Author of the Week- Susan Harris

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susanharrisToday I’d like to introduce you to Susan Harris! Susan is a writer of inspirational and historical books, with a brand new book out, 10 1/2 Sketches: Insights on Being Successful Right Where You Are.  10 1/2 Sketches will be on sale for $0.99 from Jan 2-25. Make sure to check out Susan’s books which are linked throughout the interview. If you have any questions for Susan, feel free to leave them in the comments.

If you would like to further connect with Susan, you can find her here:

www.susanharris.ca
https://www.facebook.com/SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor
https://twitter.com/SusanHarris20

 

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.
I’m a wife, mother and professional woman. I taught high school for 12 years (and loved it) and I’ve had careers in human resources, healthcare and project management. My current job is with a municipality as the Tourism & Economic Development Manager. I enjoy reading (surprise!), traveling and meeting people. I was born on the sparkling Caribbean island of Trinidad but now live on the prairies of Saskatchewan. I have seven books and have been published in magazines and Chicken Soup for the Soul.

2. When and why did you start writing books?
I started writing books officially in 2011. The content of that book however, was gleaned over the previous 20 years in my capacity as an itinerant speaker to diverse demographic and geographic audiences. I wrote Golden Apples in Silver Settings to celebrate 20 years of speaking.

3. What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?
People indicated they enjoyed my writing (and speaking), and I enjoyed writing as well. It seemed the most natural thing to do. I had a platform, the education and experience and an audience willing to buy my books, so I was encouraged to write.

4. Which one of your books or characters is your favorite?
10.5sketchesThat’s a difficult question in that it’s like asking me to pick my favourite child! The books are my literary children and I love them all. Little Copper Pennies for Kids is my highest seller to date but I truly love the inspirational ones like Remarkably Ordinary: 20 Reflections on Living Intentionally Right Where You Are, and the newly released, 10 1/2 Sketches: Insights On Being Successful Right Where You Are because those contain transferable thinking that can help anyone make a more fulfilling life.

5. Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?
Little Copper Pennies: Celebrating the Life of the Canadian One-Cent Piece (1858-2013) was the hardest to write in that it contains facts, needed lots of permissions from federal stakeholders and had to be accurate because it reflects Canadian living and history. Thus it was a huge satisfaction to see it (and Little Copper Pennies for Kids) in school and public libraries, and mainstream bookstores. In fact, both penny books were picked up by a traditional publisher in Canada. The inspirational books stretch me most in that I grow as I write out what I live.

6. Who is your favorite author and book?
I have a few favourites but one that comes to mind is Steven Covey with The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

7. What book are you reading right now?
Joel Osteen’s Every Day a Friday.

8. Where do you get your inspiration for your books?
From three sources:
i. What’s current, what’s happening around me around me, e.g. when the penny was retiring I decided to write on that;
ii. From the needs of others – e.g. a teacher -librarian saw my book, Little Copper Pennies (for adults) and mentioned that there was no such book for elementary school. Thus I wrote Little Copper Pennies for Kids.
iii. From my own needs – I wanted a book for my daughter and could not find one with the Christian content as well as the mainstream content, so I decided to write one with what I wanted.

9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time does not exist as I write in my spare time, i.e., my non-working hours, but I play Scrabble with my family and connect on social media when I’m not working or writing. I write a devotional piece called the 1-Minute Prayer Plan on Facebook daily, so that is a priority for my spare time.

10. Do you have any new books in the works?
Yes. Borealis Press will be releasing Alphabet on The Farm (for ages 2-6) in both English and French. On Jan 1, 2015, 10 1/2 Sketches: Insights On Being Successful Right Where You Are will be released. I’m currently writing a book for corporate women to be released in the spring of 2015. I have a finished manuscript for teenage girls but it is in the “marinating” stage and could be released in 2015 or later.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me this week, Ereader Girl.