Hello, Detroit


I’m in Detroit! (Or if you’re reading this in the morning, I’m on my way.) I’m teaching a writing workshop (12 Easy Steps to Breaking In) for Greater Detroit Romance Writers. I’m also teaching a couple of online classes coming up–Deconstructing Emotion (another writing workshop) and Color Me Blogging. I mention the online classes in particular in case any of you who are bloggers are interested in signing up for the blogging class, which is suitable for writers and non-writers alike. If you want to hear me go on and on about my thoughts, tips, and techniques regarding the art of blogging, you can sign up here. The workshop is being offered through a romance writers group, but non-members can take classes for a small extra fee. (If you’ve never taken an online class, the lessons are conducted via email.)

I rarely teach on-location classes anymore because I can’t stand plane trips, and also because nowadays it’s very difficult for me to go anywhere at all as it means so many arrangements for animals, kids, etc, in my absence. This workshop in Detroit was arranged over a year ago, before we even moved to the farm. Before I knew how much I would miss Clover. And Coco. And Annabelle.

And even Mean Rooster.
It’s a quick trip. Two plane flights there, one workshop, one night at a hotel, two plane flights back. I shan’t even have time to paint the town red. And you know I’d do that.

Us farmgirls are wild when we get out of the holler.

Maybe I can find time to paint it a little pink. Maybe a nice magenta……


  1. SuzieQ says:

    :dancingmonster: Have a great trip…ENJOY!! :dancingmonster:

  2. Patty says:

    I hope you have a safe trip and a wonderful time. :wave:

  3. maryann says:

    Well welcome to Michigan!! I wish I had known about it earlier I would have tried to get a ticket.
    Unfortunately it is suppose to rain today and tomorrow. Where are you staying at?

    Maryann who lives 32 miles north of Detroit.

  4. Heidi533 says:

    Have fun. If I had known I would have made arrangements for my own kids and animals so I could come down and buy you a drink. :wave:

  5. Diane says:

    Have a great time. Enjoy being away from kid and farm for awhile.


  6. Snapper says:

    Have fun!
    Wish I would have known…I’d have grabbed Heidi533 and Maryann and we would have stormed the place to meet you! :happyflower:

  7. Lisa says:

    Well shoot, Suzanne, if I’d known you were coming to the area, I would have met you at the airport if only just to say I met the fabulous Suzanne McMinn! I’m 20 minutes west of Metro airport.

  8. Cyndi B says:

    Aw man! I wish I’d known you were coming! We all could have had a great time!! Hope the workshop goes well and your trip smooth! Welcome to the Motor City! Cyndi, from 35 miles north!

  9. Angie says:

    Have a great time!

  10. Kate says:

    Have a fantastic trip; it sounds like fun!

  11. Kathleen in Michigan says:

    Welcome! The GDRW meets right around the corner from me.

    I had no idea so many of your readers live in the area. We should start a Friends of Chickens in the Road club.

  12. Wheezay says:

    Welcome to Michigan, I’m about 3 hours north. Have a great time !

  13. Mim says:

    Having a farm really makes you turn into a home body and I love being a home body.. Hope you enjoy your trip but if you are like me..you are counting the seconds til you get back home.. :ladybug:

  14. CATRAY44 says:

    I am an hour and a half south west of there…. Next time give us a heads up and we will give you a “Welcome to Michigan” parade!

  15. CATRAY44 says:

    ….oh wait, maybe that is WHY you didn’t….. :moo:

  16. MARY says:

    :happyflower: Be careful, girlfriend!!!! You are not down in the holler anymore!!! Theives can spot tourists a mile away, so don’t venture too far! Have fun!!!! :help:

  17. Bev says:


    I love the thought of adding a blog to my site (or I should say making a better site with blogging and photos). I have a very basic site for my church but would really like to improve it:
    Am I correct that “Color me Blogging” is an e-mail type course and not actually live?


