Monday, November 10, 2008

Grand Loving by Sue Johnson & Julie Carlson

Author blogVIEW
with Sue Johnson

Title: "GrandLoving" by Sue Johnson & Julie Carlson
Publisher: Fairview Press published the first edition and Heartstrings Press published the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions
Release Date: The first edition came out in 1996 and our most recent 4th edition came out in 2006

What inspired you to write the book? The arrival of our first grandson and our wanting to be part of his life despite the fact that we were on opposite coasts.

What is your favorite chapter in the book – and why? Love them all - like a baby - each chapter brings good things!

Do you have other books you have written? If yes, what are they? Just the 4 editions but each has so much new material that we feel like we've written 4 books!

Is there a particular event that stands out to you that helped you become an author? Looking in the bookstores and library for a good book on grandparenting when our first grandson was born and not being able to find anything helpful or useful. Mentioned this void to our daughter-in-law and said, "Gosh, I could write a better book than what is out there," and Julie said, "Well, Mom!" followed by a quick, "How would you like a co-author." The rest is history! We've been a co-author team ever since!

Was there a person in your life that believed in you even more than you believed in yourself? If so – who was that person? My husband

What advice would you give to writers wishing to have their works published? Write about your passion

Who is your favorite author? Barbara Kingsolver

What is your favorite quote? My grandmother always told me to "Say little, but do much!"
Personal note: I had the opportunity to meet Sue while attending Book Expo in Washington, D.C. We spent an evening together at a very fun book design party - presented by the Cover Girls... Sue is a spunky, fun lady with a passion for living! :) You'll love her book ...