Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Southern town of Willow Hill, North Carolina, for a humorous,
heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and
the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s thrilled to be on her honeymoon
with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome veterinarian. But just like
the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades her to take,
newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.
twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the
perfect stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag
along on the first week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew
women “of a certain age” could drum up so much trouble? No sooner
is Linny sighing with relief at being back home than she’s helping
her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an unexpected
legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever
imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s
that there’s always room for another sweet surprise…
Madison University and a master’s degree (MSW) from The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has used her professional
background as a psychotherapist and corporate trainer to add
authenticity to her characters.Susan is a wife, a stepmother,
and a dog lover. She and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina
where she is busy finishing up the third novel in the Willow Hill
Susan, what inspired you to write this book?
- The Need for Heartwarming and Funny Stories: With so much troubling news and hyped up reporting out there, I wanted to write heartwarming, life affirming and funny books because I think a lot of readers are longing for that right now. Sometimes, the news is so disturbing that I can’t read it online and don’t want to watch it on television. Many of my readers probably feel the same way. Readers have said they’ve been encouraged and uplifted by my books, and that makes me happy. We all need to be reminded that if we work hard, try to do the right thing, have faith and press on through trouble, everything is going to be all right.
- Give Readers a Friendly Neighborhood to Visit: In creating Willow Hill, I imagined two women sitting on a front porch in Adirondack chairs having a glass of tea or wine, a dog at their feet, and maybe a baby on a shoulder. They’d be looking out over rolling green fields and talking about their lives: their men, their work and their families. They’d be doing what women friends do so well, reassuring each other, offering each other advice and laughing together.
In Willow Hill, readers can visit with Linny and the gang, bright, warm, loveable characters to whom they can relate. My readers tell me they feel like they’ve made new friends with my characters, and that was exactly my intent.
- A Clean Read: My books have no explicit scenes, violence or language that might offend a reader. Readers who prefer clean reads may not want to get engaged with a book and then come upon a scene that made them uncomfortable. I am not judging other writers or readers with other preferences. I just wanted readers who prefer a clean read to find stories that suited them, with no surprises.
- Older Women and Men Rock: See # 3 above. I did want my characters to be age forty and over and still have a zest for life, be blossoming, having fun, getting into scrapes, and falling in love. It’s what I see around me in my friends and family, and what I know is real.
- A Different Package than You Expected: A theme in my books is that happily ever afters often don’t come in the packages you’d expected, especially when folks are older and may have had to deal with hard realities like being widowed, divorced or having other life losses.
While Linny dreamed of a white picket fence life, she unexpectedly falls for Jack, a lovely man who’s been married before and who comes with a reluctant stepchild and a too attached ex-wife. She’s living in an old farmhouse instead of a suburban neighborhood. Her life is busy to the point of chaotic and she now has seven dogs. None of this was what she thought her happily ever after would look like, but Linny loves her life and her new little family.