February 16, 1995 in Features

Who Will Be My Valentine? Writer Likes Upbeat Endings

By The Spokesman-Review

Rural North Idaho resident Susan Toulme, author of today’s installment of “Who Will Be My Valentine?” describes herself as “a happy-ending kind of person.”

“I don’t care if it’s movies or books or whatever,” says the 29-year-old office manager. “If it doesn’t have a happy ending, I don’t care for it.” But that doesn’t mean getting there has to be easy, as Shakespeare demonstrated four centuries ago in his convoluted comedy “All’s Well that Ends Well.”

Toulme, too, relies on entanglements and character flaws.

“I enjoy the blend of romance and mystery,” says Toulme, who began writing in 1988 and devotes about four hours a weekend to her craft. “It’s more interesting to have some chemistry going on instead of just a dead body showing up.”

In her first novel, “A Winter’s Storm,” currently under consideration by Lion Hearted Publishing, Toulme tells of a woman stranded in Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains who’s rescued by an environmentalist. He takes her to his cabin, where they’re snowed in.

The cozy fantasy is interrupted by “a crazy guy with a gun” who chases the pair through the countryside.

“But in the end,” Toulme says, “they overcome assorted obstacles and live happily ever after.”

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