Hi! I’m Suzanne,
I’VE BEEN WRITING as long as I can remember. I love to write. Getting published started at Westmont College, when I worked on the weekly newspaper. A decade later, while raising my four children, I free-lanced for a number of magazines: Christian Parenting Today, Marriage Partnership, Today’s Christian Women, Christian Retailing, and others.
WHILE LIVING IN HONG KONG, thanks to the very young but getting established world wide web, I was able to continue to write for those magazines.
THEN CAME BOOKS. After repatriating, my children started to head off to college. This empty-nesting time in my life provided the opportunity to give writing a novel a try. It was just a little World War II love story, eventually published by a small royalty press, and it cracked open the door for me in a remarkable way.
THEN CAME AN AGENT. Small ponds are a great way to start. That little love story won some awards (easier to do with a small press) which caught the attention of Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary Agency. Knowing my connection to the Plain people through my grandfather, who was raised Plain, she set up a conversation with an editor at Revell Books.
AND THEN CAME A CONTRACT. The first book I wrote for Revell was non-fiction, Amish Peace for a Complicated World. It became a foundational book for me to write credibly about the Old Order Amish, to look beyond the bonnets, buggies and beards. That book became a ECPA Book of the Year finalist.
THIRTY-SOME BOOKS LATER, I’ve written in several genres, such as historical fiction, contemporary, women’s romance, children. And I still love every minute of it.