Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Funny that you ask, because I just moved the computer into the dining room. Normally I write in the office, but I have a deadline; this probably sounds stupid, but I think I churn out first drafts faster in the dining room! I am wearing sweatpants, a sweatshirt, slippers, and my favorite socks of all time—they came from Dick’s Sporting Goods. They are aloe-infused acrylic and they are so soft and warm. AND they are heathery-gray/beige with a few red stripes at the top, so they remind me of sock monkeys, which I love.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I’m always thankful for the health and food regulations we have now. In 19th century America, you could buy a can of potted chicken from a major manufacturer (still in business) that didn’t have any chicken in it. In Georgian England, rich people’s servants either consumed or sold their masters’ used tea leaves. Enterprising salesmen bought the used leaves and mixed them with leaves and sheep dung, and then resold them. And people brewed it.
What is something that very few people know about you?
I like buying fun stamps at the post office. No offense to the flag I love, but I prefer to send correspondence using stamps of Pixar movies, circus animals, or Civil War battles. There’s a cute stamp out now that says “From Me to You.”
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
What a tough question! I can’t pick just one thing, so I’ll say our Christmas ornaments. Every ornament is a memory: something the kids made in school, a gift from a friend, a memento from a trip. They are so precious. If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future, when and where would that be and why? When I think of going back in time, I have to add a few caveats: I’d want to be there a short time, and I’d need to bring Purell and ibuprofen. That said, I think it would be fun to see Regency or Victorian England, or ancient Palestine, or Gilded Age in the US. Then I’d want to come home and put on my warm acrylic socks. If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
That’s a toughie! How about Mended. Along my life path, I’ve been broken and fixed a few times. Some things won’t be completely mended until I get to heaven. Same with all of us, I imagine.
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? Austenland. It’s a story about a woman who inherits a trip to a Regency-themed experience vacation in England. She gets a Regency wardrobe, sleeps in a grand manor, has some adventures, and meets her own Mr. Darcy. I already have my own Mr. Darcy, of course—my husband—but I don’t think he’d mind joining me on a paid trip to England where we get to stay on a grand estate, especially if we could tour cathedrals afterwards. What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)? Nothing I can share! What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? It’s not crazy to me, but my husband and I talked marriage less than a month after our first date. We were engaged after two months and married thirteen months after that. We were fresh out of college and people may have thought we were nuts, but it was what worked for us.
What do you do for fun? I love going to movies, museums, and tea houses. And reading, of course!
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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 pastor’s wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, travel, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. Susanne is the author of six new and upcoming novellas. You can visit her on her website, www.susannedietze.com.
Four Texas-Set Novellas Based on Jane Austen's Novels
Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love--Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:
If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma
A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor.
Romantic Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility
A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice.
One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice
A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career.
Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey
A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attentions.
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Austen-Austin-1-Gina-Welborn/dp/1939023777/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447976422&sr=8-1&keywords=austen+in+austin One Word From You:
This third Austen in Austin novella is based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Urged by her family to marry for the sake of their dwindling finances, Eliza Branch prefers to pay for the remainder of her time at the Austen Academy by writing for the local paper. There’s plenty to write about now that railroad baron William Delacourt has come to Austin. His proposed northbound line may be good for local business, but she’s still stinging from his terrible first impression. If the rumors about William are true, then he deserves to be skewered in print. But when Eliza’s pen gets ahead of her conscience, it’s William who makes everything right—and the reasons behind his sacrifice just might be the story of Eliza’s lifetime.
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