Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.
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Is it possible to marry the wrong man? Rebecca Rice was looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach by becoming mail-order bride to her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham—until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore, proceeded by the title Deputy.
Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father, so an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad Fordham wasn’t the right husband for her all along….
Now without further adieu; Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Susanne Dietze.
Hi Susanne, I’m so happy to be visiting with you today and talking about your latest book My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho. Let’s get started with a few fun, getting-to-know-you questions and then we’ll dive right in about the book.
Q: What is your favorite beverage?
Susanne: Oh, this is a tough question! I can’t decide between fresh-squeezed orange juice, a mocha latte, or a Mighty Mango smoothie—things I do not get every day, for sure. I drink a cup of tea or coffee in the morning, but the rest of the day I stick with plain old water, herbal tea, and sometimes hot apple or cranberry juice.
Trisha: I love fruit smoothies! Like you I typically drink a cup of coffee in the morning and then water the rest of the day. But given the chance on a fruit smoothie, and I’m there!
Q: What would you say is your guilty pleasure?
Susanne: I spend a lot of free time reading, but it’s not a guilty pleasure, lol! So I’d say two things: Candy Crush and TV. Candy Crush is nice to kill a few minutes, for sure. As for TV, I unwind watching Hallmark movies, costume dramas, romantic comedies, and some shows on network TV. Timeless is one of my favorites, and I was on an emotional roller coaster a few weeks ago when NBC cancelled it and then brought it back after two days because of fan outcry!
Trisha: I’ve not played Candy Crush, but I have spent time playing Bejeweled. I’m not sure how I missed Timeless. Guess I was too busy reading, or watching Dancing With The Stars.
Q: Is there a place you have wanted to visit but haven’t yet?
Susanne: I’d love to visit the UK someday, not just the major cities, but an extended period in traipsing through the countryside and staying at B&Bs, visiting churches and tea rooms, and enjoying the scenery. I’d also love to visit the Holy Land.
Trisha: Sounds lovely! I’m with you, I’d much prefer to visit the little towns and out-of-the-way places.
Q: What is your favorite Bible verse?
Susanne: So hard to pick! I struggle with anxiety, and this is one of the verses I cling to when I am in a tough spot:
Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Trisha: That is a wonderful, encouraging verse and a fantastic reminder that we are never alone!
Q: In your research of My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho was there anything that surprised you?
Susanne: Ruby City was a real place, and for a time it was the seat of Owyhee County. When the county seat moved to Silver City, residents of Ruby City dismantled their homes and businesses and moved them to Silver City on sleds, sledges, and wagons, putting them back together on new sites. The Idaho Hotel is one such business: it still stands in Silver City, and adventurous folks can sleep there in warmer months! There’s no electricity or indoor plumbing, by the way.
Trisha: I find it interesting that they would dismantle and move the entire town. (photo credit: Idahostatesman.com)
Q: What was your inspiration for Rebecca marrying the wrong groom?
Susanne: A few years ago, I sat at my dining room table and compiled ideas for half a dozen mail-order bride stories, because I’d always wanted to write one. I finished jotting down my thoughts and got up, but then a picture appeared in my head of mail-order bride marrying her never-laid-eyes-on groom in a spartan-looking office. They were googly-eyed and happy, but they didn’t know they were marrying the wrong people until after they were pronounced husband and wife.
How could such a thing happen? I mean, don’t people actually have to say the name of the person they’re marrying when they exchange vows? (Of course!) It was a crazy idea, but I had fun figuring out a way for it to occur.
Trisha: I really enjoyed your spin on the Mail-Order Bride story. It can’t be easy to take a common theme and make is fresh and new, but you did it so well! (photo from pinterest)
Q: What did you find most difficult to write when writing this story?
Susanne: The book is not a love triangle, but there are two men in this book: Rebecca’s fiancé, Theodore, and her “husband” Tad, the man she accidentally marries. I think it’s clear who she’ll end up with, but I won’t spoil it here. Anyway, the biggest challenge was writing Mr. Wrong. I wanted him to be clearly not right for Rebecca, without making him completely unlikable or hopeless, and at the same time, I didn’t want to make him so wonderful the reader was torn about who she should choose. Mr. Wrong is someone Rebecca cares about, so I wanted to care about him and hopefully allow the reader to care for him a little bit, too, even if he isn’t Mr. Right.
Trisha: Rebecca chose the “Mr. Right” I was cheering for! I was glad that “Mr. Wrong” wasn’t painted as the bad guy. He seemed like a nice fellow, just not right for Rebecca. (photo credit RebelsMarket) BONUS BRAGGING POINTS for anyone who can share the significance of the ring pictured.
Q: The characters celebrate Independence Day in the book. What do you do on the 4th of July?
Susanne: Independence Day is usually fairly simple: we gather with friends and family to BBQ or have pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, fruit and ice cream sandwiches! It’s hot where I live, so a swimming pool is usually involved. Then, we watch fireworks and take a moment to be grateful for our country and all who serve.
I was happy to write Independence Day into Ruby City, but I have another 4th of July inspired read, too: my novella The Right Pitch in July’s Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection. It’s about a ladies’ baseball team in 1876 Philadelphia, playing an exhibition game during the Centennial Celebration!
Q: What are you working on next?
Susanne: Right now I’m writing a novella called First Things First, from next year’s First Loves Forever Collection from Barbour. The heroine, Georgia Bridge, is someone I’ve written about before: she was four years old in For a Song from The Cowboy’s Bride Collection. I love Georgia and am so excited to write her story! After that, I’ll be working on edits for my January LIH, A Mother for His Children, a Regency-set marriage of convenience story.
Trisha: Both sound fantastic, I look forward to reading both of those! (photo credit: pinterest bluehourstudio)
Thank you for visiting with us today and sharing about your fabulous book! I hope that everyone gets to read it. I hear that Walmart is also carrying the book (check your local Walmart!).
Susanne: Thank you for hosting me today!
Susanne is giving away one copy of My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho. The winner may choose either a paper copy or a digital copy of the book. (If the winner is international, only a digital copy is available).
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Giveaway ends June 5, 2017. The winner will be announced on this page on June 5, 2017.
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The Winner is: Melissa C