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Behind The Words With Suzanne Woods Fisher


Behind The Words welcomes author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Suzanne is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books.

Tell our readers what your typical writing day looks like?

Up super early to hit my daily word count. Sequestered in a dinky laundry room! With two big dogs underfoot. 

So…..tell us about your latest release?

The Sweet Life is a story about a mom and daughter who start an ice cream shop on Cape Cod, with high hopes for success…but you know how complicated that relationship can be.

What inspired the idea for this book?

My dad grew up on Cape Cod. I’ve traveled there a number of times, and have relatives in Chatham—the jewel of the Cape. What could be better than a summer day on Cape Cod with an ice cream cone in your hand?

Which of the characters do you relate to the most and why?

Marnie: Spontaneous. Creative. Adventurous.

Dawn: Logical. Attention-to-detail. Risk-adverse.

Both those two in a paperbag and shake it up…and you have me!

Would you and your main character be friends?

I would definitely hang out with Marnie Dixon, the mom in this story. She’s kind of a middle-aged hippie. Opposite of her daughter Dawn, who’s very literal, very detail minded. On the other hand, I would happily eat Dawn’s ice cream. I’d worry that Marnie would be careless and accidentally cause food poisoning.

What part of the book was the hardest to write?

The process of making ice cream without sounding like a textbook. I learned a lot about the making of ice cream as I wrote this novel. Quite a lot. My husband attended Penn State’s Ice Cream School (yes…there’s such a thing as Ice Cream School!) and was a very helpful resource. He takes ice cream very, very seriously.

Thank you Suzanne for joining us today. THE SWEET LIFE released yesterday. Here’s a quick look for you:

Dawn Dixon can hardly believe she’s on a groomless honeymoon on beautiful Cape Cod . . . with her mother. Sure, Marnie Dixon is good company, but Dawn was supposed to be here with Kevin, the love of her life (or so she thought).

Marnie Dixon needs some time away from the absolute realness of life as much as her jilted daughter does, and she’s not about to let her only child suffer alone–even if Marnie herself had been doing precisely that for the past month.

Given the circumstances, maybe it was inevitable that Marnie would do something as rash as buy a run-down ice-cream shop in the town’s tightly regulated historic district. After all, everything’s better with ice cream.

Her exasperated daughter knows that she’s the one who will have to clean up this mess. Even when her mother’s impulsive real estate purchase brings Kevin back into her life, Dawn doesn’t get her hopes up. Everyone knows that broken romances stay broken . . . don’t they?

Welcome to a summer of sweet surprises on Cape Cod–a place where dreams just might come true.


Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 30 books, including The Moonlight School and Three Sisters Island, Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She
is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California.

Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne
on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter

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