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Welcome! Meet my special guest…

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Nope, you didn’t misread that.  Nope, not another Susan Branch. Yes, that  Susan Branch! THE  Susan Branch!

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I have been working with her and her sweet assistant Judy over the past couple of months to bring you this amazing, AMAZING interview.  I can only imagine how valuable Susan’s time is and for her to take so much time and put so much thought into the answers to my questions is just beyond any expectations I could have had.  And Susan has generously given a copy of  her Autumn book for one of you lucky ducks!

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As much as I love all of Susan’s books and calendars, I always go back to this book.  Autumn is my fave,  Susan’s Autumn book is my fave, and well…Susan is my fave!  It is just such a happy, happy book! Oh, and there will be a little something from me as well -what could I make?  :)

Surely you know how to do this by now :) Just leave a comment on this post and you can consider yourself entered to win Susan’s book (and a little something from me).  And I want to encourage you all to follow Susan on Twitter and Facebook too!  The links are at the bottom of the interview. I will draw a name on Friday and announce the winner Saturday morning…so check back.

Before we get to this spectacular interview (squee!!!!) I have to share a little something.  I have been a fan of Susan’s since her first book came out back in 1986.  It jumped off the shelf at me in a Barron’s bookstore one day and I snatched it up! And instantly fell in love!  I have since collected all her books, most of her calendars and have bought copies of books for my oldest daughter. I have a tea cup, and framed prints, and fabric but I think maybe my favorite thing is my collection of Willards.

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Check the date on Willard #1 – October 1995 – if you don’t know Willard, you should go to Susan’s website and read all the who, what, why of Willard and read the back issues for yourself.  It’s like a letter from an old friend! I have 3 ring binder where I keep all my copies of Willard as well as bookmarks, recipe cards, stickers and even the envelopes he came in!

Now let’s get down to business!  And again, I cannot express how thrilled I am to bring you all this wonderful, thoughtful interview with Susan Branch!

NQJC:  Before I pick your brain about business tell us a little about your childhood and how you think it influenced your creative spirit. Take as much space as you want here! I am intrigued and I know I am not the only one! Have you always known you were an artist? As a child were you artistic? Did you paint or draw?   How did you imagine your life when you were growing up?   Did you have wonderful expectations of being a famous artist/author?  Or were you just very VERY pleasantly surprised at the way things turned out?

First off, thank you for inviting me…it’s great to be able to say hello to your readers.  I’ll do my best to keep answers short, but it’s going to be difficult with such good questions!

I had no idea I was going to be an author or an artist; I thought I would be just like my mom, the mother of eight children.  You never know how things are going to go.  I did a lot of dreaming when I was a child. It would take me hours to make my bed, because I was on it, reading, or listening to the lawn mowers and birds outside my window and day dreaming.  I read constantly; in the summer I lived at the public library, I could walk there from my house, bringing home stacks of books. I got my first diary for Christmas when I was about nine, along with a perfumed ink, rhinestone-studded pen Santa brought me, and that’s what started the writing thing; just a lot of practice in years of diary-writing.  I didn’t paint or draw at all when I was little, I sewed, knitted, appliqued, and embroidered; went to the dime store and bought those pillow cases with the blue stamped design on them, and always had a project going.  I took seventh grade art and got an A, but I thought everyone got an A because it was an elective, so that was the end of that until I painted my first picture when I was 30.  So yes, I’m very pleasantly surprised; I come into my studio and see all the brushes and watercolors and for a tiny second, I think, who could those belong to?!  Then I say, oh yes, me!

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One of my 19 diaires.

NQJC: Tell us just a little bit about how you came to publish your first book “Heart of the Home: Notes From a Vineyard Kitchen” back in 1986. Did you wake up one day and say to yourself “Self, I think I am going to write and illustrate a book.”?

