Archive for May, 2013

Meet the Author: Suzanne Hartmann


Suzanne Hartmann is the author of the Fast Track Thrillers series, Christian suspense novels with a twist of NASCAR. “I began writing fiction when my children were young, and I started on my first novel in 2006,” Suzanne says. That novel eventually became PERIL, the first in the series, which was published by OakTara in 2011, with the remaining books, CONSPIRACY and REVENGE, coming out in 2013 and 2014.
What Motivated the Writing of a Fast Track Thrillers Series?

Although not a NASCAR fan when she began writing PERIL, Suzanne’s daughter started to take an interest in NASCAR. Suzanne then started paying pay more attention when her husband watched a race. Watching those races opened her eyes to the fact that stock car racing would create a unique backdrop for a novel. Her research led her to enjoy watching the races, but what really made her a fan came after she started volunteering with Midwest Raceway Ministries. “I watched qualifying runs from the pit road so close to the cars that I felt them as much as heard them,” she adds.
What Else Does This Busy Author Do in the Writing World?

On the editorial side, Suzanne is a contributing editor with Port Yonder Press and operates the Write This Way Critique Service, which offers free evaluations and reasonable rates. Because so many people commented that she explained writing rules and techniques in an easy to understand way, she has compiled much of the advice from her blog into a book titled Write This Way: Take Your Writing to a New Level.
Suzanne Has Been “Publishing” for Many Years

An avid reader since a very young age, Suzanne has worked in nearly every aspect of the publishing industry: from library clerk in high school, bookstore cashier after college, Usborne book distributor to support her homeschool book-buying habit, author, and editor. When not writing, editing, or homeschooling, she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and scouring local library sales for books to resell on-line.
When asked to share something about herself that most folks don’t know, Suzanne shared a painful time in her life: “I was in a very serious car accident twenty-seven years ago that came close to taking my life. The injuries have caused me to have ankle, knee, and hip issues that have led to two knee replacements, and last month to an ankle fusion. For that, I am still in a cast for another month and a boot for six weeks after that.”

(Our hats go off to you, Suzanne. You’re quite a fighter to carry on and be able to write with all the pain you’ve faced. Kudos to you!)

To learn more about Suzanne go to:

Blog: Write This Way (www.suzanne-hartmann2.blogspot.com)
Website: Fast Track Thrillers (www.fasttrackthrillers.blogspot.com)



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On Writing: The Montrose Christian Writers Conference

One of the most meaningful experiences you’ll ever have as a writer is attending writers conferences. The knowledge gained, the friendships made, and the encouragement received is well worth the time, effort, and money invested in any writers conference you attend.
My attending the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, literally, changed my writing life forever.
In 2001, I met Barbara Scott, the acquisitions editor of Zonderkidz, and my Keystone Stables Series was launched, eventually becoming a best seller with over 100,000 in print.
The Montrose Christian Writers Conference in Montrose, PA, is one of the best conferences, in my opinion, that you’ll ever attend. The director, Patti Souder, always has at least 15 on faculty with numerous workshops and classes that will suit any writer’s fancy.
This year’s conference from July 21st to the 26th and entitled Words Wisely Written, will feature five continuing morning classes as well as 50 other afternoon and evening classes or workshops. If you leave this five-day conference without learning anything, I’d say you’re not cut out to be a writer.
I’ve been on faculty about five times in the last dozen or so years, and I’m scheduled for this year, as well. I’m excited about this assignment because I’ll be conducting a work-in-progress workshop for several hours in the morning for four consecutive days. I’ve asked Patti to limit the class size to no more than eight or ten, when we’re going to rip everyone’s work to shreds! (Translation: We’re going to make everyone in that class a better fiction writer by learning the basics of plotting, character development, narration, and excellent dialogue.)
If you’re considering attending this conference, I recommend you register as soon as possible, especially for my class. I expect it to fill up very quickly. For all the details about the conference, go to http://www.montrosebible.org/writers.htm

Enjoy suspense? Read Peril by Suzanne Hartmann A top-secret agent. A high-profile assignment. Danger at a NASCAR track. http://suzanne-hartmann.blogspot.com/

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