Today’s post comes from Suzanne Norquist, the author of A Song for Rose, included in A Bouquet of Brides.
Hi everyone. I’m Suzanne Norquist, author of A Song for Rose in the Bouquet of Brides collection. If you haven’t heard of me, it is because I’m a new author. I’m honored to be in a collection with so many talented multi-published authors.
In my opinion, the goal of any novella in a collection is to take the reader on a mini-vacation. I want the reader to live in the historical setting for a little while and enjoy the journey with the characters. I try to keep the tone of my stories light with fun characters, because . . . I like reading light, fun stories.
If I focus too much on takeaway value and theme, the story becomes preachy and boring. Again, my opinion.
That said, every story has conflict and a takeaway value can hide in the resolution of that conflict. The character may learn a lesson or be reminded of a truth. I like that inspirational fiction can carry both a fun story and truth.
In my story, Rose Miller feels overlooked in her large family and can’t imagine God, who has the whole world to manage, cares about the details of her life. The reader may take some value in walking with her through this journey. I won’t say too much here. Don’t want to give away the ending.
The hero, Patrick O’Donnell, has his own issues. If he can’t earn his father’s approval, how is he supposed to earn the approval of an all-powerful God?
Walk with Rose and Patrick through their story in A Song for Rose in a Bouquet of Brides Collection.
Suzanne Norquist explores past and present through story.
Everything fascinates her, so she never settled on a career. She has worked as a sales clerk, chemist, professor, financial analyst, and even earned a doctorate in economics. As an author, she experiences different worlds without starting a new career every time. Research feeds her curiosity, and she shares the adventure with her readers.
She lives in Colorado with her mining engineer husband and has two grown children. When not writing, she explores the mountains, hikes, and attends kickboxing class.
She authors a blog entitled, Ponderings of a BBQ P.h.D. Sign up to receive her blog and receive a free five-day devotion.
Learn more at suzannenorquist.com.
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Paula here. I hope you’re enjoying learning more about my co-authors and their stories! If you’d like to learn more about the heroine of my story, you’ll enjoy visiting Kathy Kovach’s blog today, where I guest-blog about Daffodil “Dilly” Grace Douglas.