Interview with Consuelo Saah Baehr

Hello, Consuelo. Welcome. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me today. Consuelo is author of a book title Daughters.

So, can you tell us a little bit about your current book before we begin?

The book is Historical Romance, and the title is Daughters. It is an unforgettable novel about courage, love and hope; and about two worlds – one ancient, one modern – and the extraordinary women who bridge them.

Some people write for a paycheck while others do it for the love of the craft or to fulfill a promise to a loved one. Can you tell me what drives you to get up and write.
Someone once asked what made me choose to be a writer. Choose? Most writers don’t have a choice. The writing monkey has been on my back since I was ten years old attending St. Mildred’s Academy, a boarding school for girls. In that sparse library I found a novel about an orphan who discovers her mother is a famous actress. I realized that writing gave you complete power to recreate the world and began writing immediately. After college I wrote advertising copy for many years, married, had three children, and began sending out short pieces while three toddlers ran around the house. An essay in The New York Times Op-Ed page brought me to the attention of editors and I received a book contract the following week. Four novels followed as well as screenplays, a one-woman show and several television scripts.

What is the first book that you can remember having a true impact on you?
As stated above, it was a book titled “Chum” that I found in the library of my convent boarding school and probably not particularly well written. But the idea that you could have complete control over the details of a life was a revelation that appealed strongly.

What is one quirky thing about yourself…something that no one outside of your friends and family might know.
I do not like to leave my house. I did a blog recently of trying to go on a visit and it took me three days to actually leave. It isn’t a pathological disorder that I know of. Am I in denial?

Hmmm… probably. (laugh) So, what is your current project about?
When I began re-issuing my backlist print books for the Kindle, I realized that I had stumbled on the most liberating development to come along for writers in my lifetime: I had the ability to publish anything I wrote without going through the agony of traditional print publishing.
I found three half-finished novels in my files and ideas for a couple more. I am working on a book titled Faith and Hope about two women from opposite ends of the social scale who end up struggling against each other in the world of turn of the century Wall Street.

Oh. That sounds interesting. How did the plot and overall story for that project come into being?
I have always been interested in the “robber baron” period of American economic history. When I read that J.P. Morgan sat and played solitaire while the leading bankers ironed out a plan to save the banking system during the panic of 1907, I want to know more.
Wall Street was totally chaotic in the beginning with stocks hawked on the streets outside the exchanges. That whole period appeals to me.

Do you have any other projects on the burner somewhere (that you can talk about)?
As I said, I found several books in the files. Tough As Nails is a humorous thriller with a middle-aged woman as the P.I.

Here comes the fast ball… Quick! without thinking what are the first five words that come to mind?
Noble, Sandy, Terrific, Done, Fabulous

Now, what do you think those five words say about your personality?
Perhaps I feel noble to try this cutting edge technology as a vehicle for my writing. I began on a manual Royal with a missing letter. Sandy might mean gritty. Gritty might mean that it requires putting yourself out there and selling a brand. Terrific might mean that this is a terrific development just when I thought my writing life was stalled. Done? I don’t know what that means because I’m just getting started. Fabulous? Diving into the ether of the digital world and awaiting the serendipitous results is nothing short of fabulous.

Do you have any pets? Can you tell us about them?
When my kids were still at home we had a cat named Fred. I fed and took care of that cat even though I was not a big fan of cats. When he died, I kept him on a pillow in front of the wood stove for a couple of days hoping he would revive. So I guess you can say I fell in love with Fred. I have no pets now.

If the world were to one day have your name as a household name (aside from your writing career) what would you want to be known for?
Making people laugh in recognition of a shared absurdity about daily life.

Thank you for taking the time to interview with me today.

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