This is my delightful, delovely winter writing desk in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Surrounded by tropical plants and within hearing distance of song birds and the ocean behind me, much of the manuscript for The Painted Table came into being here. God’s handiwork boosts my enthusiasm for whatever writing task is at hand. When this island glory floods with afternoon sun, my laptop and I retreat to a cooler spot in our condo. During summer months, I write on the mainland at a spacious, walnut roll-top desk with lots of cubbies, where my note scraps tend to get lost. My latest book, Carey’s Christmas Secret, currently making the rounds with publishers, was crafted there. At both locations, the resources I cannot live without are always close by: Bible, thesaurus, Christian style book, and works by my favorite “how to” writers. And, of course, a mug of Kona coffee—half soy milk.
Suzanne Field, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has taught English as a Second Language in China, Ukraine, and Hawaii. She has also been a magazine editor and home-school teacher. She and her husband have five children and divide their time between Kansas and Hawaii where she is a tutor and mentor. Find out more about Suzanne on Facebook.
About The Painted Table and a Giveaway
Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother’s obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint, and heavy with unsettling memories. After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. But as an adult with a family of her own, Saffee must confront her mother’s torment if she wants to defend herself against it. Traversing four generations over the course of a century, The Painted Table is an epic portrait of inherited memory, proclivity, and guilt. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact—like a family member—can bear the marks of one’s entire past . . . as well as intimations of one’s redemption. Purchase a copy here.
To celebrate the release of The Painted Table, Suzanne is holding a giveaway where you can enter to win a hand-painted vintage table from Etsy! Details and entry forms are here.