Tell us a little bit about your book.
It’s a classic odd girl falls in love with her childhood best friend who is now popular. What isn’t classic about this book are the details: how she ends up with the person she does. It won’t be what you expect!
Have you published before?
This is my debut book but I've been writing for a long time. It took about two years to put this together from start to finish.
Are you currently working on anything else?
I have about five manuscripts in the works. Two of them can be seen as associated with The Simple Soul of Susan, but definitely can stand on their own. In them we explore the relationship of Calder's parents and eventually his son’s relationships.
What is your favorite writing snack?
HEB (Grocery store in Texas) tortillas. These lil’ morsels are about as close as it comes to heaven on earth.
What gets you in the mood to write?
My writings are usually divided into easy to read sections each depicting an event that happened and the characters reaction. It's always everyday life. I love the mundane the normalcy that life sometimes yields and really taking those usual occurrences and showing the world how special they are. I want us all to appreciate the regular and usual parts of life... because that is when we really live.
Who is your favorite character and why?
My favorite characters were the little old ladies at the nursing home... who (spoilers) eventually leak about Susan's crush on her best friend, Calder... to Calder himself. I like them because most people in the world don't take little old ladies in the nursing home seriously, but Susan in her kind hearted-fashion does. It's because Susan is kind to them that she and the person she ends up with are together. Kindness counts!
Favorite book of all time?
Pride and Prejudice of course! The ultimate smart-but-loser-girl falls in love with the handsome-rich-guy. It really can't get any better than this Jane Austen classic.
We think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast?
Breakfast tacos. It's definitely a Texas thing, but when I have access to them... they are the only things I eat. Bacon, egg, potato and cheese are my favorite breakfast taco.
Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?
I like writing about the present. I think so many times we wish to be in another time, another place and another era. But we forget to take a look at the things around us. I really like celebrating the present and helping other to grow in appreciation of the simple things in life.
Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!
Because when your best friend AKA boy-next-door calls you simple behind your back... you better get a good reason as to why.
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Susan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found.
Every day Susan saw Calder Hurtz, her next door neighbor and childhood best friend. They always enjoyed the short drive to school down the dusty streets of their small Texas town. She was happy in those perfect moments, for her life at home was most imperfect. The challenging homestead she inhabited was also the favorite subject of local gossip.
But one autumn day she overhears two boys having a conversation. This occasion of accidental audience sets Susan’s life on an unforeseen path. In the seasons to come, her future will be changed by two hospitalizations, two confessions of love, and one betrayal.
Compulsively readable, The Simple Soul of Susan is an engaging, soul-endearing romance and a mesmerizing debut.
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Born and raised in a small Texas town, Noel Branham started her career
in digital communications after graduating with a degree in English. An
award winning communicator, she now writes from her home in Florida about
things closest to the heart: home, family, and love. Her debut novel will
be published Fall 2017.