In a way, yes, but not until I had said “Self, you can’t write a book” for a few years first.  I had moved to the island of Martha’s Vineyard in late winter 1982 where I knew no one, had left all my friends and family behind in California. I came with a very bad broken heart.  I was at loose ends, didn’t know who I was really (having left my identity back in California with my house, my girlfriends, my family, my routine and my ex-husband); had no idea what I would do with the rest of my life and was very sad and lonely for a long time.  A few years before I moved, a girlfriend had suggested I combine my cooking with my new hobby of watercolors and do a cookbook, but in those days nobody I knew wrote books and I certainly didn’t think I was going to be the one to do it.  But with all the time on my hands, with no one to cook for anymore, I just sort of began it, and continued.  Inspiration was more like fear of bagladyhood, for one thing, and then of course I did love painting and cooking, so it wasn’t like something I had to force myself to do.  I hand wrote and watercolored my first book, Heart of the Home, one page at a time, sitting at the dining table of my first little house on the island.  I looked at it like this: if all else failed and I never found a publisher, I could frame each page and have a bunch of Christmas presents all ready to go.  So it was a win-win.

NQJC: Now that you are so very well known (and loved :) )Do you ever say “What have I gotten myself into?” Do you long for your privacy?

I love that you say loved.  :-)   Because the connection between me and my readers has always been my favorite thing about being an author.  If you’ve ever read my WILLARD newsletter, you know I don’t think about privacy very much; I’m much more interested in connecting and sharing. I think we’re all more alike than we are different, our stories bring us together, to not tell them is like shutting a door.  If anyone has the mistaken idea that I’m perfect, I want them to know this is wrong thinking; I make mistakes, I drop things, I say the wrong thing; stuff happens.  But I keep trying to do better, as I know so many do, and that’s the thing I love about us.  We don’t give up.

NQJC: What’s the best thing about what you do? And the worst?

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The best thing is early in the morning, when it’s all quiet in my studio and still dark outside; Joe’s asleep upstairs, kitty’s asleep on my art table; I have a big cup of tea, then that spot of wet paper, the paintbrush full of paint, the moment those two things meet and voila!  the paint jumps off the brush and spreads and it’s just like magic.  A plain white piece of paper in the morning covered with something by the end of the day; making something where before there wasn’t anything.
The worst is the deep desire, prayer, and wish to do more….it’s a yearning that I have no words for, and there aren’t enough hours in a day or a year for it.

NQJC: Of all your books, which was the most fun to do?  Is there one that is just more special to you than the others?  By the way mine is the Autumn book…hence the choice for the giveaway!  Favorite time of year, favorite Susan Branch book!!!!

I know why you love Autumn; when those leaves start flying through the air, and the little wild purple asters are blooming along the roads, it’s just so exciting!  Not to mention corn pudding, pumpkin cheesecake and turkey stuffing!  But Girlfriends Forever was also pretty fun to write!  I read that now, and really wish I would have had that book when I was twelve years old!  It would have made the dreaming even more fun to get a little grown-up inside information.  Baby Love is another fun book because when I do signings, I get to hear all these stories about new babies and see all the creative ways new moms have filled in their books.  Some people wait for years for a child, so it’s extremely exciting and touching when they are finally coming.  Of course, Heart of the Home, my first one; that’s probably my favorite.

NQJC: Tell us what is coming up?  I look forward to your calendar every year – but WOW I am ready for a new book too!

Oh good! That’s what I’m working on, a new book, but there was a time when all I did was write books, and so I wasn’t interrupted, that time is over now!  It just takes much longer when other projects come between my brain and the concentration on what I am doing. But I have 5 chapters done now, and still going on it. It’s my big project for this winter.

NQJC: I read where you used to (and I am assuming still do when time permits) like to sew and quilt and such. Out of all the items you have made, what is your personal favorite and why?

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Quilt made by my great grandmother, Sarah Foster.

I’ve made lots of dishtowels, curtains, pillows in my life — but most things I made, I gave away for Christmas presents!  I have paintings on my walls, and curtains I’ve made and I still have a dishtowel I appliqued for my mom when I was around eleven (when my great grandmother died and stopped sending the boxes of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday dishtowels she embroidered for my mom, I tried to take over for her, for about 15 minutes).  My mom also still has the first quilt I ever made, a crazy quilt held together by a variety of embroidery stitches.  The best homemade thing I have isn’t made by me, it’s the Flower Garden quilt my grandma gave me that her mom made.

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Susan made the chair pillow and the dishtowel, and made patterns for her web store.

NQJC: Tell us about dividing your time between Martha’s Vineyard and California?  And though you might have answered this a hundred times already, how did you come to live on Martha’s Vineyard?  And how did it inspire your art?

