Amazon best selling and award-winning author Susan Wingate joins the Spotlight this week to chat about her latest book, Bobby’s Diner
Author Name: Susan Wingate
Book Title: Bobby’s Diner
Book Genre: Women’s fiction/suspense
Release Date: March 31, 2021
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Welcome, Susan! Please describe your latest book.
Bobby’s Diner is a “make it or break it” story about two women, one husband and a will; one deeming them to run a business together.
What sparked the idea for your latest book?
I dreamed one of the scenes—the trucker scene—and the story unfolded.
A dream—I love it! How long did it take for you to write the book?
Bobby’s Diner took only four months to write. It sort of fell out of my brain and into my fingers. What’s your research process like? I research as I go although I read tons of news articles and other novels so I’m constantly learning about something whether a new technology or psychological profile.
Four months is impressive! What drew you to the suspense genre?
I think I’ve always been drawn to suspense, thrillers and mysteries. I remember reading them as a kid but also as a teen and young adult. I started reading literary fiction as a teenager too and I love that genre because you’ll always find some sense of psychological suspense within the literary genre.
Where do you get ideas for your books?
Everywhere. Conversations—while in one or eavesdropping on one. Dreaming and lazy subconscious times stories seem to flutter up to the forefront of my consciousness. But everywhere. Whenever I’m outdoors in the woods tramping around searching for fallen antlers or newborn fawns, stories like to poke me in the eye and get me back to writing.
What’s your favorite part about writing?
The joy I get from writing is all-encompassing. I love creating something that people will read and hopefully relate to but also, I love words and word play. My father was a wordsmith. He would sit with us for hours making up new words and their definitions, their sounds. I love the art of writing.
What advice would you give your pre-published writer self?
Great advice! What are your interests outside of writing and reading?
Wildlife and nature, taking long, brisk walks, and eating (which is why I take long, brisk walks!).
Are you working on a new project?
Yes. It’s a story that kept me awake writing one night when the protagonist started chatting. She opened with, “You know the type.” She started talking to me at 1:30 in the morning and wouldn’t shut up until 4:30. I was exhausted and elated all at the same time.
How are you adjusting to promoting your books during a pandemic?
I have enjoyed the required separation because I have to stay home. My husband has dementia and we can’t really travel so having the online and virtual avenues of communication have helped me incredibly. Plus, I am pretty reclusive. I like to stay home and write and just be in our space. So, I’m sort of thrilled by the required separation.
Where can readers find you?
Thank you, Susan! Bobby’s Diner is available everywhere TOMORROW.
Fifteen years ago, Georgette Carlisle sauntered into Sunnydale and fell in love with Bobby. Not only was he the owner of a diner named after himself, but Bobby was also married. Now, Bobby has died and left his restaurant to both women. But that’s not the only problem. The property is situated on an attractive highway corridor, and Zach Pinzer with Chariot International has the diner in his crosshairs. Pinzer wants the property for his next great project and is willing to kill to get what he wants. Will Georgette and Vanessa be able to work the diner together? Or will Pinzer steal the property out from under them? No matter what happens, both Georgette and Vanessa will need to amp up their courage to keep from losing Bobby’s legacy.