Apr 9, 2023

Snail's Pace

 Author's Profile + Interview + Book Profile / by suewrite / 92 views

Snail’s Pace is a space opera/ comedy of manners about Susannah, a Victorian woman who finds herself governess to an alien on a spaceship. Susannah did not expect this, and her intrepid British spirit and sense of superiority are severely tested by the experience of being employed by creatures who look like giant snails — particularly when they actually crawl on the dining table to eat their meal. Susannah’s hubris and naivete get her into trouble, and ultimately, only her slimy student can save her — just as she is the only one who can save them.

  • Listing ID: 13109
  • 8. What are your current or future writing plans? What can readers further expect from you?: I have a stack of manuscripts I hope to publish. The top of the pile is a science fiction mystery about a matriarchy.
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  • Awards, reviews, press releases, and other relevant information: Matriarchs won best genre novel from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
  • Genre: science fiction
  • Titles of All Books: Snail's PaceAbsolutely! I was always walking around with a book, and I still do! Before ebooks, I always had a paperback in my purse or pocket.
  • 1. Did you love reading books when you were little? Why or why not?: I loved reading books always. I never went anywhere without one. Before ebooks, I always had a paperback in my purse or pocket.
  • 2. At what age did you start reading books? What were your best memories of that time?: My mother taught me to read. The first book I remember is a Dr. Seuss book, One Fish Two Fish. She put stars on the pages when I read them correctly.
  • 3. What was the first book you loved reading? Why?: The first real book (chapter book) I read over and over was Little Women. I wanted to be a writer like Jo March.
  • 4. When did you first think about writing your first book? Why?: I always wanted to write. I wrote my first short story when I was in second grade. It was published in the school newsletter!
  • 5. What was the greatest obstacle you've encountered when you were writing your book? What made you overcome it?: The greatest obstacle was finding beta readers. I was living in a new town and this was pre-internet. I got a job at the community college and made friends, and then I had some readers!
  • Author's Name: Susan McDonough-Wachtman
  • 6. What pieces of advice can you give aspiring authors? What worked for you?: Just keep writing. Write whatever appeals to you at the time. It doesn't matter, it all helps to develop the skill.
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  • 7. Who are the authors or what are the books that had the greatest influence in your own writing? Why?: Louisa May Alcott, Mary Stewart, Elizabeth Peters, R.A MacAvoy, and Connie Willis
  • About the Author: Susan McDonough-Wachtman is a writer, mother, wife, gardener, teacher, kayaker, cat lover and book addict. “Well written,” “quirky sense of humor,” and “doesn’t fit a genre” are the comments she hears most about her books and stories. Most recently, “Mother, May I” was accepted for the Halloween edition of Tales From the Moonlit Path, and “Xanthippe” was included in the Brigid’s Gate anthology Musings of the Muses. Ferry Findings, a collection of short stories, is published by Kitsap Publishing, and Snail’s Pace is published by Water Dragon Publishing.
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