Please make welcome freelance editor, writer, Christian and blogger, Sue Fairchild. She joins us today to talk about all things writing and her latest release, Summer’s Refrain.
Hello, Sue! Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
Sue: I’m a small town girl, but I’m pretty savvy. I have a BA in graphic design, and I love words. I’m a nitpicker at heart and can find the littlest of errors. I think that’s what makes me a good editor, but it is a trait that sometimes makes my husband a little crazy.
What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?
Sue: I’ve finished two books at this point, one is a young adult and the other is women’s contemporary. I think both look at how woman grow and learn from one another, though. I’m draw to strong female characters. I want to show how woman can support one another, how we can encourage one another and can learn from each other. If we go it alone – it’s so much harder.
Do you work to an outline or prefer to see where an idea takes you?
Sue: I never use an outline. Not on paper anyway. I usually have a general idea in my head where I want the story to go, but the characters typically start to take on a life of their own, so I just let them guide me. Both of my published novels did not start out the way they’ve come to be, but they are exactly what they should be now.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Sue: Starting with that first word. I have a lot in my head, but I’m often away from my computer and I don’t like to hand write things. Then, all too often, I get busy with life stuff and it doesn’t get put down. When I commit – it flows.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Sue: As a well-respected part of the editor community with several more books behind me. I have a non fiction Bible study aimed at negative thinkers in the works as well as a sequel, of sorts, to my YA. I’d love to also be a speaker at conferences.
Thanks for dropping by, Sue!
A refrain can be a repeated action, but also can mean to abstain from doing an action – which will Summer choose?
Summer Stewart is ready to run. Again.
Running away from relationships and hardening her heart to love—that’s what Summer does best. When her boyfriend, Lou, unintentionally hurts her, she decides it’s time to hit the road once again. But Mrs. Delwich, her eccentric neighbor, intervenes and takes her on a powerful and thought-provoking supernatural trip through Summer’s past. As Summer is confronted with the choices both she and her mother have made, she realizes her life has been repeating for decades—well before she was born.
Now, faced with the biggest decision of her life, will Summer repeat the refrain or will she choose a different song?
What You Think You Know
What would you do if your lifelong friend betrayed you?
Fifteen-year-old Emily Forester is sure of one thing: Beth Myers will be her friend forever. Friends almost since birth, they even share the same nervous habit—biting their cuticles. They’re like sisters and nothing can ever change that, or so Emily thought.
Now, Emily discovers Beth displaying disturbing new habits, and begins to doubt how well she knows her best friend after all. When Beth betrays their sister-like bond, Emily is crushed and considers what life would be like without Beth. She’s already lost her mom; will she lose Beth, too?
The one concrete thing in her life, her friendship with Beth, starts to crumble. Longing to talk with her mother, Emily confides in her dad instead and he reveals more shocking secrets. Will these new revelations bolster her relationship with Beth, or tear them apart forever?
What You Think You Know is a young adult novel for every young woman in your life who may be faced with betrayal, broken friendships and the heartbreaks of youth.
Sue A. Fairchild is a blogger, writer, and editor. She has been a contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series twice and has recently published a young adult novel, What You Think You Know as well as a contemporary women’s novel, Summer’s Refrain. Sue also edits professionally for Christian Editor Connection and is a member of ACFW. For more information on her professional services and to read more of her simple snippets, please visit her website Sue’s Simple Snippets: Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness. You can also connect with her on Facebook, or Twitter.