Relinquished Author Interview!

About the Book

Book: Relinquished

Author: Susan K. Beatty

Genre: Christian Woman’s Fiction

Release date: May 16, 2023

No one takes her kid and gets away with it.

When Teagan Parsons discovers that the Amber Alert on a celebrity couple’s child is actually her daughter, she’s determined to rescue the daughter she relinquished years ago. If she’d only realized the emotions her mission would rekindle…

Having a cousin in the FBI gets her closer to the case than she could have dreamed, but instead of listening to the lead FBI agent’s warnings to “leave the job to the professionals,” Teagan begins following everyone she suspects. That old saying, “Don’t quit your day job,” has never been truer, but she’ll do whatever it takes to bring her daughter home safe.

Mitch McCartney has enough trouble on his hands without dealing with a guilt-ridden, biological mother bent on making up for past sins. Teagan seems to have developed a talent for getting things wrong and putting herself in danger. Oh… and she’s adding theft to her rap sheet—theft of his heart, anyway.

Then Teagan goes missing.

Learning you can’t undo the past is a tough enough lesson without adding on more mistakes, but with Mitch’s help, Teagan may, with the Lord’s Guidance, forge a brighter future this time.

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About the Author

Susan K. Beatty is in her third career—from journalist to homeschool tech writer to her life-long dream of becoming a novelist. She is proof you can start a new writing career late in life. Susan released her first published fiction in September 2019, and now an awarding winner author, this is her third novel, with several novelettes and short stories to her credit. She is passionate about finding courage through faith and grit. Susan lives with her husband of forty-nine years in Southern California. Add children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to the mix and she has little time for her favorite hobbies of reading, watching classic movies, British crime dramas, and traveling.

More from Susan

The seeds of a story sometimes lay dormant in an author for years. Then they grow and grab the author, demanding to be told. Until eventually the author gives in.

In my case, I didn’t have to give in. I knew I would write some version of the story eventually.

It began in 1968, when I was young, unmarried, and pregnant. It continued through 1969 when I gave my child up for adoption. Of course, any birth mother will tell you the actual story doesn’t end there.

After I became a Christian in 1973, I grew into a better understanding of my journey. New emotions had to be dealt with when my daughter and I were reunited in 1988 when she was nineteen. We enjoyed getting to know each other despite our differences in faith, but those lost years could not be regained—another set of emotions to come to terms with.

I couldn’t write our story, but I wanted to write something that revealed the emotional dilemma birth mothers wrestle with: forgiveness, regret, accepting that one won’t take part in the baby’s childhood, and, if there is a reunion, accepting a new reality. This usually means discovering, despite a newfound relationship, the birth mother will never be that child’s mom.

But I also wanted to show God’s grace, healing, and a hope for a future (including the addition of light romance).

Not wanting the book to get weighed down in maudlin narrative, I tried to lift it above the muck and show the birth mother’s strength and courage. What better way to do that than throw her in the middle of a dangerous, life-threatening situation?

Note to birth mothers: If you have unresolved issues, there may be triggers in Relinquished. I urge you to spend time in prayer and allow the Lord to heal you regardless of whether you read the book. And, if you need it, there is no shame in getting counseling.

Note to adoptive mothers: I hope you get a glimpse into the other side of the story.

Note to all readers: Praying the Lord shines through Teagan’s story to illuminate your heart.

Author Interview

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

While writing Relinquished, I discovered how much I enjoy writing suspense. The book started out as solely women’s fiction, but I didn’t want it to degenerate into melodrama, so I added the kidnapping and suspense elements. I had only a little experience with the genre in a subplot in my novella Carmen’s Journey of Courage, but it did not prepare me for how fun writing a full novel would be.

  • Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I do occasionally hear from readers. One reader of my book, Faces of Courage, said she thought the domestic abuse angle would be too much of a trigger for her, but she felt the Lord’s urging her to persevere. She did and said she learned a few things about her own journey, therefore well worth the read.

For The Fragrance of Violets, a reader mentioned how much she learned about forgiveness.

I’m well satisfied when my characters reveal the Lord to readers.

  • Do you read the genre you write? Why or why not?

I read and enjoy many genres. (Okay, not SciFi or horror.) In the past, I have mostly written women’s fiction, which I do read and enjoy. Then I ventured out into suspense, which is one of my favorite genres to read. Now I’m venturing into some romantic suspense in the Suamalie Islands series. And I love that genre too! Reading the genres in which I write sparks my creativity.

  • How did you come up with the title for your book?

Coming up with my title for Relinquished was kind of a no-brainer for me. The main character relinquished a child for adoption, then must decide whether to relinquish her hold on the guilt she carries and the unrealistic dream of changing the past.

I wish I could say the same for all my books. The current series that I’m part of, The Suamalie Islands, has had me struggling with titles, including no title yet for the second book I’m writing.

  • What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?

The best writing advice I’ve received is “Just write!”—regardless of whether you think your muse has shown up or whether you want to be lazy. You’re not a writer if you aren’t writing. Write even if you think it stinks. You can always edit the bad stuff, but you can’t edit a blank monitor. Published authors write a lot of words that are not part of their work in progress—blogs, social media posts, etc., so much so that it can be a form of procrastination. But if I want my novel to make it to “The End,” I must make myself “just write” the book.

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Mary Hake, June 23

Blogging With Carol, June 24

For Him and My Family, June 25

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, June 26 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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