Susan Lute! Ahhhhhhh. Pull up a piece of rug in front of the fire and settle in with Jane's Long March Home.
Multiple RITA winner, Wendy Warren, sums up Susan Lute's sense of story best. She said, ""Susan Lute is a beautiful keeper of the human heart. She explores the soul and leaves the reader certain life is worth the journey." So, it is with great pleasure that I am interviewing Susan Lute this week. Welcome Su!
Hi Maggie. Thanks for inviting me to Behind The Book.
What was the initial spark that put this story in your head?
Jane’s Long March Home, the first of four novels about Marine pals who played poker every Friday night, until a bomb changed everything.
Your last book was a light and humorous category book for Harlequin. This one is definitely more serious and Women's Fiction oriented. Is this book a new direction for you?
Jane’s Long March Home is more serious in tone than Oops...We’re Married?, but at the heart of both stories is a traditional, multi-generational, contemporary romance that hopefully leaves reader’s hearts happy. You’re right - the stories I love to tell don’t fit into one specific genre, because I quite naturally write a women’s fiction flavored contemporary romance. I’ve probably always told this story, but Jane is the first of these genre blended books to be published, and as long as I can keep publishing them, I’m very excited to have at least three more books in the Falling For A Hero series. I also have two women’s fiction novels looking for a home, and a completely different genre for me, a post apocalyptic paranormal romance that was tremendous fun to write.
It seems that most authors use something from their own lives, or the lives of people they know as an integral part of the story. Is there anything in this story like that? If so, what?
Well, there is the Marine angle. And, when I met my husband, he lived in a little valley along the Columbia Gorge in Central Oregon, called Lone Pine. I always thought I was writing the orphan story. I come from a blended family and, looking back, I can see it’s family that most intrigues me, whether it’s the one a person is born into, or the one they gather around them. Like Jane, when I was young and just starting out on my own, I used to think I didn’t need family. How wrong we both turned out to be.
Is there a particular scene in this book that you really loved when you finished it? Which one and why?
This is an interesting question, Maggie, because I’m particularly fond of many of the scenes. But if I had to pick my favorite, I’d say it’s the opening scene. It’s been in and out of the story a dozen times, but I just couldn’t, in the end, leave it out. It’s that defining moment when Jane has to decide if she’s going to make it or not. I think we all come to this place. Then we pull up our big girl panties and do what we have to do, to be who we want to be :)
What's next for you? Can you tell us about any upcoming releases? Will you be traveling in the next few months where readers can find you?
This is an exciting time for me as a writer. There is, of course, the next three books in the Falling For A Hero series. I’m just finishing up a small town romance, tentatively titled, The Return Of Benjamin Quincy. It’ll be the first of many novels set in Rosewood, Oregon. Cross your fingers the editor will fall in love with it. And I have the post apocalyptic paranormal romance,The Dragon's Thief , being considered by St Martin’s Press. There are so many stories to write and so little time :)
During the next few months, writing is the name of the game, but I can be found online @ Facebook ; Goodreads; and my website.
This had been so much fun. Thanks again for inviting me to hang out with you.
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