Author Spotlight

Hey Everyone,

I know I am not due to do a post today but I just wanted to share this author with you I discovered from a Facebook group I’m in.

Susan Preston

Susan Preston

Author: Susan Preston

Book Title: Hold the Faith

Genre: Christian, historical, fiction

Blurb: Imagine you were living 60 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ? What might you find? Most of the original disciples had been martyred. Had the plan been overthrown?

Far from it! In Ephesus was the apostle John, living, and teaching, writing and travelling round the fellowships. In this first book of the Apostle John series you will discover God’s plan was growing according to His guidance.

You will discover what life was like for those first century Christians. They were hated by the Jews and pagans, distrusted and persecuted by the Romans, and see the rise of counterfeit Christianity.

Imagine you were living 60 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ? What might you find? Most of the original disciples had been martyred. Had the plan been overthrown?

Far from it! In Ephesus was the apostle John, living, and teaching, writing and travelling round the fellowships. In this first book of the Apostle John series you will discover God’s plan was growing according to His guidance.

You will discover what life was like for those first century Christians. They were hated by the Jews and pagans, distrusted and persecuted by the Romans, and see the rise of counterfeit Christianity.

Formats… Kindle, Smashwords formats.

Price: $4.99

Author links:

Facebook Author/book page: www.facebook.com/holdthefatih

Facebook personal page: https://www.facebook.com/susan.preston.984?fref=nf_fr

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPrestonPerth

LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=41500379&trk=tab_pro

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/cm8efvy

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/284831

Author profile on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/SzanP

Website: http://holdthefaith.net

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvWYS7ezVp0&feature=youtu.be

Blog – Hold the Faith: http://holdthefaith.wordpress.com/

Blog – Religious historical research: http://religioushistoricalfiction.wordpress.com/

 

Mini Interview:

1.     Why do you write?

Because I must 🙂

2.     What are you working on right now?

Hold the Faith has been published recently, the next book in the series is in draft form. Between the blogs and the website I am ‘time poor’ on the next book, although I started and my editor ‘passed’ the draft. Still a long way to go though.

3.     What inspired you to create this book?

An incredible Bible study series on the Apostle John. (Credited in the Thanks section.)

4.     What draws you to this genre?

My faith.

5.     How much research do you do?

One of my complaints… the research takes much, much longer than writing. Because the setting of the book is the first century AD, discovering weather patterns, diet, clothing, homes, how long it took to walk… all these questions took so much time, and sometimes a lot of frustration to discover.

6.     What was the hardest thing about writing this book?

Other then the research, finding the time. 🙂

7.     The most rewarding?

Seeing it develop.

8.     Are you a plotter / planner or do you prefer to dive right in?

Basically, dive right in. In Hold the Faith I had a time frame to fit within… the Holy Days they kept, so I ended up with charts. When they were and what the characters had to do between. I also had diagrams of some of the places in the book… the farm layout where the book commenced and the home of the Apostle John and his family.

9.     How much dialogue do you have with your readers?

An early reader did me a huge favour. He noticed a typo and wrote to me. That was the best favour anyone had done and I ended up with a total revision from deciding I had better re-read it.

10.What kind of support groups do you have to help get the book across the line?

We are pretty isolated here. I have a couple of ‘beta’ readers but my husband is my main support.

11.Do you work with an editor? If so, how much input do they have?

Again my husband is my editor. He has a lot of input. I have the entire story – three and a half books, in my mind. He reminds me where I have forgotten to put it on the pages.

12.How are you publishing this book? (e.g. Indie, traditional) And why did you chose to go this way?

I chose Indie because my niche (Early Christian fiction) is very narrow.

13.Your thoughts on book series.

I love reading a series. It isn’t always possible though and I guess, as an author, you have to know when to close the series.

Originally my book was not a series. But as I did more and more research and the characters ‘lived’ it became too long for one book. The first book in the series ‘Hold the Faith is around 130,000 words. Smashwords describe that length as an epic. The next two are in draft form on my computer. Book four is an idea that has not made it to draft.

14.Your thoughts on serialised novels.

I don’t like them. By mistake I bought an interesting eBook only to find that it was the start of a serial.

15.What advice would you give to your younger self?

Trust. Life takes you there. (Hard to believe when you are in the midst of some trauma but it is true.)

16.Favourite book or film / why?

Favourite book… probably Lord of the Rings because it is very well written and there are no loose ends.

17.Do you have or plan to have a book trailer and what are your thoughts on them overall? 

I have not had time yet to do more than give it a passing thought. It is a bit difficult because of the time setting.

18.What are you working on now?

The second book of the series is currently in draft form. However, I am taking some time to publicize the book at the moment. Like most authors I find this hard and would rather write the book.

19.How do you relax?

Read, watch a good movie.

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