If you could keep your 35 year old body, or your 35 year old mind for the rest of your life, which would you keep?

Find out what I said in this zany interview with The University of Calgary’s CJSW radio host, Emily Ursuliak, Host of Writer’s Block! (Okay, truth? I wish I’d picked the other one by the time I was done talking.)

I just loved Emily’s interview, she asked crazy questions that were more like a parlor game than an interrogation. She made me think on my feet. Thanks, Emily!

Enjoy!!

http://cjsw.com/program/writers-block/episode/20170516/

 

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What did Writer’s want to be Before they were Writers?

We all become writers for different reasons in life. People get here in different ways… Take a look at this interview I did with L. M. Durand that explores what I wanted to be when I grew up, and how I got here…

http://lmdurand.com/suzyvadori/ 

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New Year, Back to School Again!

Posting this awesome Back to School interview I gave this fall with my friend and amazing Eco-Romance author Sarah Kades, in honor of January Back to School.

My kids’ comments on their triumphant return to schedules this week –

Kid 1 : “It’s a new year, why am I still going back to Kindergarten? I should be in grade 1!”

Kid 2: “I can’t wait to see my friends,” *vibrates with excitement* “we’ll play so much soccer!” (only to have his dreams crushed by -20 degree temps and indoor recess all week)

Kid 3: “I guess I’m excited,” rolls eyes…

Find out what I think of Back to School…

http://sarahkades.blogspot.ca/2016/09/back-to-school-with-ya-author-suzy.html

 

 

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Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride… Find out how I felt the Day after The Aurora Awards 2016 were Announced. Better Luck Next Year?

Just Joshing host Josh Pantelleresco cornered me the day after the 2016 Aurora Awards were announced and we talked about the thrill of being a Finalist, and what the day after looks like.

He challenged me on why I write and what my plans are, and it turned out to be a great interview.

My interview starts at about 5:45 in this podcast, take a listen!!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/jpantalleresco/episodes/2016-10-14T02_39_53-07_00

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Readers – Why I Write

Recently, I received an email from a teen reader, who was beside herself after reading The Fountain. Her letter read:

SUZY VADORI YOU DID NOT END THE BOOK THAT WAY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! ! Okay, I know that this isn’t really a “professional ” email but I just finished your book and my heart is DYING!!! you have hurt me, you have created the most wonderful romance I could ever imagine! ! No you did not go there!!! I can’t help but ship but, arrgggg you are tearing my world apart!! Now excuse me while I figuratively cry under my covers… HOW DARE YOU!!

~READER

(DARN THAT BOOK GETS TO ME)

I was puzzled by this letter. The book has a happy ending. Or, at least, a “Happy for Now” as we say. Who knows where the rest of the series will lead? The thing was, I couldn’t tell from this letter whether or not she actually liked the book, or whether she was disappointed with it, so it got to me. (I got another letter from her later – she LOVED it, and enthusiastically so).

But it got me to thinking about why I write, and what the point of it all actually is. And what I realized is that I think a book’s job is to make us feel. In The Fountain, sixteen year old Ava has choices to make throughout. Tough choices, just like the ones we have to make everyday. It’s not always obvious to her what the “right” choice will be. I’ve had readers tell me that her choices are obvious. And I’ve had readers react like this amazing teen – because they wanted her to choose something different. A different life, perhaps. But we’re all different, really – and thankfully so.

Tough choices are why Young Adult books like The Hunger Games and anything by John Green are such sensations. We want to feel. We want to know what it would feel like to be in a really tough situation. What would we do? What is right, and what is wrong, and what choices do we sometimes have to make to just get through the day?

The Fountain works because it does just that. It carries the reader on a difficult journey, where Ava does the best she can with what she’s handed. For the time it takes to flip its pages, the reader faces the same choices as Ava – and it’s not always obvious what’s right. So I feel I’ve done my job. The story gets colored by the readers own values and experiences – and that’s very exciting to me, whether or not readers agree with the choices my characters make.

I am working on the next two books in the series, and readers’ reactions have become my guide. Every edit I do, I make sure that the feeling is there. Sometimes this takes a little longer to achieve, but it’s worth the wait. The magic that makes a reader want to reach out and discuss my book is something I hope I never lose in my writing.

Now excuse me while I figuratively cry under my covers… (Though they may be happy tears) 🙂

 

 

 

 

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How a Young Adult Novel was Born…

LIVE interview with Simon Rose on Fantasy Fiction Focus YouTube channel gets to the bottom of how The Fountain (my debut YA Romantic Fantasy Novel – out December 8, 2015) was born.

I’m a busy mom of three who works full time. The number one question I’ve gotten from friends and family since The Fountain was launched is HOW? There’s no easy answer to that. Writing is a commitment for sure, and The Fountain is a story that kept growing as I wrote and ended up being a wonderful mix of  magic, mystery and intrigue.

While the launch of The Fountain has taken much more time and attention than I’d ever imagined, I’m excited by people’s reactions and can’t wait to get Book 2 in The Fountain Series out there! Writing is definitely a discipline – one that I’m proud to be student of.

Hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed recording it!

LIVE Fantasy Fiction Focus Interview – Suzy Vadori

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7 Days an Author…

Flying high after launching The Fountain with Evil Alter Ego Press this week – terrific launch party at Wild Rose Brewery, amazing reading with 8 other amazing authors (Randy McCharles, Madison Avery, Clare C. Marshall, Nola Sarina, Adam Dreece, Neil Enock, Glynn Stewart and David Poulson) at Owl’s Nest Books, Planning meeting for When Words Collide 2016 and a strong week in sales. Couldn’t be happier for this jump start to my author journey. Thanks to everyone for your support and well wishes.

The Fountain is available in print and eBook in Canada here:

Chapters Indigo

and in the US here:

amazon.com

Photo Credits to Dave Harold and G.W. Renshaw. Thank you!!

 

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