What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
The funniest (as in “is this a joke and I just don’t get it?”) was a woman who told me she really enjoyed one of my books, but thought it was too childish and needed to be rewritten to make it more adult-friendly. (This was a kid’s book, by the way. I’m not quite sure why or how she thought otherwise.) The funniest (as in “it made me smile”) was a young girl who asked me if I took notes when I traveled back in time or if I was just good at remembering all the details. I loved that my writing was able to create a world that seemed real to her.
If you were an architect what type of house/building would you design? Explain your answer, please.
The only thing I would want to build comes from a picture I tore from a magazine long ago. It’s a room lined with built-in bookcases, but one of them is actually a hidden door that leads into a secret reading nook. Imagine being able to grab a few books and hide away for a while where no one can find you!
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain!
Very rarely do I reread my writing, but there have been a few times I’ve read something I wrote that made me laugh. Then I think to myself “Did I actually write that? I don’t remember thinking anything that funny.”
What is the last book you read? Why did you read it?
I read several books at a time. Right now, my entire bedside table is full of books on Russian History because I’m researching my next book. I try to mix it up with fiction and biographies. (I’m reading a bio on Clementine Churchill right now. It’s so good!)
What author, living or dead, would you most like to meet and what would you ask them?
I’d love to meet John Steinbeck. I think he focused on the story more than the writing, which is something I try to find balance with and don’t always manage. It would be very interesting to ask him what he thought about that and if it was something he did consciously.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book your favorite?
I read “The Winter Of Our Discontent” every year and have since I was a teenager. Originally, I couldn’t figure out what the ending meant and I hoped it would become clear if I reread it. After doing that many times, it became a tradition and I read it every year right before Easter.
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C.M. Huddleston's Reviews of both books in Suzanne's series.
I also write middle-grade time travel history books. I liked "Making It Home" and found the history to be excellent. I was a bit disturbed by some of the things the author did not describe in her narrative, how the children got off Ellis Island, did they have to be registered, their lack of food during what was a long period of time, and how they came by different clothing. I think these things might bother children readers as well. While the period pictures are a great addition, I believe there could have been fewer as some seemed repetitive. I think this will be an excellent classroom reference for teachers and students. I hope future books flesh out the three characters a bit more.
I received this book in return for an honest review. "Stumbling on a Tale" is the second book I have read and reviewed by Suzanne Roche. Her endearing series provides children with a fun history-learning experience all while entertaining and enriching their lives. This second book takes three siblings on yet another trip into the past where, while looking for the artifact needed to take them home, they encounter sorcerers, dragons, royalty, knights, and a prized pig. Each tale presented by the many characters illuminates a bit of medieval history. A fun read, I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
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