My Writing Journey

Hello everyone! I am so excited to be part of the Amish Christmas Miracles Collection with thirteen awesome authors. I thought I would tell you just a little about my writing journey.

Is there something that you do but you don’t remember learning how to do it?
I am pretty sure that my writing journey began at birth or shortly thereafter. I have always been fascinated with words and how they can be strung together into sentences and stories.

I wrote a poem about my cat in the second grade, and I don’t remember ever learning what poetry was. That little poem earned me a red ribbon at the county fair. From there, my writing “career” was off and running. I had a special blue notebook that I outlined a novel, complete with chapter titles, about a little girl who loved ballet. My cousin joined forces with me one summer to plot out a “twin cousin” mystery series a la Nancy Drew.

As time marched on, I wrote stories for school, turned assigned journal entries into fiction, and penned poetry for the literary magazine. I didn’t even mind writing research papers! I wrote whole novels while sitting up nights with a sick baby. Of course, those stories never saw the light of day, but they were good practice.

Now, with a full-time job, I write anywhere and everywhere that I can. I don’t have a set place where the muse visits me. I write in my car while waiting for appointments, at my kitchen counter at night, at my desk during breaks at work, even in bed when some persistent idea won’t let me sleep. I write my first drafts in long hand so that I can take my manuscripts with me wherever I go. The down side of this method is that I then have to find time to type all those pages, and typing is not my favorite thing to do. I believe I will soon have to join the modern world and learn to create directly on the computer.

However it works out, it is all good. I am thankful for every scrap of time I can squeeze in to work on a story, and I am thankful for every idea God gives me. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful readers with whom to share my creations.

So, what is it that you do second nature?

Some writers have an office, special desk or another writing nook. These are a few places where I write!!

My Kitchen Counter

My Car

My first published book was Ginger and the Bully, a middle-grade novel about a fourth-grade girl who deals with a classroom bully.

My most recently published book is Lizzie’s Heart, an Amish romance.

About Me

Susan Lantz Simpson has been writing stories and poetry ever since she penned her first poem at the age of six. She has always loved the magic of words and how they can entertain and enlighten others. Her love of words and books led her to earn a degree in English/Education. She has taught students from Prekindergarten to high school and has also worked as an editor for the federal government. She also holds a degree in nursing and has worked in hospitals and in community health. She writes inspirational stories of love and faith and has published a middle-grade novel (Ginger and the Bully) in addition to her inspirational romances (Plainly Maryland Series and Southern Maryland Amish Romances Series). She was a finalist in the OCW Cascade fiction contest. She is a member of ACFW. She lives in Maryland and is the mother of two wonderful daughters. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, walking, and doing needlework.

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