Interview with Author Suzanne Vince

TOSW-Cover-Final-50I met Suzanne Whitfield Vince at the Solano Book Festival – I love to “swap” books with other authors and get to know them. Suzanne works full time and is amazing in her prolific writing, squeezed in between her busy life. Now you can learn about her and check out her wonderful books.

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Park Forest, Illinois—twice an All-American City—in a large and chaotic but loving family. After graduating from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (major in Accounting), I said goodbye to snow shovels and ice scrapers and followed my parents out to California.

What inspired you to start writing? How long have you been writing? What about your latest book/story?

I wrote my first book by accident. I sat down to journal one day and many hours later realized I’d written the first fifty pages or so of a story I wanted to continue writing. So I did! That was five or six years ago. My most recent work, The Other Side of the World, is the highly fictionalized story of how I met my husband. I hope to release it in September.

What influenced the way you tell a story?

I’ve always had a deep bond with my mother. She passed away 14 years ago, but one theme you’ll see in all my work is a close mother-daughter relationship.

How do you approach the art of writing? Any tips for other writers?

I have a full-time job (and commute 600 miles a week) and a family, so I write whenever, wherever I can. Sundays are sacrosanct for me. It’s the one day a week I devote to writing-related stuff (mostly writing).

I carry a notebook with me wherever I go to capture thoughts that randomly pop into my head. I keep a notebook just about everywhere: my bedside table, my purse, my car, at work, and just about every room of my house.

What do you read for pleasure?

I love to read, but have very little time, so I listen to a lot of audio books. I listen to a mix of fiction and non-fiction books, but I don’t have a favorite author (although I really love Kristin Hannah—her latest, Nightingale is SUPERB!). I like to support friends (like you, Robin!) by reading their books.

Your stories have messages for life and growth and I know My Mother’s Journals has a real photograph on the back. How much of this story is fiction and how much is real?

I knew my mother’s first love was a man named Mac, whom she met while she served her country during World War 2 (in the United States Coast Guard). When she passed away, I found the photo in her things. Without knowing a thing about Mac, I created the entire story around him and that photo. Everything is fictionalized. My mother, while she certainly was saintly, was never a nun, and she and my father lived 50 happy years together.

My next book is a departure from the first four, which are women’s fiction and, while each has a touch of humor they are more serious and, as you say, Robin, contain messages for life and growth. My new project, The Accidental Detective, is a humorous mystery. I have a wicked sense of humor and writing this book has been a blast!

Any upcoming events? Final words of wisdom?

Writing has changed my life in a major way. I feel a passion for life I never knew before. We all need something that gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us going. If you haven’t found that for yourself yet, keeping trying new things until you find it!



Twitter handle: @SuzanneWVince

Thank you, Suzanne!


  1. Thanks for having me, Robin!

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