Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today 🙂 Please help me welcome returning author Susan Schild. Susan is here to share her latest release with us. Linny’s Sweet Dream sounds fabulous and I think you’ll agree 🙂 Before we dive into the blurb and excerpt…and her beautiful cover…Susan has agreed to take a seat and answer a few questions. I know you’ll enjoy getting to know her better.
AND, as a special gift she’s given me a link to the entire first chapter of Linny’s Sweet Dream, and there is also a link in the post today (toward the end) that will give you access to enter her giveaway. So, we have a lot of fun going on today!
Let’s get started …
Christine, I am so grateful to you for sharing information about Linny’s Sweet Dream List with your readers! Thank you!
As my New Year’s gift to you and your readers, here is the complete first chapter of Linny’s Sweet Dream List: http://bit.ly/1leRhJI
- Tell us something you love, something you fear, and something you wish.
I love big, sweet dogs who hog the bed, getting into the flow with writing and coming up with a scene that makes me laugh out loud.
I fear big spiders (the ones with long legs that jump sideways) and Copperheads. Sorry for the visuals. To erase mental pictures, maybe think about lemon bars or Zappos boxes at your door.
I wish everyone would be nicer to each other.
Love your answers. We have a few things in common 😉 lol
- What’s the appliance you use the most?
Right now, the microwave! While I’ve been doing edits on the books, have prepared too many meals this way.
- What’s the last thing you cooked?
Because I’m trying to eat healthier, this morning I made a spicy lentil soup with carrots and it is simmering away. As a good cook friend of mine says, the flavors are “marrying.”
Love that, and I love soup. Always a favorite 🙂
- Do you have a goal for 2016? And if so, what is it?
Would like to get back into a good routine with exercise and stretching or yoga. Too much time hunched at computer. Need WD-40 some mornings.
Also, I’m going to get better at Twitter.
All good goals.
- When did you realize that you wanted to become an author?
The main part of my work life before writing was as a business consultant, and I enjoyed telling a story to illustrate a point. Some of the stories were a little out there for the engineers and technical folks I mainly worked with – like how a Black Lab puppy chewing drywall off a kitchen wall related to managing employees effectively – but they seemed to like the stories anyhow. I have always been an avid reader, steered towards novels set in the South and finally decided to take a writing workshop at Meredith College. That’s how it all began.
- Who was the first person you called when you were contracted for LINNY’S SWEET DREAM LIST?
My husband. He’s been a big supporter, and been good-natured about having a preoccupied wife. Even though he’s more of an action and adventure guy, he has read all three books in the Willow Hill Series and made smart suggestions. He wants more cat and mouse scenes with private jets or racy yachts like in Stuart Woods’ novels, though, and I haven’t found an opportunity to work either in my novels yet.
Love that! It’s awesome that he’s so supportive.
- I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in LINNY’S SWEET DREAM LIST.
Character names are great. I write down names that I hear and like, research them on sites for Southern names, and read the obituaries for beautiful or apt country names. I tried not to get too stereotypical about Southern names in any of the books. To me, too easy, and distracting. Plus, I am writing about the new South, and you’ll have fewer people named Opal Anne and more named Finch, Quinn or Annabelle. Mary Catherine is named for my mother, Kathryn. I always loved that name.
- Why should we read Linny’s Sweet Dream List?
If you like funny and heartwarming Southern stories about love and family, enjoy small town life and bright, vivid characters, you’ll love Linny’s Sweet Dream List. If you like books in which there is no profanity or graphic anything, and like strong women characters who love their men but don’t depend on them for their identity, you’ll enjoy the book.
- Which character in Linny’s Sweet Dream List is most like you and in what way?
I see myself in all three of the main characters. Linny and I are alike because we are both try hard girl. I also have some of Mary Catherine’s bluntness, and a measure of sister Kate’s vague spirituality.
- What’s the one scene from your book that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?
The one where Linny’s car runs out of gas, and she has to accept a ride home from Jack Avery, whom she thinks is a married man with a much younger girlfriend. She’s attracted to Jack, but trying to maintain a frosty façade because of what she thinks she knows. (there are some doozy mix-ups in the book) Here’s an excerpt:
“Let me give you a lift,” he calls.
“It’s okay. I need the exercise.” She flushed, realizing how crazy she sounded. Yup. She was just working out wearing business clothes in one-hundred-degree heat.
“Get in, Linny.” He pulled the truck onto the shoulder, pulled open the passenger door, and stood beside it, hand on his hip. His face told her he wasn’t taking no for an answer. “It’s hot, girl. Get in.”
