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Sunday, 6 January 2008
Getting to Know Susan Vollmer
Topic: Author Interview
Susan Vollmer the person:

1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

Nonconforming, independent, unique

2. How do you think others would describe you?

Detail-oriented, dependable, trustworthy

3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

Photography and hiking.  I love being around nature and trees.

4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

No pets, but we leave food outside for wildlife like raccoons, foxes, possums, squirrels and chipmunks.

5. What is your most precious memory?

Hiking King's Canyon in California - around every corner is another beautiful vista.

 6.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

Mispronouncing Chopin to persons who really knew classical music.

 7.  If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?


8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

Susan Vollmer was best known as the author of Legends, Leaders, Legacies.  The book told the stories of 18 global leaders killed for the various causes they advocated from human rights to freedom from foreign oppressors.  She always believed she could make a difference by keeping alive the stories of others.  She worked to inspire people to fight for what they believed in, no matter what their limitations.  She has gone on a journey where no suitcase is needed.  She will look for you when you arrive, too.

Susan Vollmer the writer:

9.   Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

My first professional job was as a newspaper reporter and photographer.  When I was paid, it was real.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

I am promoting Legends, Leaders, Legacies.  Plus, I do book reviews and post them on my blog.

11.  What are your future goals for your writing?

I am considering doing a book on hiking with many photographs.

12.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Whenever and wherever time permits. 

13.  Why do you write?

It makes me happy.  I enter another world where I lose track of all time, and my surroundings do not matter because I could be in the 13th century or writing about something from last week.

14.  What writer most inspires you?  Why?

Oscar Wilde.  His word play and observations on life are astounding.

15.  How do you define your writing?

Life and death subjects - which make you feel something, even if you would prefer to feel nothing at all.

16.  In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

She influenced me to read and to do something meaningful with my life.

Susan Vollmer the details:

17.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website?


18.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

Through my Web site and

19.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

Legends, Leaders, Legacies

20.  For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

A catharsis - to laugh and to cry.  To learn about other countries and cultures through the eyes of one person who represents that country.

In conclusion:

21.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

This life is too short to just sit and think about what you could do.  This book is my personal legacy.  I hope it will inspire you to create a legacy of your own, whatever you decide that should be.



Posted by joyceanthony at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 6 January 2008 2:12 AM EST
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