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An Interview with Susan Zutautas: New In Town

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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.

Interview by Bonnie Diczhazy

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.

 Last updated on September 8, 2014

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GrammieOlivia 7 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

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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SusanDeppner 7 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

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!


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Diana Wenzel 7 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

Sue: Your productivity is amazing (and inspiring). You are proving there really are no creative limits.


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Merrci 7 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 8 Commenter

Very nice interview. Will have to put it on my wish list!


DebW07 7 months ago

Loved the interview and getting to know Susan a little better.


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Faye Rutledge 7 months ago from Concord VA Level 5 Commenter

I read Susan's book, New In Town, and really enjoyed it. I recommend it! Great interview.


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KathyMcGraw2 7 months ago from California Level 2 Commenter

I didn't know Susan wrote a book. Will have to check it out. Oh, and her advice is right on.....


RinchenChodron 7 months ago

Thanks for the introduction. Sounds like we have a great deal of talent here at Squidoo - look forward to reading about other authors.


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susanholland10 7 months ago from Southwest Missouri Level 2 Commenter

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. :-)


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Zeross4 7 months ago Level 5 Commenter

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.


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MariannesWhims 7 months ago from Pacific NW, USA Level 4 Commenter

Congratulations on your new book, Susan. Good interview.


DebMartin 7 months ago Level 3 Commenter

I love learning one more of the many dimensions of Susan. One Cool Woman.


SannelLarson 7 months ago

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


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Susan Zutautas 7 months ago from Ontario, Canada Level 6 Commenter

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!


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Level 7 Commenter

Susan, wonderful review and congratulations on your book feature as well - great to get to know you even better here!


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SusanDeppner 6 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

@Susan Zutautas: Glad to hear about the upcoming sequel, Susan. I'll be looking forward to that!

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