Love both places, they each have so much to offer, both have wonderful people and countryside. I don’t like to fly, don’t like airports, so I take the train back and forth.  Perfect place for dreaming, in a bed in a room on the train!  California is where I was born, and that Pacific Ocean is always a draw to me.  But the history of New England sends me to the moon, the old houses, the picket fences, the change of seasons. My heart came here before my body ever did. It’s a long story, maybe I will write it in a book someday.

NQJC: Was it difficult moving to California and no longer calling Vineyard Haven your “home” – or at least “first home”?

We’ve sort of split our time, but we never quit calling Martha’s Vineyard home, nor did I ever stop calling California home.  My friends are all confused; when I’m on the island, I say “we’re going home” about CA, and it goes exactly the same in the other direction.  I’m pretty much homesick no matter where I am.  But there is nothing like this island for inspiration, nothing like my girlfriends who are constantly doing things that send my mind whirling. Nothing like the change of seasons, like now when I’m out on my walk and the wind is blowing and there is a chill in the air and it smells like ocean and leaves are blowing and feels so wonderful like I can maybe fly and I do put my arms out to do it..!  How can a person not be in love with that?!

NQJC: I think what has always drawn me to your books is the common theme of giving to those you love.  Be it food or something you handcrafted, you have inspired me in this area so much. I look at your books constantly and even though I have read them so many times, I seem to always find something new!  Do you ever feel like your “well is running dry”?  Please say NO!  But really?  Where does all this creativity come from and can you impart any words of wisdom that will inspire us to keep looking inward?

I like these questions!  They’re making me think!  I discovered the long, slow, painful way, looking inward is the answer to everything, it’s where I found all the answers I was searching for.  When I moved to the island, alone and lonely, I was searching for answers like a scientist, reading autobiographies, trying hard to find out how a person knows what she wants in life, and then how to get it.  I wanted clear direct answers. A + B = C.  First you do this, and then you do that.

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I was 34 years old, was starting all over, and tired of being a victim of everyone else’s, or so it seemed to me, whims (like ex-husband for example).  You’d be surprised on how hard it is to get a straight 2+2 answer on how to realize dreams.  But piece by piece, by reading (in the manner of a vacuum cleaner) about other people’s lives, alone in that little house, I began to get a few answers and then put them together.  Before that, I thought a new dress, or new boyfriend would cheer me up, but then I learned that it all comes from inside.  What you believe is what is true, if you believe you are contented and the world is your oyster, it is. I was lucky and happened upon a class where meditation was taught, and I learned to do it twice a day, and that’s where I found everything I’d been looking for. Inside me the whole time.  It’s in everyone, and when you see it, it’s like a shock that it’s sitting there in full view and is so simple compared to all of the other ideas you get about how to handle things.  And afterwards you are never a victim again.  Because you know for a fact that the way you look at your life is up to you.  That’s the 2+2=4 answer.
I’ve had fear I can’t think of one more border to paint!  But now I think that imagination and inspiration are infinite, I won’t be running out….I sit down in the morning and say, “Now what can I give the girls today.”

NQJC: Do you have a favorite artist? author?

My studio walls are all books…all my favorite writers are there.  Books by them, and when possible, books about them.  Their personal stories are often more compelling to me than the books they’ve written; this is especially true for Mark Twain.  He taught me (in his autobiography) how to go on when you think you are finished forever.  I love reading about the habits of very creative people, their ways of doing things that work for them.  I figure if I surround myself with these books, by osmosis, their dynamic creativity will seep into me.  I know it’s a stretch, but I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. To say which author or artist is my favorite would be like asking me to choose my favorite color.

NQJC: I know that you opened a brick and mortar in California.  Would you mind telling us a little about it and what made you decide to do so? What is the hardest thing you have faced being a business owner of a brick and mortar?  How about your web shoppe?

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Setting up scenes in my store.

I loved my little store; it was one of the most creative things I ever did, because people were always buying things and I got to change it all the time.  Sometimes I would arrange something — like I would open a beautiful vintage book of roses (this one I’m thinking about was about 2 feet tall and covered in cream linen with gorgeous paintings of roses inside), making it the centerpiece on a large table.  Around that book I’d arrange all kinds of old starched linens, and then sterling silver forks in a wooden silverware basket and a stack of old English garden books; then maybe a green depression-glass ice bucket filled with yellow apples, and a luscious bouquet of “Julia Child” roses I cut from my garden.

