Monday, October 13, 2014

Willows of Fate by Suzanna J Linton Giveaway & Interview

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Willows of Fate (Lands of the Sun and Stone series #1) by Suzanna J Linton. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 3 till 16 October, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

WillowsofFateFinalWillows of Fate (Lands of the Sun and Stone series #1)
by Suzanna J Linton

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: October 3, 2014

Know thyself...

All her life, Desdemona has seen things others haven't. Dragons, knights, dwarves, kids with three eyes. Heeding her mother's advice, she keeps silent about this and struggles through life, pretending everything is normal.

At her mother's death, Desdemona returns to a home haunted with memories but she is determined to not be shaken from what little normalcy she has. However, when her brother is murdered and she uncovers a family secret, Desdemona realizes that there is more to what she sees. Perhaps a whole other world, one that's willing to kill to have her as its own.

You can find Willows of Fate on Goodreads

SuzannaAbout the Author:
Suzanna Linton became a writer the first day she picked up a pencil, scribbling happily in magazines and books. Growing up in (very) rural South Carolina, she was steeped in legends and ghost stories and was surrounded by her mother's ever-growing book collection. She graduated from Francis Marion University with a degree in Professional Writing and bounced from job to job until she landed in a library, where she met her now-husband. She lives with him in South Carolina with their two dogs and cat.


Where are you from?

That is a little complicated.  The short answer would be “rural South Carolina”.  The longer answer is this: We moved around a bit as I grew up, mostly staying in the very rural portions of Orangeburg and Berkeley Counties, South Carolina.  By rural, I mean we went to town once a week because it was considered a “day trip”.  However, I spent my high school years in the Holly Hill-Vance area.  Holly Hill, actually, makes the basis for the mythical Hammondville, where part of WILLOWS OF FATE takes place.

Tell us your latest news?

I got a cat and my dogs didn’t eat it!  I’m serious.  We rescued a kitten, fearing we would have to turn him over to the local shelter, but our dogs actually adopted him.  Our dogs are Husky/Boxer mixes, two breeds that have a strong prey instinct, so we were really shocked when the male, Benny, started mothering the kitten.  After a week, we were able to safely leave them alone together.

When and why did you begin writing?

I started writing when I was very young, around age eight.  I’ve always had a very fertile imagination and it needed to come out in some way.  Writing was the most natural channel.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think I’ve always considered myself a writer.  To me, being a writer isn’t a job title.  It’s who I am.  If I couldn’t write, I couldn’t really live.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I needed to tell a story about a girl who wanted to find her own way in the world.  A girl faced with impossible odds because, at the time, I felt that I was faced with the impossible.  This girl struggled with restrictions placed on her just as I felt I struggled with the restrictions of poverty.  In that way, what would become CLARA was born.

Do you have a specific writing style?

People keep telling me I have a “different” writing style.  A fellow member of a writing group once said I say things very matter-of-factly but that it doesn’t take away from the story.  I really don’t know what anyone means by that.  I just tell the story how I tell stories to myself.  As part of keeping my prose clear, I try to look at it as my readers look at it, but I’ve never been able to say, “Oh, this is my style!”

How did you come up with the title?

The action of the story revolves around a barrier known as the Willows and one of the themes that Desdemona struggles with is that of fate.  Do we really have any free will or are we driven to do things because there is no other way?  The title WILLOWS OF FATE just seemed a natural choice.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

When I sit down to write, I don’t always do so with a moral or message in mind.  My subconscious drives the story and the message is woven into it.  A lot of times, I don’t see it until much later.  With WILLOWS, I realized the message during a moment when Desdemona is discussing fate and identity with one of the characters.  At that moment, I realized I wanted readers to grasp that becoming fully who we are sometimes involves letting go of who we think we are, and being meant for something isn’t necessarily a prison.  Sometimes, it’s the only way to be fully ourselves.

How much of the book is realistic?

I try to infuse a book with a sense of realism.  When I describe a corpse, I look up how a corpse would actually look after so many days in a certain environment.  When I describe Desdemona after a few days of hard traveling, I describe her in the sort of dirty, grimy, uncomfortable state that would happen in “real life”.  There’s a fine balance.  If I make it too realistic, then the reader won’t be able to escape into my world, but if I don’t make it realistic enough, then it’s too foreign.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Desdemona’s ability to see creatures and beings others can’t flows from the supernatural aspects of my upbringing.  The supernatural is very much alive in the South and any child can tell you stories about “the hag” or ghosts or the Lizardman.  So, the idea of being aware of another reality is one that came easily.  Besides, haven’t you ever thought you saw something out of the corner of your eye but when you turned to look, there was nothing there?

What books have most influenced your life most?

Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern trilogy was a great influence.  I think it was the first real sci-fi I ever read, though I thought it was fantasy at first.  It was the first fiction I’ve read where the lead woman was this not very attractive, angry, stubborn lady who did things her way and damn the torpedoes.  That’s been a huge inspiration for me.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Robin McKinley.  The way she describes the metaphysical and the way she builds her worlds are just breathtaking.  I learn new things every time I read one of her works.

What book are you reading now?

I’m finishing up with an apocalyptic novel called FATHER ELIJAH by Michael O’Brien, because what’s life without an occasional apocalypse?  After that I plan to read a non-fiction book on the Amish.  People who choose to live radically simplified lives absolutely fascinate me and I may write a novel based on the Amish system of life.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I’m not a huge horror fan, but Aaron Dries has definitely caught my interest.  I read a short story by him called “And the Night Growled Back” and was absolutely terrified.  I plan on reading more of his work.

What are your current projects?

I’m planning a short fiction series set in Florence, South Carolina revolving around a girl who can read auras.  I’m also planning the next novel in the Lands of Sun and Stone Series, of which WILLOWS OF FATE is the first.  I also have the sequel to my debut novel, CLARA, half-written.  I’ve been struggling with that one for a while now but I’m sure I’ll finish it.  One day.

What would you like my readers to know?

I want them to know that the Lands of Sun and Stone Series will go on for another four books at least and that I hope it takes them to places they never expected to go.  Also, if they sign up for updates on my website, they’ll have the chance to read excerpts and hear news before anyone else.

You can find and contact Suzanna here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Willows of Fate. These are the prizes you can win:
- e-copy of Willows of Fate through smashwords
- 20$ amazon gift card

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