If you're not already following Susanna on Facebook or Twitter, I really encourage you to do so. She's hysterical and I've loved getting to know her better over shared musings of fondue, books and, of course, chocolate.
Here's a little bit more about Susanna:
Thank you for having me on your blog. I’ve enjoyed reading it and your Facebook posts these months.
You are most welcome, Susanna. Glad to have you here! Let's start with the most important question first...
1) Chocolate or potato chips?
That’s a hard decision for me. Chocolate gets me up and motivated. Potato chips chill me out. Both add weight to my expanding thighs.
I’m not sure I’m a writer so much as a storyteller trying to articulate the stories playing in my head. I grew up acting in the local theater so, to me, writing is being an armchair actress. When I became a stay-at-home mom, I remained in one place long enough to write a book. Before that, I had started stories, but there were urgent project deadlines, or a friend would invite me to a restaurant or movie.
3) I love your book's title! How did you come up with it?
One night, my cousin and I dined on fondue at the Melting Pot. She was driving, so I’m sure I was enjoying a minty mojito. We were throwing out titles over melted Swiss. We both knew “Rakes and Radishes” was the one as soon as my cousin suggested it.
4) By the way, next to chocolate, mojitos might just be one of my most fav things. Anyway, what was the inspiration behind your story? Did the idea come to you in a dream? At a restaurant? Where?
Rakes and Radishes was conceived as a farce. The germ of the idea was inspired from something I read by Roger Ebert. This was a few years ago and my memory isn’t so good, but I think he was suggesting that in recent comedies, the main characters ultimately make the correct moral choices. Whereas, in the era of the Cary Grant comedies, the characters were a little more amoral and worked to their own selfish ends. Since I grew up in the theater, I thought of the great farce plays such as, Arsenic and Old Lace, Charley’s Aunt, The Importance of Being Earnest and reflected how the characters’ lies set off a chain of events that creates more and more lies.
So I started with a woman who wanted to make a rake of her country bumpkin neighbor in order for him to steal the rival for her Cousin Edward’s affections (distant cousin.) Not a very morally sound motivation. Fortunately or unfortunately, in the writing process, I found that instead of lies building upon lies, I was pulling back layers and layers of hidden pain and secrets. Farce no more, Rakes and Radishes is quite serious; however, there is quite a bit of humor in the story.
5) Besides requesting hunks Hugh Jackman and Josh Holloway (of course), if you were stranded on a deserted island, what book couldn't you live without and why?
Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching. Reading the words makes me tranquil.
6) What else are you writing these days? What's next for you?
I’m writing away on a Victorian romance, mystery, comedy. Sorry, not giving many details as I will jinx myself.
Best of luck with RAKES AND RADISHES, Susanna! And get going on your next book, okay? Don't make me wait too long to read the next one. :-) Got questions for Susanna? Please ask away - she'll be here all day!
And to learn more about RAKES AND RADISHES, including read an excerpt, please Click Here.
P.S. Through the magic of internet pixie dust, I also happen to be guest blogging on Susanna's blog today, appropriately called The Mojito Literary Society. Come visit me. Please? I don't want this huge virtual pitcher of mojitos to go to waste... Click Here.
Lisa, the California Cheer Mom writer extraordinaire. A great way to meet writers, bloggers, book lovers and generally other people with absolutely nothing else to do on a perfectly good Monday. Seriously, folks, it's fun.
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