Please join me in welcoming author Susan M. Meyers to the blog today to chat about her novel The Decorating Club!
Susan Meyers is an optimist who believes we better serve the world when aligned with our greater purpose.
Unexpectedly finding herself questioning her own purpose she was inspired to write The Decorating Club.
Susan makes her home with her husband and daughter in Fairfield, CT.
THE DECORATING CLUB
GENRE: Contemporary (Clean) Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Just Food for Thought
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2021
Sarah’s life is perfect. There’s nothing she’d change… except almost everything.
While it’s true, she’s still madly in love with her husband, she’s no longer in love with her life.
When a group of her neighbors accept Sarah’s offer to help them make some design changes in their homes, the redesign sparks changes in other parts of her life and sets off a mini revolution in their neighborhood.
The Decorating Club shares the story of what happens when women come together for support, inspiration and “outside-the-box” ideas that result in a new lease on life.
Hi Susan! Welcome to the blog!
Susan: Apples – Besides the old adage of an apple a day keeping the doctor away and who doesn’t like that? I also like apples for their versatility. They’re the perfect addition to any cheese plate, they’re awesome smothered in peanut butter and it always amazes me as to how they can motivate even the least physically fit person to go climb up a tree every apple picking season.
Carrie: haha so true!
Susan: Coffee with a side of tea. One of the first things I think of every morning when I open my eyes is whether or not I smell coffee brewing. It’s my daily ritual that starts off by taking in several short sniffs followed by one long deep breath. Once the conformation has been made, I leap out of bed and quickly grab my oversized mug that I fill almost to the top, leaving just enough space for the perfect coffee to cream ratio. Having said that, there’s nothing better than an afternoon cup of tea to wash away my feelings of guilt after eating that plateful of chocolate chip cookies.
Carrie: I really wish I liked one or the other – but make mine hot chocolate, please 🙂
Susan: Under. Our family dog follows me everywhere! It doesn’t matter if its inside or out. And yes, you guessed it… that means she also follows me into the bathroom. I think she looks at the toilet paper roll as her favorite game; quickly grabbing a piece of the roll in her mouth and beginning to tug. Bottom line, if the tissue is over, the paper releases much faster. But by having the tissue under, it provides just the competitive edge I need to beat her every time.
Susan: Print – While I love the idea of instant gratification there was no greater feeling than holding my own printed copy of The Decorating Club in my hands. While the eBook is comprised of the same exact words the formatting is slightly different. For some that might not be a game changer but for me as the author it signifies an area where I had less control. Also as excited as I was to read it on my kindle I can’t express the joy I received by manually flipping each page.
Carrie: I bet that was a feeling like none other 🙂
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Susan: I believe I DO have a superpower. Mine is the power of encouragement. In fact, I believe we all have superpowers wrapped up in the form of gifts and talents that have been bestowed to us from God. The main thing is what we do with them. I have a favorite quote from Erma Bombeck that speaks this point. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’”.
Carrie: i love that thought!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Susan: I’m rereading The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell. It is a great reminder of how quickly change can occur especially in light of the days we are currently living. Yet, Mr. Gladwell makes the point that not all contagious behavior is bad. Thus leaving room for a better world by simply applying a well-placed lever. I share that hope and humbly believe that the message of The Decorating Club can also be infectious and if applied can bring forth a positive change.
Carrie: yes! So important to remember right now!
Q: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Susan: That’s easy I can speak from where I am right now. While the writing of my book has been a long process I have never felt that I should give up. For its birth was grounded in my desire to inspire others. Now just like the characters in my book I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone. It’s one thing to write a book but it’s quite another thing to share it with the world. Especially when you use your own personal experiences as a platform to help others. The reading of Joyce Meyer’s new book, Do it Afraid has played a great role in my ability to just move forward.
Carrie: Oh yes, I know about stepping out of one’s comfort zone – it’s nearly always worth it but it takes that extra burst of courage to take that first step (and sometimes the second and third and so on lol)
Q: What surprised you about your book or your characters as you wrote The Decorating Club?
Susan: While you will not find The Decorating Club listed under the paranormal genre category I can honestly tell you that a vast number of my days writing felt as if I was having an [out-of]-body-experience. At the close of each day, I would reread the words reflected on my computer screen and wonder where they came from. It was as if I had no memory at all as to what was written. I simply typed the keys.
Carrie: oh wow!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Decorating Club?
Susan: I used to tell my Dad that one day I was going to write a book. Now that that one day is finally here, I’m sad to say my Dad isn’t. Yet, I felt as if he was right there with me the entire journey encouraging and cheering me on. So the very last sentence is in honor of him.
Carrie: aww that’s so sweet! I’m sorry for your loss but it seems as though you have honored him well ♥
Q: What is something God taught you while you writing The Decorating Club?
Susan: God taught me that everything happens in His time and not when I want it. This is my first book and I’ve shared with you that it has taken a lot longer than I expected. It’s one thing to write it but what an incredible learning curve to take it from final draft into the hands of the readers. I dreamed of book signings, coming out parties and well-deserved spa treatments but right now none of that is possible. I also selfishly thought about holding the book back until life was more normal again so I could enjoy accolades from center stage. But the truth is, there is probably no better time for the message of this book to come out.
Carrie: that’s so true, but I hope for your sake that you can do all the fun authorly stuff soon too!
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: Thank You Carrie; I loved all of your questions!
As to “what’s next”, I have been blessed with many gifts and talents and now that the book is finished I have the opportunity to further pursue some of them. One of my passions is designing creative interiors and right now I’m in the process of redoing my home office while sharing its progress on social media. I’m also happy to be picking up my paint brushes and colored pencils once again and plan to create art to share on a wider scale.
Lastly and maybe most importantly to me, my hope is to continue to share the spirit and message of The Decorating Club story with audiences of all sizes.
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What about you? What makes you want to read The Decorating Club by Susan M. Meyers?