Interview with Fellow Blogger Susan J Reinhardt

I am so very excited to have Susan J. Reinhardt at my blog today. She and I have been blogging buddies for several years and she is a true inspiration. Not only for her caring heart, but for her tenacity. She has quite the writing story and now her book, The Moses Conspiracy, has been contracted and is available! I can't wait to read it. The cover is amazing and I know the story is going to rock!!
Susan was kind enough to do a short interview with me. :-)

1. How long have you been writing fiction with the intent of publication?
Thanks for having me on your blog, Jess! I've been writing fiction since August of 2005. Originally, I wrote non-fiction and still submit to periodicals/devotionals/compilations on occasion. The switch occurred in 2005 after a trip to Gettysburg with my late husband. While standing in an old town square, I "heard" the voices of the forefathers. They were fading like a distant echo. After several attempts to write a non-fiction piece based on that experience, I put the idea aside. Beloved popped up one day and said, "That's it! That's your book." The rest, as they say, is history.

2. Was there a turning point in your writing, where you think you went from unpublishable to ready?
I attend a conference every year and present my work to various agents and editors. At some point, they began saying things like, "You can write," and expressing interest. Of course, there's always room for improvement.

3. What advice do you think every writer should know?
Pay attention to the details. If you have problems with the nuts and bolts of writing, work on that aspect. Editors and agents appreciate a clean manuscript.

4. Do you have any other projects in the works?
The Moses Conspiracy is the first book of a trilogy. Each book is a stand-alone novel, but features another character. Book 2 has a working title of, "The Scent of Fear," while Book 3 is presently called, "Lost and Found."

A trip to post-terrorized Washington, D.C. in 2025 and a buggy accident in Bird-in-Hand, PA set in motion events that expose a diabolical plan to destroy the Christian community. Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy.
Convinced it's now safe to visit D.C., Ellie and her 8-year-old son, Peter, travel to the nation's capital. Both mother and child make an effort to enjoy the sights, but they're unprepared for the challenges they face. Her nightmares come true when she and Peter are separated.
Back home, John witnesses a neighbor's buggy accident. The suspicious circumstances and law enforcement's refusal to take them seriously prompt him to take on the role of detective. He and a tenacious reporter band together and vow to find out what's happening in Bird-in-Hand.
Extended family squabbles erupt when John's sister, Annaliese, faces off with Ellie for blowing her D.C. experiences out of proportion. She'd rather ignore the warnings than deal with the growing danger.

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Terri Tiffany said…
I love Susan and was so happy to see her news. Looking forward to reading it!
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Diane Estrella said…
Another great interview. Hugs to both of you lovely ladies!
Karen Lange said…
It's great to see Susan here! I love hearing about her journey. She's an inspiration! :)
Jean Fischer said…
I'm reading Susan's novel now, and halfway through I'm on the edge of my seat. Great writing! We'll be reading more books from Susan in the future--I'm sure of it.
Unknown said…
Great interview and the Moses Conspiracy sounds fabulous!
Hi Jess -

Thanks for having me on your blog today! Your questions gave the ol' brain cells a run for their money. LOL!

Hi Terri - I'm so glad we met in the blogosphere. Hopefully, we'll meet in real life soon.

Hi Diane - Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your help with this blog tour.

Hi Karen - Thanks for your faithful support.

Hi Jean - Thanks for the feedback on The Moses Conspiracy. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Hi Melissa - Nice to meet you! I'll pop over to your blog ASAP.

Susan :)
Susanne Dietze said…
Great interview, Jessica! I first encountered Susan a week or so ago and was delighted to be introduced ...I think her new book sounds amazing. Love the cover!
Terri, me too. I'm very happy for her. :)

Thanks Diane! Hugs back to you also.

Karen, she definitely is!
Jean, so glad to hear you're enjoying it!

Hey Melissa, I'm looking forward to reading it too.

Susanne, I can't believe you just met her! The blogging world is larger than I thought. :-)
Gabrielle Meyer said…
Susan, I know exactly how you felt standing in Gettysburg. The "voices" of the forefathers are strangely present in that town, unlike any other place I've ever visited. Your story sounds amazing! Congratulations!
Hi Gabrielle -

It was quite an experience, one that remains with me to this day.

It's so nice to connect with you. I'll pop over to your place ASAP.

Susan :)
I enjoy reading any kind of romance and of course mysteries and thrillers!
Loree Huebner said…
I look forward to reading your book, Susan. Congrats!
Stacy Henrie said…
Cool cover! Congrats on the book, Susan!
Hi Jessica - I think there's enough suspense in The Moses Conspiracy to keep you happy. :)

Hi Loree - Thanks! I'm looking forward to your day on the blog tour.

Hi Stacy - Nice to meet you! I'll pop over to your blog ASAP. :)

I am looking forward to a nice blog every day.
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Linda Kage said…
Congrats, Susan!! Books in a series always seem to do well. Here is hoping you have many great sales.

Have a happy Easter too!
JD said…
You give solid advice here, Susan. I could picture you standing there in Gettysburg, "hearing" the voices of the past. I once "heard" a voice in the distance while touring a rural part of Europe steeped in history. It was only for a second, but it was profound. I haven't written about that experience but who knows? Maybe that experience will birth a book for me one day. ;-)

Thanks, Jessica, for hosting Susan. Be well, ladies!
JD said…
Jessica, I'm your newest follower.

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