Meet author Susan Sloan
Susan Sloan started writing as a teen and has been published sporadically in denominational magazines and local newspapers over many years. After retiring, she combined her love of writing and history in a Civil War series based on a true event. A member of ACFW, Toastmasters, and a Christmas caroling group in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia, Susan and husband Ricky have three adult children and five grandsons.
Tell us about your newest book.
–Managing Millie is the third book in my Rescued Hearts of the Civil War series. It revolves around two young people (16 and 19), growing up during a time of war. When circumstances lead to an uncontrolled passion, neither is ready for the eventual result and the responsibilities it brings. Though their love is true, the war separates them and forces them to accept adult commitments.
What inspired you to write Managing Millie?
When my grandfather died at age 80 after 53 years of marriage to my grandmother, we learned that their wedding occurred just five months before the birth of their first child. Then, more recently, other friends and family members faced similar situations. Although we know this happens, as Christians, we somehow don’t expect it to show up in our families. I felt compelled to consider how circumstances might lead to an unplanned pregnancy.
What genre do you focus on?
Historical fiction is my favorite genre because I enjoy learning and sharing about lesser-known facts from history.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?
I’m a slow writer, so I focus on writing consistently—every day as much as possible. With the help of ACFW groups, I set a monthly goal, so I know how many words I need each day to reach that goal. Although my schedule can vary, I usually write in late afternoon and evening.
What is the hardest part of being an author?
Marketing is the hardest part for me because technology is constantly changing. I also find it difficult to put myself in front of people and tout my work when there are so many good writers out there.
What’s the best part of your author’s life?
I really enjoy working with other writers (in critique groups, at conferences, etc.) and meeting my readers. It’s always a joy to find others who “get me.”
What’s one unusual fact about you?
Although I’ve been writing for decades, I’m a late bloomer as an author. I wrote my first novel just before I turned 40 (when my children were small), but I chose a genre not “in vogue” at the time and gave up after several rejections. Meanwhile, I worked in the chemical industry for 20 years before landing a job as a technical writer.
What is your favorite pastime?
Singing in groups, whether a trio, an ensemble, or a choir. I love learning new music.
Do you have other books? We’d love to know.
The first two books in my series are Rescuing Rose and Loving Lydia, which center on the same event but focus on different characters and slightly different timelines.
What are you working on now?
A follow-up to the series, which could be book #4 or start a new series.
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