I’d get it all gorgeous, and five minutes later someone would come in and buy the rose book!  I wanted to throw my body over it.  No, little scream, you can’t have it!  I decided what I really wanted was a museum!  They could look, but not take stuff away!  :-)
I did the store because people kept asking me to.  I had it for three years, but it took so much of my time, I wanted it to be perfect, I wanted the “girlfriends” to love it, to feel like they’d walked into the pages of one of my books and know they were in the heart of the

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Cutting roses for the store.

home. It was a work of love, but it took a lot of my time, cutting all those roses, so when it was time to sign the lease again, I decided not to do it, three years was enough, the store was in California and I wanted to spend more time on the island.  This didn’t thrill some people, which is why we put more energy into the web store, so that people could continue to get some of the things we had in the store, and even some of the vintage things I love to collect.  It’s not perfect but at least they know where they can get my calendars, and some people are more addicted to those than to anything else I do.

NQJC: Do you have any words of wisdom for women looking to opening their own business?

All the old fashioned rules work, such as a business plan, and an understanding of what will be expected of you.  You positively must make a profit.  Profit isn’t a dirty word.  For all your hard work, you have to make enough to pay your bills and then enough extra to open up a savings account for yourself, buy yourself a house, take yourself on vacation and eat good food. It’s very tempting to give it all away, but it really isn’t the right thing to do.

NQJC: Tell us about your home.  I imagine it’s overflowing with beautiful things you have made.

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My house (on the right) is in a neighborhood of old houses and church bells.

My house was built in 1849 and is one of the big loves of my life.  I’ve written about it for years, but most especially in my Autumn book.  It’s like a person to me, always welcoming me home with open arms, smelling so wonderful of boxwood and wisteria, and right now, wet leaves!  The thing about this house is that because it’s been around so long, lots of people have lived here, leaving behind decades of everyday family life in the DNA of the walls.  The dining room is like a cacophony of holiday and birthday celebrations.  The kitchen smells like 10,000 cakes.  It has a soul.  My studio is in the front room downstairs that other generations called “the music room.”  It’s a house of creativity.  I’ve never had a sewing room before, but always wanted one.  About 2 weeks ago, after a flea-market search for a sewing table and little dresser, we made one upstairs in an alcove between the bedrooms.  The house loves it.  I can’t stop staring at it.  We are happy.

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NQJC: I talk a lot about food on my blog so I have some food related questions:

What is your very favorite meal, including dessert?
Hard question, I like everything.  I love Thai food, things with ginger in it…but homemade comfort food is my favorite.  Linguini and clam sauce with garlic bread, and hot apple crisp with ice cream.

What kitchen gadget could you not live without?
There are three rather simple tools: a microplane zester (if you don’t have one, run to your nearest store, it makes getting lime zest fast and easy, I show how it works in one of my 12 second videos on Facebook); one of those flat scraper/cutter things with a wooden handle (to pick up handfuls of chopped vegetables to carry to a pan; also perfect thing to scrape wood board after making pastry); and last is a large wood-handled metal basket that hangs in the sink which I use to drain pasta or dry lettuce.  I have two of them I got from a restaurant supply store.  I also love my Donvier ice cream maker.

Who does most of the cooking at your house?

Generally, Joe makes breakfast, we do parties and dinner together….and often take our books and the paper and go out to lunch.  Joe ran a famous restaurant here on the island for 23 years, and for a good while of that, he was the chef there.  He loves to entertain and he’s a wonderful cook!

Is there a favorite food from childhood that you wish you had the recipe for?
Yes, my grandma’s best friend, Ruth, made a peanut brittle from the gods, I was too young to get the recipe and then Ruth died, and that was that on the peanut brittle.  Huge loss to the peanut-brittle-loving world.

NQJC: What three “things” can you not live without?

Things, not people, and not kitties?  Things.  I like jeans.  Books.  And, what?  Power over the clicker.  No, I do love Netflix.  Have you seen “Falling for a Dancer?”  Get it, so good.  uh.  The nap blankets my grandma knit for me.  I could probably think of a million things I can’t live without.

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NQJC: Any parting words?  And please, please know how much I appreciate your time!  What a gift this has been!