    P.S. Love the blog. I have read it every day since I heard you on public radio!

  18. Melinda says:

    Have a great time and enjoy the one night in the hotel…

    I am EXACTLY the same way about leaving home..Everyday it is getting harder and harder for me to go to work and leave it all behind for the day. I really need to come up with a way to make a living from my own 10 acres.

    Have a great time!!!

  19. Linda says:

    Have a great trip and hope you have time to color the town just a little. You deserve it.

  20. Kacey says:

    Have a fun, safe trip! Hm, if you drink red wine while there, that should count as painting the town red…

  21. Leah says:

    Have a nice trip. C U when you get back farmgirl! :shimmy:

  22. Althea Preston says:

    Wow! Wish I’d known too. I’d have met you at the airport or made arrangements to try and do the workshop. I’ve not joined the GDRW because it’s almost a forty minute ride for me (if I speed πŸ˜‰ )


    Althea, who is about 15 minutes N/W of the airport.

  23. KCRanch says:

    I would have made the 2 hour drive to meet you – I’m on the west side of the state!! Welcome to Michigan.

  24. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    Wow! The country mouse meets the city! Look out, Detroit! You must be a fabulous teacher based on your writings here. Can’t you sneak Annabelle on the plane with you? Dress her up in Clover’s clothes and tiara? :sheep:

  25. trish says:

    If you miss mean rooster, you really are homesick!!!!! :sun:
    I received my advance order copy of your new book, High Stakes Homecoming yesterday. I am very excited to get my b-day present to myself early. My b-day is this weekend.

    I bought 2 copies of the book and the first person from this blog who can email me at [email protected] with there full name and address can have it for FREE! I won Suzanne’s last contest and it is a hoot to get a free book in the mail. So much fun!

    Have fun in Detroit!!!!! πŸ˜† :sun: πŸ˜€ :hug: :happyfeet: :clover: :purpleflower: :shimmy:

  26. Amy Lynn says:

    Have a good time and a safe flight. Paint the town a little pink for me too. :devil:

  27. catslady says:

    Your farm friends will appreciate you now that they missed out on their cookies πŸ˜†

  28. Estella says:

    Have a good trip!

  29. CindyP says:

    Welcome to Michigan!! I would have made the trip too!!! I didn’t realize all the people from Michigan!! We could have helped with painting Detroit a little pink!! πŸ˜‰

    Have a safe flight home tomorrow!

  30. Fran says:

    The classes sound intriguing. I’ll check them out. Hope the trip is worth enduring the flights. By the way, I made your french bread recipe yesterday and it came out pretty good! Only the third time I had ever made bread! It was really easy. Thanks!

  31. Deborah says:

    I didn’t know there was this many people here in Michigan! πŸ˜‰ I too am an hour north of Detroit! Welcome, even though it is a short trip for you!

  32. Shelley says:

    I’m a Michigander too that wished i knew you were coming into our town! I would’ve come down to meet ya too!!! Welcome to Michigan – have fun! There’s a lot of good restaurants in Royal Oak – especially Cafe Habana if you like cuban food! Please tell us if you ever come back!!! :wave:

  33. monica says:

    Funny name for a class in Detroit! “12 Easy Steps for Breaking in”. Did anybody show up with a ski mask and a pillowcase? LOL! :pirate: πŸ˜† :devil:

  34. Rita Wendt says:

    i know I am asking a question that is none of my business. I so enjoy your blog and the life you have mapped out for yourself. With 3 children it has to cost a lot to have done what you did. I have one child and would love to live life the way you do. Did you get an inheritance? Or maybe win a small lottery? I have just always been so interested and had hoped to get hints as to how you do this as I read your blog. Any ideas for me?
    [email protected]

  35. kathy Grove says:

    :fairy: Hi Suzanne,
    Love your site. I am a newbie to all the good things you write about. I’m making Grandmothers Bread today. Looked to yummy not to try it.

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