S. Spencer is a professional writer, award-winning copywriter, entrepreneur and business owner dedicated to helping businesses get noticed online. She spent 13 years searching for her soul mate and her debut novel, “A Man to Honor You,” takes a peek at her journey. A fictional novel inspired by the real, recurring dreams that stayed with her over a decade, this book meshes the idea of what happens when her waking state collides with the man who torments her in her deepest dreams. Ms. Spencer is a mom, entrepreneur and lover of all things creative. She lives in the mountains of Vermont with her dog and horses never far from her reach or mind. She has found the Man to Honor Her who has been the steady rock when she falters. A Man to Honor You is Ms. Spencer’s first novel. Visit AMantoHonorYou.com for interviews and more insight into the book.
What inspires you to write?
When I wrote “A Man to Honor You,” it was a catharsis for a lot of things – the recurring dream I had, questions of ‘why are we here?’ and the looming emptiness a parent feels when their children see their vulnerabilities and they’re no longer the center of the universe and are deemed fallible. I wanted to show that empty nesters can still move one, we’re not relegated “out to pasture,” and still can find love. Once I learned that “your soulmate arrives when you feel s/he is no longer missing,” I really started to have deeper more meaningful relationships. It was an “ah-ha” moment that I wanted to share – because there is no more important purpose to be here in and of this world than to find love – within and without yourself.
Tell us about your writing process.
Mine really came out of my journals. Atmosphere is incredibly important for me. I lived alone for many years in a cabin by a raging river and it just hypnotically pushed me to write the story and bring these characters together. I did work from the ultimate outcome I wanted to express in the book and the chapters evolved from there.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
They just speak through me. Sometimes the words come out so fast from my pen that I’m not even sure what I’ve written until it’s splashed on the page. I don’t worry about editing until the end – it’s far more important for me to just get the thoughts out first.
Who are your favorite authors?
Paulo Cuelho, Jodi Piccoult, Chris Bojalian, (I was fortunate to interview him early in his career,) Nicholas Sparks, I love books that sketch out the picture my mind can fill in with full color.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wanted to self-publish to have the experience. So far, it has been really great – I enjoy the community.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m dismayed at the “put down 5,000 words or less, write a book in 30 days and make millions” mentality. I think eventually real books that are written from the heart will win out. Everyone loves a good story and those take time to experience, craft and render.
What genres do you write?
romance, paranormal romance, marketing, small business,
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print