Welcoming a friend I met several years ago at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference–Susan J. Reinhardt, a real prayer warrior. Welcome, Susan. Readers, be sure to read through the whole post to find out her great giveaway to promote her book The Moses Conspiracy.
What is your favorite Scripture? Do you also have a favorite Scripture that encourages you in your writing?
Thanks for having me on your blog, Rose. One of my favorite Scriptures is on my Facebook header, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
The Scripture for my writing is I Corinthians 10:31b, “…whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” This keeps me improving my craft and striving for excellence.
I often wonder if I would write if I had to do it the old-fashioned way without computers and spell-checks and email. Is there anything about technology that you don’t like? Or anything about it that you feel enhances your writing?
I learned how to type on a manual typewriter. Need I say more?
While computers sometime frustrate me because of the constant technological changes, I would not trade the ease of use, access to the writing community, and research sources. I like my modern conveniences.
As a writer how have you had to grow and stretch out of your comfort zone?
I started off as a non-fiction writer. When I jumped into the fiction pool, the shock almost sent me running back to the old and familiar.
The Moses Conspiracy was written in 4 months, but it took a long time to polish my skills. I’d go to a conference workshop, learn a technique, and then run home to apply it to my book.
On the flip side, learning fiction skills made me a better non-fiction writer. I scored more acceptances after implementing them.
What advice would you give to a beginning writer that you wish someone had given you?
Don’t be in a rush to approach editors and agents with your manuscript. I’m embarrassed to say I brought mine to a conference in first draft form.
Do you want to add anything about your book such as how to order it?
Blog Link: http://susanjreinhardt.com
And Susan’s giveaway is an ebook copy of The Moses Conspiracy, so be sure to leave a comment today or tomorrow as the blog tour and contest run through April 6th.
Hi Rose –
Thanks so much for having me on your blog. I had fun with your questions, and hope folks will ask more in the comments.
We’re sharing Susan today, Rose! :) It’s a delight to be taking part in the promotion of her book… plus I’m loving the opportunity to learn more about her in these interviews. One of my favourite verses is that first part of Jeremiah 29:11, too. It assures me that God has a plan for my life even if I don’t know what it is… that when life seems to be throwing me lemons, God has it all under control.
Hi Susan, (and Rose McCauley)
I have enjoyed the interview and I appreciate the sharing you do. I feel like it is a bit of a learning tool for me. Blessings to the both of you!
Wanda F. Sewell
Great interview, thanks to both of you! Wishing you both all the best with your writing endeavors.
I didn’t realize that you’d met at a Phila. conference. Small world, isn’t it? :)
Hi Carol – I’m popping over to your blog in a bit. My day has been a bit crazy!
Hi Wanda – Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog tour and getting something out of it.
Hi Karen – Yes, I’ve met a lot of writer friends at the Philly conference. It’s another good reason to attend these events. :)
So glad to have Susan visit and all of the rest of you.
Carol, yes it is fun to be a part of this blog tour together. I see that you live in Canada, a beautiful place.
Wanda and Karen, thank you both for the kind words.