Meet Susan Crandall, author of many including Whistling Past the Graveyard, Back Roads, Magnolia Sky and her newest The Flying Circus.
The Flying Circus
The Flying Circus is a story of three people from very different backgrounds—an emotionally damaged WW1 pilot; a privileged young woman left penniless; and the son of German immigrant farmers, on the run from shocking accusations, set adrift by life-altering circumstances.
As they embark on a journey across America’s heartland in the Roaring Twenties, they explore the expanding role of aviation—from barnstorming to bootlegging, from a flying circus to the dangerous sport of air racing. Forming an unlikely makeshift family composed of members as adventurous as they are vulnerable and as fascinating as they are flawed, the three companions uncover a world of self-discovery within themselves—but nevertheless, one of them must pay the price.
Unlike so many writers, Susan Crandall did not emerge from the womb with a pen and paper in hand and a fully formed story in her mind. Instead, she was born with an incredible love for books. This must be genetic, because her father and now her son, both hated school, but are somehow addicted to books.
For much of her young life, even those exhausting years when her children were young and Susan worked in her previous profession (yes, the rumor is true, she was a dental hygienist) she was an avid reader. Susan has always been fascinated with words - those of you who catch yourself reading the dictionary when you cracked it open to look up mesopelagic you just might have a writer hiding inside you, too.
Then, her younger sister admitted that she'd been writing, secretly of course. That admission led to Susan editing her sister's work (as the older sister, Susan was never short of opinions to share). Then Susan and her sister co-authored four novels, none of which were published. Her sister decided to move on after those four books, but Susan was totally addicted. She'd learned too much about the process of writing, the craft of storytelling and the world of the written word to give it up.
BACK ROADS was Susan Crandall's first solo work, her first published work, and her first award winning novel, winning a RITA for Best First Book and two National Reader's Choice Awards.
Susan grew up in a small Indiana town, married a guy from that town, and then moved to Chicago for a while. She is pleased to say that she has been back in her hometown for many years and plans to stay. She and her husband have two grown children. "They make me proud every day," Susan glows. "My son, who has the heart of a poet, is also a writer. My daughter, who is both beautiful and brilliant, is about to take her first steps into the working world of science."