She wavered, but her good sense won out over her stubbornness. Climbing up into the blessed cool of the cab, she held on to her outrage about Velvet/Bunny and could not make eye contact with him. “Thank you,” she said stiffly.
Wonderful tidbit. This book sounds so fun 🙂
- Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes.
Jack is quiet and competent, and an outdoorsy man’s man. He’s not a charmer like her ex-husband. He’s a bit of a science nerd, and he’s good looking. Linny can’t imagine why he’d be interested in her. She’s down on her luck, feeling foolish because of her last husband’s shenanigans, and very wary of men. Here are some lines from the book that explain it.
Her sister, Kate, asks Linny what she thinks of the new veterinarian, Jack Avery.
“Well, he seemed nice.” Linny tried to sound bland, but flushed remembering the arc of electricity she’d felt when she touched him. Last time she’d felt that kind of high voltage, she’d run off to Bermuda and married trouble. She shuddered, and vowed to steer clear of Jack Avery or die trying.
- Where do you prefer to write?
Great question. Makes me think of Colonel Mustard in the Drawing Room from that old game Clue. I write best at the dining room table, in comfy clothes, with good lighting and Tucker, our Lab Shepherd mix, asleep at my feet.
- Tell us about your book in tweet form—that’s right, you get 140 characters 🙂
Love funny and heartwarming Southern stories about love and family, small town life and bright, vivid characters? Read Linny’s Sweet Dream List.
Perfect tweet! Congrats 🙂
- Share with us something about yourself not many people know.
I’m a big fan of those Tiny House shows and would love to live in a small cabin/cottage out in the country. Would prefer one with no loft bedroom (scared of that tricky ladder at night) and with an easy drive to TJ Maxx.
Those Tiny Houses are so cool, but I’m not sure I could do it. I like my “things”. lol And I have lots of things.
- Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?
I am finishing edits on Sweet Southern Hearts, the third book in the Willow Hill Series. I won’t give away the plot, but let’s just say there’s:
- husband hunting
- a windfall of babies
- sixty year old girlfriends driving an RV to see the U.S of A.
- a church lady who ends up in jail. (a mix-up that could have happened to anyone)
RANDOM FUN: FINISH THIS SENTENCE…
The last book I read was…my own book, Sweet Southern Hearts, which is the third in the Willow Hill series. While on deadline, all I have time to read. Just finished book and edited. On December 15th, sent off to my publisher for him to read.
For breakfast I had…a lovely pear and a cup of lemon yogurt. Trying to be virtuous after a pecan pie incident over holidays.
My favorite thing about 2015 was… Kensington Publishers asking to publish Linny’s Sweet Dream List. So thrilling.
My shirt is…cotton, and my sweatshirt is pink fleece that I’m fairly sure does not go with my complexion but it’s soft and comfortable.
I can’t leave the house without… reading glasses and my phone.
Thank you so much for sitting down with us and answering a few questions. I had a lot of fun and hope you did too 🙂
Linny kept her nervousness at bay with a lawn-and-garden-care palooza. She could manage this man, she decided, sitting on the metal seat of the surprisingly peppy lawn tractor, zipping around the overgrown lawn in ever-smaller circles. She’d tell the whole truth about herself and, in the unlikely event that that didn’t scare him off, she’d insist that they start out as friends for a year or two. Later, if he underwent an extensive physical and his financial records checked out, they’d progress to a slow pace of dating. This was the power of positive thinking that her old friend, Indigo, preached about. She nodded her head to encourage herself.
But later, all Linny’s good intentions flew away when she opened the door to the beautiful cowboy. With a stubble of beard, faded Levis, and scuffed boots, Jack’s green eyes sparkled as he gave her a crooked grin. “Evening, Linny.”
She drew in her breath sharply as she met his eyes and caught his scent—some heady mix of hay, horses, and Dial soap. Her attraction to him made her weak-kneed and apparently, mute. She opened her mouth and closed it again. She groaned to herself. This was not good. Drawing herself up taller, she sighed, and offered ungraciously, “You might as well come in.”
Roy skidded around the corner, a pair of Linny’s rattiest underwear in his mouth, and launched himself at Jack. Gasping, she snatched the panties from the dog and stuffed them in the pocket of her shorts. Feeling her face flame, she mumbled, “His latest trick is stealing clothes from the laundry basket.”
Jack grinned, and stooped to scratch the dog. Roy twisted in delight, and gazed at him adoringly. Linny shook her head, thinking of the similarities between herself and Roy. All it took was a little affection, and Jack was the puppy’s new best friend.”