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Last week I shared my review of Family Tree by Susan Wiggs. It was my first book by this best selling author but I suspect it will not be my last. I mentioned that I learned that she would be doing a book signing in my town and that I was going to spend a few minutes talking with her . I did and we had a very lovely conversation. I’ve got some photos from the event and the answers to your questions. Her schedule was a busy one but she was very gracious and I thank Susan for taking the time to sit down with me. Read on for more on the book signing and my Susan Wiggs interview.
For those of you that don’t know (all of you?), Superior is a small town in Western Montana. It’s about an hour and a half east of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and almost that far west of Missoula, Montana. It is not a booming metropolis by any stretch of the imagination. So why did Susan Wiggs come to Superior? It’s a great story that involves another of her books, The Bee Keeper’s Ball. A group in town put together an event based on the recipes in the book and sent photos of the party to Susan. As Susan put it, her greatest fan – her husband – was so impressed it led to personal contact and a visit together. Now Susan was visiting Superior. She also has friends from another town in Montana.
There was a good turnout for the book signing on what was a very windy day. It was beautiful in every other way so the outside setting was lovely. There was another table set up with homemade snacks – many of them maple flavored to complement the theme in Family Tree. I brought muffins made with carrots and pears.
Susan arrived a very pretty daisy dress and spoke to the crowd about Family Tree and how she came to write it. She then answered questions from the audience. Many were also about The Bee Keeper’s Ball – I think I’m going to have read that book!
After her talk Susan sat down to sign copies of Family Tree. That’s when I went for a snack. I’m no fool. After she was done We had our chance for a chat.
It was very informal and I will be the first to admit that my skills as an interviewer are:
b.) lacking in imagination.
That being written, here we go. I would also note that all answers are paraphrased. These are not direct quotes so please keep that in mind. First up were the reader questions:
Will there be another Bella Vista Book?: Yes there will be, but it’s not on the writing schedule just yet. Susan suggests you follow her Facebook Page to keep up with news regarding her upcoming books.
Is Family Tree a stand alone book?: For now. But don’t be surprised if other characters appear someday in a book. But nothing is currently planned. (There is a short story called The Key Ingredient – which, incidentally is what Susan wanted to title Family Tree.)
Your books take place all over – Vermont, California, Chicago, The Northwest, even Montana – do you choose places for your books that you have been or want to go?: Both. The setting needs to be right for the story. For example, in Family Tree; Annie’s busy life in California is in stark contrast to her childhood in Vermont.
I saw that you wrote an historical series – The Tudor Rose Trilogy – will you be writing any more historical fiction?: No, the demand for historical fiction is not as great as the demand for contemporary fiction. It’s a very strong niche but not as big.
I noted that cooking plays a large role in many of your books. Have you considered a cookbook with all of the recipes from them?: Only if someone, a cookbook expert, would come in and do the recipe formatting and testing to put that all together. Susan cooks to relax but knows that for a cookbook there needs to be standardized instructions, measurements, etc.
What’s next?: The Apple Orchard is to be made into a film by Hallmark! No date available yet.
I also learned that Susan’s husband is a designer of the cutest backpack vests. Check them out at J-Stitch. They’re made for kids but I seriously want one!
One lucky US reader will win a signed copy of Family Tree plus their choice of any other book of Susan’s available on Amazon.com. I have the signed copy and will mail it – the other book will ship directly to the winner. Just enter as many ways as you would like on the Gleam widget below. Full rules are on the widget. Good luck everyone!