Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

Read ♥ Read ♥ Read


Maybe I’m biased (who? Me?) but I’ve never understood people who didn’t love to read.

When you read you can go anywhere, see anything, be anyone, experience anything at all and every emotion under the sun!

In just the books I’ve written I’ve been accused of kidnapping (TO SCHOOL A COWBOY) a touch psychic (BLIND SIGHT) and a werewolf with a biting sense of humor (MAKE ME HOWL.) Yes, as Jazzy, the werewolf, I could stand on my own two–make that four–feet. 🙂

When I was growing up, I was Will Rogers with a dry sense of humor, Jane Adams who married a president, Jane Addams who started the first child care centers in America, Amelia Earhart, who had such a sense of adventure she built her own roller coaster as a kid and later learned to fly, and Molly Pitcher, whose husband passed out at his cannon during the Revolutionary War, so she took over for him.

In my years (AND YEARS) of reading I’ve played with Dick, Jane and Spot and lived in a harem. I’ve been a pirate, where I learned to sword fight, I’ve fallen in love over and over again with heroes of every ilk, and I’ve explored the west with Louis L’Amour.

I’ve even walked with Jesus.

I can’t think of many places I haven’t read. Under the covers when I was a kid and supposed to be sleeping, the car, a plane, on a train, college libraries, classes, even on the delivery table when my youngest son was born. (The nurse wrestled the book from my hands when the actual delivery happened.)

The greatest gift I ever received or gave someone else was the love of reading. One of my biggest joys in life was taking my younger siblings and later my children to get their own library cards so they could check out any book they wanted. That was a real gift! (And it didn’t cost a dime.)

Have I mentioned I like to read? (Yes, I get a little passionate about it.)

How about you? What do you like to read?


Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

4 thoughts on “Read ♥ Read ♥ Read

  1. I am so stinkin’ happy you have this site! I didn’t know about it. I’ve known you’re a writer and always was curious as to what you write. I need to get one of your books! SO glad you have this (:

    • Oh, you’re such a sweetie! I’m not sure you’d enjoy the books I’ve had published, but I might send you one of my newer stories that I haven’t sold yet. I’m working on a series set in Jordan Valley, Oklahoma. One is about a barrel racer, trying to make enough money to buy the horse she’s stolen. It starts out, “Do they still hang horse thieves in Oklahoma?”

  2. I am with you in that I love to read. For a while I wondered if I had done something wrong when my youngest didn’t want to read. Come to find out it was a combination of having a hard time reading (small learning disability) and a lack of confidence. Thankfully we didn’t give up and kept looking for different subjects that would catch her interest and finally found a few. It may have started with mostly pictures but she is now moving onto thicker books with little to no pictures and is actively searching for books on her own. It gave me such a thrill when she asks to go to the library or the book store to pick up another.

    • It’s such a great gift to give your child the love of reading. I still get a kick when one of my boys talks about a book he’s reading, and my boys are all grown up. 🙂
      So glad you dropped by my STW!

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