Susan Elizabeth Phillips – The Joy of the Perfect Place

August is Read-A-Romance Month.


I hope you’ll visit every day in August to see what 93+ of your favorite authors have to say about the Joy of Romance. (Check out the calendar.)

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I am so excited to be hosting Susan Elizabeth Phillips at Read-A-Romance Month today! She’s so busy that she sent along the post a few months ago, and never got to the Q&A, but I don’t mind! To me, anything by SEP is worth reading, and I am so grateful to have her here today! Happy summer, happy Read-A-Romance Month. Enjoy. xo

Joyful Reflections from My Porch

I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to many beautiful places. One of my fondest 0062106090-199x322memoriessitting in a lovely outdoor café built into the side of a cliff in Granada, Spain, sipping a delicious glass of Rioja and watching the sun set over the magnificent Alhambra. So what if I was with my friend Helen instead of my husband or…say…George Clooney? It was still blissful.

I’ve eaten grapes off the vine in Tuscany, spent a chilly October day trekking barefoot across the Bay of Mont St. Michel. I’ve kayaked next to a playful sea otter in Alaska, gone bird watching at dawn in Costa Rica, wandered through the heather across a gloomy Yorkshire moor. I’ve sipped mint tea with a Berber family in the desserts of Morocco, watched a thunder storm blow in over the Andes in Peru, and abandoned a worn pair of hiking boots along France’s Dordogne River..

Wonderful memories, each one, but as passionately as I have loved all these 51IM7ZTxghL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_locales, my all-time favorite place is my own screened porch.  It’s not one of those beautiful chintz and white wicker screened porches you see in Better Homes & Gardens, but it’s small and shadyand, okay, a little spiderywith a child’s plastic play kitchen set up in one corner and a piece of driftwood I picked in Michigan serving as a dining table centerpiece.

It’s not always quiet and peaceful. (Thanks a lot, you @^% leaf blowers.) Despite a ceiling fan, it can become unpleasantly hot once the temperatures hit the mid-90s. But it’s where my husband and I have our summer breakfasts accompanied by the hiss of lawn sprinklers, where I can enjoy a July rainstorm, and where I write on my laptop all summer long.

I sometimes pass my love of screened porches on to my characters. Kenny Traveler had a beautiful one at his ranch in Lady Be Good, and as I remember, that same porch serves as the background for a scene in another of my Wynette, Texas, books, Call Me Irresistible.  In The Great Escape, Lucy Jorik finds a refuge of sorts on the screened porch of an old lake house situated on a Great Lakes island. Heroes are My Weakness is set in the middle of winter on an isolated island off the coast of Maine, so, alas, no screen porch there, but I compensated with a pretty little cottage. 

As I think of books, writing, and screened-porches, I wonder about all of you and hope you have a place where you can find your own peaceful retreat.

Susan is generously giving away paperback copy of of HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS to an international winner, and three audio copies of HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS to US readers. Enter via the forms below.

susan-244x300This is SEP’s bio on the HarperCollins site:

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soared onto the New York Times bestseller list with Dream a Little Dream. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a hiker, gardener, reader, wife, and mother of two grown sons.

But really, be sure to read her All About Me page on her website. It’s so SEP.

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