Just that this was absolutely my pleasure — hope it all made sense!  Thank you for having me, and bye for now!

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Happy Halloween!

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And thank you Susan!  And Judy for all your help!
Now do you all see why I was so beside myself and so anxious to bring this to you!  After reading and re-reading this post I had 20 more questions but they will have to wait.  I hope you will all enter to win Susan’s book and leave her a little thank you if you don’t mind.  Have a wonderful week!  As I said before, I will not post for a couple of days but plan on resuming my writing on Thursday.  See you all soon!

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Rori Jensen

Just found your blog thru Susan Branch’s FB page. Great interview and questions. I have been to her store in California and I do miss it. It was always a great excuse to get away by myself for a night to go visit the store and all the surrounding quilt stores. Some day I want to travel by train like she does.

Bonnie

I have loved Susan’s books and calendars since the 1980’s, when a girlfriend gave me her Christmas book. I was instantly in love with everything Susan Branch! Little did I know that when we moved to California 20 years later, that I would end up meeting her, and got to live and share in her world! I ran into her at an antique store, and she was carrying around this beautiful quilt, that I just had to stop her, and admire it. I had NO IDEA who she was, and we chatted a good 20 minutes! Later, I was invited to the special Grand Opening of her store, and there she was! The girl from the antique store was SUSAN BRANCH!! We both still laugh about that one! Later on, I had the privilege to work in her store! For me, that was a dream come true, especially seeing firsthand how she made everyone so happy, just being her, and sharing her world that way. She is as real in person as she is in her books, and it is an honor to me to be one of her Girlfriends! Loved the interview, and you captured her well!!

Tammy

What a wonderful article! Thank you for sharing insight into Susan’s writing and life with us! What a blessing!

Paula

What a nice visie with Susan I love “all things Susan Branch”! Martha’s Vineyard and the West coast are two of my dream places also, but I am drawn to Susan because of the charm and homey-ness she brings to all her work. I’m new to your blog but have seen links to it and have meant to stop by, I will return often. Thank you for featuring Susan!

What a lovely surprise! Susan helps us to realize in this busy world it’s the simple things that matter, home, family and passion! She is truly an inspiration to us all and I am always reminded ,when I read her beautifully written details in ‘Willard’, to stop and smell the roses! Thank you for this lovely interview.

VERY COOL! I know how much you enjoy her things, and I think you have given me a book or two of hers in the past! Love her!! Very nice!

Nancy Shaner

I LOVE Susan’s books, artwork, and anything she does seems be about the things that matter to me and speak to my heart. My daughter and I have been fans since we were cutting out the one page recipes from a magazine, was it Country Living? Looking forward to more special things from Susan B.

Julia Pichette

Just found your blog thru twitter. Thanks for the great article on Susan Branch. I love her books. Well, I am off now to explore your site. Thanks!

Cathy Hooks

I discovered Susan’s books and calendars many years ago and have also bought many for friends as gifts. She inspires me so and I love to give her books so others will be inspired as well. The special feeling that I have when reading her books can only be described as cozy, warm and fuzzy! I want to live among the pages of her books, and that is what I try to do!! What a wonderful interview… thanks to you both!!

I love Susan Branch, her books, her Twitters, her site, her generosity. I love how she makes us all feel like personal friends. Thanks for posting this wonderful interview!

Kal

I feel like we were all back door friends enjoying a cozy chat in Susan’s ever so inviting home. Susan always imparts that feeling of welcoming hospitality.

Barbara

I have been a fan since the late 80’s. I adore Susan and all her goodies, and stories. I get Willard delivered to my inbox, and always look forward to it.
Sue is a girl after my own heart. Thank you for this very special interview.

how wonderful:)
i’ve loved her for a long time, too
i should dig out all her books and set them together
she’s so down to earth – love her!
oh, and her handwriting is to die for!!

Mary McCatherine

Susan Branch…I have loved her for many years. She has added so much to my life. Living in Central Texas I find that Susan Branch items are not readily available in stores, so I certainly appreciate the online store!
Thank you, Susan for giving so much to make the world a brighter and more positive place to live! Thank you, Not Quite June Cleaver for bringing this interview to the masses.
My favorite Susan Branch item…I do not think I could ever boil it down to ONE thing! The first thing I ever bought that made me fall head over heels…the baby book that I bought on a whim for my youngest son and a book that I continue to by for new mothers so that they too can enjoy the wonder of Susan Branch and the peaceful world she has created for all of us!

