Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Susan Clayton-Goldner is a graduate of the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program and has been writing most of her life. Her novels have been finalists for The Hemingway Award, the Heeken Foundation Fellowship, the Writers Foundation and the Publishing On-line Contest. Susan won the National Writers' Association Novel Award twice for unpublished novels and her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A collection of her poems, A Question of Mortality was released in 2015. Her novel, A Bend In The Willow, released by Tirgearr Publishing in January, 2017k has nearly 100 reviews on Amazon, averaging 4.6 stars. Her second novel, Redemption Lake, was released in May, 2017 and is averaging 4.9 stars on Amazon. Her newest release, When Time Is A River is available for preorder at half price until it releases on September 6, 2017.
When she isn't writing, Susan makes quilts and stained glass windows. She says those two things are a lot like writing–you tell a story with fabric and glass.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
When Time Is A River is my latest book. It launches on September 6th, but is available for per order at half price. It was inspired by babysitting for my two-year-old granddaughter at the Lithia Park Playground in Ashland. I had a terrible fear pass over me as she played. What if someone kidnapped her? Most of my novels begin with a "what if" question.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write the first page of a new novel in long hand, looking out a certain window at the mountains. After that, I work at the computer, but for some odd reason, it is important to me to write out the first page.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have a been influenced by Jodi Picoult, Dennis LeHane, Thomas H. Cook and by James N Frey's book, How To Write a Damn Good novel
What are you working on now?
I am working on the third book in my Detective Radhauser series. It is entitled River of Silence.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I've used several. My Book Place, ENT, Free Kindle Books and Tips, Awesome Gang
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be tenacious. Tenacity is the best gift a writer can have. You will be rejected. But you have to swallow it and get back in the ring. It only takes one yes.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I just wrote about it in the above question
What are you reading now?
A series of mysteries by Greg Isles
What’s next for you as a writer?
A stand-alone novel about a young priest who murders the woman he loves because she rejects him.
What is your favorite book of all time?
To Kill A Mockingbird
Author Websites and Profiles
Susan Clayton-Goldner Website
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