A self-described late bloomer, Susan Sands began writing her first novel at age forty. She compares her challenging journey to publication as “raising another child—a difficult one.”

Susan has published five southern, contemporary women’s fiction novels set in Alabama. She describes her humorous small-town stories as fun, romantic, and filled with big family love. Susan also writes authentic place-as-a-character southern fiction with a humorous voice in addition to her Alabama series.

Susan has three grown children and lives with her dentist husband in Roswell, GA. She has a degree in elementary education, is a member of the Georgia Romance Writers, the Romance Writers of America, the Atlanta Writer’s Club,  Womens Fiction Writers of America (WFWA), and the Broadleaf Writers Association. She participates in book festivals, book clubs, and writer’s conferences around the South. Susan is the recipient of the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year award for romance.

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What does your writing space look like?

I’m not a desk sitter, so I either sit with my laptop on my bed or in my special writing chair where I have a rolling tray with a giant monitor and a separate keyboard and mouse setup. It depends how many hours I plan to write as to which one I do.

If you could spend a day with another popular author (living or dead), who would you choose and why? 

Karen White is a dear friend, but we haven’t had a chance to get together in ages! So, she’s my choice for many reasons: Karen has so much experience in this industry and she’s worked harder than anyone I know for her success. Plus, she’s absolutely hysterical!!

How do you celebrate when you finish your book?

I sleep extra hours and then I take a couple of days off.

Is there something you do/have while writing that helps your process? (Music, snacks, etc.) 

I love craft books and reading posts about writing. They motivate me.

What book are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Once Upon a Royal Summer by Teri Wilson. It’s like cotton candy!!

Read our review of Secrets in Cypress Bayou here.