Wednesday, August 29, 2012

❤author: Susan Wiggs Interview and Giveaway!

❤ I'm thrilled to welcome the fabulous Susan Wiggs to the blog today. Welcome to ¡Miraculous!, Susan! Will you please tell us about yourself and your newest release, Return to Willow Lake?

I’m so excited for Return to Willow Lake to get into readers’ hands. It's the first release in nearly two years from my bestselling Lakeshore Chronicles series, and centers on Sonnet Romano, one of my favorite characters. She’s smart, ambitious, but clueless when it comes to matters of the heart. At the wedding reception of her best friend and stepsister, Daisy Bellamy, Sonnet starts something she can’t stop...

Sonnet Romano's life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There’s nothing more a woman wants – except maybe a baby... sister? When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high-risk, she puts everything on hold – the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend – and heads home to Avalon just until things back on track. But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even of that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake – award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Return to Willow Lake plumbs the deepest corners of the human heart, exploring the bonds of family, the perils and rewards of love, and the true meaning of home.

I’m a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister–a lot like my readers. I live at the water’s edge on a little island near Seattle with my husband and four (yes, four) dogs.

❤ How did you get published? Tell us your call story.

Gosh, it was so long ago: 1986. There was no internet, so it WAS a call. I had sent my first manuscript out, and an editor named Wendy McCurdy called to make an offer for it. My daughter was a toddler, getting into mischief, but I just stood there with a delighted smile on my face. All that hard work, all the hoping and striving... Since then, I’ve published a book or more nearly every year.

❤ That's such an incredible accomplishment! So many books. How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories?

Not so much, because real life is usually too messy or boring to fit neatly into a fictional plot. I do use my travels for settings. I tend to travel a lot for research. Return to Willow Lake, Sonnet has a past when she spent some time in Europe. That was based on my own travels. That sort of thing.

❤ Give aspiring writers a piece of advice you wish you would have known before getting published.

Take your time and get it right. Don’t rush things off half-baked.

❤ What's the most interesting comment you have ever received about your stories?

“You’re going to burn in hell for writing that.” Some of my readers really can’t stand it when my characters cuss.

❤ Wow. Then they're going to hate this: damnshitfuckWhere can you be found on the web?

❤ Thank you so much for being here today, Susan! It was a pleasure getting to know you and Return to Willow Lake

Thanks to Little Bird Publicity, I have one print copy of Return to Willow Lake up for grabs. To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway runs through September 20th, 2012 at 11.59 pm (EST).
Open to US residents only!
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ❤
Good luck!