Interview with Susan Anne Mason & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Susan Anne Mason & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word



Susan Anne Mason’s debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. A member of ACFW, as well, she lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at



Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Susan! Congratulations on your new release, Irish Meadows. I can’t wait to read it! 🙂 Can you tell us what first inspired the setting for this novel?

Interview with Susan Anne Mason & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSusan:  The first idea of a New York setting came from my research into my family’s roots. My father’s family came over from Ireland and settled in Brooklyn, New York. Now they weren’t exactly rich, and I pictured them living in tenements or slums. I wanted my fictional O’Leary family to be an immigrant family who’d scraped their way up from the dirt to achieve wealth and status. And in researching places the wealthy lived, I discovered the “Gold Coast” in Long Island where many rich families lived. So I let that become my setting for the Irish Meadows farm.

Savanna:  Out of all the characters involved, who was the easiest person to write and who proved to be the hardest?

Susan:  Believe it or not, Rylan Montgomery was the easiest character to write. His personality just seemed to flow out of me. (I had no idea he was so funny!) And of course, he’s sweet and so compassionate. I loved him!

The hardest character was James O’Leary because I couldn’t do any scenes from his POV. I so wanted to dive into his head and show everyone why he was so bent on his daughters marrying well. I hope I managed to achieve that by having Gil overhear a conversation with between James and Kathleen where he explained why Brianna couldn’t marry Gil.

Interview with Susan Anne Mason & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  I can’t wait to meet them both! 😉 On your website you said you wrote your first novel when you were a teen. Can you tell us a little bit about that first story?

Susan:  Yikes! Are you sure you want to know? LOL. I was actually in Grade 6 when my favorite teacher, Mr. Guisitini, told me I should write a book. As a kid, I loved reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries, so I created a teen mystery book. I spent several years writing it, and typing it up on a manual typewriter. I even sent it into a publisher and received my first very lovely rejection. After that, I started writing an historical romance (my character’s name was Diana Spencer — long before Lady Di came on the scene) but life intervened and I set aside my writing for many years.

Savanna:  You’ve written both historical fiction and contemporary. Is one genre easier to write than the other? If so, can you explain why?

Susan:  Contemporary is definitely a lot easier to write. I know the speech patterns, the technology, the clothes, etc. Although there is some research involved, it cannot compare to the amount required for an historical book. Still there is the allure of those simpler days and those old-fashioned heroes!

Interview with Susan Anne Mason & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  As a member of ACFW and RWA, what is your favorite thing about being involved with these writing organizations?

Susan:  I first belonged to RWA, and at that time, I soaked up the information and the camaraderie of fellow authors. I tried to attend the monthly meetings in Toronto, and I did learn so much. However at some point when I turned to writing inspirationals, I felt like a fish out of water, with so many writers focusing on the sexual aspects of their stories. So when I discovered ACFW, I truly felt I’d come home! I love the support and the encouragement of these wonderful fellow writers.

Savanna:  Thanks for being with us today, Susan. It’s been great to have you here. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Susan:  Right now, book 2 in the Courage to Dream series is in the final revision stages. “A Worthy Heart”, Adam O’Leary’s story, will release in the spring of 2016. And I’m writing book 3, working title “Love’s Healing Grace”. So it’s a very busy time!

Savanna:  That’s great! Love the cover for A Worthy Heart too! Looking forward to reading it. 🙂 Have a great summer!


Susan has graciously offered to give away one copy of Irish Meadows to one lucky winner. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉

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Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends July 14, 2015.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

61 comments on “Interview with Susan Anne Mason & GIVEAWAY
  1. Susan Mason says:

    Hi Savanna! Thanks so much for having me here today!!
    Can’t wait to see who wins!

  2. Joanne Keith says:

    My favorite settings is anything long ago and far away.

  3. Connie Saunders says:

    I enjoyed getting to know Susan Anne. Thanks for this review and giveaway.

  4. Edward Arrington says:

    One of my favorite settings is somewhere out west with a western theme.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Edward! I’m in the middle of reading a western right now you might check out. It’s called “West For The Black Hills” by Peter Leavell. Watch for my review coming up soon also.

  5. Melanie Backus says:

    I am intrigued and would love to read Susan’s book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

  6. Kathryn Voss says:

    I love the cover! It would look so nice on my bookshelf!

  7. Loraine N. says:

    Some of my favorite settings for a novel are regency England and early 1900’s east coast America. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

  8. Rebecca Maney says:

    I enjoy the pre and post Revolutionary War era of American history.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Me too, Rebecca. That era is so fascinating to me. I’m watching a show on Netflix right now called “Turn”. It’s about Washington’s spies. Very intriguing story!

  9. Patty says:

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway! This book and the upcoming release have beautiful covers.

