Friday, May 25, 2012

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow-author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)
Today's friend is Susan Auten. She is an author with her debut novel recently out through Deseret Book. She can be found online at her website and her novel, Becoming Bayley, is available online at Deseret Book.

SME - Welcome to I Need Friends Friday!

Susan Auten - Yay. One thing you need to know up front. I type faster than I think.

SME - And I just choose to forgo the thinking altogether

Susan Auten - tee-hee

SME - I am excited to have you as a Friday Friend. I have cyber stalked you for a while now.

Susan Auten - Well, why didn't you say hello? I'm not scary, am I?

SME - But saying hello kind of takes the creepy factor out of cyber stalking. I'm there, but you don't *know* I'm there. See how that works?!

Susan Auten - Totally worked. I didn't know you were there. But if it makes you feel any better, I've stalked you a couple of times too.

SME - Mutual stalking. I like.

Susan Auten - That's the best kind.

SME - So when you aren't stalking or unknowingly being stalked, what do you like to do with your time, Susan?

Susan Auten - Write. But that's a lame answer here. Hmm. Eat chocolate chip cookies, watch movies and kiss my husband's cheeks. I married him for his cheeks, in case you were wondering.

SME - I married my husband for his singing voice, so it's all good.

Susan Auten - You're lucky. I always wanted a husband that could sing.

SME - Can he lip sync? 'Cause that could count. It worked for Milli Vanilli

Susan Auten - "Girl, you know it's true!"
He tries to lip sync at church and then tell me he's singing. I always tell him God knows when you're lying, especially in church.

SME - If you're gonna lie, don't do it in Church. That's what I've *always* said.

Susan Auten - Yeah. It's a good motto.

SME - It's right up there with, "If you're gonna lie, do a good job."
Did I mention I also married my husband 'cause I'm hoping he'll get me in to heaven? (since I'm not sure I'll get there on my own merits)

Susan Auten - I just snorted.

SME - You thought I was joking? That was completely serious.

Susan Auten - Good luck with that. Maybe it'll work. I don't know how my husband and I are getting in. We're both spitfires. Maybe we can hang on our kids coattails. Especially the youngest one. She's an angel.

SME - There ya go. No pressure, kid, but the family's salvation depends on you.

Susan Auten - Yep. We don't expect much out of our children. Actually, I think I told my kids just this morning they were going to heaven if I had to drag them kicking and screaming. They looked at me like I had a third eye.

SME - Just last night while we were discussing the importance of not fighting and having a peaceful and loving spirit in our home, I explained to my kids, "I just want you to love each other, you big bunch of jerks." That drove the message home.

Susan Auten - Yeah. I tell my kids not to hit each other and then when they won't quit, I spank them. I hope CPS doesn't read this.

SME - Good point. Perhaps I should state for the record that I am the ideal parent who never raises her voice or punishes her children. *ahem*

Susan Auten - Me too. I was just kidding before. *clears throat*

SME - So, Ms Susan Auten, you have a new book out.

Susan Auten - Yes, I do. *sweeping bow*

SME - Do tell.

Susan Auten - Well, It's called Becoming Bayley.
It's about a girl from Star Valley, Wyoming whose big dream is to make the BYU women's soccer team. She goes to camp and not only snags a spot, but a hot guy too—the men's team goalie, Matt Macauley who is about to leave for his mission.
While he's gone, her hair falls out because she gets alopecia and she has to deal with what it's like to feel really self conscious and ugly.
And then she quits writing him. But I don't want to bore you with anymore details...

SME - No, no, no Susan. You say "I don't want to give away any more than I already have. You'll just have to read the book to find out what happens next!" And then people buy your book by the thousands. Free (and excellent) marketing advice right there.

Susan Auten - Hahahah. Okay. I don't want to give anymore away, so you'll have to read the book to find out what happens next. Tiny spoiler: The boy comes home and they run into each other at the Y.
It's really good y'all (I can say that since I'm from the south.) There's a makeover, and a sister her drives her nuts. A brother who is seriously lacking social skills and a roommate that has a crush on the brother.

SME - Little known fact about me: I played soccer as a child. That's right. Quite the athlete right here. I took a break from ballet for one season. Didn't score any goals, but I perfected my pirouette out on the soccer field.

Susan Auten - Soccer!!! Love it, Sarah. My daughter just scored her first goal Friday night. She's played five seasons. You should have stuck with soccer.

SME - Well, at the end of the season the coach kindly suggested that dance was probably my true calling.

Susan Auten - Ugh. Sucker punch. Wow. Did you give him a ticket to your next dance recital?

SME - In his defense, he was right about me and soccer not being a good match.
Did you ever see the movie "Ladybugs" about the girls soccer team? Remember the player who spent every game watching butterflies and ignoring the game itself? That was me. Except, instead of watching butterflies, I was choreographing imaginary dance recitals.

