Copper Fire – Author Interview – Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Paperback Writer is enjoying a visit from Suzanne Woods Fisher author of the historical fiction novel Copper Fire. Suzanne is sharing with us how she came up with the idea for her book and how she develops her characters.

On a summer day in 1945, Louisa Gordon receives a telegram from the International Red Cross Tracing Service. Her young cousin, Elisabeth, has just been released from Dachau a concentration camp, and Louisa is her only remaining relative. Determined to go to war-torn Germany to retrieve her cousin, Louisa is also on a mission to discover the whereabouts of Friedrich Mueller, a Nazi sympathizer who fled Copper Springs, Arizona. What Louisa never expected was to meet the man she had once loved and now hated.

Hi Suzanne,

Welcome to Paperback Writer

Thanks for hosting me today!

Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

Copper Fire is the sequel to Copper Star, picking right up at the very end of World War II. On a summer day in 1945, my main character, Louisa, receives a telegram from the International Red Cross Tracing Service. She discovers that her cousin, Elisabeth, has just been released from Dachau. Louisa is determined to go to Germany to get Elisabeth…and that’s where the story begins.

Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?

I have a basic idea of how the story will develop, but the beauty of a computer is that you can cut and paste, expand and contract. There is a point when the story takes on a life of its own.

Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?

It’s not always neat and tidy…but I do know that I want to have my characters to find some redemption at the end. So I try to steer them in that direction.

Do you have a process for developing your characters?

I try not to have too many characters; it can get confusing! Also, that way, each character becomes very distinct. They become so real to me that I can hear their voices! (Uh oh…that sounds like I’m on the brink of insanity, doesn’t it?

It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?

I wish I were more like my main character in Copper Star, Louisa, the young resistance worker smuggled out of Germany by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She’s funny, determined, smart… and flawed. And she knows it! She has an ability not to take herself too seriously.

What is your most favorite part about this book?

The character of Elisabeth; she enters the story as a damaged survivor of a concentration camp…but she is a survivor! I love how she is learning to trust again, to open up, to try to become a normal junior high girl…and she just can’t! It’s Louisa (Robert, too) who help her to see how special she is, just as she is.

When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?

Since this was a sequel and the early reviews of Copper Star were so good, and then as it sold well, my editor was very open to a contract. I stayed with the same publishing house for that book, which probably made the entire process easier.

What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
This is an industry in which “no one is looking for you.” Behind every published piece, a writer has a fat file of rejection letters. But, ah, there’s just something about that published piece that makes up for that rejection file!
What has been the best part about being published?
Most favorite part? All of life is material. It’s all grit for the oyster. Least favorite? I still only make a dime an hour. And I still get plenty of rude rejection letters!
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

There is always an underlying theme in my stories about the grace of God and how it plays out in our daily lives.

Do you have plans to write another book?
Oh yes! Many!
In late August, Grit from the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers, will be released from Vintage Spirit. I wrote Grit with three other very talented authors. For the Love of Dogs, a fun novel set in 1969, will release in February 2009. And more exciting news! I am working on three novels for Revell/Baker, as well as a non-fiction book called Amish Peace in an English Life (also with Revell/Baker).

Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?

 It’s been fantastic! Very well organized, good communication, very helpful. Thank you!

Where can readers find a copy of your book? Amazon,, or it can ordered from your favorite bookstore, and also at my website:

Do you have a website for readers to go to?
Find me on-line at Suzanne at

Thank you, Suzanne, for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.

Thank you, for letting me visit!

Copper Fire Virtual Book Tour ’08 officially began on August 4, 2008 and will continues all month. You can visit [name] tour stops at in August to find out more about (his/her) and (his/her) book.

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on on August 31!

Please leave your comments along the tour stops and join us on August 31 to see if you are a winner.

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