Xlibris Publishing introduces Susie Stone, author of Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity, Jig.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I remembered how, as a child driving home with Momma as we pulled up to our home, she would always say, “Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig” and since my book is about returning home after so many years, I decided I would choose Momma’s own words to describe my return in the book.
Do you have any particular literary influences that have helped you develop in your genre, subject and style?
I have an A.B. degree from School of the Ozarks, Branson, Mo., a B.A. degree from Drury College, Springfield, Missouri with a M.A. degree from Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts. Beginning my early professional years as an elementary school teacher, I also wrote for weekly community newspapers, as a Society Editor, in South Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts. I had my own weekly column “Suzie’s World” during this time. Active in theatre, I directed and produced plays in South Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts, community theater. I also designed lighting, make-up, sets and costumes.
What inspired you to write your book, and how long did it take you to finish it?
I am a story teller. I love to entertain with stories of my life and people I have known. People always chided me that I should write a book entailing my life, and so I have.
It has taken me three to four years to accomplish this authorship as I searched for the right format. When I found my own written style, then it became much easier.
What is the one message you would like to convey to your readers?
Reach for that dream! Don’t let it pass you by – never let your vocabulary include “If only”… just try for it. If you don’t succeed, at least you tried. What was the harm?
Are you working on a sequel to your book?
Are there any events, marketing ideas or promotions planned for your book? Please feel free to mention any accolades you have received?
No accolades – just received news of publication today. But, do have plans for a few newspaper interviews, a couple book signings, and websites. Have to see how it all goes.
What was your favorite part of your publishing experience, overall and with Xlibris?
Receiving a call one morning from Xlibris telling me that I was a published author and to go to the various websites to look at my book. It was for publication and for sale!
Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Fill your journals with your observations and thoughts. Look and listen all around you – all that you observe are lessons to learn and thoughts to inspire you. Fill those journals or notebooks with words, words and more words. You will use those thoughts and words someday in a book!
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