IHS: Welcome, Susanne. Thank you for being with us today. I’m really excited to have you here! Would you please tell our followers who you are, what city you're from?
Susanne: I am Susanne. I live in Apple Hill, Ontario, Canada.
IHS: Okay, Great! What is the title of the book you just completed with us?
IHS: Interesting title! What was your favorite part about bringing this book to audiobook life?
Susanne: My favorite part of listening to Path of Lucas was how Ben Patrick Johnson made my characters come alive. He did an amazing job especially with the French accents. He has a beautiful and clear voice, which makes for easy listening!
IHS: Glad to hear! Now, whether fiction or non-fiction, books are truly inspired work from authors. What was your inspiration for this book?
Susanne: My father was my inspiration for this book. He is my hero! He was a man with a genuine heart and incredible strength! When doctors wanted to place my Mother in an institute because she was not recovering from psychotic depression, my dad refused and found a way to bring her back to the family. He was the glue that kept my family together!
IHS: Wow, that's a very inspirational tale of love and perseverance! Switching gears now, is your primary business writing? If so, what do you do for fun? If not, what do you do “in real life”?
Susanne: Primarily I work with young adults with special needs and disabilities. It's such a rewarding job to see them succeed and the love they have for life is absolutely incredible. I’m currently working on my second novel and this book will discuss how my Mother coped with depression.
IHS: Many authors are not audiobook listeners by nature. Are you? Have you ever listened to an audiobook before your own?
Susanne: Yes, though not lately
IHS: When you were listening to your narrator auditions, what was it like to hear your book get voiced by different people?
Susanne: It was amazing just listening to my characters come alive. All the narrators had great voices but when I heard Ben’s voice I knew he had the perfect voice for my book.
IHS: What were you most worried about when starting out with this audiobook process? Did the worry happen or was it unjustified?
Susanne: I wasn't worried just excited to learn each step, and witness my book become an audiobook.
IHS: And, in hindsight, was there anything that you probably ACTUALLY should have been worried about instead?
Susanne: Everything was great. There were some unforeseen issues but everything was addressed quickly.
IHS: Okay, let’s talk reviews. Do you read your reviews and will you read your listener comments? What do you most like to see in the comments?
Susanne: Yes, I read all my reviews and I will read all of my listeners’ comments. What I like to see the most is that my book inspires my readers.
IHS: Okay, once a book is finished, then the work of marketing begins. What do you do to spread the word about a new release?
Susanne: The first thing I did was a book launch. I've gone to different book events and bookstore. Word of mouth and social media have been amazing tools for spreading the word about my book.
IHS: Book launch together with social media and word-of-mouth advertizing is a powerful marketing combination! Moving on, what advice would you give those who are thinking about becoming an author?
Susanne: Follow your heart.
IHS: That's a very practical advice there! So for our audience who hasn't begun the process yet, what advice would you give authors who are thinking about doing an audiobook from their published book?
Susanne: Go for it! It’s an amazing feeling to hear your characters come alive.
IHS: So, what was the best part for you about working with I’m Hearing Stories.
Susanne: Yes, I definitely would recommend I’m Hearing Stories!
One of the great benefits with working with 'I’m Hearing Stories' is Kimberly Hobscheid! She is very professional and an incredible collaborator! I will absolutely work with 'I’m Hearing Stories' on my next novel!
IHS: Wow! Thank you so much Sue! We loved working with you too and we are looking forward to more collaborations with you. What a fun time we've had chatting with you today and getting your input! Okay, just for fun now, why don't you give us your Top Ten Craziest Accomplishments.
Susanne's Top 10 Craziest Accomplishments:
· Completing college after dropping out of high school
· Raising four beautiful young men
· Wrote a novel based on a true story about my Father, and I'm currently writing my second novel about my Mother coping with depression
· Learning and practicing Qigong
· Learned to be a seamstress
· Learned how to eat balanced meals and stay healthy
· Learned how to Meditate
· Learned to love myself for who I am
· Learned how to become a spiritual being
· Working with developmentally challenged youth and watching them reach their full potential
Life may send you curve balls but never give up!
IHS: Thank you, Susanne! That's very impressive - and inspiring!! So, how can our followers learn more about you?
Susanne Bellefeuille is a sister, mother, grandmother, and inspirational mentor to many people. She graduated from the Social Service Worker program at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario and spends countless hours offering her professional aid, guidance, and most importantly, her friendship to developmentally challenged youth. Susanne’s life changed remarkably after she realized that her aspirations would require her to complete college and set a better example for her children and grandchildren. From a high school dropout and teen mother to a successful college graduate and author, Susanne has journeyed an incredible path to become the strong independent woman she is today! Susanne believes everyone deserves the opportunity to shine, and hopes her journey and books can help motivate people to reach their full potential!
Okay, folks, there you have it! Susanne Bellefeuille, author of Path of Lucas: The Journey He Endured.