Today I had a chance to interview Susan Zutautas about her book New In Town. Susan was born in Montreal, Quebec, and currently resides in Southern Ontario, with her husband and sons.

Susan is also a Giant Squid on Squidoo and our “Soups On” Contributor. You can also find her on Facebook at Everything Susan and More.

Squidoo Interview

by Bonnie Diczhazy, Squidoo Head of Community

How did you come up with the story line for New In Town?

I sat down one day and started daydreaming actually. The next day I decided to sit at the computer and type up what I'd been daydreaming about. I started the story with no idea where it was going or how it would end.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I'm not sure that I've yet to find my writing style but I hope that when I do it is my own.

What’s your favorite part of New In Town?

My favorite part is when Morag and Kelly go over to Ian's for the first time for dinner.

What are your current projects?

Right now I have book number one, in a series of three children's poetry story books almost ready to publish. All three books have been written, and the first one has been illustrated.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Cooking is my second passion next to writing and when I'm not writing you will usually find me in my kitchen creating new recipes.

What book are you reading now?

I'm currently reading Ghost of Lost Eagle by Dean Sault. I don't find as much time as I'd like to, to sit down and read an actual book these days. I'm usually on the computer all day reading or writing myself and by the time I log off at night my eyes are usually ready to call it a day too.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If it is your dream to write and publish a book then follow your dream. Try and write something every day whether it is a poem, a journal entry, an online article, or a short blog post. Join a website where other people can critique your work. Talk to other authors and maybe join a writer's workshop.

Bonnie Diczhazy, Squidoo's Head of Community will be interviewing up and coming authors for Squidoo's "Authors On Squidoo" Series. If you're an author who'd like to be interviewed please e-mail her at bonnie@squidoo.com. Squidoo royalties from the author series lenses go to the Room to Read charity.

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  • Brite-Ideas Feb 14, 2014 @ 1:32 pm
    Susan, wonderful review and congratulations on your book feature as well - great to get to know you even better here!
  • susan-zutautas Feb 13, 2014 @ 7:41 am
    Thank you Bonnie for interviewing me and to everyone here that has written a comment. I forgot to mention that I hope to start working on sequel soon to New In Town. Thank you again everyone!
  • Susan52 Mar 04, 2014 @ 8:52 am
    Glad to hear about the upcoming sequel, Susan. I'll be looking forward to that!
  • SannelLarson Feb 13, 2014 @ 6:03 am
    I have read New in Town, and really enjoyed it! Susan is so talented and deserves all the recognition she can get. I'm looking forward to see her children's poetry story books published. Knowing Susan and her wonderful talent as an author, I know I'll not be disappointed. Thank you for a great interview. :-)
    Sannel Larson
  • DebMartin Feb 08, 2014 @ 4:11 pm
    I love learning one more of the many dimensions of Susan. One Cool Woman.
  • 1angelsbestkeptsecrets Feb 08, 2014 @ 1:33 pm
    Congratulations on your new book, Susan. Good interview.
  • DaisyDixon Feb 08, 2014 @ 11:57 am
    I sure wish I had more time to read, even so this is going on my list! I Love to read things written by my fellow peers. One of my favorite books was actually self published by a nice girl who works at my local library.
  • Sholland10 Feb 08, 2014 @ 10:44 am
    I loved New in Town! Great story! Can't wait for a sequel!! I would love to see the children's poetry book published! Hopefully there will be another interview for that. :-)
  • RinchenChodron Feb 08, 2014 @ 9:44 am
    Thanks for the introduction. Sounds like we have a great deal of talent here at Squidoo - look forward to reading about other authors.
  • KathyMcGraw Feb 07, 2014 @ 9:53 pm
    I didn't know Susan wrote a book. Will have to check it out. Oh, and her advice is right on.....
  • partybuzz Feb 07, 2014 @ 7:17 pm
    I read Susan's book, New In Town, and really enjoyed it. I recommend it! Great interview.
  • DebW07 Feb 07, 2014 @ 6:13 pm
    Loved the interview and getting to know Susan a little better.
  • Merrci Feb 07, 2014 @ 5:57 pm
    Very nice interview. Will have to put it on my wish list!
  • RenaissanceWoman2010 Feb 07, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
    Sue: Your productivity is amazing (and inspiring). You are proving there really are no creative limits.
  • Susan52 Feb 07, 2014 @ 2:10 pm
    Nice interview! I've read Susan's book (I know, I need to formally review it) and definitely enjoyed the twists and turns and suspense to the story. Recommended!
  • grammieo Feb 07, 2014 @ 1:46 pm
    Nice interview. I will have to get out of my current writing and do some more reading..................I miss reading but also find I don't have much time for it......
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