Who is Author Susan Aylworth?
Susan Aylworth started her first book when she was nine. “I wrote eight whole pages.” For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become “a rich and famous author.” Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the ‘author’ part of that goal. A former university professor, she enjoys researching backgrounds and careers for her novels. “It’s one way to live many lives at once.”
She lives in northern California with Roger, her husband of 49 years, who is also a writer. She loves hanging out with her seven children, their perfect-for-them spouses and 27 grandchildren. When she can’t be with her blood family, she hangs with her fictional characters, the children of her mind. Sunny’s Summer is her eighteenth published novel.
“I love travel, great music, and perfect raspberry jam,” she says, “and every author loves good reviews. You can do every good book a favor by giving it a strong review on Amazon or Goodreads.” She loves hearing from readers. Reach her at susanaylworth.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, follow her @SusanAylworth, post on her wall at: www.facebook.com/Susan.Aylworth.Author or find her on Pinterest or Instagram.
What’s your latest book all about and How did you get the idea of writing this book?
My newest book, Sunny’s Summer, is coming in May. It deals with the aftermath of the Camp Fire.We live only twelve miles from the town of Paradise, which vanished on November 8 when wildfire ravished the town. Although we did not experience the fire, and did not have to evacuate, we were within three miles of the evacuation zone and we lived under clouds of black smoke for weeks. Worse, we watched friends suffer trauma as they drove their families through flames, discovering later that they had lost everything: homes, possessions, business, pets. Some even lost family. I told my husband, “I have to write this. I have to.” He warned me not to. “It’s too soon,” he said. “The experience is too raw for too many people.”
Then I wrote a short sketch of the story line and showed it to a friend affected by the fire. She did not lose her home, but the flames burned up to her back porch, she was evacuated for nearly a month without knowing whether her horses were alive, and when she returned, her whole home had to be professionally cleaned due to smoke damage. What couldn’t be cleaned was an uninsured loss. (As a side note, a neighbor who did not have to evacuate cared for her horses. They are well.)
My friend, who had experienced the fires, said, “Write it! You must! People have to see that others are experiencing the same things: the horror, the loss, the guilt…oh, the guilt! Yes, write it. Maybe it can help with some healing.”
I usually try to make my work timeless so it can fit into anyone’s experience. In Sunny’s Summer, tied to exact times and places, I tell the story of fictional people who are experiencing the aftermath of the Camp Fire. I hope their experience can help others to heal. Writing it has been cathartic for me.
Sunny’s Summer is Book One in my new “Seasons of Destiny” series. The first book, Paris in the Springtime, came out as an e-book in March and as a paperback in April.
Where can readers contact you?
I love hearing from readers. Reach me at www.susanaylworth.com or email@example.com, follow @SusanAylworth or www.facebook.com/Susan.Aylworth.Author. I’m also at Pinterest and Instagram.