Grace Awards Launch – Suzanne Williams
Please join me in welcoming Suzanne Williams to Roller Coaster Suspense.
RS: Suzanne, thank you for joining us today. I love the cover for you YA novella. I’ve never done any YA writing. How did you get started?
Suzanne: I never set out to be a YA writer, and actually, write many other romance titles, but it’s the YA that I always come back to, which brings me the most joy and feedback. As a Christian writer, I add Bible morality into each story as well. Some have more of a Christian theme than others, but all have foundational truths behind them.
No one person’s life is perfect, and I try to reflect that in the mistakes and foibles of the characters, and write what’s best for that particular tale because what works for one doesn’t work for another. Yet when all is said and done, love always triumphs because that, after all, is romance.
RS: What do you love the most about writing for the young adult market?
Suzanne: The innocence of it, two young people first falling in love, and the thrill that brings to the heart and the mind. The older I get, the more I appreciate this.
RS: The Life and Times of Lucas McGilley is an unusual title, what inspired it?
Suzanne: I woke up early one morning with that title in my head. I saw it like a headline. I am a graphic artist as well as a writer, so initially it came to me like the top of a newspaper. But when I made the book cover later, I decided to use a couple instead and give the title an old-fashioned headline effect.
RS: What was the most difficult part of writing this story?
Suzanne: Remembering all those brothers – Jesse, Lucas, Marcus, James, William, Charles, John, and Sam.
I try to make each story unique in some way. Lucas being one of eight boys is definitely unique, but add in the challenge of having so many names in the text, giving each of them a personality, and the rapport brothers in a large family would have with each other, and I had to stop and think…a lot. Sam’s my favorite brother next to Lucas. Lucas, being the troublemaker, I needed a brother who’d continually stir the pot, so to speak, and he became it.
Here’s an unusual fact about the book, my editor is herself a mom of five boys, so she identified with the feel of the family, and that was a huge help to me in finalizing the story.
“Go ahead and plan to leave,” Lucas said. “Hold onto your ticket. I’ll even drive you to the train. But I’ll do it with Sam and John and Charles and Will. With Marcus and James. Even with Jesse. And you’ll have to look us all in the eye as you board and decide what’s more valuable to you. Your plans in Atlanta. Your friend, Christine, who I’m sure is great. Or ten people who love you.”
The second of eight boys, Lucas McGilley spent his youth pulling pranks. Yet growing up comes hard, and he’s learned his lesson. Or so he thinks.
Then Iris Willow shows up for the summer, and along comes love, strife, and a terrible family secret. He needs her now, more than he’s ever thought possible.
But can he convince her to stay, or will she catch the train and be gone forever?
From the author of best-selling novella, ME & TIMOTHY COOPER, comes another young adult romance of first love and the importance of family.
About Suzanne: Suzanne D. Williams is a native Floridian, wife, mother, photographer, and writer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes a monthly column for Steves-Digicams.com on the subject of digital photography, as well as devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors.
Suzanne’s book, The Life and Times of Lucas McGilley, may be found here:
Grace Awards Launch Schedule
Here’s a list of all the other great book suggestions coming your way in this ‘Grace Awards’ book launch tour: (Or check out the post at the ‘Grace Awards’ for more details on each book)
Mon. July 29 – Suzanne D. Williams – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LUCAS McGILLEY
Mon. Aug 5 – Barbara Brink, ENTANGLE
Mon, Aug 12 ~ Naomi Musch, PAINT ME ALTHENA
Mon, Aug 19 ~ Marcy Dyer, OUT FOR BLOOD
Mon, Aug 26 ~ Nike Chillemi, DARKEST HOUR
Mon, Sept 2 ~ DeEtteBeckstead, VICTORY
Mon, Sept 9 ~ JanalynVoight, DAWN SINGER
Mon, Sept 16 ~ Kenneth Winters, THE LOST CROWN OF COLONNADE
Mon, Sept 23 ~ BJ Robinson, LAST RESORT
Mon, Sept 30 ~ Laura J.Marshall , A HEART’S HOME
Mon. Oct 7 – Tammy Doherty, CELTIC KNOT