Cindy

Thank you for the interview. I enjoy following Susan on Twitter!

Elaine Hull

Thank you soooo much for our web site and for this Susan Branch interview! Loved it. Elaine

Bobbi Arndorfer

Great interview. Knew Susan when I lived in San Luis Obispo, CA and recently found her online. So glad to see she’s doing so well. Love my Willards and look forward to reading more of her books.

Sue Miller

Thanks for sharing this great interview. I feel as if I have just had tea with you both. I have loved Susan for a long time. It’s obvious you have too!

Lita Hardy

What a wonderful interview! I’ve been a fan of Susan since …. well, eons ago! Each time I read one of her books, I think, “That’s what I would have said!” Her paintings – no matter what the subject – just make me smile!

Yvonne Shafer

Love Susan and the interview. Love having found “June.” Thanks for sharing!

Terrie McPhee

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Susan Branch has been my favorite author since I got her Christmas Memories book years ago. I would love for you to do a Christmas interview with her and get current pics of her home decorated for Christmas.

Peg Ackerman

I, too, have been a Susan Branch fan from the beginning! Loving the one-page features in Country Living and Family Circle, I was thrilled when books began to come forth! Her website and “Willard”s are so inspirational….it never, ever gets boring! Her web store makes it possible for us to find her merchandise easily. Her Facebook page, Friends of Susan Branch, continues to grow at an amazing rate! New friendships are made there and the inspirations bring more inspirations! We are so lucky to have Susan Branch!!! ♥

Marion

Thank you for this lovely interview with Susan, and thanks for your June website, too. I have loved and enjoyed Susan Branch’s books, website, and all of it for so long. She is a very talented, wonderful person.

Chris Sauer

Hello, I am new to the Susan Branch website. In reading Not Quite June Cleaver story, I have found that Susan & I were very much the same while growning up. I too used to day dream, sew, cross stitch & mostly paint and draw like crazy when I was younger – It was a wonderful time in my life. As I became a Wife & Mother – my childhood dreams disappeared with the demands of life…Now, as my children are in college and I have a moment to spare – sort of – I would love to get back in touch with my childhood dreams – your mention of meditation sound like the right medicine for me (hopefully it may slow me down some so I can focus on what’s important) & when you said your house was happy because of the sewing room, that has redirected my thoughts to when my babies were first born, what a wonderful memory for me…SO – Thank you for reminding me life is full of simple pleasures, like making cookies or taking a walk with beautiful fall leaves sprinkling all around me!

Ann

Thank you for this wonderful interview and thank you Susan for letting us into your world a little bit.

Cheryl Mays

I have loved Susan Branch books for several years now. I gave the Christmas books to my daughters-in-law on their first Christmases with us. But my favorite is “Autumn”. I take it out as soon as we get cool air(and being in the South we grab it with the first breeze)! I put the book on the desk when you first come in the den. Then if I have guests anytime from then to Thanksgiving, it goes back to the guestroom. I would love to have another to give as a gift to a special friend. I can smell apple pie the minute I open the book every year as I read it during Autumn in the South! I just discovered the website, and It is super!

Betty

Saw my first Susan Branch book a few days ago — It was like finding myself a liitle jewel! So fiiting for the season.

I love the way Susan takes the simple and makes it sublime, in both images AND words. A wonderful gift she has to share.

Chandy

Precious! I am grateful for the love you share with us Susan!
I am looking forward to my next visit to the bookstore, for “Autumn”, but not before your pie book!
It’s gonna be a great season!

Glyn Devereaux

Thoroughly enjoyed this post. Have been a Susan Branch fan for years and years. As a quilter I’ve enjoyed her fabrics as well as her books and calendars. Thanks for your creative questions and thanks too, to Susan for her gracious answers.

Cindy Anne

I’ve loved Susan since way back in the day – I have a hand written note from her that I count as one of my “bestest treasures” :)
Your site is really cute, glad I discovered it from Susan’s twitter. Thanks for a great interview!

