Interview with Susan Arnold

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I absolutely love people. I work in the mental health field, and each day I am inspired by the people I meet.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Outside! My family and I try to visit the Boundary Waters in Minnesota every other year. We like to camp, canoe, swim and look for adventures.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually receive suggestions from those around me. There is nothing like a recommendation for a good ebook! If I choose all the books I read they would be strictly mysteries. By listening to the recommendations of others, I feel like it helps me to discover all kinds of authors and books I would never have considered.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I remember the first story I ever wrote was in 5th grade. I have just finished writing my first novel with the help of my daughter, Mary.
What is your writing process?
First Mary and I bounce a whole bunch of ideas off of each other. She then comes up with a rough outline for the plot. The next month I spend spewing words on to pages. I don't pay any attention to grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Then Mary and I will read through it together to make sure the details are clear. Slowly we start to correct the technical pieces and transitions. By the time we finished our current book, we had been through it almost 20 times.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I hated to read! In fourth grade my friend gave me a Nancy Drew Mystery for my birthday. I read it in two days. After that experience I read everything I could get my hands on.
How do you approach cover design?
When I was researching how to write and publish a novel, I accidently came across the website Go On Write, I liked what I saw, and I plan to continue to use cover art from that site.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries, and books about neurobiology.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung phone. I am not a friend of technology, so once I learn how to use a device I am fiercely loyal!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't know yet. I am just about to publish my first book, once I hear back from the beta reader/editor.
Describe your desk
Neat. I work best in a well organized environment. I have a lamp, a reference book and a pencil holder that is shaped like an owl. I have files for everything in my desk drawer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Dakota. My mom was a teacher and read to us all the time. My grandma was also a teacher and she loved to write poetry. My grandpa had a cattle ranch and always took us on adventures. Between the books, animals and adventures our minds were filled with all kids of possibilities!
Published 2016-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Return of Queen Isolade
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,420. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Queen Isolade and her young daughter disappeared without a trace, leaving behind her tyrannical husband to rule her country. Seventeen years later, a young swordsman, Cassius, begins on a path to rescue his childhood friend before he is executed by the king. Along the way, Cassius discovers those around him are not what they seem.