Susan Walker was born in a state her family never lived in. Growing up, she wanted to be many things: a police officer, a dancer, an international spy, an interior decorator, and a writer. Following a year at Pennsylvania State University then a year at South Hills Business School she joined the Air Force where she served as a Medical Administration specialist at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. After the Air Force, Susan changed careers every few years – she worked as a receptionist in a doctor’s office, an office manager for a financial planner, a medical transcriptionist. Along the way, she kept daydreaming…and writing. In the spring of 1999, Susan moved from Goldsboro to New Bern, North Carolina. Susan has stayed in touch with Goldsboro through her home-based medical transcription business. In addition to writing her next novel, she makes and donates baby hats to hospital nurseries, sings in her church choir and daydreams.
Q: How long have you been writing romance?
I wrote my first romance in high school, but it was trite and horrible. My attention swings from writing for children and young adults to writing romance. This is my first inspirational romance.
Q: Do you get writer’s block?
I used to, but not any more. I find I’m now too busy to tolerate being stuck. When I find the story bogging down or the writing not going well, I have to go back and correct whatever wrong turn I took in the last scene. Or sometimes I move on to another story and when I come back, start rewriting from the beginning.
Q: Do you plan your stories before you start writing?
When I started writing “big books” I found that doing a lot of outlining or pre-writing work my stories were flat and my characters were very one-dimensional. Once I tossed out all that I’d been taught and started writing from my gut and heart the stories flowed and everything seemed to work out in the end.
Q: What’s your day job?
I am a home-based medical transcriptionist. That means I type doctor reports for a hospital 60 miles from my home. I am now also the Communications/Administrative Assistant for the Craven Arts Council & Gallery in New Bern.
Q: What do you do when you are not writing?
Now working three jobs, I haven’t had much time lately, but I read, walk Grizzly, my 8-year-old rat terror, volunteer at my church, sing in the choir and make hats for kids from newborns to adults, which I donate to a number of charitable organizations.
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