The Relationship Riddle

The Relationship Riddle - Susan Paulson Clark

While I am not the biggest fan of the romance genre, this book did manage to hold my attention. I appreciated that each character was mature and well established in their own right. However, they each had similar things going on in life in that each of them were trying to overcome an obstacle brought about by someone misinterpreting feelings for them. One was a professor and one was social worker. I had difficulty accepting that both of them were going through a similar situation and yet were so unwilling to talk to each other about it (and also unwilling to believe that each misinterpretation was unrequited).  

Despite that, the writing is well done, and the characters are well developed. The plot is consistent and in the end, everyone is happy, which makes for a nice and contented ending. 


Some Bio Information

Susan Paulson Clark has been writing for fifteen years. She's an avid reader of women's fiction, mysteries, and non-fiction titles. Susan enjoys painting (acrylic and oil) and spending time with her husband. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with degrees in English and Education -- and she's an avid believer in writers' critique groups!


Q&A

1.    What inspired you to write this book?

I’m happily married now, but having had relationship problems in the past, I have a vivid recollection of being single “out there.” I enjoy writing about second chance romance. It’s important for me to encourage others – and I believe my book has a hopeful tone.

2.    Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? 

I outline my story chapter by chapter. However, when I get to the actual writing, minor characters often become integral to the story. In this book, Coach Neely and Natalie the social worker went from being brief mentions to fully developed characters.

3.    Describe your favorite scene in this book. 

The very last scene … but describing it would be a spoiler!

4.    What does the perfect writing environment look like to you? 

Every Monday I meet with my writing partner who writes historical fiction. We alternate between Panera and Starbucks. Writing is so solitary, so it’s fun to be around others while writing. And having a standing meeting keeps you accountable. Otherwise I write just about anywhere except at a desk!

5.    How would you describe your writing style?

I combine dialogue, description, emotion, action and internal thoughts. I like adding twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

6.    What would you like readers to take away from your book? 

Love is more than a romp in the sack. Real love allows you to work through problems.

7.    What’s your ultimate writing goal? 

I would like to connect with readers through common experiences and encourage them to not give up in their search for a relationship