are curious and want to go in space…

    Thanks for offering such great books, would love to win a copy of this book.
    Blessings, Tina

  38. Beth-Anne says:

    I would love to read this book! It looks interesting!

  39. Sandy says:

    Reading a new book from would be awesome, especially a free one from one of my favorite authors!

  40. KayM says:

    Great interview! Susan, you sounds like a very upbeat person. I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve read by you and I’d be happy to win this one.

  41. Kim F says:

    Fun interview – I have enjoyed all your books, Susan – can’t wait to read this one

  42. I would love to read this book. The cover is so rich looking!

  43. Lynda E. says:

    Fun interview! I love the cover of this novel and can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Marissa says:

    I would to love win this book!! I’ve read the first one in the series, but not this one.

  45. Carol Edwards says:

    this would be a great read and I would love to win

  46. ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    Would love to win! I love your books!

  47. beth kelsay says:

    If i didn’t already love her she would have got me with the Parmesan Popcorn!! LOVE IT too.

  48. Denise H. says:

    This looks like a great book! 🙂

  49. Tammy Sotela says:

    Great interview! I look forward to reading this book. The rest of the series was super!

  50. I really enjoyed reading such an excellent and very interesting review! I loved the variety of questions which were asked – different questions that I liked. I surely would love to win such an interesting novel and meet a new reading author recommended by other authors. Thanks for this contest.

  51. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel 😉

  52. Amanda T says:

    Would love to win this book!!! Thanks for the chance. I just read my first Susan May Warren book and absolutely loved it!

  53. Lisa Harness says:

    Love the interviews you do. I also, really like Susan’s books. Look forward to reading this one. Love to win it

  54. Susan Karsten says:

    Very good info — love her getting out of the slush pile — that was good providence 🙂

  55. Iris Millett says:

    I haven’t read any SMW books, but she sounds very down-to-earth based on her interview.

  56. Andrea Williams says:

    Great interview! I love all her books!

  57. I love parenting too. Thank you for sharing from your heart.Rhonda
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  58. Alisa says:

    I love Susan May Warren’s books!!

  59. Barb Shelton says:

    Hi Suzanne, you are a unique interviewer and I enjoyed Susan’s answers. Thank you for this great giveaway and the chance to win a quality read.

    In Christian Joy,
    Barb Shelton
    Arlington, TX

  60. Lisa Medeiros says:

    Love her books! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  61. bonnie says:

    Enjoyed the interview – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  62. Sheree says:

    Dee Henderson gives great advice!

  63. Not familiar with this author, but liked the interview, so I’d love to read her book

  64. Wow! What a full interview. And did your son’s team win? What a gift your father gave him! Loved the interview. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  65. Kaite Pybus says:

    My mom and I bond over books. She just finished “Heiress” (Which I completed months ago). Would love to be able to share “Duchess” with her and discuss it over coffee and Skype!

  66. Thanks Suzanne for having Susan on your spotlight. This was a interesting interview with Susan. Please put me i the drawing if I’m not too late. I would love to have this book. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com