Welcome to this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest, Suzanne Lilly! I’m thrilled to be part of Suzanne’s SHADES OF THE FUTURE BLOG TOUR–and be sure to check the other stops. As part of the tour, Suzanne will give away a pair of designer sunglasses to one random commenter, so be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win! In addition, 10% of the royalties from the sale of this book will go to an animal rescue organization.
Don’t miss the rest of her BRoP interview at:
Part 1 @ Terri – Wednesday, Aug. 22
Part 3 @ Em – Friday, Aug. 24
Part 4 @ Sandra– Monday, Aug. 27
Part 5 @ Dean – Tuesday, Aug. 28
Suzanne Lilly writes lighthearted young adult stories with a splash of suspense, a flash of the unexplained, a dash of romance, and always a happy ending. Her short stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print, and she has placed and received honorable mentions in writing contests. Her debut novel is Shades of the Future, (July 2012, Turquoise Morning Press), followed by Untellable, (February 2013.) She lives in Northern California where she reads, writes, cooks, swims, and teaches elementary students.
PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
BRoP: When do you write?
Suzanne: During the school year, I write at an unbelievable early hour while the rest of my family snoozes.
BRoP: How much time per day do you spend on your writing?
Suzanne: I try to write at least an hour a day during the week. On the weekends I put in several hours. I’m a bit of a weekend novelist.
BRoP: What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written?
Suzanne: I’m always surprised when someone thinks something I’ve written is funny. I’m not funny in person, and I write like I speak, so when someone laughs at my story, I’m floored. In a nice way.
BRoP: What is the strongest criticism you’ve ever received as an author? The best compliment?
Suzanne: Someone once told me a short story of mine called “The Kasbah” on a chick lit website was the worst thing she ever read. A publishing assistant once told me a story of mine called “Home Lunch” about the Vietnam War was the best thing she ever read. She even checked with her mom to make sure my facts were straight. I learned to go with the flow.
BRoP: How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews?
Suzanne: I move on. Rejection can be for so many reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of writing. The same goes for reviews. It’s all so subjective and based on a person’s taste. The only thing to do is keep writing.
BRoP: What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)
Suzanne: It’s available in print and digital formats.
BRoP: Please let us know where your readers can stalk you:
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SuzanneLillyauthor
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5258804.Suzanne_Lilly
Twitter: @suzannelilly http://twitter.com/suzannelilly
SHADES OF THE FUTURE: What would you give to see the future? Would you make your dreams come true? Would you change the things you didn’t like?
Mariah Davis loves animals, running, and her hunk of a boyfriend, Kevin Creamer. Everything looks bright for her until the day she finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future.
When she glimpses a disaster looming, she tries to avoid it but fails. She has a car accident that lands her in a wheelchair, smashing her hopes for a running scholarship to the veterinary program at Ohio State University. She pushes Kevin away, thinking he’ll want to end their relationship now that she can’t walk.
Will she ever learn to trust and love again? She could search for an answer in the sunglasses. But she’s afraid what they reveal might destroy her.