Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Susan Wiggs - Q&A AND Giveaway

I'm thrilled to be hosting author Susan Wiggs at A Bookworm's World today. Susan has just released her latest book -  Return to Willow Lake - the ninth installment in the Lakeshore Chronicle series. Susan was gracious enough to do a quick Q&A session!

1. What do you feel is the appeal of an ongoing series for a reader? And as a writer?

SW: As a reader, I love the feeling of returning to a familiar place with people I’ve “met.” It’s very involving. I’m hoping readers of Return to Willow Lake will enjoy the glimpses of past storylines, but that the story of Sonnet and Zach is fresh and fun.

2. Return to Willow Lake is the 9th book in The Lakeshore Chronicles. When you wrote the first book, did you envision there being a number nine? Did you start with a long range plan or does the story evolve with every addition?

SW: I knew from the start that there would be many books. When I started the series, I made a mural on the wall with images I’d clipped–faces and places, things I could picture in stories. The thing just kept growing. I don’t really have a detailed plan but I’m usually thinking a book or two ahead. I knew what I wanted for Sonnet while I was working on Marrying Daisy Bellamy.

3.What characters are near and dear to you? (Daisy?) Are any based on real life persons? Is the town based on somewhere you've lived or visited?

SW: Daisy, of course. But the main characters of any novel are near and dear to my heart, since I work with them every day I work on the book. They definitely share a piece of my heart. The town of Avalon is based on any number of small towns I’ve known and loved. Phoenicia and Catskill in upstate New York, my hometown in Washington state, the little western New York town where I was born, called Olean. What they all share is a tight-knit community, a closeness to nature and a charming layout. Avalon is so real to me now that the new book features illustrated maps of the key places in town.

4. Anything else you'd like to share with us? New projects?

SW: I’m loving all the action on my Facebook page! I hope readers will join me at facebook.com/susanwiggs.

Thanks for stopping by Susan! And I have a copy of Susan's book Return to Willow Lake to giveaway to one lucky winner. Open to US only, ends Sept16/12. Simply leave a comment to be entered.

"Return to Willow Lake centers on Sonnet Romano, whose life is almost perfect. She has the ideal career, the ideal boyfriend, and has just been offered a prestigious fellowship. There’s nothing more a woman wants – except maybe a baby…sister? When Sonnet finds out her mother is unexpectedly expecting, and that the pregnancy is high-risk, she puts everything on hold – the job, the fellowship, the boyfriend – and heads home to Avalon just until things back on track. But when her mother receives a devastating diagnosis, Sonnet must decide what really matters in life, even of that means staying in Avalon and taking a job that forces her to work alongside her biggest, and maybe her sweetest, mistake – award-winning filmmaker Zach Alger. At once heartbreaking and uplifting, Return to Willow Lake plumbs the deepest corners of the human heart, exploring the bonds of family, the perils and rewards of love, and the true meaning of home.

Susan Wiggs is a three time RITA® Award winner, a #1 New York Times, Washington Post, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author, and winner of Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence."

17 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I've enjoyed a couple of Susan's books but have never read this series. Does this book stand alone?

Luanne said...

Good question Kathy. Anyone?

Liene said...

Not sure, I haven't read this particular series either. But please count me in, thanks!

LeeAnn said...

Love Susan Wiggs! I think this is a stand-alone, but not certain.

traveler said...

Thanks for this lovely book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Would enjoy this book. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

holdenj said...

Thanks for the chance to win! JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

Lindsey said...

This book is the 9th book in the Lakeshore Chronicles series that Susan Wiggs writes. I am pretty sure that you can read it alone, but I know there are other books before.

Bonnie said...

I cannot wait to read Sonnet's story. I have read all of this series and the characters feel like old friends.

Bonnie said...

I cannot wait to read Sonnet's story. I have read all of this series and the characters feel like old friends.

Karen B said...

I find it fascinating that she made a mural on the wall with "faces and places" for many books before she started writing the first book in the series!
kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

lag123 said...

I love the feel of this series!

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Carl said...

How have I not heard of this series until now? My wife would absolutely love it. Please enter my name for the chance to win this copy to get her started. Thanks!
carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

Sue Farrell said...

I enjoy series books because the characters become almost friends. I'll have to find these and start reading.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am also a book worm....I read everywhere and everything! Teresa4skincare@hotmail.com

Anita Yancey said...

This book sounds really good. I love that Sonnet is willing to give up so much for her mother. I enjoy Susan's books, and would like to read this one too. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Mrs Mommy Booknerd said...

I love Susan! Great interview.

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