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Yes, I took a  l-o-n-g summer vacation. But I’m back building bookshelves with a new local author. Meet Suzanne “Sooz” Warfield, author of inspirational and romance…and maybe more in the future. Stay tuned to this writer of many genres!

2009 Me and VeeWho are your favorite authors?

My busy life doesn’t allow now for much reading time, but when I do I still like to curl up with Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts and of course, James Patterson. For Romance, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Fern Michaels. Actually…I love far too many to list here.

When did you begin your writing career? 

As a youngster, I poured over any book I could get my hands on. Growing up on Mark Twain, James Joyce, C.S .Lewis and Kurt Vonnegut. All so different and equally valuable. I think the first books I remember that inspired me to write were The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley and Nancy Drew stories. I love a good a story. And the book that recently started my present writing career was “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. I thought, “I can write like this. Just do it!” Poetry also holds a special place in my heart.

Why do you write in two such widely divergent genres? What appeals to you about each? 

I have been fortunate enough to wear many hats in this lifetime, so I have lots of stories inside me. Bartending and fine dining is something I know about and have experienced, so that was a natural setting to start with.

My spirituality runs deep through many riverbeds and it’s something I have studied all my life. Working and caring with and for horses and dogs, have taught me just how profound their relationships are with us. They are, indeed, our greatest teachers., So writing Puck and Minnie is a window into the divine lessons I believe they come to share with us.

What is up next for you in the writing world?

Presently, I’m working on the sequel to The Deal Breaker titled “Pelican,” and hopefully it will be as successful. Also, I have a young adult novel in the works about two young girls and their adventures while at camp on a horse farm. …and most of that story will be personal.

August is vacation month. Where would you go to write your next book if you could go anywhere in the world (money is no object!)?

Florence, Italy and live on a Tuscan estate…or Maybe Venice.

breakerThe Deal Breaker  (available in paperback and e-book) incorporates a cast of colorful characters who work in and love The Carriage House restaurant, a long-established, fine-dining establishment in New York State. When The House burns as a result of arson, the staff is horrified and full of questions, but none more so than Kitty Cunningham, The House’s bartender, and the debonair maitre’d/part owner, Tommy Defalco, whose smooth, charismatic personality conceals serious flaws. Tommy operates The House under a series of rules he calls “Deals,” one of which he breaks himself when he falls in love with Kitty and pulls her into a dark and mysterious lifestyle with his past lover, Lillian Mondale, who owns the local country club, and her partner, renowned surgeon John Vassar. Mildred Vassar, John’s wife, is a regular at the Carriage House, and she knows all too well about her husband’s nefarious side business. She becomes concerned when she learns that her two favorite friends, Kitty and Tommy, are dangerously close to her husband. Suspecting that their lives are in peril, she whisks them off to her Palm Beach Villa, the last place she believes her husband or Lillian will ever look for them. It is there, however, that Kitty and Tommy discover each other’s secrets–and their lives are changed forever. The Deal Breaker is story of love, hate, treachery, betrayal, lust, greed, and redemption, as the storyline takes the human condition full circle and teaches some hard but vital lessons.

It all begins a thousand years ago on the flats of Africa and follows a primitive dog as he makes life-altering decisions not just for himself but for the human with whom he develops a bond. This union remains inviolable as Puck’s soul passes from one life to the next.

Puck’s story is as spiritual as it is terrestrial. His earthly visits are interwoven with returns to The Bridge and deal puckAzul, the latter a divinity who advises Puck but does not predetermine his actions—or his fate.

PUCK AND MINNIE (available in paperback and e-book) offers a poignant view of fear’s role in fomenting hate, and shows love possible even under the most demanding of circumstances. It’s a story that may open your mind and soul to the possibilities of the question of what if the animals of this planet are indeed, divine beings here to teach and guide us into the Heart of God, which we know as All That Is…and All That is, is Love.