On Writing and the Author: The Secrets On Forest Bend by Susan C. Muller
Taking ten minutes to explore a Houston author’s take on her writing, her characters, herself.
What Muller does : I’ll do almost anything once. I’m a mother, grandmother, pet lover, hospital volunteer, obsessive crossword-puzzle worker, and author. I love to read, travel, snorkel, go out to eat or to the movies, and try new things.
Why Muller likes it: You’re only given one life. The worst thing you can do is waste it. Live your life to the fullest and always remember to give back to others. I started writing at sixty-four. I now have one published book with another novel and a short story due out in a few months.
Inspiration comes from: If I knew the answer to that, I’d bottle it and sell it. I do know that you have to keep your mind open to all possibilities, look around with your eyes wide open, ask questions, and allow your imagination to run wild.
If not writing, then what? I’ve volunteered at a local hospital for the last thirty years. Every time I think I’ve seen it all, something new walks in the door
What's next? . I’ve traveled down the Amazon on at paddle-wheeler, snorkeled in the Galapagos Islands, and taken a helicopter to the top of a glacier in New Zealand, but I still want to see Thailand, Australia, and Iceland. And I still have books to write.
On one of the characters of Muller’s The Secrets On Forest Bend
Name of the main character? I’m not sure Heather is my main character, but she sure is my most unique.
What Heather does that I wish I could do. Heather is a ghost, so she can do almost anything she wants to. She doesn’t like crowds (people tend to walk through her and she doesn’t like to be ignored) so she goes to the Galleria after it closes and wanders through the stores, trying on clothes. Then, whenever the mood strikes her she can change into that outfit.
Something Heather would never do. The down side to being a ghost is that she can’t eat or drink anything. She can’t touch or hold anyone. She died young, so she never got to drive a car or kiss a boy. She’d like to take over her sister’s body so she can experience these things, but her sister isn’t being cooperative. And she would never harm her sister. At least not physically.
What Heather would say about Muller. That I never let her have any fun.
What Heather would say I do that embarrasses her. Heather likes to wear ultra-short, sequined cocktail dresses and Jimmy Choo shoes. She would probably think I dressed a little dowdy.
So how does a just-the-facts detective deal with a ghostly serial killer and the sexy-as-hell sister she won’t set free?
Here’s where the answer is: as well as where you’ll find Susan C. Muller
Susan C. Muller is a fourth generation Texan. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University where she majored in Business Administration. She started her first novel at age eleven, but it wasn’t until after she had worked many years and raised a family that she returned to her first love, writing. She is a member of several writers groups. Her novel, The Secrets on Forest Bend, has won several awards.
She lives in Spring, Texas with her rescue dog, Buster, a 120 pound black lab of advanced age. She has two children and four grandchildren. She loves to travel and has been fortunate to see much of the world. Her favorite places include Kenya, New Zealand, and the Galapagos Islands.