Susan M. Baganz chases after three Hobbits and is a native of Wisconsin. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Prism Book Group specializing in bringing great romance novels and novellas to publication. Susan writes adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical world-view.
She has been published in Splickety Magazine and in the I Choose You anthology with OakTara Press. Her contemporary inspirational novels form The Orchard Hill Romances and include: Pesto & Potholes (2015), Salsa & Speed Bumps (2016), Feta & Freeways (2016), Root Beer & Road Blocks (2017), Bratwurst & Bridges (2017) and Donuts & Detours.Historical novellas: Fragile Blessings (2015) and The Baron’s Blunder (2016)which is a prequel to her Regency romantic suspense novels called the Rose Hill Romances including: The Virtuous Viscount, Lord Phillip’s Folly, Sir Michael’s Mayhem, Lord Harrow’s Heart and The Captain’s Conquest. She has also self-published a collection of short stories and flash fiction entitled Little Bits O’ Love.
Susan speaks, teaches and encourages others to follow God in being all He has created them to be. With her seminary degree in counseling psychology, a background in the field of mental health, and years serving in church ministry, she understands the complexities and pain of life as well as its craziness. She serves behind-the-scenes in various capacities at her church. Her favorite pastimes are lazy ones—snuggling with her dog while reading a good book, playing her guitar, or sitting with a friend chatting over a cup of spiced chai latte.
SPATZLE is a Maltese mix who adopted the Baganz family of Hobbits three years ago and has now decided to take over Susan’s Book Review part of this blog. Spatzle enjoys a good romance mostly but any book that can keep Susan sitting where he can snuggle with her and get a generous belly-rub is always a five bone/two paws up kind of book.
Susan is available to speak on a variety of topics. She teaches theology and leadership and can adapt some of that teaching to a broader audience of women (or mixed groups if your church leadership allows that) as well as custom design messages for your need. She also speaks at writer’s conferences. To contact me about speaking, please email me at email@example.com or call me at (920)539-9311. I would love to come and encourage your group! I live in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
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What God Taught Me When I Thought I was Having Fun – My journey as writer has great application to life in general and a way to encourage other women to pursue their God-given dreams – regardless of their season in life. Wait till you hear what God did when I thought I was just enjoying myself! God longs for us to delight in Him as we serve Him and it’s exciting to find that sometimes the things we really enjoy, are ways He can use us best for His glory!
Hang In There! Life is hard at times, isn’t it? I have found that challenge after challenge God has thrown my way has given me the opportunity to do one of two things – run from the challenge or run to Him and allow Him to let me grow as a result of the trials I’ve faced. In theology this is called “sanctification.” It is a painful process but one that God uses to create beautiful things! Let me come and encourage your women to stand firm in Christ, hang in there and soar to new heights as God does His work!
Lessons from Rahab – What does a prostitute from Scripture have to teach us? So many things! Let’s look through the mirror of Scripture and learn some fresh lessons from this intriguing character!
Out of the Box – Taken from a leadership training – the applications are for everyone. This was actually a series of talks including one on humility as well as one on the significance of pearls.
Panel Discussions – I have a variety of friends at various stages and roles within the writing field and we love to do panel discussion on writing and our journeys. Often I moderate as well as participate in these. If your library, writing/critique group or school is interested in real life writers (freelance, editing, novelists etc) – then give me a call and I’ll see if we can arrange something where we can come and share our journey!
Social Media for Scardy Cats – so many authors (and even regular folks) are afraid of facebook and twitter especially, but it doesn’t have to be as invasive or a violation of your privacy as you might think. I love to encourage you on how to safely navigate those waters so you will dip your foot in!
Panster vs Plotter – a topic I’ve spoken on with my friend Lisa Lickel (who is a plotter) about the range of writing styles and how they are all okay. Write according to who YOU are but learn all you can about both sides to deepen your understanding of the craft.
The Heartbeat of Inspirational Romance – this is a talk given at writer’s conferences that looks at just what constitutes an inspirational romance and how far can a writer realistically go with the romance between a man and a woman.
Writing Your Past into Your Fiction – This is a new talk given at writer’s conferences that looks at how we can and do use our past experiences, pains, unresolved emotional issues, in our writing, to provide healing and hope as well as be a cathartic outlet for the author.
The Heart of the Writer – The life of an author is generally an isolated one by the nature of the job. So how does one keep their faith vibrant and how do we build in accountability to prevent us from falling into sin? Essential issues to grapple with if we want God to use our writing for His glory.
Spectacular Starts and Fabulous Finishes – using examples from real novels (and some non-fiction books) I show different tools you can use to make your book beginning as well as chapert starts and scene endings keep the reader (and potential editors and agents) reading.
Skittles and Editing – I go over tools I use to make my own manuscript shine before ever sending it to an editor. They are things you can do as well along with using critique partners to make your novel shine. I feature and talk about the benefits of AutoCrit in the process but some thing you can do without it as well.
To contact me about speaking, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (920)539-9311. I would love to come and encourage your group! I live in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.