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After several hours of signing my books at the local bookstore; my hips and back told me I’m too old for this kind of thing—my mind disagrees. However, my back sure thanked me when I slumped into my favourite chair with a glass of wine. I suspect the wine had something to do with the pain relief. I relaxed and watched one of my favourites movies, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which has absolutely given my age away and that’s okay.  For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, it’s about retirees, retiring miles away from home and family to a hotel in India. 

The one thing that struck me about this movie, was the importance of belonging, not just retirees but everyone. Belonging to a family or an interest group or friends makes us feel a part of something important. Often our families are fractured or not available which was the case in this movie. The hotel brought together eight very different people who had never met before and had nothing in common except retirement. A strong sense of belonging grew amongst them. They cared for each other, for the most part they were happy and excited about life, while still being themselves. Belonging to the group connected them in a way that is difficult to explain. The connection is on a deep level and I would venture to say—a connection of souls. 

What has this to do with writing or reading? Everything! Reading connects the reader to characters and if well written to the character’s souls. Nobody wants to read about stick figures and it is up to the author to develop not just the personality and attributes of characters but uncover their souls, who interacts with other souls. I strive to do my characters justice and bring depth to readers; sometimes it works and sometimes it's, a maybe. The book I just read and is featured today , did just that--connected the characters on a deeper level. 


Work in Progress

Happy dance! The first draft of Sophie (working title) finished and re-write #1 is well under way. I have found the image or part of the image for the cover, see above. I need to find a title. Suggestions are welcome as are beta readers. Send me a message. susan(at)

Book New and Events:

The Sackville Hotel Trilogy Box set is now available at iBooks and Nook. 

Ottawa Independent Writers is hosting author Terry Fallis to speak on March 19th  at the Hintonburg Community Centre 1064 Wellington St.

Books I've Read

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. I could not put it down! As I alluded to last time, this is a beautifully written book. Starting with innocent letters the love story and grew over time into the most beautiful, captivating love story I have ever read. The story of author, C. S. Lewis and poet Helen Joy Davidman. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Definitely 5 starts highly recommend it.

Quick Reference

Miss Penny Speaking blog - March 16th 

Susan’s website –

 My books – Synopsis and Where to buy

Contact Susan - susan(at)

 Susan’s YouTube Channel All videos -click here  

YouTube video serialized version of The Blue Pendant 

Excerpts from Lavender Cottage Romance Series(formerly The Narrowboat Romance Series). Readings from the book launch

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