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Monday, February 17, 2020

Suzanne Woods Fisher and Free Books!

Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted through life as long as he could on charm and good looks, but his smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he’d met at the Bent N’ Dent.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of Amanda Stevens' contemporary fantasy novel, From Sky to Sky, is:


Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you via email, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to learn about new releases! U.S. subscribers are entered in the drawings a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of the contemporary Amish romance, Two Steps Forward (Revell Books, February 2020).

Carol award winner Suzanne Woods Fisher writes stories that take you to places you’ve never visited—with characters that seem like old friends. But most of all, her books give you something to think about long after you’ve finished reading them.

With over one million copies of her books sold worldwide, Suzanne is the best-selling author of more than thirty books, ranging from non-fiction books, to children’s books, to novels.

She lives with her very big family in northern California.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I play tennis. Quite often. My son told me recently that if I don’t respond to a text message right away, he knows that I’m either on the tennis court or I must be dead.

I have family members who are pretty much addicted to the sport, so I can imagine your passion.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Two Steps Forward.

Sylvie Schrock’s choice to raise her sister’s son as her own was a hard pill for her father to swallow. After he called the little boy Willie Jitmit (say that three times fast) a few too many times, she left her ultra conservative Amish community and moved to Stoney Ridge.

Next door neighbor Jimmy works on Sylvie’s farm and grows intrigued by his lovely new boss—so unlike other girls. The problem is that Jimmy’s mother can’t abide Sylvie, for many reasons, especially knowing Sylvie is, according to Jimmy, a ‘hillbilly Amish’.

What is it about Sylvie that will make your readers care about her?

A church like Sylvie’s might seem backward to outsiders like us. Those kinds of churches hold tight to tradition, resist change more than other Amish groups, and are the most restrictive to technology. They’re also more isolated.

But Sylvie Schrock’s upbringing defines her outlook in some wonderful ways. She’s kind to all and content with little, a rare quality that comes from one who has lived without creature comforts.

In Sylvie’s voice, give us a statement of what she thinks about romance (or love).

"What I need is a man of substance to help me run my business. What I got…is Jimmy Fisher."

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

Just finished the book Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. It pulls you forward with that question, “What happens next?” Didn’t see that ending come, either.

I enjoyed that one as well. I look forward to the film version.

What are you working on now?

On an historical novel set in 1911 in Eastern Appalachia. It’s based on a true story about a remarkable woman, an unsung heroine. My favorite kind of story!

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.suzannewoodsfisher.com, and I can be easily found on Facebook and on Instagram @suzannewoodsfisher.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I get a lot of reader email, which I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoy. Connecting with readers is the best part of this author gig. But I’ve always wondered about something: What would make you take the time to write to an author?

Thanks, Suzanne, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Suzanne has offered to give away a free copy of her book. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to her question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

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Alicia Haney said...

I would write to an author if I had a question about a book of theirs that I was reading. Thank you for sharing about your book and for the question and answer to the author. Your book sounds intriguing and like a very good read. Have a Great week. God Bless you both.

kim hansen said...

If I really enjoyed the book. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

Firefly said...

I actually have written an author when I fell in love with both the story & the characters in the book. Of course one of my questions was "Are you writing another book in the series?" :) I love your Amish Wisdom quotes !!
Have a blessed rest of February! :)

Suzanne Woods Fisher said...

Thank you, Firefly, for letting me know you get the daily proverbs! And Kim Hansen...nice to see you here! And I appreciate your thoughtfulness, Alicia. Lastly...thank you, Trish, for sharing this interview with your blog readers!

Patty said...

I've only written to an author once or twice. I only would do it if a book really impacted me.

Lori Reads and Reviews said...

I already subscribe and would love to read at his book. Pluckychicken41@gmail.com

Debbie H. said...

I would write to an author to find out what inspired him/her to come up with the story line and to let them know how I enjoyed the book. I love Suzanne's books. dhazelton(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

Patti O. said...


I would write to the author if their book touched my life in someway or if I was overwhelmed by how great the book was.

Teddi1961 said...

I write authors for various reasons. I feel close to some and have general happy notes just to let them know readers really do care for them besides their books! Of course, if a book impacts my life, naturally I would write the author to let them know and why. Same if something about the book (I have only done this once considering grammar) that is nit right in the reader's eyes or if I didn't understand a message.
I love the daily Amish proverbs. Thank you for those, they make my day!

Laurel Milam said...

One reason I might write to an author is if I have a question about a book of theirs that I've read. Or, I might just write to tell them how much I enjoyed a book of theirs. Laurel

Jessica TLapa said...

To be honest I've ever written to. I mean I read books from a lot of authors but haven't got the courage to do so. I may start not that I'm being obligated but because their stories are incredibly fascinated and they take their time writing them.
email: gonjessica76[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I would write to an author to tell them how moved I was by their book. Or to beg for a sequel!!!
This is easy for me to write as I truly enjoy your books, esp series.I

Penny Knowlton said...

I would write to an author to let them know how much I enjoyed their books or if they requested information.

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Ashley said...

I would write to an author to express gratitude for their writing or to get advice on how to write. aaronandashleyfluke@gmail.com

curlyblu918 said...

I would write an author just letting them know how much I enjoy their books and how thankful I am.

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Anonymous said...

I would write to an author if their book spoke to my heart or maybe if I had a question about the story. I always review every authors book I read. I am an email subscriber of the blog.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Linda said...

I've never written to an author. I guess I've always felt like they wouldn't have time to read a lot of emails. I do love reading your daily proverbs.
lhanberry1 at gmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

I've always loved it when reader has written to me, especially when she/he tells me about a positive way my book has impacted her/him--that's like receiving a gift from them! I remember writing about Chris Bohjalian's book, Midwives, after I read it, and he wrote me back, author to author. It meant a lot to me!

diannekc said...

I have never written to an author because I'm not great at writing and I feel intimidated writing to an author. Love The Daily Proverbs and your books.

Suzanne Woods Fisher said...

SO interesting to read the reasons you would write to an author...and why you wouldn't write to an author! I really enjoy hearing from readers--getting feedback on the books, but especially when they share something of their lives with me. Makes it more of a two-way street!

Thanks, everyone, for chiming in! Loved it! Suzanne

Jan H said...

I would write if a book truly touched my heart of it I had a question.

Vivian Furbay said...

I have read her books and she's a great author. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com


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Gail H. said...

I keep up with many authors through Facebook and Instagram. I’ve written private messages or letters when I find something in common with an author or want to comment on a book that touched me somehow. I’ve even swapped crochet patterns with one author. I like the human touch!



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