April 26, 2013

Made It Moment: Suzanne Adair

Filed under: Made It Moments — jenny @ 10:03 am

Hostage To Heritage

One of the questions I get as people are writing their Moments is, “Can it be an Almost Made It Moment?” I had the pleasure of meeting author Suzanne Adair in person in her lovely home state and so I am not surprised to find both a sense of modesty and grace, and a unique hand with words in this Moment. Perhaps we are talking about “peaks” instead of something as final as “making it” in this forum. But reading between the lines of Suzanne’s post…nah, I’m back to why I started this place. She’s definitely made it.

Suzanne Adair

Have I “made it?” I don’t know, Jenny, but I’ve certainly had some peak moments—at least as many as I’ve had books released. They always show up out of the blue.

The first one happened in between the releases of my first and second books. I’d made author appearances for several months. Sales of that first book, Paper Woman, had reached the inevitable slow-down, and release of book two was still several months off. I visited a local bookstore for a multi-published author’s booksigning. The place was packed. Then, out of the throng, I heard a woman say, “Oh, look, there’s Suzanne Adair!” Wow, someone in that crowd actually recognized me from just one book published? Turns out that the lady was in a book club. She invited me to speak at one of their meetings. Fun!

The most recent moment came last December. One of my Facebook friends tagged me on a photo she’d taken from the balcony of her rental bungalow on St. John’s Island in the Caribbean. “Look what I found in the book collection here!” she said. I realized that the book she held was a first edition of Paper Woman. “Quick! Grab it!” I commented back. It went home to Florida with her. Three chapters of Paper Woman take place in the Caribbean. Makes sense that the book was entertaining vacationers in the Caribbean. Fun!

Paper Woman

When will my next moment show up? Maybe soon. My fifth book, A Hostage to Heritage, has just been released. Fun!

Thanks for the opportunity to share.

Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of the North Carolina Piedmont, named for an English explorer who was beheaded. Her suspense and thrillers transport readers to the Southern theater of the Revolutionary War, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family. A Hostage to Heritage, her second Michael Stoddard American Revolution thriller, was released April 2013.


  1. Wow, it must feel great to be recognized from your book! Congratulations! (Fun!)

    Comment by Savvy — April 26, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  2. I have to agree – it is a lot of fun! And these books look great.

    Comment by Alison DeLuca — April 26, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  3. Nice to know your books travel out-of-country. Fun to see where one shows up next.

    Comment by Liz — April 26, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  4. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be recognized like that. Great moments, and I believe you’ll have many more.

    Comment by Marja McGraw — April 26, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

  5. Savvy, after I was recognized in that crowd and from just one book, I walked on air for several days.

    Comment by Suzanne Adair — April 26, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

  6. Thanks, Alison. “Fun!” is what some readers say about my books. :-)

    Comment by Suzanne Adair — April 26, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  7. Liz, I’ve wondered that myself. I could put a call out to readers: “Take a picture of yourself holding one of my books in some place other than America, send it to me, and I’ll post it on my Facebook page.”

    Comment by Suzanne Adair — April 26, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

  8. Marja, thanks so much for your kind wishes. Nice to see you here!

    Comment by Suzanne Adair — April 26, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

  9. Speaking for myself, it’s these “almosts” that keep the plate spinning.

    Comment by Doug Carlyle — April 26, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

  10. What a cool experience to have a friend happen upon your book at a vacation rental! Definitely a made it moment!

    Comment by Johanna — April 26, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

  11. Doug, you’re so right. The “almosts” stay with you and make you smile when you remember them, even years later.

    Comment by Suzanne Adair — April 26, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

  12. Johanna, I’m grateful to her for telling me about her “find.” It made me curious how far my books have traveled. An awesome feeling, when you realize the geographical reach of your books.

    Comment by Suzanne Adair — April 26, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

  13. Great post Suzanne–now I wonder if your Michael Stoddard books will make it to Yorkshire?

    And thanks for telling me about Jenny’s blog; it looks like one I want to visit more often.

    Comment by Linda — April 26, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

  14. What a wonderful feeling to be recognized and also to know that your novels are selling in many places. Congrats on the publication of your new novel!

    Comment by Jacqueline Seewald — April 27, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  15. Jacqueline, thanks very much!

    Comment by Suzanne Adair — April 27, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

  16. Jenny, thanks for having me as your guest!

    Comment by Suzanne Adair — April 28, 2013 @ 10:37 am

  17. How wonderful to be recognised and for someone to have your book too. Enjoyed your Made It Moment a lot. There will be many more I am sure. Good luck with A Hostage to Heritage. :)

    Comment by Jane Risdon — May 7, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

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