Hey everyone! Today we have an author interview and I will probably have time for a review and giveaway later this evening. Just really busy this week.
Now, this author is having her birthday today so please stop by and give her some birthday love!
Suzanne Fisher is the author of many books and her newest one is titled Amish Proverbs. I will be reviewing this book when it comes out and I am telling you, this book looks very nice! There will also be a giveaway involved:)
How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
I’ve loved to write since I was a young teen. With that said…I don’t remember anyone ever thinking I had any particular talent as a writer! Ever! But I just loved to write…so I wrote and kept writing. I was on the college newspaper, and after college, I started to freelance for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine.
Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
Amish Proverbs releases on August 1st. It’s a hardback gift book filled with gorgeous photography (some pictures are mine!), and more than two hundred proverbs I’ve collected from the Amish, plus true stories about the Amish that introduce the topic. This little book is already in its 2nd printing!
Here's a sampling:
"Think all you speak, but do not speak all that you think."
"It isn't the whistle that pulls the train."
"If hard work is the key to success, most folks would rather pick the lock."
When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
Certainly, if someone is interested in the Amish and in simple living, they will love this book. These proverbs and sayings uncover the rich heritage, folklore, faith, values, history, and essence of the Amish people. They come out of the Penn Dutch culture—with its tradition of an oral language. Proverbs (just like those in the Bible) serve as teaching tools and maxims for practical living--but they're not just for the Amish. They're for anyone who seeks God's wisdom and truth for everyday circumstances.
What is the funniest moment you have had while writing?
Actually, the funniest moments lately have been hosting my weekly radio show, “Amish Wisdom” on toginet.com. Every single week, I mess up in some way! Big blunders! I’ve said “my breast” instead of “my guest.” Last week, I was introducing a book titled “Hurry Less, Worry Less”…and my notes said, “Hurry Less, Work Less.” Stuff like that. Mortifying!
Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
Someday, I would love to go to Israel on a tour with a very knowledgeable guide—someone who knows this land and knows his Bible.
If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
Philip Yancey, my favorite author. And Billy Graham, who worked with my grandfather in the early days of Christianity Today.
What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
Wow, Charity! These are such great questions! I would have loved to be a bystander at the empty tomb of Jesus on Easter morning, and seen the look on the women’s faces (disciples, too) when the angel told them, “He is not here! He has risen!” Can you imagine a more pivotal moment in human history—hopeless grief transformed to utter joy? The Redeemer lives!
Do you have a favorite hobby?
I raise puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I’ve raised seven so far! It’s like eating a potato chip. You can’t stop after one. Love the dogs, love the people, love the organization.
Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
I am a closet bird watcher (called a “birder”). I just love birds! Hearing them in the morning, listening for the screech owl in the redwood trees at night (by the way, a screen owl has a hooting sound. It’s the barn owl that has a screech!).
Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
So many that I don’t even know where to begin! This is such a hard field—no one is looking for you. In fact, editors are looking through your work with the intention of dismissing it. Breaking through requires such perseverance. And yet! It’s worth it. Take your writing seriously, without taking yourself too seriously…and it will happen for you.
Any last thoughts for your readers?
Thank you, thank you, dear readers! It means so much to me that you would give up your time and your hard earned money to buy a book of mine. I value each one of you. And I want to do my part by making each book better than the one before. I read every letter and e-mail, I listen to comments, I appreciate constructive feedback, I work hard at my craft.
And how can they connect with you?
Please do! It is a thrill to connect to readers! My website is probably the easiest way to find me: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.
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Thanks for having me today! By the way, it’s my birthday today! No place I'd rather be!