7 Questions With Author Susan Landeis
Susan Landeis is a non-fiction indie author of two books. Her newest release, In Search of Rainbows: A daughter’s story of loss, hope, and redemption is a touching memoir, and her second book is Optimal Caregiving: A guide for managing senior health and well-being.
In 2010, Susan faced an unexpected life-challenge. Due to her parents failing health, she decided to quit her full-time job and became her parent’s caregiver. After spending over 20 years in Health Information Management, Susan decided to “reinvent” herself and begin a new chapter in her life. She followed her earlier passion, which soon resulted in a new career.
Susan is now a writer, certified nutritionist, and advocate for senior care and healthy living. She enjoys writing about nutrition, health topics, and personal life experiences. She lives in the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband and two dogs.
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How does a day in your author life look?
I am an early morning person, and it’s probably a good thing because my writing revolves around my crazy schedule. A typical day for me starts in my home office with a cup of coffee while I check emails and social media. Then if there is still time, I try to get some writing done.
Whether it’s writing a blog post, an article, or a chapter in a book, I am always writing something. I have notebooks and scratchpads filled with ideas and brainstorms all over my desk!
What were some major setbacks of this profession?
Finding the courage to write about my life experiences. Although I felt inspired to write my life story, many of these things were painful to talk about, let alone write a book for the world to see. When I wrote my memoir, In Search of Rainbows, I share many personal things about my childhood, my relationship with my mother, her disease, and eventual death.
At first, I held back and found it difficult to share my thoughts. In fact, I almost decided not to write the book at all. I found an excellent editor who sensed there was much more to my story and encouraged me to share it in my book. Now that the book is finished, I am happy with my story and the way the book evolved.
Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your journey?
Follow your heart, and do what makes you truly happy. Don’t be afraid of change. Sometimes it is necessary and gives us that little nudge to become who we were always meant to be. In my case, an unexpected life change helped me discover my passion as a writer and author.
What would you do if you wouldn’t be writing?
I love to putter around the kitchen and get creative with recipes. I suffer from many food allergies, and being a nutritionist, I consider myself to be somewhat of a health fanatic. Sometimes I will take a break from writing and spend time cooking and baking. I have come up with many new topics to write about after spending time in the kitchen.
How do you imagine your target reader?
I imagine people with common interests, problems, and stories that relate to my own. They are most likely seekers and problem solvers like myself. Even though I will never meet most of them, I feel a bond. It is my greatest wish that my writing will help, encourage, and inspire others.
What’s the best advice/feedback on writing you’ve ever received?
If you learn something valuable in life, it is your duty to pass it on and share it with others. Write from the heart and be brutally honest. Don’t be afraid of judgment. Believe in yourself, and others will too.
What’s your favorite genre as a reader?
That is a tuff question to answer because I don’t have just one favorite. I tend to be drawn to happy endings and inspiring true-life stories. I have a sweet spot for historical romance novels. I don’t care much for horror stories and dark thrillers.
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