Susan G. Mathis – Author
Ever wonder how faith, family and a quilt connects a 21st-century single mother to an 1850’s Irish immigrant?
Susan G Mathis is a versatile writer and author of five books for adults and children. Her debut novel, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy.
Released on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day!
Susan is the Founding Editor of Thriving Family magazine and the former Editor/Editorial Director of 12 Focus on the Family publications including the Focus on the Family magazine and the Focus on Your Child newsletters.
After many years writing non-fiction, Susan’s writing has taken a fresh new turn, impassioned by extensive research into her own family’s history. She is thoroughly enjoying her second life as a novelist. She loves the world of fiction and letting her imagination run wild to create inspiring stories.
Susan is vice president of Christian Authors Network (CAN) and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the Association of Women Speakers & Authors (AWSA), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and Evangelical Press Association (EPA). Through her business, Susan coaches writers, edits books, and acts as a consultant. She continues to lead a writers group and teach writing to adults.
A national and international speaker at multiple writers conferences, workshops, and ACSI teacher conventions, Susan has also been a guest on over a dozen radio shows. …She lives in Colorado Springs and loves doing life with her husband, Dale. Susan has two adult children, three adult stepsons, one teenage step-granddaughter, and four adorable granddaughters.
1) What exactly is your business and what made you get started?
I started smWordWorks, llc, in 2010. As an author, editor, and writing coach, my diverse services help writers, editors, and publishers work their projects with excellence.
My mother quips that I started my writing career when I signed my crayon drawings—on the foyer wall—with a great big “S”! Though I’m not sure that was the start I wanted, I can’t remember not writing.
My journey has been multi-faceted. I’ve taught Language Arts for nine years to 4-8 graders, had my own newspaper column, wrote missions curriculum, and have written just about anything God put in my path. As a Tyndale published author of two premarital books—The ReMarriage Adventure and Countdown for Couples, two children’s picture books—Lexie’s Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient and Princess Madison’s Rainbow Adventure—and now a debut novelist—The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy—my writing journey has been a diverse one.
I’m also published in several compilations as well as working as a freelance writer and editor, a writing coach, and a speaker, I’m simply passionate about working with words. And as the Former Editorial Director at Focus on the Family of 12 unique publications and Founding Editor of Thriving Family magazine, I’ve done a lot of writing and editing. It’s been a really fun journey!
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
I love the daily touch points of my Facebook connections. But meeting readers in person, whether at conferences, book signing, etc., is so much fun. I love people and there’s nothing like seeing their faces and hearing their voices when they tell me how one of my books blessed them.
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
Being Irish, I enjoy a cup of tea in a fine china teacup while I write. I also love to read, work out at the Y, and enjoy time with my husband and friends.
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
It may sound like a pat answer, but taking time to pray, read God’s word, and worship keep me in balance.
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
The best part of my job is creating (or helping others create) content that is excellent and helpful. The worst part of my job is working alone.
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
Working alone is not a successful model.
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
I would have found or built a tribe of like-minded people and connected with them often.
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
Find cheerleaders and companions who will join you on your entrepreneurial journey. Iron sharpens iron!
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
My husband has Parkinson’s and needs me close, so I left a successful position as editorial director to work from home.
10) Any last parting words?
I’d love for you to check out my debut novel. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy is a story about an 1850s Irish immigrant and a 21st-century single mother are connected by faith, family, and a quilt. After struggling to accept the changes forced upon her, Margaret Hawkins and her family take a perilous journey on an 1851 immigrant ship to the New World, bringing with her an Irish family quilt she is making. A hundred and sixty years later, her great-granddaughter, Maggie, searches for the family quilt after her ex pawns it. But on their way to create a family legacy, will these women find peace with the past and embrace hope for the future, or will they be imprisoned by fear and faithlessness?
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