Susan Auten - No, I never saw that. But obviously your calling was in the dance studio. My eight-year-old son played soccer and I finally told him I had to quit. He'd pretend to shoot all the kids coming toward him on the field instead of going after the ball. I couldn't take it any more.

SME - Some of us were just meant for different things in life. Dancing. Warfare.

Susan Auten - I know. I finally had to accept that my boys are not cool. For fun right now, they go out in the back yard, arm themselves with foam sleds and have Gladiator battles.

SME - Actually, that's pretty cool.

Susan Auten - Yeah, until somebody gets hurt. And it's always the youngest. Broken rib, broken tooth, pencil in the eye, gigantic splinter up the leg.

SME - Okay, that isn't cool.
[PG.jpg]But ya know what is? The portrait I drew of you!

Susan Auten - Ah, the picture!

Susan Auten - That's darling. I love it. You are truly talented.

SME - *sweeping bow*

Susan Auten - Hey that looks sorta like the cover of my book!

SME - Hmm. Maybe I did that on purpose. Hmm.

Susan Auten - Hmm. You're smart like that.

SME - Marketing genius, I'm telling you.

Susan Auten - Does your publisher know they're getting a two-fer-one? Do you do your own covers too?

SME - If only my covers could be stick figures, I'd have it made!!

Susan Auten - Hey, those Diary of a Wimpy Kid books do pretty well.

SME - True. My next book needs to be "Diary of a Romance Novel Heroine." Actually, that's not a bad idea. *ponders*

Susan Auten - That would be awesome. And you're really funny like that Kinney guy.

SME - Holy cow. I forgot to ask you the most important question of every INFF interview!!! What is your favorite continent?

Susan Auten - Oh, wow. I guess I have to say this one because Hawaii's on it. And that's where we went on our honeymoon.

SME - Aaaahhhh. Bonus points for going with the sentimental choice!

Susan Auten - What can I say? It's lovely there. And the shave ice is divine.

SME - And now for the traditional final question: Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

Susan Auten - 1. It's the only blog interview I've ever done.
2. I got to talk to one of my stalkers!
3. I got to brag about my new e-book Becoming Bayley (that you can buy on the DB Bookshelf or Amazon.)
4. The picture of me is epic.
5. I found out Sarah Eden married her husband for reasons as shallow as I married mine. Who needs divine approval with good cheeks and a singing voice?

SME - That is, perhaps, my favorite reason ever. Ever.

Susan Auten - I'll record this in my journal. *presses hands to heart*

SME - As you should.
Well, Susan, that wraps it up here at INFF. I'll be seeing you in cyber space (but you won't see me! *wiggles eyebrows in creepy stalker fashion*)

Susan Auten - Right back atcha! See ya, Sarah!

SME - *fingers crossed* Well, that's INFF for today. *cue exit music* Join us next week when I'll make a new friend!

Friday, May 18, 2012

I had the opportunity two weeks ago to be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2012 LDStorymakers Writers Conference. As part of that "gig" I put together a few goofy videos. For those of you who were there and wanted to see them again, as well as those who haven't seen them yet, here they are in all their glory.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

I am super excited to have Courting Miss Lancaster featured in the 2012 Book Bloggers Cookbook. Not sure what the 2012 BBC is?? Here ya go...

The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook is a community project from some of the blogosphere's best book bloggers in a simple, easy to read format.  The cookbook combines a love of reading and dining to help you find books you'll devour and recipes you can't put down.

You’ll love The Book Blogger’s Cookbook because…

The Book Blogger’s Cookbook has 50 different book reviewers from every corner of the blogosphere.  It bridges the gap between author and reader—putting you in touch with book reviewers who can separate the 5 star books from the mediocre.
The Book Blogger’s Cookbook showcases great reads and provides an interactive experience with links to author and book reviewer websites. The cookbook is created for those who like to experience what they read long after they’ve closed the book.
The Book Blogger’s Cookbook tells why each recipe complements its companion book.  Recipes and books combine to make the reading experience satisfying and entertaining.

About the author:

Christy Dorrity loves to read about cooking and cook about reading. She was taught early to have a discriminating taste for both books and food. Christy grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming. She taught elementary school and lives in the mountains with her husband Devon and their five young children. When Christy's not reading or writing, she's probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

twitter: @christydorrity

Here's where it gets super duper exciting. The book tour for the 2012 BBC  is currently running and there is a fabulous prize being given away. Here is the info on that:

Book launch and Contest
During the first week of the book launch, The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook will be available for a reduced price of 99 cents.  Please spread the word. 
Every person who comments on one of the blogs during the tour will be entered to win a grand prize: a copy of every book featured in The 2012 Book Blogger's Cookbook (22 in all, over $200 value).

And, yes, this is one of the stops on that blog tour, so comment away!!

Head over to for a list of all the blog stops and all the information you need to enter!


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