Today I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Susan Taylor-Reeves, author of Return to the Garden.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Susan Taylor-Reeves, I live in Brisbane, Australia
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Return to the Garden. It is a fiction novel for young adults.
3) What is the book about?
The first created creature in who wakes to find himself in The Garden, he is all knowing, and alone, so he thinks! The animals in The Garden witness the fall of man and are forced to live outside of the garden that was created for them. These are the tales of Lowey and Savannah who lead their fellow creatures, helping them adjust to life in a new community called The Clearing, while they search for a way to return to The Garden and back into the peace that they had once known.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I have always had a love of animals and our planet and finally became a Vegan 5 years ago after driving behind a truck of cattle bound for the slaughterhouse (I assumed). Since that time I have become involved in animal rescues and in particular QLD Guinea Pig Refuge in Brisbane. I foster guinea pigs and have many foster fail guinea pigs of my own. Earlier this year I lost four of my little ones over a couple of months and wrote a poem about ‘A Party over the Rainbow’, a place that many people refer to when their pet passes away. I have always beleived that animals have a place in Heaven, and as a Christian always pray for the creatures in my care. A dear friend Lynne Hudson, is an artist and I commissioned her to paint a picture of my guinea pigs in heaven. In the Book of Genesis after the Great Flood, the Lord makes a covenant with all living things, Genesis 9:5 so I decided to write this book inspired by the Word of God and the creation story.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
It has taken me 4 months to write the book.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
This being my first book, it has been a very steep learning curve, especially in the area of new ideas and editing. I am currently writing book two and am much more organised!!
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
My website is www.chuckleinn.com Once the book is available, Lowey the main character in Return to the Garden will have his own blog.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Believe in your characters and let them come alive in your life, I talk about my characters like they are real people, even friends.
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I enjoy reading non-fiction, biographies but also young adult thrillers and science fiction/fantasy.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
When a Monster Calls. I really enjoy young adult fiction which incorporate animals for example The Narnia series. When a Monster Calls is so incredibly deep, I found myself so caught up in the emotion that Connor, the main character experiences and takes you into world of fantasy. It covers many issues that so many young people face today and gives a message of hope. Even the story behind how the story came about is powerful.
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
I have many pets, all rescue animals, two dogs, Bramwell and Ruby, two cats Simba and Baby Joey, a tank full of fish and 36 guinea pigs.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I use the kindle app on my iPad, however it cannot be compaired to holding a good book, and smelling the pages, and of course never needs charging!
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