Interview with Susan Kissinger

What is your writing process?
I don't know what inspired Susan to write. Most of her writings are real stories based on her experiences. Susan wrote everything with pen and paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I will answer this question as Susan's publisher and editor. I remember reading 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne. It made me think about what may exist besides what I see and know.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover was my design. I like this cover because I think the darkness is mysterious, and it relates to the title.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read comedy, some sports, and drama.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far I've been posting on Susan's blog. I've also been contacting groups that I feel can benefit from the book, such as home schooling groups.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Susan grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch part of Pennsylvania. This was a community where you learned about survival. This area was a tight knit community. Everything that Susan wrote and practiced was influenced by her upbringing.
When did you first start writing?
Susan told me that she started writing when she was a small child.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Susan's book is mostly about how her mother raised a family alone at poverty level income. It's about independence and determination.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As publisher and editor, it was one of Susan's requests before she died. Also I believe, like she did, that many people can benefit from reading this book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has a great tutorial on navigating the word system. I have learned a lot about formatting the book using word.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As publisher for Susan's book, it's the joy of getting it ready for publication, and making it available to the general public.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like Neil Simon, Marguerite Duras, James Baldwin and Michael Cunningham.
Published 2018-03-20.
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Books by This Author

Life Lessons From The Pennsylvania Dutch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Motherhood, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This is a reference book that will be re-read, taught from, and discussed with your children. My wife Susan passes the knowledge and wisdom from her mother on for everyone to share with each other in the family and pass down to the next generation. There are valuable and life changing instructions for running a safe, organized and happy home, staying busy with fun activities for the family.