I first met Susan Reinhardt on Facebook and in exchanges around our blogs, and have always appreciated her thoughtful comments and responses. I’m delighted to be among those who are getting the word out about the recent release of her debut novel, THE MOSES CONSPIRACY…
“A trip to post-terrorized Washington, D.C. in 2025 and a buggy accident in Bird-in-Hand, PA set in motion events that expose a diabolical plan to destroy the Christian community. Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy.”
Thanks, Susan, for dropping in here to answer a few questions about your book. And thanks, too, for providing a free eBook for one of my readers. (See info below.)
Readers often wonder where the idea for a book originated. What inspired you to write THE MOSES CONSPIRACY?
My late husband and I visited Gettysburg prior to Christmas in 2004. While standing in the old town square, surrounded by history, I could “hear” the forefathers’ voices. However, they were like fading echoes.
After several failed attempts to write non-fiction pieces, I put it on the back burner and prayed for direction. In August 2005, my husband and I were talking about “the Gettysburg experience,” and he said, “That’s it! That’s your book! And you’ll write it in four months and call it Ghosts of the Past.”
I thought he was crazy, but caught the vision. The name changed to Echoes of the Past and later to The Moses Conspiracy. When I sat down at the computer, I had no clue what I was going to write. By Christmas 2005, I had 55,000 words.
How long did it take you to write the book and what was the journey like?
The first draft took four months, but then I had to learn how to write fiction. I cut my writing teeth on this book. There were multiple re-writes while I shopped it around. It took eight years to write, get a contract, and an agent.
The journey was far from easy. From 2006-2007, I wrote very little due to my husband’s battle with leukemia, death, and the subsequent challenges. When I came through the grief process, I knew I had to finish the book both in his memory and because I felt the Lord had directed me to write it.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
There are several messages, including the faithfulness of God during difficult times, the importance of protecting our freedoms, and building strong family relationships.
What genre is THE MOSES CONSPIRACY?
I loosely define The Moses Conspiracy as Christian Speculative Fiction because it takes place in 2025. Although it takes place in the future, I’ve avoided a lot of techno-babble. One take-away I wanted for the reader was the possibility this or something similar could happen.
What are you working on now?
The Moses Conspiracy is the first book in a trilogy. Book 2, with a working title of The Scent of Fear, takes place three years after the initial story. The rough draft is written and is now in the editing stage. The third book, Lost and Found, is still in its infancy. Each book is a stand-alone novel, but builds upon the previous plotline.
Susan is offering a free eBook (PDF version) of THE MOSES CONSPIRACY to one lucky reader.
Over this weekend, from now until midnight Sunday, those who leave a comment on this post will have their names entered in a random draw — one entry for each comment — and the winner will be announced on Monday. (This giveaway is available internationally. Be sure to include your e-mail address when prompted so we can contact you.)
Susan J. Reinhardt’s journey to publication began as a non-fiction writer. She’s been published in The RevWriter Resource, Devotions Magazine, A Secret Place, Vista, Live, and numerous other compilations and periodicals. Her appreciation for using fiction techniques inspired her to use fiction as a vehicle for truth. A widow, stepmom, and active church member, Susan enjoys reading, couponing, gardening, and searching for small treasures in antique shops.
Susan is represented by Joyce Hart, of the Hartline Literary Agency.
THE MOSES CONSPIRACY is an eBook available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Kobo.
Visit Susan on her Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
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10 thoughts on “eBook Giveaway and Author Interview: Susan J. Reinhardt”
My condolences on the loss of your husband, Susan. It’s a difficult journey. We are so blessed to have a God who doesn’t leave us in the tough times. Although, I’m not really a fan of speculative fiction, this book sounds intriguing. I’ll be looking for it when my TBR pile is a tad smaller.
Thanks, Judith. Yes, the Lord brought me through those difficult years and surrounded me with supportive friends and family.
I think you’d find The Moses Conspiracy quite different from the usual speculative fiction. I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think of it. 🙂
Hi Carol –
Thanks for having me on your blog today. I’m having such a great time meeting folks and sharing my journey.
Please note I’m giving away a pdf of The Moses Conspiracy. 🙂
Congrats to Susan! 🙂 Thanks, Carol, for hosting today! Enjoyed the interview. Have a wonderful weekend!
Congrats on the release of THE MOSES CONSPIRACY, Susan! I don’t read a lot of spec fiction, but it sounds really good! Love the “take-aways” of God’s faithfulness and strong families. 🙂
Thanks for the interview!
Hi Karen – Thanks! I’m having a great time on the blog tour.
Hi Trinitycr – Thank you! I hope you’ll give The Moses Conspiracy a try. There are no aliens or spaceships in this book. I promise. 🙂
Don’t put me in the running for the book–I have a copy and am really looking forward to reading this fascinating book!
Susan this has been quite the adventure. What is the testimony behind the 3 name change of your book?
Hi Lisa – Yay! Let me know how you like it.
Hi Wanda – My husband called the book, “Ghosts of the Past,” but I felt “Echoes of the Past” was more in line with my experience at Gettysburg. As I met agents and editors, they expressed their dislike for “Echoes of the Past.” I prayed, and “The Moses Conspiracy” came to mind. My publisher graciously allowed me to retain that title. Readers might not know this, but the publisher has the final say on both the title and the book cover.
A warm welcome to each of you. I’m so pleased to have Susan here to share a bit of her writing story with us. I really appreciate her generosity in providing a copy of her book for one of you, too. I wonder who the lucky recipient will be. 🙂