Interview with Dr. Susan Grunin

Hi Dr. Susan Grunin, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Oltobooks : Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Dr. Susan Grunin : I am a retired: college professor, law enforcement - probation/parole officer, Coach, CEO, consultant, trainer and teacher. I am also currently writing and an artist of oil paintings of sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico. See my website to order paintings and home goods made from my paintings: https:\www.SkgCreations.com
Oltobooks : What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Dr. Susan Grunin : To have all children who have felt like a "MisFit" at one point in their life to read, laugh out loud and gain confidence and resilience from reading Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFit and to realize that we all have something different that makes us special. It's also important that my books are educational and in fact book 1: Life Lessons and Tales of Little MisFIt - Life Isn't Always What It Seems, won the Fall 2020 Pinnacle Achievement Award for Young Adult genre. I'm excited about this as the book is recognized as an educational tool for young adults and the children in each of us to use humour and life lessons to overcome lack of self-confidence, bullying and feeling and knowing it's okay to not always fit in - to learn to accept oneself and become successful in life.
Oltobooks : When did you decide to become a writer?
Dr. Susan Grunin : I always loved writing and keeping a diary and later journals so at a young age.
Oltobooks : Why do you write?
Dr. Susan Grunin : To give laughter and confidence to others so they learn that it's not only okay but actually normal to not always fit in and to become who you are and know that you can be successful in life.
Oltobooks : What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
Dr. Susan Grunin : I had the series in my head for a long time and finally prearranged some free time to go off to Portugal and write.
Oltobooks : Where do your ideas come from?
Dr. Susan Grunin : my head, other children, teaching, and listening
Oltobooks : What is the hardest thing about writing?
Dr. Susan Grunin : Marketing - getting others to actually read the book - once they have I've gotten all 5 star reviews on Amazon and on my London publisher's author's website -Austin MaCauley
Oltobooks : What is the easiest thing about writing?
Dr. Susan Grunin : Telling humorous stories so others can laugh and relate to their own situations and share stories with others - particularly young adults and children with adults. See the book reviews on Amazon that talk about how this book gets YA and kids to talk with adults about their life lessons and stories of growing up.
Oltobooks : If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Dr. Susan Grunin : Book 1 begins as Little MisFit's (LMF) first memory - at her sister, Lynn's birthday party, when she learns the lesson - Life Isn't Always What It Seems. The book goes on through age 9 with other humorous tales about LMF and how these experiences reinforce the lesson that Life Isn't Always What It Seems. Book 2 begins with LMF in the 5th grade at age 10 when she learns the life lesson that "Life Isn't Always Fair" and the humorous tales continue as they reinforce this life lesson.
Oltobooks : What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
Dr. Susan Grunin : I think that a series is great if there are important linkages between the books.
Oltobooks : What is your favourite positive saying?
Dr. Susan Grunin : Life Is Like a Bowl of Cherries.
Oltobooks : Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Dr. Susan Grunin : Touring and signing more books from the series of the 7 books planned.
Oltobooks : What advice would you give to your younger self?
Dr. Susan Grunin : Enjoy each day.
Conversation By : Oltobooks Team
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