Help me in welcoming the wonderful Suzanne Lilly, fellow Turquoise Morning Press author, to my blog this Monday morning. She has a new book out and would love it if you'd check it out!
What book(s) most influenced you as a writer?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I read this years ago, and the way he wove all the details together into one seamless story left me in awe. I only hope that someday I will be that talented as a writer.
What book do you read over and over again?
Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I’m telling you, her writing is lyrical, and every time I read this book or the sequel, The Girl With No Shadow, I’m completely drawn into her world.
1) Movie- Shadows in the Sun. It’s about a writer who travels to Italy and falls in love with a woman, her family, and the country. Another fabulous one, (because I can’t choose just one,) is Letters to Juliet. Again, it’s in Italy, it’s about writing, and falling in love.
2) Music- This is going to show my age, but I’m a Beatles fan. I still listen to their music in my car.
3) Decadent Dessert- Chocolate Volcano Cake. My daughter-in-law makes the best in the world!
What’s the most interesting or bizarre bit of trivia you’ve learned from researching for a novel?
While writing a novel about the gold rush in California, I learned that a gold nugget weighing 160 pounds was found in 1854 at Carson Hill in Calaveras County. That amount of gold would be worth almost $5,000,000 today!
Novel on your Nightstand:
Who/what are you currently reading?
Crush, by Dani LaBue.
Whom would you cast as your Hero & Heroine if your book became a movie?
Jennifer Lawrence from Hunger Games would make an awesome Mariah Davis.
Taylor Kitsch from John Carter is my Kevin Creamer.
Shades of the Future, by Suzanne Lilly available July 15, 2012.
What would you give to see the future? Would you make your dreams come true? Would you change the things you didn’t like?
Mariah Davis loves animals, running, and her hunk of a boyfriend, Kevin Creamer. Everything looks bright for her until the day she finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future.
When she glimpses a disaster looming, she tries to avoid it but fails. She has a car accident that lands her in a wheelchair, smashing her hopes for a running scholarship to the veterinary program at Ohio State University. She pushes Kevin away, thinking he’ll want to end their relationship now that she can’t walk.
Will she ever learn to trust and love again? She could search for an answer in the sunglasses. But she’s afraid what they reveal might destroy her.
Here’s a short excerpt from Chapter 1
Mariah scooted closer to the inside of the booth to read the digital display. As she slid across the red vinyl seat, something poked into her thigh.
“Hey, somebody left a pair sunglasses here.” She picked them up, rubbing her leg where the frame had made a dent in her skin.
“Those are nice,” Hayley commented between fries.
“These aren’t random sunglasses. These are Dita Aviators.” Mariah turned them over, checking the thin metal frame to make sure she hadn’t bent it. She held them up to the overhead light. The lenses were clean and unscratched. “Plus, they’re like brand new.”
“Let me see them.” Hayley took the glasses out of her friend’s hands and started to put them on.
“Give them back,” Mariah told her. “Your hands are all greasy and cheesy. Not to mention saliva-y.”
Hayley laughed and handed the aviators back across the table to Mariah. “When I have clean hands, I’ll try them on. They’ll look good on me.”
“You think? How do they look on me?” She put them on and a warm tingle of fun washed through her veins.
A word or two from Suzanne about what she's up to this month-
I’ll be on blog tour during the month of July, celebrating with a giveaway of a pair of designer sunglasses to one lucky commenter. I’ll be posting the schedule with dates and blogs on my author website, http://www.suzannelilly.com, and my TeacherWriter blog, http://www.teacherwriter.net. Follow me and comment each day to increase your chances of winning!