Today we have a very special contest!!! This one is for coffee (or any type of hot drink) lovers. I myself, am a coffee lover! I have a cup of coffee every morning. It is very good stuff.
Anyway, thanks to the lovely Suzanne Selfors, you can be in to win this very awesome Coffeehouse Angel Mug pictured below.
But firstly, today we have an interview with Suzanne Selfors, author of Coffeehouse Angel and then I will give you more details about the giveaway.
What gave you the idea to write Coffeehouse Angel?
I was sitting in this coffeehouse called Hot Shots Java, where I do a lot of my writing, and the character of Katrina popped into my head. I thought, I want to write a story about this girl. She stayed in my head for a few months and because I couldn't get rid of her, I knew her story needed to be told.
I usually don't come up with a story that way. Usually it's the plot that comes to mind first.
I notice that you write children's and young adult's books, is there much difference between the two?
Total difference. My middle grade books are all about adventure. Middle graders are open to anything and are willing to suspend their disbelief. So I can write about vikings and mermaids, magical farms and people-eating tortoises. And, here's the big difference, I don't have to include a romance in the story.
While my teen books always have an element of magic in them, it has to be more believable, and there always, always needs to be some romantic tension.
What do you hope people will get out of reading Coffeehouse Angel?
Pleasure. I write books that are fast-paced and fun because I think the act of reading should be fun. That's it.
Are you, yourself a coffee drinker? If so, how do you have your coffee?
I'm drinking coffee right now. I drink a single, tall nonfat latte. No flavoring. I have one every day. I despise regular brewed coffee.
When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
I feel like I'm always writing these days. But I'm a big movie-goer. Love getting a huge bucket of popcorn and hanging out at the theater. Also love going to plays. I guess I just love stories.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Hmmm. There's so much advice. What to choose? Well, if you are writing your very first book, don't start to worry about the publishing process until your book is the best it can be. That means getting some other people to read it, and I don't mean parents or boyfriends. I rely heavily on my writer's group to give me critiques. And that also means being willing to revise, revise, revise. I'm revising my next teen novel for the billionth time. It's hard work.
Thanks heaps Suzanne.
Now for the giveaway. I have just one little detail I need to point out because it is very important. This one is open to those with US ADDRESSES ONLY! So if you live in the US or have someone who lives in the US and can send it to you, then you can enter to win.
All you have to do is fill in the form below. Not too much hassle.