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Susan Vreeland is an internationally renowned best-selling author and four-time winner of the Theodor Geisel Award for Fiction, the San Diego Book Award’s highest honor. She is known for writing historical fiction on art-related themes, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany. Her books have been translated into 26 languages. She lives in San Diego, California.


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Susan Vreeland Thank you for this question that starts us off. Normally I just do research for six months. Following that the writing took two and a half years doing…moreThank you for this question that starts us off. Normally I just do research for six months. Following that the writing took two and a half years doing multiple drafts. I showed the ninth draft to my editor and we spent probably five months polishing, so the total would be about three years.(less)
Susan Vreeland A decision has to be based on whether the central figure has enough substance and complexity for me to reveal new aspects of the person as the novel…moreA decision has to be based on whether the central figure has enough substance and complexity for me to reveal new aspects of the person as the novel progresses. Also, the time and place must provide interest and the capacity within its context to offer some insight into the world or life or at least that time period. I select subject matter on whether it allows me to express something of my own sensibilities. (less)
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Girl in Hyacinth Blue
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“That a thing made by hand, the work and thought of a single craftsman, can endure much longer than its maker, through centuries in fact, can survive natural catastrophe, neglect, and even mistreatment, has always filled me with wonder. Sometimes in museums, looking at a humble piece of pottery from ancient Persia or Pompeii, or a finely wrought page from a medieval illuminated manuscript toiled over by a nameless monk, or a primitive tool with a carved handle, I am moved to tears. The unknown life of the maker is evanescent in its brevity, but the work of his or her hands and heart remains.”
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“You know, bicycling isn't just a matter of balance," I said. "it's a matter of faith. You can keep upright only by moving forward. You have to have your eyes on the goal, not the ground. I'm going to call that the Bicyclist's Philosophy of Life.”
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“It was strange: When you reduced even a fledgling love affair to its essentials--I loved her, she maybe loved me, I was foolish, I suffered--it became vacuous and trite, meaningless to anyone else. In the end, it's only the moments that we have, the kiss on the palm, the joint wonder at the furrowed texture of a fir trunk or at the infinitude of grains of sand in a dune. Only the moments.”
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