The Love Dust: A Sprinkling of Love Stories blog tour continues today with an interview with Susan Gibbons. Susan is a romance writer and author who lives in Ohio with her husband and children. The Mirror is her first published romance novella. In addition to Love Dust, she has written short stories and flash fictions for A Journey of Words, Fireburst, and A Flash of Words. She’s shy, believes in Karma, and does what she can to live green. Outside of writing, she is a complicated but thrifty mess who enjoys an eclectic array of hobbies including cleaning, organizing, cooking, music, traveling, the Philadelphia Eagles, and theme party planning.
Where did your inspiration for your story come from?
My daughter and her great-grandfather. She was his baby-doll and he always had a Starlight mint for her.
Who is your favorite character in this story and why?
Serena Joy. She’s so innocent and you never what’s going to come from her.
When you aren’t writing, where can we find you?
Either in the kitchen cooking (I love to cook) or in my car (I love to travel).
What author has influenced you the most? Lois Lowry. The Giver series is the best.
Where do you write? Is there a special place?
I do a lot of writing in my car – at soccer practice, at tennis lessons, at Boy Scouts, or in the park parking lot. It’s only me with music blaring lost in my thoughts.
Do you consider reading as part of your job as a writer? Why or why not?
Absolutely. I’m not an avid reader, but I try to keep something on hand at all times. Reading helps writers grow. I see things I like and things I don’t. I’ve seen the same mistakes in my own writings as in books and it reminds me to fix them.
Other than family, what are five things you cannot live without?
I’m a simple person. 1. Hand sanitizer; 2. Index cards; 3. Socks; 4. Some sort of transportation (a bike, a car, a train…I like to travel long distances); and 5. Aquaphor
What is your all-time favorite TV show? The Donna Reed Show.
Not picking your own, which story in Love Dust is your favorite?
They’re all so good! It’s a toss-up between Brandy Bonifas’s The Beech Tree Carving and Alan I’Anson’s To the Moon and Back.
If you could meet one writer in the history of the world, who would it be? What would you talk about?
Henry Winkler. Yes, he was the Fonz, but he also writes children’s books for dyslexics – The Hank Zipzer series. We would talk about his dyslexia and what he wishes his education would have included since my own son is profoundly dyslexic.
What are you working on now?
I’m editing book 2 of The Dreamers Trilogy (I lost a few pages and it’s just not coming back to me properly). I have a few short stories and flash fictions in the works for which I’m excited to find homes.