Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Blog Hop ~ Suzanne Van Rooyen

Hello and welcome to my second post for the Valentine's Blog Hop!! I'm helping to feature some of the #WO2016 authors with some interviews. If you aren't familiar with #WO2016, here's some info that Julia Ember gave me:
Wo2016 originally stood for ‘Waiting on 2016’ and was started as a supportive FB group for writers publishing a book in 2016 by Suzanne Van Rooyen and Louise Gornall. The group is comprised primarily of YA and NA authors, about 70% of whom are debuts. The idea behind the group was to provide a safe space for writers to chat about their anxieties, share little successes and offer/advice and encouragement to each other as we all journey down the publishing road! The group also runs a fortnightly twitter chat on a variety of subjects.
I featured Jessica Gunn, the author of Gyre, yesterday. Today, I'm featuring Suzanne van Rooyen, who wrote a really cool sounding sci-fi NA! I'm pretty excited for it, especially since I rarely ever read speculative NA. ☺ Don't forget that there's a big hop-wide giveaway after the interview! There are a lot of great prizes.
About Scardust

This is a sci-fi NA that released on February 8th from Entangled. Add it to Goodreads!

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Dead Rock, Texas, 2037

Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he’d scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can’t seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.

Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother’s last wish.
A Short Interview
1) Two of my favorite things about NA is how much I can relate to the characters and how much they grow over the course of the book. How much did you relate to your own characters? How much did you learn from writing their story?
I always relate to my characters on some level since so much of what I write draws on personal experience. There are aspects of both my main characters, Raleigh and Crow, that I relate to a lot: Raleigh's sense of wanting to do more with his life and making his big dreams come true, and Crow's need to take life a little less seriously, coping with stress by having a sense of humor.

I learned a lot writing this book, specifically about having the courage to confront inner demons and to be able to use negative past experiences to positively influence the future of who you are. It was one of the hardest books I've ever written and took me more than two years to complete a draft I was happy with.

2) Since this is a Valentine's hop, tell me about the romance in your book! What is the relationship between the two characters like?
Complicated! Raleigh and Crow are deeply entangled in each other because they're sharing memories, which means there's very little they can hide from each other. This also gives them a unique perspective and understanding of one another which only deepens their relationship. This makes their love incredibly powerful but also potentially traumatic since there's no keeping secrets. They also can't seem to keep their hands off each other ;)

3) What would be the ideal Valentine's Day date for the couple in your book?
A day at the beach. Raleigh has never seen the sea, so for Crow to take him to the ocean would be all kinds of magical, and it would leave them both half naked and free to ogle each other. I imagine they'd build sandcastles of structures found on Mars, argue about existentialism, and then spend the rest of the day making out in the dunes.

About Suzanne
Suzanne is the author of the YA novels THE OTHER ME and I HEART ROBOT, as well as the forthcoming NA novel SCARDUST. A tattooed storyteller from South Africa, Suzanne currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.
Author Links: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook


1 x Paperback ARC Copy of Pat Esden's A Hold On Me with Book Swag
1 x Hardback Copy of Sarah Ahier's Assassin's Heart  with Book Swag
1 x Hardback Copy of Pintip Dunn's Forget Tomorrow with Book Swag
1 x Paperback Copy of Suzanne Van Rooyen's Scardust 
1 x Paperback Copy of Jessica Gunn's Gyre with Book Swag
1 x Paperback Copy of Jodie Andrefski's The Girlfriend Request 
1 x Paperback Copy of Vicki Weavil's Facsimile 
1 x Paperback ARC Copy of Lucy Briand's Magnetic Shift with Book Swag
1 x eArC of Julia Ember's Unicorn Tracks With Book Swag
1 x eArC of Nina Rossing's Fjord Blue 
1 x eArC of CK Oliver's Daybreak Rising with Book Swag
1 x eArC of Courtney Sloan's Of Scions and Men with Book Swag
1 x Ebook copy of Amy McNulty's Nobody's Goddess 
1 x Ebook copy of Melanie McFarlane's There Were Once Stars 

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