Heroine Interview from Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

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In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life, two women working as studio secretaries on the 1939 movie set of Gone with the Wind, discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship.


Interview with the heroine from Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner:

1. Violet, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m very good at figuring out what will make people happy. Some folks just don’t know what’s good for them. They need someone who loves them to help them make choices that will lead to their eventual happiness. I think caring for people is the reason I was born.

2. What do you do for fun?

My idea of fun is always doing something enjoyable with someone else, something that gives that other person immense satisfaction. I don’t care what it is, as long as we can do it together and it makes the other person happy. I do like to cook and bake, though. It’s a lot of work, of course, but it becomes fun when I serve it and there are smiles all around the table.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

I don’t like having to say things that should probably be said. People can get hurt that way. I’d rather just not say anything, even if it’s the truth.

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

I don’t want to be alone. I am afraid of living my life with no one in it who needs me.

5. What do you want out of life?

I just want to make the people I love happy. I want to create a loving, nurturing home where they feel safe and cared for. I don’t want anything else.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Nothing is as important to me as caring for the people I love.

7. Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

I like books about people who visit exotic places and who meet intriguing people along the way. Love stories are the best, the kind where two people find each other and realize they were meant for each other and against all odds, they end up together.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I could have a child. It seems so very unfair to me that I can’t. Having children is the most natural thing in the world, and yet my body has betrayed me in this way. That’s what I would change, I would change the hidden part of my body that is broken.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

I share my roommate’s pet. He’s a cat named Valentino. He was Audrey’s aunt’s kitty before he was Audrey’s. He’s a sweet thing and I like him but he prefers Audrey over me. I might like to get a canary someday. I like the way they sing the morning in. My friend Bert loves birds. Well, he’s really Audrey’s friend – he’s kind of sweet on her, to tell you the truth – but he’s been very kind to me. He likes nightingales. Nightingales don’t live here in Hollywood, though.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I would go back to the day I got sick. I would find a way to not get sick so that I could keep the part of me that can carry a child. There’s no other place in time I would go.




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Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include A Fall of Marigolds, named by Booklist’s Top Ten women’s fiction titles for 2014, and The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008. She is also RITA finalist and Christy Award winner. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Susan is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults. When she’s not working on a novel, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. She is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.

Visit Susan at her website: susanmeissner.com on Twitter at @SusanMeissner or at www.facebook.com/susan.meissner