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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Suzanne de Montigny and her Shadow of the Unicorn Series


Today my guest is Middle Grade and Young Adult author Suzanne de Montigny. Her first novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, won the gold Global  E-book award for Best Fiction/Alternate History. I asked her discuss her path to becoming a writer. And if you leave a comment at the end of this blog, you might just win a copy of her award-winning novel. 

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Thank you for having me as your guest, Anne.

I have to say I was mighty delighted when I heard the news I had won the award. It’s always nice to get a bit of verification that I’m on the right track.

I’ve been writing most of my life, I guess, but I only got serious about it about six years ago, after my father died. You see, oftentimes when someone dies, people are stricken with hyperscribia, a humungous need to write. So they write a poem or a speech, and that’s that. Well, not with me. Turns out I’ve had a writer screaming to get out of me for quite some time.

It all began when I was living the comfortable life of an unsuspecting teacher in a perfectly ordinary elementary school. Because I taught music, I taught just about everyone in the school. It was fun. I enjoyed being music teacher because kids see you in a whole different light. They share secrets with you, they talk to you about their problems, you know, that sort of thing.

Then one day, it happened… I had just given a test and had five minutes to kill, so I thought I’d tell a story about a werewolf. I totally made it up on the spot, hiding behind the piano with all sorts of noise makers – howling, screaming, shaking rattlers, etc. I thought it was kind of a lame story, but when I came out the other side of the piano, thirty very round, terrified eyes stared back at me. Hmmm, they liked it, I thought. After that, every class ended with a story. Even kids I didn’t teach stopped me on the playground to hear my stories.

Well, life went on and I got married and had kids. My husband and I were so busy juggling everything that we decided I’d take a couple of years off to raise our young boys. That’s when I began to write. Then last year, my first novel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy was published by Muse It Up Publishing. (Have I ever told you how great this publishing house is?) And now, it’s officially coming out in print. I just can’t wait! Woohoo! It’s like waiting for that baby to be born.

The story doesn’t stop there. I’m just about finished the second of unicorn series. It’s called, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Deception. I won’t tell what’s going to happen except to say, they find Darius again and are hit with another huge natural disaster happens. And I mean huge.

SYNOPSIS:

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.

Click here to watch the book trailer!

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Learn more about Suzanne de Montigny by visiting her website or following her on Facebook or Twitter.

You can purchase The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy directly from Muse It Up Publishing, plus on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.






22 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me, Anne. It was fun.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your father Suzanne.

    I just watched your intriguing trailer, and was touched to read you donate a percentage of proceeds to Third World Eye Care Society.
    Your charitable acts, raising a family and writing would make a father proud.

    Best of success!
    Loren

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  3. Suzanne, I read your first book and loved it. Can't wait for the second to come out. I love that you used so many props for your story to the children.

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  4. Great interview. Loved the trailer. I must add this book to my Must read list.

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  5. Loved the trailer. Now I must read this book so I'll be ready for your next one.

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    1. Great! I'm on the last chapter, and then I go back and pick it apart.

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  6. HI SUS. LOVE UNICORNS. PLEASE ENTER ME!

    linda_bass@sbcglobal.net

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  7. Boy, your unicorns are a lot nicer than mine are. ����

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  8. Awesome synopsis & trailer Suzanne :)
    The interview rocked too (I love the behind the scenes of writer's iminaginations).

    Mindy :)
    Birdsooong@comcast.net

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    1. Congratulations, Mindy! You have won the copy of Shadow of the Unicorn. Could you please contact me at sfierymountain@gmail.com?

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  9. Aloha. Love that cover and the synopsis. Fantastic interview. Very funny :-) Loved it.

    Aloha Meg Amor :-)

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  10. I love unicorns and think this is a story I will love. I have it on my list because I recently read a great review that made me interested. This interview made me even more curious. Wishing the author the best of luck!

    Oh- and thanks so much for the chance to win! :)
    ~Jess

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  11. Yipee!
    Thanks Suzanne and hotcha12 8D

    Mindy :)

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