Monday, September 9, 2013


Today Id 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 farmers wife. Then when I was eight, I developed a passion for astronomy and was so sure Id 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 Id become a doctor. Problem was, my passion for music kept getting in the way, and so I studied music composition instead. After a masters 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 wasnt 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.

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 youd see some dusty shoes and lots of t-shirts hanging. Then on the shelves (sigh), you dont want to go there. Youd think Id have learned to fold things somewhere along the way, but no. Its kind of like little piles. Im 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?

Im an autumn person. Theres just something about September and October. Its 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, Im 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 Im swimming except Im 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.

Im 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 shes 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. Its been a pleasure. Readers, dont forget to leave a comment for a chance to win Suzannes novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy.

Thank you, Beverly. Its been really fun.


  1. OMG, I'm an autumn person too and I have dreams where I can fly. I've had them since I was a child. :)

  2. And I bet you it feels totally natural when you dream it, right?

  3. A farmer's wife, love that! It's funny how many times kids' dreams change.

  4. Well, Catherine. I still think it would be lovely to live on an acreage.

  5. How great that you give to such a worthy cause. Everyone deserves good eyesight. I know what you mean about not having fun being a musician. I've been a filmmaker, dancer, singer, and writer. Being an artist isn't much fun when it becomes a "job." Good luck with your book! :-)

  6. I, too, think it's great some of your proceeds are going to such a good cause. Here's wishing you lots of sales.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly, Catherine and Lexa. Suzanne is an interesting young lady.

  8. What a nice interview! Suzanne, it's wonderful that you took a story from your childhood and turned it into a novel. What a lovely connection to your past!

  9. Hi, Renee and Heather. Thanks for stopping by and leaving Suzanne such nice comments. :)

  10. Yes, Heather, that it was. And that was the reason why I used a dinosaur. I figured if I thought that was interesting when I was in grade 6, it would probably be still interesting for kids today, especially with all the video games out there that stretch the imagination of the makers.

  11. Congratulations to Kelly Hashway for winning the free copy of Shadow of the Unicorn. Kelly, could you please write to me at, please, so I can send it to you.