Suzanne Woods Fisher lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has one husband, four children, one son-in-law, a two-year old grandson who makes everybody laugh, another little grandbaby on the way (due on Christmas eve!) and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Her first novel, Copper Star, a World War II love story, was published by a small press (Vintage Inspirations) and received three literary awards. It opened the door to a literary agent, Joyce Hart. The agent knew of Suzanne’s connection to the Plain People—her grandfather was raised Plain—and introduced her to an editor at Revell, a division of Baker Books.
What was your favorite book as a child?
The first book I remember my mother reading to me was Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. Hitty was a doll who belonged to a little Quaker girl during the whaling days. The irony is not lost on me that my next series will be set in Quaker Nantucket in the early 1800s. I’ve gone full circle!
What book did you read that first made you want to be an author?
In high school, I read a lot of Luci Shaw and Madeleine L’Engle—two women who happened to be good friends. There was something about their writing that spoke to me, deep down. At that point, I’m not sure I felt like I could be an author, but I felt like I loved language and writing.
What was the last book you read, just for fun?
Anne Lamott’s Stitches. She is such an original.
What upcoming release or releases (your own and/or by other authors) are you most looking forward to?
I’m right in the middle of writing an historical fiction, set in 1737, about the first Amish who crossed the Atlantic to reach Pennsylvania. If this story comes together in the way I envision it, then I will be thrilled. I’m starting to think and talk in pirate lingo. . . .
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