    I usually like to read historical novels set in America, usually late 1800’s or early 1900’s.

  10. carylkane says:

    Wonderful interview with Susan! I enjoy learning about new-to-me authors. I can’t wait to read IRISH MEADOWS. Thank you for the giveaway.

  11. kim amundsen says:

    Looking forward to her next book in 2016. Irish meadows is a great read.

  12. Brenda Arrington says:

    Enjoyed the interview and giveaway. Looking forward to reading this book.

  13. Rachael Merritt says:

    I was absolutely thrilled with this read. Great book!

  14. Sonnetta Jones says:

    One of my favorite places is France. It is my dream to go these. When I read fiction that takes place in Marseille or Paris I can be transported there for a period of time.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Yes, Sonnetta, what a lovely choice! 🙂 I really enjoy those books that take you away from the surroundings you’re familiar with. It’s refreshing for a change sometimes. Thanks for commenting.

  15. Donna Parker says:

    This book sounds so good! Can’t wait to read it. Would love to win!

  16. I soooo want to read this book. Looove that it is about the Irish. There have been a lot of Irish fiction novels around lately it seems and I love it. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!! 🙂

  17. bn100 says:

    nice interview

  18. Danielle Hull says:

    Those covers!!! Love the models’ beautiful eyes and how they’re looking our at us. Thank you!

  19. Joan Arning says:

    I loved Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew too!

  20. Sharon Timmer says:

    My favorite setting for a novel is somewhere out in the country especially when the author makes you feel like you are there in the book you are reading!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      It’s hard to beat the country, I will say – in life or in fiction. 😉 Glad you could join us, Sharon. Hope you’re having a good week!

  21. Emilee Douglas says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this book! I would love to win it but if not it’s still on my to-read list!

  22. Amanda says:

    This sounds like a wonderful series and I love the time period it is set in. Reminds me of when I was younger and watched Far and Away. I love the covers of these books too. Beautiful.

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  23. Karen Hadley says:

    ohhhh, I want to read this book, it sounds like my kind of book!

  24. Susan Mason says:

    Wow! Look at all the comments! How wonderful!

    Thank you everyone for stopping by and I wish all of you good luck in the draw!!

  25. Bonnie Roof says:

    Loved the interview, Susan and Savanna – thank you!! I haven’t read any of Susan’s books, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I’ve heard good things about Irish Meadows, would love to read it!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Bonnie! Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed our little chat. I appreciate you sharing the post as well. Good luck to you!

  26. Kim Potter says:

    Sounds interesting!

  27. Trixi O. says:

    Hi Susan! You are another new-to-me author and I love discovering new writers! I’ve seen your book on a couple of other blogs and it sounds like a good one. I agree with everyone else, this cover is just gorgeous! Historical fiction is my favorite genre, especially with immigrants who came over to try to have a better life in America. I don’t really have a favorite setting for a book. It’s like I get to travel to different places (even countries) wherever the book may take place! As long as the writing is good, the setting doesn’t matter that much to me.
    It also sounds like you have more books in the works for this series! And I love the name “Courage to Dream”, I think that’s what gave the immigrants hope. Dreaming of a better life here! Sounds like some terrific stories 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win a copy of “Irish Meadows”!
    Savanna, thanks for the wonderful author interview. It’s always nice to learn more about our writers! It’s like making new friends 🙂 Blessings to you both and may you ever feel the Lord’s hand on your life!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi sweet Trixi! You’re exactly right, it IS like making new friends with each interview. 🙂 That’s just how I feel. I’ve been so blessed by all the wonderful authors and readers I’ve met through blogging. Thank you for your kind words, by the way. I pray the very same for you!

  28. MS Barb says:

    favorite settings: hmmm…Hawaii, Alaska, Northern Minnesota

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      When you really stop and think about it, it’s kinda hard to choose just one! 😉 Thanks for commenting, Barb. Good luck and have a great afternoon!

  29. Alison Boss says:

    The Courage to Dream series sounds like a WONDERFUL series! The covers are beautiful and the books sound so intriguing…another series to add to my “must read!” list 🙂 The Trixie Belden series was my all time favorite as a young girl! Thanks so much for the opportunity of this giveaway!

  30. I think my favorite setting is a wagon train, as families travel west to settle this great country.

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  31. Deanne Patterson says:

    Hi Susan and Savanna. Susan, you are a brand new author to me.
    The first thing that drew me to your new book I’ll admit is the cover, it’s gorgeous !My greatgrandmother came over to American from Galway as a 16 year old teen . I couldn’t even imagine leaving my family at that age to never see them again. I am very drawn to your story and hope to read it soon !

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for sharing a little about your family, Deanne. Our history is so important. I hope you get to read Susan’s story as well. Have a great week!

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