Today, I’m interviewing an exciting author of middle grade novels, Suzanne de Montigny. Suzanne’s first novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy was released earlier this year by Muse It Up Publishing. Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Suzanne’s e-book. Suzanne, tell us about your novel.
Thanks for hosting me, Neil. The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy is actually a childhood concoction. I wrote my first unicorn novella when I was 11 for a class writing project. It was supposed to be a story, but I got carried away and wrote six chapters. I’ve always treasured that story full of spelling mistakes and repetitions because somehow I sensed it was special. But what I forgot was that I had rewritten the first four chapters somewhere in my teens. Then, one day, while cleaning out the basement, I found it and was utterly intrigued. Five days later, I began writing, and two weeks after that, I was finished my first draft. Here is the back cover blurb.
A loud, hissing sound filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror.
Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But nothing compares to the danger when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley, and their leader discovers the healing power in the unicorns’ horns. Greedy and ruthless, Ishmael will stop at nothing in his pursuit of wealth – even the complete extinction of the herd. Azaria must find a way to outsmart Ishmael before it’s too late.
And here is the booktrailer:
What a great hook! It sounds like a novel that appeals to children young and old. I think stories like these can help kids develop a love for reading, and you’re never to grown up to enjoy a good fantasy. I’ve read your book and love the world you created. I’m excited to pass it on to my children next.
It’s a novel that makes young and old think. Some people are shocked by the deaths of unicorns, but as I point out to them, that’s what is happening right now in Africa to elephants and rhinos. They are being poached for their horns.
Tell us how you became an author. What was your journey?
As I said earlier, I really enjoyed writing as a child, but in all honesty, becoming an author was something I never planned. I was a music teacher in the public school system for over twenty years. I used to tell the kids stories for the last five minutes of class to get them to behave. It worked really well, but I didn’t think anything of it until people began asking me to write them down. Then next thing I knew, I was in a great writer’s group growing and developing. The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy was accepted on my third submission. I was quite surprised and danced all day when I was sent the contract.
So what’s in the future? Are you working on anything right now?
Oh, am I working on stuff right now! I have an entire novel that I’m cleaning up about a child prodigy in classical violin growing up in a small town. Her father has just passed away and this mysterious fiddler appears at her father’s funeral. Within a few days, the fiddler bewitches the whole town with her Celtic music. When someone begins vandalising the town leaving dead and gutted birds as a calling card, only Kira knows who the real perpetrator is.
And of course, I’m rewriting the second of my unicorn trilogy.
Where we can find The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, your website and FB page?
Here are the links to buy:
And here are my links to my blog, website, and FB page:
Suzanne, it’s been a pleasure talking to you. I’m always so pleased to meet authors who have such a vivid imagination and can tap into the magic most of people lose as we grow up. I can’t wait to read you next novel! Readers don’t forget to leave a comment to win a copy of Suzanne’s e-book.
Thanks, Neil. And I just wanted to say I’m reading your novel, Joshua’s Tree, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Talk about a vivid imagination! I’m passing it on to my boys after I’m done with it. It’s way too good.