Monday, April 6, 2015

Meet the Blogger with Susan J. Reinhardt






Welcome to another installment of my new series, Meet the Blogger. Susan J. Reinhardt is here to share a little about her blogging adventure.  

Susan is the author of The Moses Conspiracy and The Scent of Fear. While each book can stand alone, they comprise a series set in the future in the scenic Amish countryside in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The last book in the series, Out of the Mist, should be out later this year. The collection also includes a heartwarming novella, The Christmas Wish.
 

Welcome Susan! Why did you start blogging? How long have you had your present blog?   

Hi, Karen! Thanks for having me on your blog today. I began Christian Writer/Reader Connection to start building my social media platform. May will mark the blog's 7th anniversary. 

Congratulations on 7 years! What is your blog about? 

It's all about connecting writers and readers. There's something special about drawing those who love to write and those who love to read together. I've met so many lovely people during my blogging years.

I agree on both counts. :) What benefits have you gained through blogging? 

The biggest plus has been the relationships within the writing/reading community. As a result of visiting other blogs, I've discovered authors and books I would never have otherwise known about. Posts on the craft, encouragement for the journey, and helpful links have educated me and helped me progress in my own writing.  

What projects are you working on right now?  

My fourth novel, Out of the Mist, will be out soon. I'm so excited to have The Moses Trilogy completed. (The 4th book, A Christmas Wish is a novella that gives a peek at what happens between the first two books.) I've also begun my 5th novel, which is a Contemporary, a new experience for me!  

What might people be surprised to learn about you?  

I didn't start off writing novels. Non-fiction was my first love. I might still write a non-fiction book or two down the road.  

What advice would you share with a newbie blogger?  

Start small and build your following. If you try to post five days a week in the beginning, you'll burn out. I began posting Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which worked nicely for me. The important thing is consistency. People will get accustomed to finding a new post on a certain day. Don't disappoint them. Also, visit other blogs and ask the bloggers to exchange links. This will give your blog greater exposure. 

Thanks for visiting, Susan! 

Thanks for inviting me, Karen!  


More About Susan: 

Susan's publishing credits include numerous devotionals, articles, and some anthologies. In 2003, she began writing fiction. The Moses Conspiracy, The Scent of Fear, and The Christmas Wish were published in 2013. Her latest book, Out of the Mist, released in 2015. A Christian, widow, stepmom, daughter, and friend, she makes her home in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she enjoys couponing, reading, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.

Susan's Blog - Christian Writer/Reader Connection
Susan's Facebook Page  
Twitter - @susanjreinhardt


Do you have any questions for Susan? What advice would you share with new bloggers?  

Happy writing,

Karen

  
Purple rose photo credit: Free Images

22 comments :

  1. Awesome to meet Susan. I love connecting with other bloggers and authors too.

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  2. Good Morning, Karen - Thanks for having me on your blog today.

    Hi Natalie - It's nice to meet you as well. :)

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  3. Natalie,
    Happy to introduce her to you!I know, I agree, love connecting as well. :)

    Susan,
    It's a pleasure to have you stop and visit! :) You are always welcome!

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  4. It's nice to get to know Susan. Congratulations on the release of Out of the Mist and your 7th blogoversary!

    Thanks, Karen!

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    1. Hi Susanne - It hasn't released yet, but I'm hoping it will be soon. Seven years of blogging have flown by and enriched my life so much. God bless, Susan :)

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  5. Seven years is good. Most lose steam at about five years.

    I started writing fiction before turning to non-fiction and discovering I liked it better.

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    1. Hi L. Diane - I'd love to do both, but the time factor makes that impossible at this point. I wish you the best with your writing. Susan :)

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  6. Susie,
    I am happy to introduce you to her! :) I thought you would like her; you have much in common.

    Diane,
    I can attest to the losing steam part. It takes a lot to keep going. It's interesting to see where the writing journey leads, isn't it?

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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  7. Hi Karen..Just catching up on reading blogs. Loved your interview with Susan. The two of you are very inspirational and I love hearing from you both. Blogland is terrific! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan - Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I enjoy your blog and agree that "Blogland is terrific!"

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  8. I have enjoyed Susan's blog for a few years now. She reminded me of the importance of blogging regularly which I need to do again! Thank you!

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    1. Hi Lynn - I've been so happy to see you popping in on my blog and commenting. Welcome back to the blogosphere.

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  9. Hi Karen - Thanks for introducing us to Susan, and congratulations to Susan on her new release. I agree with her on the blogging advice, definitely, and it is wonderful to connect with readers and other bloggers.

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    1. Hi Lisa - It's always nice to meet fellow bloggers. Just to clarify, my book was supposed to release last month, but didn't due to technical difficulties. I'll be talking more about re-issues and new releases soon. :)

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  10. Nice to meet you. I enjoyed your interview with Susan, and I am a blogger and writer too.

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    1. Hi Terra - Nice to meet you as well. I'd also enjoy visiting your blog if you'll provide a link. Do you write fiction or non-fiction?

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  11. Susan W.,
    So glad you came by! Thanks for your kind words. :) Love stopping by your blog.

    Lynn,
    Susan is a treasure, isn't she? She inspired me many years ago to polish my blog and post regularly. :)

    Lisa,
    You are welcome! She is a seasoned blogger and has such great advice. :)

    Terra,
    It's nice to meet you! What is your blog link? I'd love to stop and visit you too. Thanks for commenting and following! :)

    Happy writing,
    Karen

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    It's great meeting Susan. I'd love to write non-fiction. Maybe one day.

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    1. Hi Medeia - Don't wait for someday - write, whether it's in a journal or on the computer. Writers write. Even if you don't want to pursue publication, write for the sheer joy of expressing your thoughts on paper.

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  13. Nice meeting you, Susan. Congratulations on keeping your blog going strong for seven years.

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    1. When I first started, I wondered if I could sustain a blog over the long haul. By God's grace, I'm still posting!

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  14. Medeia,
    Sorry about the comment thing...Glad this one stuck. Happy to introduce you both. :) For the record, I've
    read the writer's anthology you're a part of, and your non fiction writing was very good!

    Linda,
    Thanks for coming to see us! :) Susan's a gem, and I am glad you got to meet her.

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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