Bramble

Big fan of both Susan’s and loved the interview! I have always pulled out the Autumn book since first published and have given it to many friends. A treasure to be sure! Happy, happy to dream, create and cook with both of you! Hugs!

Debby

I so love Susan Branch – she writes in a way that makes you feel, smell, and visualize the things she is writing about! As soon as I get off here, I’m going to my queue on netflix and add “Falling for a Dancer”! thanks for your interview and I will have to check in on your blog.

Gail Buss

Loved every question and every answer. Loved seeing Susan’s first home on the island – how cozy and so New Englandish……I can just imagine everything inside warm and inviting and how cute she fixed it up……..many memories made I’m sure……..will never forget meeting her………she is so caring and down to earth……….Susan, you give all of us so much inspiration…….I’m busy making Christmas gifts for the grandchildren! Loving our new Florida home! God Bless you!

Kat

What a wonderful interview and a great way to find your awesome blog! I’m loving it.

I’ve been a fan of Susan Branch for years too. I’m really looking forward to your new book!

Lisa

I ADORE, ADORE, ADORE Susan and thanks so very much for this article!

Kathy Haskins

Great interview!
I’ve also been a fan for years…….and am really looking forward to Susan’s new book.
To Susan……thank you for your interview and glimpse into “you”.
Your writings always make me feel like a friend.

Gloria Groza

This was a great interview! Thank you and Susan Branch. I have all her books and love the calendars and especially the perpetual calendar. I would love to travel by train to Martha’s Vineyard sometime. I was raised in CA, but live in Tx now. I still miss Ca and consider that my home too, so know how that is. Can’t wait for Susan’s new book!

AMAZING! She’s always been my favorite too! I am going to pass on the giveaway as I already have the book. But great score on the interview!

Carol LeBlanc

Thank you for this gift of this wonderful interview with Susan.

Jeanette Stewart

Thanks for sharing the oh-so-very-special interview with Susan. I too am a late-bloomer, beginning to paint in earnest in my 40s! If you can believe it. But, I always remember Susan started later and has given me the inspiration to pursue and perservere. I always think of the quote, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” So, thank you for the inspiration today! Anything is possible, if you believe in yourself!

Barbara

lOVE YOUR BLOG AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR INTRODUCING SUSAN TO THOSE OF US THAT ARE JUST FINDING TIME IN OUR LIVES FOR SOMETHING BESIDES OUR JOB AND FAMIY.

AngieTink

Greetings NQJC! Thank You so Much for This Fabulous Interview with Our Beloved Susan♥Branch! Excellent Questions! & Oh How I Loved reading all Sue’s Answers…I Love ♥ How Susan Shares her Soul with all of us! She is truly Magical…a Kindred~Spirit!…I Love all Her Books & Everything that is Susan♥Branch! Yay! wishing you a very Enchanting~Autumn…Twirling in The Pumpkin~Patch! xoxo <):-) Poof!♫♥

Deb

I truly enjoyed the interview. I’ve been a fan of Susan’s for many years, and have her books stacked in my family room. I rotate the top one depending on the season. I really can’t pick a favorite. As an Army wife I’ve done my fair share of moving and have given away the Girlfriends book and Sweets to the Sweet to some special friends along the way.

Kathy Clarke

Ahhh–I love the fact that you think of your house as a person–we live in an old house too. I would love for you to see. But, best of all, I will be, with my quilt guild, so happy to meet you in March! I need that recipe for lemon and pepper cookies!

Belinda Richardson

Thank you Susan for such a great interview, and thank you not June Cleaver for posting this. I love, love, love Susan Branch and throughly enjoyed reading your interview with her. :)

Belinda

What a wonderful interview, very exciting to know more about Susan and her life, and thank you very much for doing the interview, it is a treasure to keep for nostalgia…

Linda Loveng

Wondeful interview :) I am a New Englander living in CA so I can relate to the love of both places! I often miss my home in MA but I know its always in my heart & I visit often ;) keep up the great work Susan, we love it all!

Siobhan

Thank you for this wonderful newsy interview! I had no idea Susan was a meditator, and I’ve been reading all about her for years. I started in 1988, so that was a real gem for me to read. I was gifted with her first book in 1986 by a dear girlfriend, and have been an ardent fan ever since. And the photos are terrific too!

You’re blog looks charming, and I will be back to visit I’m sure. Thanks again.

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