I am delighted to welcome author Susan Anne Mason to the blog today to chat about her new book, The Brightest of Dreams! That cover makes me smile every time I look at it!
Susan Anne Mason describes her writing style as “romance sprinkled with faith.” She loves incorporating messages of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness into her stories. Irish Meadows, her debut historical romance, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest sponsored by the Mid-American Romance Authors chapter of RWA.
Susan lives outside Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two adult children. She loves red wine and chocolate, is not partial to snow even though she’s Canadian, and is ecstatic on the rare occasions she has the house to herself. Learn more about Susan and her books at www.susanannemason.net.
THE BRIGHTEST OF DREAMS
SERIES Canadian Crossings #3
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: February 4, 2020
Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. He is also solicited by his employer to look for the man’s niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia back, he will receive his own tenant farm, enabling him to provide a home for his ailing mother and siblings.
Julia Holloway’s decision to come to Toronto has been met with disaster. When her uncle’s employee rescues her from a bad situation, she fears she can never repay Quinn’s kindness. So when he asks her to help find his sister, she agrees. Soon after, however, Julia receives some devastating news that changes everything.
Torn between reuniting his family and protecting Julia, will Quinn have to sacrifice his chance at happiness to finally keep his promise?
Hi Sue! Welcome back to the blog!
Susan: Apples! Oranges are just too messy.
Susan: I am a summer girl through and through (as I look out my window at a snow storm!). I love warm temperatures and sunshine!
Carrie: I will trade you winters from now on – we haven’t had snow all winter. I’m very displeased lol.
Susan: Ocean, absolutely. I love the walking along the beach with the waves washing over my feet. There is something healing about the water that speaks to my soul.
Carrie: I do enjoy that about oceans too!
Susan: Definitely a print book. I do have a Kindle Fire with a slew of ebooks on it, but I find it hard to make myself read that way. You can’t beat the feel of a real book in your hands.
Carrie: So true. Although Kindles do make traveling with books a lot easier lol
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Susan: Sorry I can’t come up with any Superpower! I would say a master juggler but right now I think that would be an exaggeration since some of my ‘balls’ have fallen to the ground lately! Trying to manage a husband, children, home, a part-time job, elderly mother, writing, and book promotion is daunting to be sure.
Carrie: I think the fact that you are surviving all that juggling is a superpower in itself!!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read lately!
Susan: I love both contemporary and historical romance so I’ll give one of each. I adored Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh. It had such depth of emotion and a really wonderful hero which we don’t fully discover right away. The historical book I loved is Tamera Alexander’s With This Pledge. It’s based on true events around the Carnton Plantation in the Civil War. Tamera does such a fantastic job of weaving the history of that event with truly memorable characters, and of course, a fabulous love story.
Carrie: excellent reads!
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Susan: I googled suicides to see how much blood would be lost if a person slit their wrists.Yikes! I also googled a lot about maternity homes, so someone would probably think I’m pregnant and deciding to either go to a home for unwed mothers or take some other drastic measures!
Carrie: haha oh no!
Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce The Brightest of Dreams as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?
Susan: I did have two actors in mind as I wrote the story. I had never heard of Richard Madden before but once I discovered him, I knew he was exactly as I pictured Quinn. (Not as his role as the prince in Cinderella but as a more down to earth character.)
As for Julia, I knew right away that Lily James (as a blond Cinderella) was exactly who I pictured. Especially fitting since Julia starts out working scrubbing floors which reminded me very much of Cinderella working for her stepmother. I suppose that would make Quinn Julia’s fairy godmother!
Carrie: lol!! love these actors 🙂
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Brightest of Dreams?
Susan: I’m not sure it’s exactly hidden, but I have included a cameo of a character from my O’Leary family series “A Courage to Dream”. Dr. Matthew Clayborne is the hero in “Love’s Faithful Promise” and he plays a small role in this book as well.
Carrie: oh yay!! how fun!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from The Brightest of Dreams & why do you love it?
Susan: Quinn is trying to convince Julia of something and says: “You see my point. Every contingency can’t be planned in advance. You need to trust, Julia. Trust God to walk this journey with us. And to show us the right path to take.”
I love his advice to Julia because it embodies the whole theme of the book, and something Quinn needed to learn himself.
Carrie: that’s such wise advice!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Susan: I’ve started a new series called “Redemption’s Light”. Book 1 entitled “A Haven for Her Heart” will come out in November 2020. I am so excited about this book because I’ve always wanted to write a book centered around a maternity home. This story deals with a young woman, Olivia Rosetti, who overcomes horrific adversity and opens a maternity home for unwed mothers in the early 1940s. Her story of redemption is one of my favorites!
Carrie: yay!! Looking forward to it 🙂
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What about you? What interests you most about The Brightest of Dreams and/or Susan Anne Mason from our Q&A?