2020 Carol Award Finalists Q&A (and a Giveaway!): Suzanne Woods Fisher & On A Summer Tide

Posted September 7, 2020 by meezcarrie in 2020 Carol Awards, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Suzanne Woods Fisher / 45 Comments

Once again, happy Monday! Starting today and continuing until September 19th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2020 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! I’m continuing today with Suzanne Woods Fisher and her Carol Award finalist book On A Summer Tide! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.

FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, and a series-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Visit her at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com

Three Sisters Island #1

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2019
PAGES: 320

Sometimes love hurts–and sometimes it can heal in the most unexpected way.

Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. “Moving on” is Cam’s mantra. But there’s a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on . . . and one who keeps moving.

Cam’s full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a remote island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson has a dream to breathe new life into the island–a dream that includes reuniting his estranged daughters. Certain Dad has lost his mind, the three sisters rush to the island. To Cam’s surprise, the slow pace of island life appeals to her, along with the locals–and one in particular. Sam Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher harbors more than a few surprises.

With On a Summer Tide, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a brand-new contemporary romance series that is sure to delight her fans and draw new ones.


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Hi Suzanne! Welcome back to the blog!

Q: How has Christian fiction impacted you personally?

Suzanne: A little bit like the parables of Jesus. Christian fiction can point you to a truth or insight about living a life of faith.

Carrie: Yes! so true!

Q: When you’re not writing your next award-nominated book 😉 who are your fave authors to read & why?

Suzanne: My must-read-fiction-authors: Laura Frantz, Jody Hedlund, Siri Mitchell, Sarah Sundin, Julie Klassen, and a new favorite, Becky Wade. And then there are some authors whom I miss and hope they will keep writing: Dale Cramer, Jamie Langston Turner.

Carrie: So many of my faves in your list too!

Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks? 

Suzanne: I wake each morning around 4:30 am to write. Coffee added, of course. Here’s a saying that I heartily endorse: “There’s gold in the morning hours.”

Carrie: I generally pretend that 4:30 only comes around in the afternoon… LOL

Q: Which of your characters has really stretched you as a writer?

Suzanne: All three sisters in the Three Sisters Island series. Each sister has a turn as the main character, and I had to put aside any and all bias to get inside the mind of a first born, a middle child, and a youngest.

Carrie: oh i hadn’t thought about how birth order would factor in for a character too – i love that!

Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve googled lately while researching a book?

Suzanne: World War II German U-2 subs that are buried in the sea around the coast of Maine. (They were there!)

Carrie: yikes!!!!

Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote On A Summer Tide

Suzanne: My own sister has been my favorite research assistant and traveling buddy. A few years ago, we took a trip to Maine together to find a setting/background for my ‘Three Sisters Island’ series. Last summer, just as I was in the middle of writing book 2, my sister passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly. To write books about sisterhood during such a season of sorrow has been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. And yet the Lord has provided what I’ve needed, as I’ve needed it, including guidance from my editor to improve a weak spot in the story. It’s been a bittersweet journey to finish this series (wrapping up book 3 right now). More sweet than bitter.

Carrie: I’m so sorry about your sister ♥

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from On A Summer Tide & why do you love it?

Suzanne: There’s a pivotal moment in one scene where a character is told: “How would you like to be defined by your nineteen-year-old self for the rest of your life?” That line convicted me, even as I wrote it! Too often, I hold perceptions of others that limit them. Thankfully, God has the whole story, and is always encouraging us to see it from his point of view.

Carrie: amen!

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What about you? What makes you want to read the contemporary Carol Award finalist On A Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher & what did you enjoy about Suzanne’s answers?

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45 responses to “2020 Carol Award Finalists Q&A (and a Giveaway!): Suzanne Woods Fisher & On A Summer Tide

  1. Winnie Thomas

    I’ve had my eye on this book! It sounds wonderful! Great list of favorite authors–most of them are favorites of mine, too!

    Thanks, Carrie and Suzanne!

  2. Suzanne Sellner

    I’ve read Suzanne’s Three Sisters Island books and LOVED them! I, too, am one of three sisters, and while we’re not estranged, we’ve lived states away from each other for years. One is now in heaven, and I see the other one, on average, once a year. Suzanne is a fabulous writer, and I loved the interview!

  3. Patty Rude

    I have actually read the first two books in this series, and am eagerly awaiting the last book in the series!

  4. Paula Shreckhise

    I enjoy books by Suzanne. So sorry to hear about her sister. Sounds like they had fun on the research trips.

  5. Alicia Haney

    I love books about sisters, and I have to sisters of my own, so we are 3 sisters. This book sounds like a Great read and the book cover is Beautiful! I love it. Thank you for sharing about this book and I enjoyed reading the author Q&A .

  6. Pam K.

    I liked what Suzanne said about reading Christian fiction. I know there are usually always Christian truths I absorb when reading CF that help strengthen my faith. I’ve read the first two books in the Three Sisters Trilogy and enjoyed them very much. I’m the oldest of three sisters; though our middle sister passed away eight years ago. That’s difficult under normal circumstances. I can’t imagine going through that while writing novels based on sisters, as Suzanne did.

  7. Francis Jerome Mles

    I just finished “The White Rose Resists” I felt like I was the fly on the wall while readind this book. Amanda Barratt discribed the scenes so well, I was there watching fall into place.
    The university students challenged themselves. The winter train rides with little to no heat. The romance that had it’s problems. the heros who really did not want to be heros.
    Buy iy, read it & you will love it

  8. Caryl Kane

    I’m up at 4:30 to walk at the Jr. High track. Then home for prayer and devotionals.

    I’ve been wanting to read this series.

  9. Elizabeth Litton

    Birth order is a fascinating subject and a fun one to explore in sibling relationships. Suzanne’s Three Sisters Island series is terrific! I can’t wait for the third one to release!

  10. Perrianne Askew

    I’ve read the first book in the series and it’s gotten me warmed up for the rest of the series. I found it interesting that there are actually German WWII U-2 subs buried in the sea along the coast of Maine. I will definitely read this complete series at some point.

  11. Faith Creech

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. It looks so good. I enjoy reading all her books. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Becky D

    Wow!! I can relate with my sister being my best friend & cheerleader. What a great loss that would be…and such an amazing task to accomplish while grieving. Prayers for Lady Suzanne. I love the idea of buying a remote island! 😍 Thanks for sharing the interview!! 🥰📚

  13. Donna Irvin

    I love books about estranged families (especially sisters) coming together! Another book in TBR pile!

  14. Lynn Brown

    It’s interesting how each sister has a main role in the story so she had to look at 3 different points of view.

  15. I like this author and wold love to read and review books in print copy.
    Enjoyed learning about author and books. Book looks and sounds great. Look forward to reading this author’s books

  16. Amy M.

    I was surprised with how funny this book was, but I laughed out loud numerous times. Since I don’t have sisters it was fun to watch their different dynamics of dealing with each other. Look forward to more in this series.

  17. Dawn

    Oh, my! I would never want to be defined by nineteen year-old self! Thank goodness I have learned much since then. I really enjoy your books, Suzanne and must finally get to this series. I am so sorry about your sister.

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