Hi! My name is Susan Spess.
Not Spees. Spess. (Rhymes with mess, less and confess.)
To be perfectly honest, my name is Susan Spess Shay. I’m number one out of six kids. I have three sons, two grandsons (so far) and a perfectly wonderful husband I love the stuffin’ out of. We’ve been married a whole lot of years.
I have four sisters and a brother. They’re a pretty cool pack of people to know, even if they are mine! Their senses of humor keep me grinning most of the time.
I live in the small town world where I grew up and am part of the church where I first accepted Jesus as my Savior.
I have three books published, and now I’m writing under another name.
Here’s the story:
One year I decided to try NaNoWriMo. Know what that is? It’s where you whip out a fifty thousand word manuscript during the month of November. Kajillions of writers do Nano (or at least start it) so I thought I would, too. I wanted to be finished before Thanksgiving, so I did the math so I would know how many words I’d have to write a day to reach that goal.
And I was on top of my goal. I had more than enough words to reach fifty thousand by Turkey Day.
And then, about halfway through my manuscript, I woke one morning and in the black of e-a-r-l-y morning, I had an epiphany.
I want to be remembered for my writing, but for a different kind of book.
So I put that manuscript aside, and started writing (not nano-ing) a totally different book. One my dad could appreciate. (Maybe.) One I could share with my young nieces without them having to hide it from their mamas. One I could point anyone to and say, “See that? I did it (with help from my friends) and I’m so glad I did!”