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Susan Aylworth

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in Mesa, Arizona, The United States
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Debbie Macomber, Barbara Kingsolver

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The Wholesome Heart of Happily Ever After...

It all started when I was a kid. I developed a love of raspberry jam (still love it) and a love of writing (ditto on that one too).

I wrote my first book at the ripe old age of nine. It was eight whole pages! Unfortunately, it was a shameless rip-off of Black Beauty. What can I say? Like most girls, I loved horses (yep, still do). For my fifth-grade career day, I declared my desire to become a rich and famous author. Years later, I’m pleased to have achieved the “author” part of that goal.

One of my favorite things about writing is the research part! I know, it’s a bit of a surprise to some folks, because it sounds suspiciously like “homework”. But for me, it’s so much fun! I truly enjoy researching
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Susan Aylworth Read, read, read, read, read. Did I mention you should read? And don't read as a reader, simply enjoying this story or that one. Read like a writer, n…moreRead, read, read, read, read. Did I mention you should read? And don't read as a reader, simply enjoying this story or that one. Read like a writer, noticing when the author is using description, when the dialogue cuts in, how the action scenes are written, what little nuances help you to know a particular character. Learn all you can from reading.

Meanwhile, write, write, write, write, and write. I've heard people say a real writer writes every single day. After 20 published novels, I'm a real writer, and I don't write every day--just most of them. Get feedback on your writing, not just from your friends, but from people who'll tell you what works and what doesn't.

Next, develop a thick skin--thick like a crocodile. Realize that people who criticize aren't criticizing you. They are telling you what doesn't work in your writing. Hear them. Now and then, you'll get a curmudgeon who won't like anything you write. Don't let that trouble you. Think of how few modern people want to read Shakespeare! Find the people who like your work in general and will tell you frankly which bits and pieces aren't there yet. Treasure those readers. They are among a writer's best friends.

Join writer's organizations. Get their newsletters, go to their conferences, and participate in their critique groups. You may find your best critics among other writers whose work you can review in turn.

Finally, don't give up. Most writers accumulate numerous rejections before they see their first acceptance, and rejections can come even after you've been in publishing a while. It's a tough business, but worth it for those who hang in there. May you find your niche in the market and love the work as much as I do. (less)
Susan Aylworth Many fictional worlds attract me, and which appeals most depends on the day. Today I want to visit Hogwart's and Harry's magical world. Who couldn't u…moreMany fictional worlds attract me, and which appeals most depends on the day. Today I want to visit Hogwart's and Harry's magical world. Who couldn't use a good spell from time to time?(less)
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In 30 years of publishing, I've experimented with different styles and varieties of novels. I enjoyed one teen adventure novel and a Young Adult mystery with a paranormal element, as well as other stories for different audiences. Writing them was a fun diversion, but I've found my home in sweet romances set in America's small towns.







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Charming! Some collections are uneven in quality, but all six of these stories have strong voices, interesting settings and plots, and sweet, happy endings.
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