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Susanne Dunlap

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Susanne Dunlap is the author of six works of historical fiction. Two are for adults (Emilie's Voice and Liszt's Kiss, both published by Touchstone books of Simon & Schuster). Four are for young adults (The Musician's Daughter, Anastasia's Secret, In the Shadow of the Lamp, and The Academie, published by Bloomsbury). A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, four step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter—that's a total of four children and nine grandchildren! ...more

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The Academie was born of a tiny piece of information I discovered quite by accident, that Eliza Monroe, Hortense de Beauharnais, and Caroline…more
Hi Halls,

The Academie was born of a tiny piece of information I discovered quite by accident, that Eliza Monroe, Hortense de Beauharnais, and Caroline Bonaparte all attended the same French boarding school. And that period, when Napoleon was on his way to becoming emperor but not quite, always fascinated me. I wanted to write a story about how being in such a volatile time and place, with such strong characters, might shape a young girl's view of life.

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Susanne Dunlap Hi Cintia,

I hear you. Unfortunately, rejection is just part of life when you're a writer. That doesn't mean you shouldn't write, though! The best…more
Hi Cintia,

I hear you. Unfortunately, rejection is just part of life when you're a writer. That doesn't mean you shouldn't write, though! The best thing you can do is not worry about what the industry's doing, just work hard on being the best writer you can be. Read lots of books about writing. Be super critical when you go back and look at what you're writing. No one writes like you, and it's impossible to predict what the market wants. Editors want good stories they think they can sell. Simple as that.

Concentrate on the story: what's the journey your character goes through, and why should the reader care? I can't stress enough that starting with a really strong story with a unique perspective that inspires you to work really hard is absolutely the only way to have a chance of being published.

I get discouraged all the time, but I just keep writing. And I keep trying to be a better writer: I take workshops, I read about writing, etc. etc. It's really important.

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The Musician's Daughter

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Kat❤asprohie!! You are the reason Mrs. Susanne why i started to like history and historical fiction and that means alot to me !! .. Thank You :)


Kat❤asprohie!! Mariama:) wrote: "Thank u soo much for accepting my friend request:) I love reading ur books and can't wait to read them all, especially Anastasia's Secret!!"

Anastasia's Secret was amazing !!!! READ IT !!:)


Mariama Thank u soo much for accepting my friend request:) I love reading ur books and can't wait to read them all, especially Anastasia's Secret!!


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Keith Hi! Thanks so much for the friend request!!! I plan on reading all your books, as well!!!


Chelsey Hi Susanne,

I just received my copy of In the Shadow of the Lamp that I won from the giveaway. I had a card ready to send you as a thank you, but your return address was scuffed up in the mail. So -- I just wanted to say thank you SO much! The inscription makes it such a keepsake and I can't wait to dive into your story!

Chelsey


Sarah  (sarahandherbookshelves) Hello Susanne! I just want to thank you for signing my copy of Anastasia's Secret that I won on goodreads. I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing it soon:)


Susanne Just wishing everyone a happy New Year!


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