Monday, May 6, 2013

Susan Wiggs is here today

Welcome to the blog today..Susan Wiggs
SG:Tell us about yourself.
SW: I’m a writer, a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend. And a voracious reader. I live on a little island near Seattle, and I’ve been writing ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon. My first book came out in 1987, and writing has been my full time occupation ever since. I am not nearly as interesting as the characters in my books, so to find out about my more exciting alter egos, my readers can find them in my novels!
SG:What was your inspiration for writing The Apple Orchard?
SW: An exhibit at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Years ago, I saw a little wooden boat that was part of the “Helsingor Sewing Club.” This was an underground organization in Denmark, a fleet of boats used to secretly ferry Jews and resistance workers across a narrow sound to Sweden...and freedom. This, ultimately, became the background for the story Tess uncovers in THE APPLE ORCHARD. It turns out her grandfather was one of the resistance fighters, and he has a heroic tale to tell...and several key secrets, one of them involving a missing family treasure.
SG:What are you working on next?
SW: The sequel to THE APPLE ORCHARD. There are two very different sisters in the book who don’t meet until they’re adults–Tess and Isabel. I became fascinated with Isabel, so I decided to work on her story.
SG:What or who encouraged you to write, and did you start st a young age?
SW: My mother. Even before I was old enough to read or write, I would scribble and tell her stories, and she would write them down. I wish everyone had my mom. She’s a gem. I hope readers take a moment to read the dedication page of THE APPLE ORCHARD. It’s a little love note to my parents.
SG:In all the books that you have read, what character in any of them would you want to have dinner with and why?
 SW: George, in OF MICE AND MEN. I really need to talk him out of that bone-headed move he made at the end of the book. The ending was just wrong, so wrong that when I was in 7th grade, I rewrote it. I rescued a chihuahua puppy from Salinas, California, and I named him Lenny in honor of Lenny in that book.
  Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She's been featured in the national media, including NPR's Talk of the Nation, and is a popular speaker locally and nationally.
From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. At the age of eight, she self-published her first novel, entitled "A Book About Some Bad Kids."
Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries. Her recent novel, Marrying Daisy Bellamy, took the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and The Lakeshore Chronicles have won readers' hearts around the globe. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature.
She lives with her husband and family at the water's edge on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.
Thank you for visiting with us today! leave a comment for Susan if you would like!

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