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.
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.
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.
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