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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’s the strangest thing you searched for on the internet for your novel?
This story is filled with legal jargon and situations. I needed to find out how somebody could legally incarcerate someone by declaring them incompetent and committing them to an institution. Answer: It takes a judge, a physician, and an attorney, referred to as a panel to take over a person’s life and freedoms. Or, that’s what it takes in Louisiana.

What book (or author) made you fall in love with the romance genre?
Every single Harlequin romance I could get my hands on as a   teen. (Way before I should have.)

What is your favourite trope? I adore second-chance romance. Why?
It’s so fun to fantasize about the what-ifs in life. Not that we would want to change anything, but it’s fun to imagine how making different decisions in life might’ve altered our lives.

It’s the morning after, and a lover is making your main character the perfect breakfast in bed. What is it?
Bacon. Always bacon.

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

The rapid fire question: Do you prefer spring or fall?

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