The Fragrance of Violets by Susan K. Beatty: Author Interview, Tour, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit.
About the Book
Book: The Fragrance of Violets
Author: Susan K. Beatty
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction
Release date: May 17, 2022
Life crushes us with its weight sometimes.
Fiona’s father abandoned her when she was twelve. So when she learns that he’s the groom’s father in the wedding she’s been assigned to manage, all the old hurts resurface. Maybe if he’d just explain himself and ask forgiveness, she’d get over the pain he left her with—pain she obviously hadn’t left behind after all.
When Nason discovered he wasn’t Fiona’s biological father, and when her mother tried to sabotage his marriage, he felt like he had no other option but to leave and never look back. Running into her again—awkward to say the least. And he can’t understand why she feels betrayed—why she expects him to seek forgiveness.
As if life weren’t complicated enough, Fiona meets Trevor, which sparks a possible romance. New faith, an overdose, and revelations combine with Trevor’s discipleship and shows her how forgiveness really works.
What will it take for Nason to swallow his pride and see how his actions hurt an innocent child?
The Fragrance of Violets—as Mark Twain once said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
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Did you have an “aha” moment where everything came together?
The story and characters of The Fragrance of Violets have been hovering in the back of
my mind for a long time. It wasn’t until I was well into the writing that I realized the concept of forgiveness held it together. Forgiveness, or lack thereof, causes so much mental and spiritual ill- health, so it’s important to learn how to deal with it. Fiona’s and Nason’s story exemplifies this struggle.
Are you working on your next book already? What can you tell us?
I’m working on four books right now. My third novel, Relinquished, is about a birth
mother who discovers her relinquished child is kidnapped and inserts herself into the search. In her heart, she struggles with the need to reclaim her child. But, even if it were possible, is it the best for all concerned? Were the child’s adoptive family culpable? Sometimes we struggle with the natural consequences of our actions and accepting God’s will for our lives. The other three are novellas that will be part of a multi-author series about a fictitious group of islands in the South Pacific.
When did you write your first book? Is that first one published?
I’ve started writing a multitude of books over the years, beginning when I was in
elementary school. None of them completed. When I seriously began writing fiction, I started a series of short stories that I intended to compile into a book. I centered them on homeschooling families, their struggles and triumphs. I lost my zeal for this project, and as I watched my daughter go through breast cancer, the passion for writing stories about cancer thrivers grabbed hold. The first novel I completed and published was Faces of Courage. Along with the novel, I wrote two companion novellas with other characters who had cancer. The first published was House of Courage, then Isobel’s Mission of Courage.
How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
Unfortunately, I’m a slow writer. My first novel took about two years, my second about
six months. It also depends on what other projects I’m working on at the same time. In the middle of writing my third novel, I agreed to write a multi-author Christmas novella. I find it difficult to write two books at the same time, so I set aside the third novel to write the novella. That’s taken about three months to write. (I did have surgery in the middle of that journey!) I’m working at writing faster.
Do you write in one genre or several? What genre would you choose to write that you don’t already?
I’m going to cheat and answer these two questions together. Most books I’ve written thus far are Christian women’s fiction. My third novel will add suspense and mystery. Some of these have romance as a minor thread, while the novellas I’m working on are romance. I’d love to write historical fiction, too.
About the Author
Who says you can’t begin a new career after middle age? Certainly not Susan K. Beatty. She is passionate about writing about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer and other life trials. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan’s first novel, Faces of Courage, debuted May 2021, as part of the Faces of Courage series, including several novelettes. She is also the author of An Introduction to Home Education (AKA California Homeschool Manual). Susan is a professional writer/journalist and is active in the writer community. She is proof you can begin a fiction writing career at any age.
More from Susan
The Fragrance of Violets’ story has yearned to be told for many years now—before I created my tagline, Courage: The Intersection of faith and grit. But it fits perfectly. A similar situation existed a long time ago in the life of an acquaintance. I thought all parties handled it badly, and I longed to make it right. Of course, being an outsider, the only way I could make it right was by creating a novel.
Fiona and Nason, the main characters, are total figments of my imagination, and the details of the story are substantially different. But the core, abandonment, the need to ask for and grant forgiveness, and the courage to meet them, is real and universal.
I desired to show that even when we think we’ve done nothing wrong, we need to seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal where we need to own up to our mistakes and seek forgiveness. Also, I wanted to show that although it is difficult to forgive when we’ve been horribly wronged (and how horrible to have the person you thought of as your father abandon you and with no apparent explanation or remorse), it’s possible with courage. The courage that comes from faith and action.
My prayer is that Fiona and Nason (despite his past) will inspire readers to find their own courage through whatever situations in which they find themselves.
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To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!