Author Interview and Giveaway – Susan Anne Mason – Irish Meadows

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This month’s giveaway actually came out last month, but you’ll forgive me right? (I’ve been swamped and overwhelmed here lately). I hope you enjoy the interview with Susan!


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Irish Meadows

Brianna and Colleen O’Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he’s put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, depends on their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.

Brianna, the quiet sister with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry—as long as her father’s choice meets her exacting standards of the perfect man. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant family member Rylan Montgomery stops in on his way to the seminary in Boston, the two men quickly complicate everyone’s plans.

As financial ruin looms ever closer, James O’Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid becoming pawns in their father’s schemes and follow their hearts. Yet even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?

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Questions about Susan’s Story

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I loved creating a big Irish family full of secrets and complicated relationships. Throw in a boy (now a man) who was taken in as a ward, and a distant relative who arrives to stir up things, and more havoc ensues!

What character in your book turned out to be your favorite? 

Funny enough, it was Rylan Montgomery, the distant relative who comes to stay with the O’Leary’s. He is studying to become a priest, and although I expected him to be kind and compassionate, I never expected him to be funny and to add a quirk of humor to the book!

Which scene (give us the chapter) is your favorite, the one you never tired of working with? Give us a reason to look forward to it. 

One of my favorite scenes is the first meeting between Colleen and Rylan (Chapter 4). Colleen is sent to meet Rylan at the train, but on the way, her carriage gets stuck in the mud. Rylan (who she doesn’t know is him) stops to help her and they both end up covered in mud!


Questions about Susan’s Reading

Who is your favorite Christian Historical hero? It’s tough to choose, but I’d have to say Silas Ballantyne from Laura Frantz’s “Love’s Reckoning”. He is honorable and romantic. I love how instead of writing love notes to Eden, he sends quotes from scriptures.

What Christian Historical Novel taught you something about the craft of writing because it was so well done? And tell us a bit about what it taught you. It was Julie Lessman’s “A Passion Most Pure” that taught me the meaning of deep Point of View. I had been struggling to figure out what this elusive term meant, and when I started reading APMP, Julie’s emotional style of writing really brought this home to me. I finally understood what it meant to delve into a character’s inner most thoughts and emotions.

Which was the last Christian Historical Novel you read, and what was your favorite thing about it?    
I recently finished “To Win Her Favor” by Tamera Alexander. I loved the Irish hero, Cullen, who buys some land and ends up getting a wife in the bargain! I adored the way he set out ‘to win his wife’s favor’ and how they fell in love. This story had several similarities to mine in that it involved an Irish immigrant and thoroughbreds!


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