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Friday, June 20, 2008

Blog Tour - Suzanne Woods Fisher and Copper Fire

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Suzanne Woods Fisher's just-released historical novel Copper Fire, is the sequel to the three-time award-winning Copper Star, a World War II love story inspired by true events. Fisher was a contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her work has appeared in Today's Christian Woman, Worldwide Challenge, ParentLife, and Marriage Partnership. She has contributed to ten non-fiction books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs.

A wife and mother, Fisher lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The best thing about being a writer, she feels, is that all of life becomes material for writing. It's all grit for the oyster.

Suzanne can be found at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com/.

During the month of June, Suzanne is running a book-a-day-giveaway contest. To enter, scoot on over to her blog (http://suzannewoodsfisher.blogspot.com/).

COPPER FIRE
by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Published by Vintage Romance Publishing

ABOUT THE BOOK

Copper Fire is the sequel to Copper Star, picking right up at the very end of World War II. On a summer day in 1945, my main character, Louisa, receives a telegram from the International Red Cross Tracing Service. She discovers that her cousin, Elisabeth, has just been released from Dachau. Louisa is determined to go to Germany to get Elisabeth...and that's where the story begins.

Buy your copy of Copper Fire today!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?

I try to write about interesting people who have been overlooked. In Copper Star, I wrote about Louise Tracy, wife of Spencer Tracy. In 1942, Louise Tracy started a foundation (The John Tracy Clinic) to teach oral communication (lip reading and speaking) to pre-school age children. She and Spencer had a deaf son, John. Louise ignored the conventional wisdom of the day (sending John to an institution to learn sign language) and had remarkable success teaching him to communicate. In both Copper Star and Copper Fire, a deaf child named William steals the show.

The other interesting person in these stories is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the theologian who tried to assassinate Hitler. He plays a very significant role in both books.

2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that were theirs and theirs alone?

I wish I were more like my main character in Copper Star, Louisa, the young resistance worker smuggled out of Germany by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She's funny, determined, smart... and flawed. And she knows it! She has an ability not to take herself too seriously.

3. What themes exist in Copper Fire that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

There is a phrase that Louisa uses that is the theme for this book: "Everybody wants to be found." Ironically, it comes back to slap Louisa in the face when her former love track s her down and complicates her life.

4. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?

Writing Copper Fire was much easier than writing Copper Star because the main characters were already developed. They had already set up housekeeping in my head and had rearranged the furniture to their liking. (Uh oh...I sound a little crazy, don't I?)

5. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

In late August, Grit from the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers, will be released from Vintage Spirit. I wrote Grit with three other very talented authors.

In February 2009, a love story set in 1969, For the Love of Dogs, will be released by Vintage.

And another piece of great news! I just received a contract from Revell/Baker for a non-fiction book called Amish Peace in an English Life. It won't be out until 2010...but it is taking up 90% of my brain right now.

Thanks for hosting me today!

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Thank you, Suzanne, for being in the spotlight with us.

Readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of Copper Fire.

If you wish to comment but don't want to be entered, say so when you post.

Make sure you also leave your email address (name at domainname dot.com/net) or that there is a way to contact you. Otherwise, you won't be entered. Wouldn't want you to miss out on winning a book. :)

And if you want to make certain you don't miss anything, check the box that says 'email follow-up comments to:' when you leave a comment and they'll be sent to the email address associated with your blogging account. That way you'll be notified of any comments and will know when I announce the winner.

This week, the contest is open to US/Canada residents only.

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Other Blogs on the Tour

6/16 - http://forstrose.blogspot.com/ - Bibliophile's Retreat
6/18 - http://miraleesdesk.blogspot.com/ -
Coming Home—A Christ Centered Blog by Christian Writer Miralee Ferrell
6/19 - http://denadyer.com/ - Dena Dyer
6/20 - http://www.ambermiller.com/ - A Fiction-Filled Life by Amber Miller (Writer & Author) 6/23 - http://portraitofawriter.ginaconroy.com/ - Portrait of a Writer…Interrupted
6/23 - http://teresaslack.blogspot.com/ - Theresa Slack
6/24 - http://dianewylie.blogspot.com/ - Diane Wylie
6/25 - http://christysbookblog.blogspot.com/ - Christy's Book Blog
6/27 - http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/ - Tricia Goyer
7/08 - http://2nd-cup-of-cofee.blogspot.com/ - 2nd Cup of Coffee

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11 comments:

stampedwithgrace said...

this books sounds good! I have the first one, so would love to cintinue the story :)

Cherie J said...

Please enter me. Enjoyed the spotlight.

windycindy said...

Hi, My dad is turning 90 years young in July. He is a Navy veteran of WWII. We have been told many interesting stories by him. Please enter me in your book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included for this one!

Kim said...

Great spotlight! I'm a huge WWII fan, so please enter me in the drawing!

Kim
kimfurd at hotmail dot com

Karin said...

Please enter me in the drawing...thank you!

Kari said...

I'd love to win this, thank you!!

Kat Bryan said...

This sounds very interesting. Include me please

katy said...

Please enter me in the book drawing. It sounds very interesting.

Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

We have a winner from this spotlight, and it is:

KATY!

CONGRATULATIONS! I've emailed you for your mailing address, so Suzanne can mail out your book.

Thanks, as always, for your continued support. Check out Cara Putman and Deeanne Gist for 2 more winners.

And 2 more will be picked this coming Friday for last week's spotlights. Stay tuned!

katy said...

Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading this book. It really sounds interesting.