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Interview with Author & Talk Show Host Susan McCord
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I just love what I do! I can’t wait to get going with whatever project I have for the day. Whether it is completing a blog post, editing a video, getting ready for an interview or working on a film set, I am motivated! I learn something new every day which makes me happy!
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a huge fan of fitness and make it a part of my daily ritual. I play golf, go to power yoga 3 times per week, weight train 3 days per week and get out on my road bike when the weather permits. I am also a very social woman and love to attend anything that allows me to meet new people. I enjoy meetups & networking events and time with my friends. I also work for the film industry when I am not busy filming my own Lifestyle Talk Show.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read a book a week on my ipad and change up my selections regularly. I have a very diverse selection of books in my library and enjoy numerous topics! I tend to go for non fiction but I also love a good romance novel as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started writing in a diary/journal when I was 10 years old and then started writing poetry shortly after that. I really wanted to write lyrics for music and still hope to implement that into my crazy life one day soon. The first story I ever wrote was for a local contest about life as a single mother.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) Shantaram by Gregory Roberts The best book I have ever read! Captivating from beginning to end. What a story!
2) A True Story Life Under the Veil by Jean Sasson : I have read everything Jean has written about women in the middle East. Her books are eye opening and should be read by everyone!
3) A House in The Sky by Amanda Lindhout : A very real & terrifying ordeal about a Canadian woman held hostage in Somalia
4) The Kite Runner by Khalid Abdalla : I am drawn to stories about people from Afghanistan and the hard times they have had to face.
5) Lets Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson: I liked this book because of the humor and her interesting writing style. I can relate to her as a blogger.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Vancouver, Canada. My childhood was the reason I started to write but not necessarily because of where I lived. It was not an easy time at home but I am not going to discuss it here. This is a new chapter in my life which I am happy and very excited to be in!
Why did you choose to become involved in the dating & relationship market?
Since I was a young woman I have always been asked for advice from both men & women. It may be due to the fact that I grew up very fast and was independent at a very young age. I experienced a lot after moving out of the family home at 17 and then flying around the world as a flight attendant. Travel is one of the most valuable educations you can have! It teaches you so much about the way people live around the world. The one thing I noticed that we all have in common, (regardless of where we reside) is that we all want love in our lives. It is a universal language and should keep us all in a common bond, but unfortunately ego, power and control get in the way of a peaceful life for many people here on earth.
Even the most successful men and women all deal with heartbreak at some time in their lives. There is always room for improvement within ourselves and a continual learning curve until we get it right. Regardless of each approaching birthday, our need for love never goes away and nor should it! I recently met a 73 year old woman who reconnected with an old boyfriend she dated when she was 23. They both lost their spouses in the last 5 years and are now happy traveling around the world and enjoying a romantic reunion like a couple of teenagers! This is why I do what I do! How wonderful life can be when we open doors to all possibilities and remove negativity from a difficult past. Owning your choices and accepting change will keep you on a brighter path to finding a loving partnership.
What is your ultimate goal and have you had to face many obstacles as a “Mature” woman in your field?
My Ultimate goal is to have my own National Talk Show. It would include interviews,inspirational stories,dating & relationship advice and a charity segment. It would be a “feel good” show to give hope to people in this chaotic world that we live in. It would include all age groups of both men & women. (Of course they might be the odd comedy segment as I am a bit of a ham, I love to laugh and make people laugh as well.)
In an answer to part two of your question, yes I have faced difficulties with being a mature woman in this business. I could wall paper my condo with all the emails I have sent out to people trying to get something happening in my business. Ageism is alive and well but I can slowly see it changing on the horizon. I will not give up in my pursuit because I know I have a valuable business model that can help many people find love, regain their self esteem, and give all age groups a renewed faith in finding happiness.
With each birthday comes wisdom (or so we hope) so why not open your heart to listening to someone who has walked the walk? Why are so many jobs advertised for the 18-35 demographic? Innovative thinking is the key to success and a diverse lifestyle and that is what I promote in everything I write about, or talk about on my show. When we start treating each other as equals and appreciate what all people can bring into our lives, is when we open our eyes to what life really is all about. Everyone who crosses your path is there for a purpose, so look up, open your eyes and find out what that is. I don’t believe in coincidences, I believe in divine timing.