SUSAN SLEEMAN joins us today to talk about her new book and its theme–worry. I don’t know about you but worry follows me around like a stray dog way too often. I am grateful that Susan took time out of her schedule to share with us. I hope you enjoy the post as much as I did.
Susan is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. She currently lives in Florida, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.
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Susan, tell us what’s on your heart today.
When I write a book, I first choose a Bible verse for the spiritual element in the story. I often choose a verse that has spoken to me in the past and has helped me in my Christian walk. I then use this verse to create the main theme of the book. I also think about how I have personally changed as a result of working on the issue the verse speaks to. When I sit down to write the book, I have an idea of the direction the theme will take. But you know what? By the time I get to the end of the book, I realize I am still working on that issue in my own life, and I can learn from what I have written.
For example, in Dead Wrong, my November release, my main character Kat Justice struggles with worry. A subject I know all about. Through the years, I have worried with the best of them over little things and big things. But several years ago when my husband lost his job, we had zero income and had spent all of our savings on my medical bills, I knew I could do nothing about it and worrying about it wouldn’t improve my life in any way. As the Bible says, worry certainly didn’t add an hour to my life. In fact, all worrying accomplishes is to tell God that we don’t trust His timing. We don’t trust Him to work things out in His way.
Point blank, we don’t trust Him to know what’s best for us. He does of course and He doesn’t want us to step ahead of Him or worry about things that are out of our hands.
So what did I do? I stopped focusing on the problem and left it in God’s hands. Of course, He not only took care of the problem, but gave my husband the best job he’s ever had. A blessing far beyond income.
One would think after going through such a stressful situation that I would have given up worry for good. But I haven’t. It comes back like a like a swarm of insects. Still, when I’m tempted to worry, if I take the time to remember that whenever I focus on anything, be it good, bad or indifferent, it will grow in my life and take over everything else, I can let the worry go. As soon as I realize I’m worrying, I turn the thing I was worrying about over to God and each time it comes back, I recommit it. It takes time and lots of effort to let it go, but the ensuing peace is well worth the effort. That’s what I try to convey through Kat in Dead Wrong.
So what about you? Do you worry and if so, how have you learned to handle it?
A KILLER’S CLOSING IN…
When her client and old college friend is murdered, P.I. Kat Justice knows the killer will come for her next. Her survival depends on finding her unknown enemy first…and working with homicide detective Mitch Elliot, her onetime crush.
It’ll take all her professional skills to ignore the sparks between them, but Kat can’t allow the handsome cop to get close. She’s seen too many people she loves die, so she vows just to do her job without getting emotionally involved. Yet keeping her distance may not be the best way to protect her heart—or their lives.
For more info about and to read and except for Dead Wrong visit Susan’s website at about http://www.susansleeman.com/books/dead-wrong/
Susan’s first romantic suspense title, High-Stakes Inheritance earned a spot on the ECPA bestseller list and her Garden Gate Mystery series, which features Nipped in the Bud, and Read Between the Tines has enjoyed time on Amazon bestseller lists as well. And The Christmas Witness was named a finalist in the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to writing, Susan hosts the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com.
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