Welcome Susanne! Why did you start blogging? How long have you had your current blog?
Thanks for inviting me! Back in 2008, I was invited to participate in a group blog, Inkwell Inspirations. I was honored and thrilled—but also terrified, because I had no idea how to use blogger. I started Tea and a Good Book so I could practice in private, and my mistakes wouldn’t affect other people’s reputations!
That's quite an honor. I'd have been nervous too! What is your blog about?
It’s about reading, writing, and faith, but it’s also about friendship with my readers. That means I treat it as if I’m sitting with a friend over coffee or tea, chatting. I like to share books I’ve read, talk about entertainment, or offer recipes I love—things my non-writing friends might enjoy. But on occasion, I share writing-specific topics, too.
When visiting your blog, I do feel like we are sitting and chatting. :) What benefits have you gained through blogging?
God gave me a tremendous gift when He gave me an opportunity to blog. I made new e-friends. I gained confidence as I improved. Having a social media presence is pretty important in the writing industry, and blogging opened new worlds to me.
This is so true - you nailed it, from the wonderful people to the importance of social media. What projects are you working on right now?
I am writing a contracted novella and preparing for my two releases in early 2016—both novellas. First up is my Genesis-winning One Word From You, a Pride & Prejudice story in The Austen in Austin Collection from WhiteFire, where Jane Austen novels are retold, set in historical Austin, TX. Coming in March is The Cowboy’s Bride Collection from Barbour, which celebrates romance in the Old West. I am so proud to be part of these collections!
Congratulations! That is exciting news. Looking forward to reading them. What might people be surprised to learn about you?
Hmm…that’s a toughie. Well, I was not blessed with a good singing voice, to which everyone who sits around me in church can probably attest, but I sing all the time at home. Real songs, but mostly made up stuff. Reminding kids to empty the dishwasher seems to go better when it’s delivered in song.
Well this is true, chores and songs can make a good combo! What advice would you share with a newbie blogger?
Be yourself. God made you to fit that role, and your blog should reflect who you are and what you do. You’ll enjoy it much more if you get to be yourself, too!
Excellent advice. :) Thank you for stopping by to see us, Susanne. It's been a pleasure!
Thank you, Karen!
Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she writes in the hope that her historical romances will encourage and entertain others. A 2013 Genesis Award winner and a member of ACFW and RWA, she is the author of four contracted novellas. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com.
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