A Different Kind of Fire
COMING SOON: MY NEW 2018 NOVEL!

Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the beau she always expected to marry. Her life at the Academy seems heavenly at first, but she soon learns that societal norms in the East are as restrictive as those back home in West Texas. Rebelling against the insipid imagery woman are expected to produce, Ruby embraces bohemian life. Her burgeoning sexuality drives her into a life-long love affair with another woman and into the arms of an Italian baron. With the Panic of 1893, the nation spirals into a depression, and Ruby’s career takes a similar downward trajectory. After thinking she could have it all, Ruby, now pregnant and broke, returns to Texas rather than join the queues at the neighborhood soup kitchen. She discovers her life back home is as challenging as that in Philadelphia.

A Different Kind of Fire depicts one woman’s battle to balance husband, family, career, and ambition. Torn between her childhood sweetheart, her forbidden passion for another woman, the nobleman she had to marry, and becoming a renowned painter, Ruby’s choices mold her in ways she could never have foreseen.

A Different Kind of Fire has been selected by Waldorf Publishing for publication in 2018. Keep on scrolling through this page for advance buzz, mood board galleries, and news updates. Watch this page and my blog for cover reveals, release dates, purchase information, and more…

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COMING SOON:

MY NEW 2018 NOVEL!

Ruby Schmidt has the talent, the drive, even the guts to enroll in art school, leaving behind her childhood home and the beau she always expected to marry. Her life at the Academy seems heavenly at first, but she soon learns that societal norms in the East are as restrictive as those back home in West Texas. Rebelling against the insipid imagery woman are expected to produce, Ruby embraces bohemian life. Her burgeoning sexuality drives her into a life-long love affair with another woman and into the arms of an Italian baron. With the Panic of 1893, the nation spirals into a depression, and Ruby’s career takes a similar downward trajectory. After thinking she could have it all, Ruby, now pregnant and broke, returns to Texas rather than join the queues at the neighborhood soup kitchen. She discovers her life back home is as challenging as that in Philadelphia.

A Different Kind of Fire depicts one woman’s battle to balance husband, family, career, and ambition. Torn between her childhood sweetheart, her forbidden passion for another woman, the nobleman she had to marry, and becoming a renowned painter, Ruby’s choices mold her in ways she could never have foreseen.

A Different Kind of Fire has been selected by Waldorf Publishing for publication in 2018. Keep on scrolling through this page for advance buzz, mood board galleries, and news updates. Watch this page and my blog for cover reveals, release dates, purchase information, and more…

Add This Title to Your GoodReads Lists

-Advance Praise-

“I was amazed by Suanne Schafer’s poetic and laconic turns of phrase. She has the gift of being simultaneously ornate and succinct, which is no easy task.” —Joshua Mohr

NEW YORK TIMES & SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Bestselling Author, SIRENS, ALL THIS LIFE, DAMASCUS, TERMITE PARADE, FIGHT SONG, SOME THINGS THAT MEANT THE WORLD TO ME

“Readers can’t help rooting for the fierce and very real Ruby Schmidt as she travels from Texas to art school, falls passionately in love, and finally returns home to the farm, this time as a wife, mother and painter. Schafer has created an unforgettable character who belongs in the grand literary tradition of heroines who survive against all odds.” —Malena Watrous

Award-Winning Author / Co-Author, IF YOU FOLLOW ME / SPARKED

“I absolutely LOVED A Different Kind of Fire. Suanne Schafer is a passionate writer with a gift to transport the reader back to the 1800’s. With her book in one hand and my iPad in the other, I learned so much about artists and their work. Ms. Schafer’s words are so visual, I actually watched the story play out with every riveting page I turned. Fantastic character development. There was no stone left unturned. A Different Kind of Fire gets a standing ovation and five stars from me.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ —Tracy Stopler

Award-Winning Author, THE ROPES THAT BIND

“If you love historical novels about women who throw off the shackles of feminine convention, then this book is for you. In spare but sensuous prose reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy and E. Annie Proulx, Schafer brings Ruby Schmidt to life—a woman who doesn’t belong in the late nineteenth century but gradually finds her place in the twentieth. You can’t help but root for Ruby as she grows from Texas farm girl, to a freethinker and lover of men and women in Philadelphia, and finally into a consummate artist. This is a powerful and deeply satisfying read.” —Helena Echlin

Author / Co-Author, GONE / SPARKED

“An exceptional first novel. Schafer has woven a cohesive tale from disparate elements – a stark life in the rugged countryside of 1890s Texas vs the gentility of an arts academy in the East; a traditional marriage and motherhood vs a secret and haunting sexuality. Unequivocally recommended!” —Michael R. Hardesty

Amazon Bestselling Author, THE GRACE OF THE GINKGO

Mood Board Gallery

Scenes in the novel, A Different Kind of Fire, were inspired by all of these artists, locations and works of art.
(Click thumbnails to view full size. All images are in the public domain).

-BOOK NEWS & UPDATES-

A Different Kind of Fire, Nudity, and the Fig Leaf

Classical statues and Renaissance statues of the human body, like Michelangelo's David, were modeled on well-toned bodies of athletes. However, their genitalia was portrayed under-sized as artistic depictions of penises of normal size, even flaccid, distracted from...

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Authors 18

I have joined a wonderful group of writers, Authors 18. We all have books coming out in 2018. Here is the first group of covers. My book, A Different Kind of Fire, is an orphan child without a cover or a release date, but all that is in...

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The Gross Clinic and A Different Kind of Fire

My book, A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIRE, is about an eighteen-year-old woman who goes to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). I will be blogging about some of the paintings and artists she encounters while at school. As as former physician, I have always been fascinated by The Gross Clinic, so of course, the painting had to be featured in the book. 

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A Different Kind of Fire Publication Update

My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, has been selected by Waldorf Publishing for publication in 2018. They have picked up my second novel, as yet unnamed, for 2019. Set against the Gilded Age of America, a time when suffragettes fight for reproductive rights and the...

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A Different Kind of Fire – Advance Praise

My novel, A Different Kind of Fire, features a woman artist in the 1890s as she struggles to reconcile art, career, motherhood, lovers, and marriage. Sounds like nothing much has changed for women since then. Waldorf Publishing says it will be out sometime in 2018....

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