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Riehlife Interview with Suzanne Woods Fisher, author “Copper Star”

Suzanne Woods Fisher, member of Women Writing the West, shares a few thoughts on the release of her new book, Copper Star (see link below).

Copper Star by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Copper Star is a World War II love story set in 1943, as theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer smuggles a young resistance worker, Louisa, out of Nazi Germany. Louisa waits out the war in a dusty copper mining town in Arizona but can’t leave her resistance skills behind. Soon, she turns the town upside down, uncovering a mystery that leads her back to the Nazis and her war-torn country.

Released on June 30, 2007, the film rights of Copper Star are under consideration by a major motion picture studio. A contract for the sequel was offered to Fisher before Copper Star released. Pretty cool, heh? Here are a few thoughts from Suzanne on faith, the writing process, and writing about family members. --JGR

Q: How does your faith play into your writing?

A: Working faith out in real life is the reason I write.

Many of my articles got started because I was trying to figure something out...generally, about raising kids. I was seeking ideas and encouragement. It's important to me to help point readers to the Lord for answers, strength and guidance.

Whenever I hear people start to lament about how hard things are in this day and age (and there are plenty of things to get stressed over), I think of Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." There is nothing new under the sun that He can't understand or guide us through."

Q: Do your kids get mad when you write about them?

A: Well...I usually don't write about them without their permission, and then I have to edit it down considerably to pass their inspection. Still, they're my best source for article topics!

Suzanne Woods Fisher, author “Copper Star”

A contributing editor to Christian Parenting Today magazine, Suzanne Woods Fisher has been published in numerous magazines, including Worldwide Challenge, Parent Life, Marriage Partnership, and contributed to five non-fiction books. She lives with her husband, four kids and a steady stream of puppies that she raises for Guide Dogs for the Blind in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find Suzanne on-line at

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  1. I'm intrigued by this double plot...Nazi Germany rescue and a mystery in a dusty Arizona town...I'm eager to read the book!

  2. I agree with Steffie that the plot sounds great! And to garner a possible movie contract and a second book contract is wonderful. Congratulations!

  3. Suzanne,
    Congratulations on the book and the possible movie contract. Super accomplishments!
    I read several reviews of Copper Star. The overriding opinion seems to be how well-thought-out the story is and how nicely paced. I'm with Steffie - the double plot sounds very interesting.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

  4. Thank you, ladies, for posting comments and reading about my new book! It's only been two weeks since release date so it's still hot-off-the-press. I'm grateful, Janet, for your generosity in sharing your blog today! ~Suzanne

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