Susan Haught

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Susan Haught writes emotionally powerful stories of family, friendship, and the healing power of love. A multi award-winning novelist and Australian black liquorice connoisseur, Susan believes Love is Ageless and has the power to change lives--one step, one touch, one kiss at a time.

Susan has been chosen three times as the recipient of the New Apple Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing for A Promise of Fireflies, A Thousand Butterfly Wishes, and The Other Side of Broken. Vicious Circles, a fictional story about the deceptions faced in the midst of spousal abuse, was a finalist in the Writer's Village International Short Story Contest, and Susan's writing earned her the Best of Rim Country Reader's Choice Awards, and her website w
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Susan Haught Hi, Susan--
This is an interesting question, one I've tossed about many times.

When I was in elementary school it seemed every year my teacher wanted…more
Hi, Susan--
This is an interesting question, one I've tossed about many times.

When I was in elementary school it seemed every year my teacher wanted us to write a story about our summer vacation. Lots of kids had interesting vacations to tell about--their trip to summer camp, days spent at the lake or on a beach. But mine were always boring. What kid wants to hear about roller skating around the block? So I started making things up, or greatly exaggerating the things I did. And lo and behold, my stories were always read out loud to the class. Not by me (oh, the horror!) but read by the teacher with all the inflections and oohs and aaahs in the right places. Sweet--as long as I didn't have to read them to the class.

I knew at a young age I could tell stories, but it wasn't until I was in my 20's that I was published. A wrote a short story that was accepted by Focus on the Family's very new children's magazine. I still have the edition and since it was a brand new magazine, it's very different from what they publish today.

When my son left for college, I found myself with a lot more free time even though I still worked a day job. I woke up one night with a vivid scene in my head complete with characters already formed and "talking" to me. Oh boy. Thought I was losing my mind! But the scene wouldn't leave my head, and actually kept growing and changing, and I knew I had to write it down. That's when I knew I wanted to write a book.

It took an entire year to write my first book, and another five after that to learn the craft, (the manuscript was a train wreck!) and another two after that to rewrite what I'd written. Not the most efficient way to plot your writing life!

So, to honestly answer your question, I don't think I chose to write--I think writing chose me. May have had to conk me in the head to realize it, but it finally got my attention. I think if it's in your blood, it will find a way to come out one way or the other.

Thank you so much for your question, Susan. It was nice hearing from you! Take care and God bless.

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Susan Haught My favorite fictional couple? Has to be Rachel & Nico from A Thousand Butterfly Wishes. How can I not love the characters that are a part of my…moreMy favorite fictional couple? Has to be Rachel & Nico from A Thousand Butterfly Wishes. How can I not love the characters that are a part of my soul, ones I created?

They're a special couple, not only because of their compassion for the elderly, but because they are exactly what the other needs at this time in their lives. They're both over thirty and must deal with their pasts respectively, yet each will help the other overcome obstacles that keep them from living the lives they desire. Nico is the kind of man everyone dreams about--not only handsome and caring, but he knows exactly what Rachel needs to deal with the past and he allows her the space to deal with it with love and ultimate respect. He's got rare qualities that make him the ideal mate for Rachel.

Logan and Ryleigh from A Promise of Fireflies are also a fave. Why not? Again they're my characters. They're in their forties and have baggage, but they also possess the necessary characteristics that allow them to think before they act, rely on their experiences to make tough decisions, and are still sexy as heck. They know what love is. They know how to treat each other and how to nourish a relationship--once they get there!

Other than these amazing characters, my favorite right now are Jamie and Claire from Outlander. They're deep and richly created, and aren't the typical couple. I love the way they interact with each other and those around them. I must admit however, that I'm not a fan of the immense amount of horrible things that happen to them--they have gone through more crap in the short time they're together than normal couples would ever see in a lifetime even if they included their entire extended families. It's a bit hard to swallow. I like to relate to the characters, and Jamie and Claire don't come across as relatable for that very reason. However--I love reading about them (and seeing them on TV), I just can't say they are your normal everyday couple experiencing a troubling time, or even two. If one isn't in a life and death situation, the other is. Sort of unbelievable. But fun to read!

I also believe my favorite couple is the one I'm currently reading--no matter what book it happens to be. I enjoy becoming immersed in their lives and lost in the story. (less)
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“I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow;
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.”
Robert Browning Hamilton

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“I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”
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“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

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“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
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