Interview: Suzanne Woods Fisher

I’m thrilled to have Suzanne Woods Fisher with us today, who has written several novels and nonfiction books. Find out why she says that the puppies she raises to become guide dogs are like potato chips. 🙂

Enjoy this interview.

Your first novel, Copper Star (Copper Star Series, Book 1), caught the eye of literary agent, Joyce Hart. How did you know she was the right agent for you? Is there advice you can give writers on how working with an agent?

Copper Star was published by a small press publishing house, Vintage Inspirations. It was at that point that Joyce Hart of The Hartline Agency took me on as a client. Joyce was the right agent for me because she believed in me! Joyce has a wonderful way of making and keeping sincere connections with people—I think that’s her greatest strength. The author/agent relationship is an important one. The agent takes care of business so the author can concentrate on the business of writing. As for advice about how to work with an agent—the key is having respect for each other.

Your books Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both very successful. Is there a favorite passage you can share from one of them?

Amish Peace was the first book I wrote about the Old Order Amish, and I consider it to be my foundational book. It was a wonderful, blessed experience. My grandfather was raised Plain, and I have many Plain relatives—but there’s nothing like going back to the Lancaster County area and going deep into the Amish world. Getting to know people well, staying with Amish families, interviewing scholars. And then there was another layer to my visits: capturing the smells in the air, the sights of the fields during the seasons, the sounds on a farm.

There was extra material from writing Amish Peace, and that’s how Amish Proverbs came into being.

Some of the photography in Amish Proverbs is my own.

Here are a few of my favorite proverbs:
“Every mother crow thinks her own little crow is the blackest.”
“In every path there is a puddle.”
“Forbidden fruit creates many jams.”
“There are two kinds of leaders: those interested in the flock and those interested in the fleece.”
“Faith is the bird that sings at night.”

Please share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?

I have two books coming out this summer—one is non-fiction: Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life (a sequel to Amish Peace). And one is a fiction Christmas novella: Lancaster County Christmas, A. Beyond that, I have two new series contracted that will take me into 2014. And I have a surprise coming, too—it’s a little too early to announce it, but as soon as I get the go ahead, I will!

What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?

Honestly, I’d have to say the Bible. I think some of my favorite sections are the narratives in the Old Testament. I always read a passage and ask myself, “What does this reveal about God?” Amazing answers to that question…the attention God pays to his people never fails to astonish me.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I play tennis a couple of times a week, and I love to garden and cook! I’m not great at any of those hobbies, but I love doing them. The other hobby that takes up a lot of my spare time is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I’m on my 9th puppy! They’re like potato chips…you can’t stop at one.

Where can we learn more about you?

You can find me on-line at Connecting with readers is one of my favorite things—I try to answer e-mails within 24 hours, I’m on Facebook and Twitter. I just added a page on my website for prayer requests. If someone sends me a request, I will pray!

Anything else you’d like to add?

My publisher, Revell, hosts quite a few contests and giveaways for me. In fact, each week on my FB author page is an Amish photo caption contest. Winner gets a signed book of her choice! Hope you’ll join in the fun! Go to this link and click like…and you’re in!!/SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor

Thanks for hosting me today, Cherie.

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