Now to more pleasant matters.
I am excited to welcome Author Suzanne de Montigny to my blog today. Suzanne is here to tell us all about her latest novel for young readers, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Deception (The Shadow of the Unicorn Series Book 2). As much as I enjoyed reading The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, the first book in the series, this one was even better. I’ll let Suzanne tell you all about it. Leave a comment to win an ebook edition of the novel.
Take a look at the video:
Isn't this a beautiful cover? Sure makes a person want to learn more about this unicorn.
The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Deception (The Shadow of the Unicorn Series Book 2) is the second book in your series about unicorns for mg/tween readers. Why did you decide to write about unicorns? (I love them and am happy you did.)
Well…when I was a kid, I loved horses. I lived, ate, and breathed horses, but alas, never got to own one. So I wrote a novella about a unicorn for a grade six project. Then for years, carried that little booklet around with me everywhere I lived. Then, one day, I found the first four chapters of a full version I had started writing as a teen. When I read it, I exclaimed out loud, “A psychic dinosaur?” A few days later, I began writing a new version. Two weeks later, I had my first very bad draft that I kept improving upon until it was accepted for publication.
How many books will be in the series? And when can we expect to see them?
Sigh. Originally I planned to make it a trilogy. The second one, The Shadow of the Unicorn II: The Deception, was released as an e-book on St. Patrick’s Day, and I’m in the process of writing the third entitled The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Revenge. But, my unicorns are calling for a couple more books. So we’ll see…
I say “Listen to your unicorns, Suzanne." The more the better. Have you written other books or short stories?
Yes. (Rubbing my hands together and smiling wickedly.) I have this awesome fiddling mystery about a child prodigy in classical violin (Kira) growing up in a small British Columbian town. Her father’s just died and the money needed to buy her violin to complete her diploma must be used to pay expenses. Then this strange fiddler with pale blues eyes shows up at her dad’s funeral. Within days, she’s taken the town by storm with her mysterious Celtic fiddling. But when someone begins vandalizing the town, leaving dead and gutted birds as a calling card, only Kira seems to know who the culprit is.
What is your favorite way to promote your books?
Sell them in person. I find it’s the personal connection that works with kids’ books. I do a lot of school visits and book signings.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to do for fun?
I love snowboarding, cycling, and playing music.
Where can we learn more about you? Website? Blogs?
Where can we purchase your lovely books?
They’re also available at all major book sites like Kobo, Nook, iBooks, or MuseItUp Publishing.
Thanks, Suzanne, for sharing your story and your life with us. I’m looking forward to more work from you and wish you all the best with your writing.