Today I’d like to welcome award winning author Suzanne de Montigny to my blog. Suzanne's tween novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy recently won a Gold Global E-Book Award for Best Fantasy/Alternate History. The same novel is also a finalist in the Orangeberry Hall of Fame for Best Fantasy. And readers, if you leave a comment below, you might just win a copy of her e-book. Like most young girls, she dreamed of what she'd do when she grew up. Suzanne, please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.
Hello Beverly and thank you for the lovely introduction. When I was five, I wanted to be a farmer’s wife. Then when I was eight, I developed a passion for astronomy and was so sure I’d be the first person to walk the moon, but my dream was dashed later that year by Apollo first circling the moon, and then the following year by the first lunar landing.
So I changed my dream. At eleven, I was going to be a concert pianist and marry Marek Jablonski, a Polish concert pianist I had heard perform. I thought was dashingly handsome. But I needed to be a child prodigy.
So I changed my mind again. This time I thought I’d become a doctor. Problem was, my passion for music kept getting in the way, and so I studied music composition instead. After a master’s degree and living a few years as a freelance composer and pianist, staying up in recording studios all night and tickling the ivories around town, I realized it wasn’t much fun. So I drifted into education where I learned I was a good storyteller. Then one thing led to another and I became an author. I find it rather amazing that this has taken place since it was never my goal in the first place
I heard you have a wonderful booktrailer. Could we see it?
Sure! Here it is. http://youtu.be/St9OsyK974o
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
It was based on a story I wrote when I was eleven and had always kept with me. When my father died seven years ago, I was gripped with a tremendous need to write. My unicorns seemed like a logical place to start.
Unicorns are fascinating animals, and the ones in your story seem so real.
Now, for some fun stuff. If we peeked inside your closet, what would we see?
Well…I guess you’d see some dusty shoes and lots of t-shirts hanging. Then on the shelves (sigh), you don’t want to go there. You’d think I’d have learned to fold things somewhere along the way, but no. It’s kind of like little piles. I’m good at collecting little piles here and there of bits of paper, or unmatched socks.
Do you prefer coffee or tea?
Both. I have two cups of Colombian in the morning, and then drink herb tea all day after that.
Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
I’m an autumn person. There’s just something about September and October. It’s like starting all over again. I have a bounce in my step and the air has a bite to it. And the leaves (gasp), all the colours. Definitely autumn.
If you could have super powers what would you wish for?
To fly. I just love my flying dreams. In my dreams, I’m always the only one who can do it and all I have to do is bend over, lift up a leg, and then lift up the other. And I float. Then I move my arms and legs like I’m swimming except I’m in the air.
If you could choose to live in another time, would you prefer the past or the future?
Definitely the past. I think life was simpler in the past and people were happy to live with what they had.
Are you working on any new books now? Tell us about them.
I’m working on the second my Shadow of the Unicorn series as well as a middle grade/YA story about a child prodigy in classical violin growing up in a small town. Of course she’s a complete misfit, but when a red-headed fiddler arrives and bewitches the townfolk with her Celtic music, only our heroine knows who has been vandalising the town leaving dead and gutted birds as a calling card.
Where can we buy The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy
Would you like to share anything else with your fans?
Yes, just to say that half of all my proceeds from Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy go to the Third World Eye Care Society, a group of eye specialists who travel to underdeveloped nations carrying thousands of pairs of used eyeglasses and performing eye surgery for free.
That's wonderful. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us. It’s been a pleasure. Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win Suzanne’s novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy.
Thank you, Beverly. It’s been really fun.