Author Spotlight – Susan Sands
Posted by Tracy Solheim
I’ve got another author to introduce you to! But first, a story. The journey to publication is different for everyone and never, ever, predictable for any writer. When I first started out in this business, I decided to find my tribe, so to speak, at the local RWA chapter in Atlanta. As luck would have it, I met not one, but two, dear friends through those meetings. Both have walked beside me on my path to being an author. If you’re a regular follower of this blog, you already know one of those amazing women–Christy Hayes–who blazed her path differently than I did, achieving success much more quickly. In fact, if you’ve been following social media or the national news these past few weeks, you’ll see her name on the cover of an upcoming book that is garnering a lot of national attention. But I’ll let her tell you about that when it’s her turn to post. I’ll just say here that I’m so stinking proud of her!
Today, I want to introduce you to our third partner in crime, debut author Susan Sands. Like Christy and myself, she’s a wife and mother, first and foremost, but she’s also a wonderful story teller with a strong Southern voice and great wit. And, as an added bonus, when we go on our writing retreats, she’s the mother hen who cooks all our fabulous meals and desserts. Susan’s first book, AGAIN,ALABAMA, will be available for digital download beginning next Friday, June 12. The print version will be released August 26.
Susan Sands grew up in a real life Southern Footloose town in Northwest Louisiana, complete with her senior class hosting the first ever prom in the history of their tiny public school with half the town chaperoning. Is it any wonder she writes Southern small town stories full of porch swings, fun and romance?
Susan lives in Alpharetta, Georgia surrounded by her husband, three young adult kiddos and lots of material for her next book.
Thanks for stopping by today, Susan! We can’t wait until next week when the book is released.
Where can readers find you?
My readers can find me on my Facebook Author page https://www.facebook.com/susannsandsauthor
On Twitter @susannoelsands
On my blog, Sweet Home Alpharetta at susansands.com
If someone wrote a book about you, what would the title be and why?
Hmmm. Maybe, Country Girl Come to Town. I grew up in a tiny town in Louisiana and now I live in suburban Atlanta. But I guess I’ve been out of the country for a long time. My current lifestyle is vastly different from how I grew up.
What are 5 things readers should know about you?
1) I love to cook but hate to clean. 2) I’m shy in a big group, but love people. 3) Family dynamics of all sorts fascinate me. 4) I hate cardio. 5) I love the beach and the lake.
What is the significance of the title AGAIN, ALABAMA?
This book has taken many forms. The original title was Misery, Alabama, but my publisher rightly pointed out that it wasn’t a very romantic title. Again, Alabama is apt, as my heroine is dragged back to her small town—again.
Please share a few random facts about AGAIN, ALABAMA.
I drew upon my experiences growing up in a small town to write this story.
My heroine’s family looks like how I imagine it would be to have a gaggle of crazy siblings. I only had one brother, who is now deceased.
The secret ingredient in my heroine’s award-winning pecan pie recipe is white chocolate.
The therapy scenes came natural to me. I had my friend, a clinical therapist, look them over. I often wondered if I should have gone into the field of psychology/mental health.
What was your favorite scene to write?
Scarily, the Bean Family Reunion.
It came from a real scenario where my cousin, Ruth, and I saw a sign in a New Orleans hotel for the Bean Family Reunion. We began to wonder what sort of beans might be in attendance. We met a few. They were lovely.
Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?
I would always go for Matthew Mcconaughey as my leading man, Grey. It’s the drawl, y’all, oh, and his fantastic everything else. I think I would choose Jennifer Garner for the leading lady because she has such a fresh face. Her persona reminds me of Cammie.
If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?
Chill, y’all. Things have a way of working out.
What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?
I am writing the next two books connected with AGAIN, ALABAMA.
To celebrate Susan’s book birthday next week, I’m giving away TWO digital copies to randomly selected people who comment. Just tell me your favorite book set in a small town. Be sure and leave a comment before June 12th. And check back here next Friday for the winning name!
Cammie Laroux is back in Alabama—again.
Dragged back to her small town to help her mother recover from surgery while rescuing the family event planning business should be a cinch. Even for a disgraced television chef, right? Wrong.
Among the many secrets Cammie’s family’s been hiding is the fact that their historic home is falling down. Oh, and the man hired to restore the house, Grey Harrison, is the same high school and college love of her life who thrashed her heart and dreams ten years ago. Yeah, that guy.
Grey, a widower with a young daughter, has never stopped loving Cammie, and when they are face to face once again, the chemistry is off the charts. Cammie may be in full-blown denial, but letting go is no longer in Grey’s vocabulary, even when winning Cammie’s forgiveness and renovating their love may seem like an impossible build even for a master architect and carpenter.
As Cammie finds herself forgetting all the reasons she can’t trust Grey or love again, he finds himself remembering all the reasons he wants her to stay with him in Alabama… forever.
This book will be released digitally on Friday, June 12. Go to Tule Publishing for buying information. While you’re there, pick up the great Father’s Day Romance Bundle for .99!