Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Suzanne Hartmann: Guest Blogging Today Here!
Welcome, Suzanne. I'm thrilled you're here for another visit. Friends, check out her debut novel. Sounds like a fun read! Now, may I present . . . Suzanne:

Suzanne Hartmann is a homeschool mom and lives in the St. Louis area with her husband and three children. When not homeschooling or writing, she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and Bible study. PERIL: Fast Track Thriller Bk. #1 is her debut novel.

On the editorial side, Suzanne is a contributing editor with Port Yonder Press and operates the Write This Way Critique Service. She has also written an e-book on the craft of writing, Write This Way: Take Your Writing to a New Level

A Novel with a Twist of NASCAR
Writers get their ideas many ways. In the case of my first novel, PERIL: A Fast Track Thriller, boredom motivated me to create stories to entertain myself while I sat through my kids' violin and piano lessons and baseball and soccer practice. Over a couple of years, what started with a simple question— "What if I could..."—eventually became a set of detailed stories revolving around one main character: they mysterious Lady Anne.
The idea for a twist of NASCAR came after my daughter decided she liked watching stock car races and one day announced that she had chosen a favorite driver. I knew nothing about NASCAR at that point, so I had no idea if this driver was someone we should encourage her to root for. I decided I’d better educate myself and started paying more attention when my husband watched a race (instead of taking a nap).

After a few months of watching the races and pestering my husband with questions. I realized that stock car racing was more interesting than I thought. Eventually, I couldn't resist placing some of the stories I had created at a racetrack. And that naturally led to the addition of a main character who was a NASCAR driver.

At the time I did all of this, I never intended to write a novel. I just had fun thinking about my stories, tweaking them, and adding to them. It wasn’t until I was thinking about one of the stories while taking a walk in our neighborhood one day that a thought popped into my head, “Why don’t you make these stories into a novel?” I fought the idea for a week or so, thinking maybe I was having a premature mid-life crisis or something, but after much prayer, I realized God was nudging me. So in spite of the fact that I had very little experience writing fiction, I set out to weave my stories into a novel.

Although I didn’t do it intentionally, the twist of NASCAR made my novel unique. Not many books incorporate NASCAR into their stories, and most of those that do are romances, not suspense novels. So the blend of NASCAR excitement with the thrills and mystery of the suspense genre that originated with my daughter’s interest in stock car racing shaped my novel into something special. I may not have known what I was doing, but God knew exactly where He was leading me, and it’s something I give Him thanks for daily.

Here’s a little about the book God led me to write. It is my debut novel and published by OakTara.

PERIL: A Fast Track Thriller:

A top-secret agent.
A high-profile assignment.
Danger at a NASCAR track.

A top secret agent with enhanced strength must use her extraordinary abilities during several high-profile assignments, from the White House to NASCAR tracks, while escorting the first Muslim king to convert to Christianity. When unwanted publicity and the attention of a NASCAR champion threatens to expose her secrets, she becomes a terrorist target with danger surrounding her on all sides.

“Plenty of action and unexpected twists.”

Foreword by Jimmy Makar, GM of Joe Gibbs Racing


Thank you for hosting me here today. Before I go, I would like to invite your readers to enter the KINDLE give-away I’m hosting to celebrate the release of PERIL: A Fast Track Thriller. Entries will be accepted through 12/16. To enter, click here: WIN A KINDLE (

Where can people find your book on-line?

Amazon (

Christian Book Distributor (

At my website: Fast Track Thrillers (

Where can people find you on-line?

My Website – FastTrackThrillers (

My Blog - Write This Way (

Facebook – Suzanne Hartmann – Author!/pages/Suzanne-Hartmann-Author/45955180933

Twitter - @SuzInIL (!/SuzInIL)

Hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into Suzanne's life.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Thank you for hosting me, Carole.

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