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!)
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