Hi, Susan. Thanks for hosting me on your blog. I would like to say I’ve followed your work and celebrate your success.
Thank you so much! I have read your books and own your cookbook, so I applaud your success as well.
Back in the U.S. at 40, this same curiosity propelled me to start college and didn’t stop until I achieved a B.A. in sociology with a concentration in women’s studies and a master’s in counseling. This experience opened my eyes to missed potential—my own, and women in general. Over the years, much of my study, research, and pleasure reading has focused on the history of women and the effect patriarchy has had on such.
So, I suppose writing strong women was a natural progression.
Indeed. What an interesting background you have.
I have four novels published, plus a cookbook.
- The Sidra Smart Mystery series: (available on Kindle/Nook &other e-books)The titles are: Dance On His Grave; Deadly Sins Deadly Secrets; Dead Wreckoning.
- A War Of Her Own: My latest release is a historical fiction set during WWII homefront. It recently won 1st Place in the Press Women of Texas Annual Awards & 2nd Place in the National Federation of Press Women contest--2010.
- Sassy Southern Classy Cajun: a cookbook
I wish! My writing life would be so much easier if I did—but a lot less fun! I write organically. I start with a character, usually—but sometimes an idea—and head out. I discover my story much the way the story unfolds for the reader. The problem with that is it ends up requiring rewrites, plot corrections, new clues developed, and sometimes, even a new murderer for mysteries. When the person you think is the bad guy isn’t, then you have to go back and figure out who is and add new clues. However, my brain freezes when I sit down and try to outline.
How does your environment/upbringing color your writing?
I’d have to say that my environment and my upbringing IS the color of my writing! My life experiences have crossed a broad spectrum of life, exposing me to any number of people, faiths, races, abilities/disabilities, psychological health/ill health, climates, accents, behaviors—you name it. Each gifts me with much to pick and choose from—or, perhaps I should say—gift my characters much to work with which to pick and choose from as they reveal themselves to me, and I, to my readers. It is indeed a fun journey!
An old woman with more curiosity than good sense.
- A Paleo-Indian tribe rebuilding a lost civilization under questionable circumstances.
- A greedy college professor threatening the swamp’s eco-system.
- And an angry feminine spirit who has kept the swamp in balance for thousands of years—until now.
This humorous yet serious tale of balance and imbalance is told through the eyes of a nosy old swamp woman who stumbles upon a plot to use ancestors of a cannibalistic Indian tribe to locate a long-abandoned silver mine, by whatever means necessary. Confused by the intermittent presence of a long-deceased, disembodied figure named Parahaia, and an old man named Shadrach who pleads she save the swamp from greedy treasure seekers, the swamp whisperer soon gets in over her head.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events, Sylvia?
Websites: www.sylviadickeysmith.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org