Your name, please?
And the title of your book?
Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery
What is the synopsis of your book, in one sentence?
When a naïve young woman and her enigmatic husband set sail across the Indian Ocean with friends, she learns to her dismay of his clandestine involvement in a war and knows together they must survive the monster monsoon storms.
Is your book part of a series?
Yes. The first book in my JOURNEY series is The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening
Are you working on another book?
Yes. I’m writing the screen script first and will then publish the book: Into the Monsoon: A Journey of the Soul
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the moment, I’m learning to walk again after an accident and a broken femur.
I also study screenwriting and love the challenge of using words to create vivid images.
If you were to describe yourself as a particular fruit or vegetable, what would it be?
Globe Artichoke with a beautiful armor exterior and a savory, sweet heart.

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Winners 4 Cover Design!

In early October, I asked for feedback on the book cover design for “Good Morning Diego Garcia.” Comments kept coming in, and all indicated, the designs weren’t quite perfect. We needed something different. So my husband (Doug DuBosque) and I put our heads together and started over. Thanks to your keen observations and super suggestions, Doug created a new, exciting book cover. At the same time, he created a new cover for The Lullaby Illusion.

GMDG-300  The Lullaby Illusion, by Susan Joyce (new cover)

Congratulations to all who commented! You are winners and will receive an e-copy of the book as soon as it’s released. THANK YOU!

Susan Joyce

Book cover redux

We asked your opinion of a couple of variations of a cover design we ordered (at the bottom of this page). Although nicely done, it was from a low-cost designer, which means the design process is fairly minimal. For a fixed price, you get a design, period (pretty much). We started looking through hundreds of photos, and found one that better conveyed the sense of turbulence (physical and emotional) that runs throughout the story.

So please have a look and share your thoughts!

What appeals to you, and what doesn’t, and why?

GMDG-wave-14 A) dark w/bubble

GMDG-wave-18 B) dark w/glow

GMDG-wave-16 C) light

GMDG-wave-14-sm    GMDG-wave-18-sm    GMDG-wave-16-sm



Cover for Good Morning Diego Garcia!

It’s an exciting time for me. I’ve finished writing my new book. The editor is now going over it with a fine-tooth comb. Like a flea comb? LOL!

The book is about my journey to India and on to Sri Lanka in 1975 to help crew a yacht across the Indian Ocean in monsoon season. We ended up, way off course, in Diego Garcia where the yacht got stuck on a corral reef. Then journeyed on to the Seychelles.

Would love your feedback on the cover. Which should I use?



And why? Or do you have other ideas?

I will send five helpful respondents a complimentary e-copy of Good Morning Diego Garcia when it is published.

Being Present

I can still hear my 6th grade teacher clear her throat, then ask, “Susan, where are you? The rest of us are on page 26.”

My mind snapped into place as Mrs. Easley asked me to continue reading where the previous student had left off. I paused, giggled at the thought of students and teacher physically sitting on page 26, did a quick mental rewind of the last words I heard, then focused on the inked page, and started reading.

After class, my friend Shelley congratulated me on my quick come-back. “Day-dreaming again?” she asked, tapping me on my shoulder.

“Floating, but I was here.”

“How do you do that?” Shelley asked.

Today I’m reminded of how “being present while floating” has guided me through the maze of my amazing life. Paying close attention to details of each breathing, living moment, my gut instincts, clairvoyant thoughts, and telling dreams, I focus on the present and allow my senses to go with the flow and collect important information.

While living in Israel in 1968, I visited the zoo in Haifa. Noticing a sign outside the elephant house, I stopped and studied it. It looked like the head of an elephant with a big ear, an eye, and a trunk. Great image, I thought, drawing the pictograph in my travel journal. A student of Hebrew, I knew that the sign was in fact three Hebrew letters forming the word for elephant in Hebrew—-Peel. Marveling at the elephant house sign, I said to myself, “If I ever write a book about an elephant, I’m going to name him Peel.”


Living in Frankfurt, Germany in the late 70s, at a low point in my life, a singing elephant appeared at the foot of my bed singing a song of encouragement in a dream.


I sat up in bed, rubbed my sleepy eyes and listened.

An elephant won’t forget you when you’re happy.
An elephant won’t forget you when you’re sad.
‘Cause an elephant knows the secret is remembering it all—
Learning from the good times, and the bad.

Suffering from pneumonia and feeling drained emotionally, I was indeed sad. The next day, I couldn’t get the song out of my head. I sang it aloud often. And every time I sang it, I felt better and stronger. So I wrote it down, music and words,

A few weeks later, the singing elephant appeared again and we started conversing, always in rhyme, about learning from life adventures. I made notes in my dream journal and soon realized I had something important to share.

Years after the elephant appeared in my dreams, and after some wonderful synchronicities, “Peel, the Extraordinary Elephant,” my first children’s book, was published in 1985. It’s still in print today.

Being present is being in touch with ourselves, focusing on each moment (happy or sad), and going with the magical flow of life.

The Lullaby Illusion—Cover Design

Post card with photo that appears on the cover of "The Lullany Illusion"

Readers of my new book often comment on the great cover design and ask who designed it. It was designed by my husband Doug DuBosque, a great illustrator, artist, and book designer. He based the book design on the above original photo of me and my friend John Johnson taken by photographer Sandra Baker Finn for an exhibit of her photography of masks at McCann-Erickson Advertising Agency in Frankfurt, Germany in December 1982. So no it’s not Michael.