Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.


Starting a New

I haven’t been on strike. Honest! I was just sucked into a new world. Alternate reality. The place writers go when they give in to their imagination.

In Other Words (IOW) I started writing a new book. And boy! Am I having fun.

I decided to break all my self-imposed rules. Rules like–Never use family names for your characters and Never base books too heavily on my hometown and people in it.

Right now my heroine’s name is Glory Matthews. This is my son, Matthew, sitting on my mom’s lap.
matt and grandmommie_edited-1
My hero’s name is Eli Daniels. This is my son, Danny, driving a Duck.
BTW: I’m thinking this book might be part of a series.
Question: Where’d you get the idea for this book? (That’s a question I hear a lot.)
Answer: I! Don’t! Know!
All I knew was I wanted to write a light, humorous book filled with emotion, so I sent that idea to the basement for the boys to work on. (Stephen King reference.) SISTERS is what they sent back up.
Question: What’s the series’ basic premise?
Answer: Sisters who run a daycare in a small town world. 🙂  
One sister is an RN. Poor thing couldn’t get used to hurting people (injections, taking blood, giving yucky meds) to make them better. The other sister, Star, is an extremely talented baker. She bakes for the coffee shop in town. (And she keeps the kiddos happy at the daycare.)
Their best friend is Halle Kennedy. Halle owns a gift/antique/junk/flower/coffee shop, and I’ll be writing a book based on her romance, too. (Busy girl.)
 BTW: I might have mentioned I have three sons. The third one, Bradley, will be the last name of my hero in the next book. (Unless I change my mind.)
This is my baby boy, Bradley.
The series is set in Sky, Oklahoma, the state’s farthest north town. (By fractions of a millimeter, but hey! It is.)
So if you wondering where I’ve gone, it’s to Sky, but I’m not Lucy and I don’t have diamonds. (Hello, Beatles!) 
Oh, and the name Sky isn’t a wave at the Beatles, it’s a tip of my hat to Skye O’Malley, by Bertrice Small., one of my all time favorite and the very first romance I ever read. So, so good! 
I figure if I’m going to spend most of my spare time and lose sleep writing, I might as well have fun doing it. 🙂
Here’s the question of the day:
What’s your all time ♥ favorite♥ book?
Care to share?