Interview with Susan Berry

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
One of the greatest joys of writing, for me, is being introduced to my characters. As I write, my characters speak to me and lead me in the direction they want their story to end up. Most of the time I find the journey is not what I had initially planned. I feel that in writing fiction, it is important not to be constrained by your initial vision for the project, but allow flexibility in the storyline, to go where the characters take you.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about an awkward girl who thought she was too tall. It was called, Jenny the Giant. I was the tallest girl in my class all through elementary and most of junior high. It was my way of easing my self-consciousness. In the story, Jenny finds her heighth an advantage when one of her classmates, a mean girl named Cheryl, needs help getting a cat down from a tree in her backyard and Jenny is the only one tall enough to do the job.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read mostly romance for pleasure. I also enjoy fantasy novels that have characters struggling with human flaws.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Laughter of the Heart, the sequel to Dance of the Heart, as well as a fantasy novel called Bravery.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many authors who I enjoy reading from old time romance novels written by Flora Kidd or Violet Winspear, to works by Suzanne Collins and Nora Roberts.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I enjoy antique shopping with my daughter Elisabeth, being anywhere outdoors, and sharing a meal with family and friends.
Published 2014-04-23.
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