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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Interview & Contest with author Suzanne Selfors

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I have the talented author Suzanne Selfors.  Suzanne is the author of Coffeehouse Angel and the newly released book, Mad Love! I am currently reading Mad Love and it is such a fun read!  Look for my review of Mad Love tomorrow!  Let's say hello to Suzanne and get the interview started!

To start off, welcome and can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
Can you tell us a little about your upcoming or latest release?  

Hi Amy. Mad Love is my latest book. It's the story of a girl named Alice who, because her famous mother has been secretly hospitalized, tries to write her mother's next romance novel. There's a big colorful cast of supporting characters, including a guy who claims to be Cupid. Love is at the heart of the story, love in all its forms--romantic love, parental love, passionate love, commited love, loss of love, etc.
Thus far I've written romantic comedies and while I would still include Mad Love in that category, I've tackled some darker issues this time round. Perhaps we might call it a dark comedy.

I am a fly on your wall.  What would I report back to my master of your daily schedule?
  That I have no real schedule. I basically wing it each and every day. But between children, household duties, walking the dog, and taking a shower, I try to get in three hours of writing, usually at a coffeehouse. It's all very glamorous.

When you are not writing, what kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any favorite authors, that are must reads? 

 Honestly, I don't read as much as I used to. I'm under two contracts with two publishers so there's not much down time. However, I do like to take a break from fiction now and then. I like essays, especially David Sedaris and I just read a history called 1421. In terms of teen novels, I really enjoyed Across the Universe.

What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a new book? 

I need something hot to drink. Usually it's a 12oz single nonfat latte. I need white noise, that's why I go to coffeehouses. And I need my laptop. I never write longhand.

Do you have a blog or website that your readers can keep up with you and your books?  Twitter?
I keep my website updated weekly, so that's the best place to find me. www.suzanneselfors.com
And I try to answer all my reader letters. I get letters every day, which is so great. I'm thrilled to hear from people. And the response still comes from me, not an assistant.

Now for some fun stuff:
1. What came first--the chicken or the egg? Egg
2. Edward Cullen or Jacob Black?  JACOB!
3. Quick showers or Long Baths?  Baths
4. Sunrise or Sunset? Sunrise

Favorite perfume: Pretty by Elizabeth Arden
Favorite TV show: Big Bang Theory
Favorite Movie: No way can I choose.
Favorite Drink:  Limonata
Favorite Dessert: Anything with dark chocolate. I'm an addict! 

Thank you so much Suzanne for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us today!

Thanks to Bloomsbury USA, I have ONE copy of Coffeehouse Angel to giveaway!

When a random act of kindness involves Katrina with Malcolm, a handsome teenage guardian angel intent on fulfilling her greatest wish, fame and fortune seem like the most obvious requests. But after two botched wishes, Malcolm knows Katrina is hiding something from him. How can she tell him the truth, when her heart's desire has become Malcolm himself?
1. This contest is open to the USA only.
2. No need to be a follower, but I would love it if you would!
3. Leave a comment with an email address to contact you with if you win.
4. Contest will end on 2/12/2011.


Blogger Maureen said...

It looks like a sweet story and I would love to win it.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

February 9, 2011 at 3:29 AM  
Blogger Vivien said...

This sounds adorable.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

February 9, 2011 at 3:39 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

Fun read--please enter me.


February 9, 2011 at 4:22 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

I've been wanting to read Coffeehouse Angel. I would love to win!

un3xpectedfate at hotmail dot com

February 9, 2011 at 4:55 AM  
Blogger Single country gal said...

Looks like a fun story I love tio read it and love to win
single countrygal342 yahoo.com
I am a follower

February 9, 2011 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger debbie said...

I would love to read it, it sounds really good.

February 9, 2011 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Jenn S. said...

Coffeehouse Angel sounds like a great read. Count me in!

jas8929 at gmail dot com

February 9, 2011 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger Blogging Books said...

Great interview! Sounds like a cute book! Thanks for the giveaway!


February 9, 2011 at 5:57 AM  
Blogger Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

This is a very interesting interview. Thanks for hosting the giveaway as well.

jlelliott.writes AT gmail DOT com

February 9, 2011 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

This sounds so sweet!


February 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Sounds like a really good books

February 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

This one sounds good. I'd love to read it.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

February 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger brynnerox said...

Looks like a great book! Please enter me in the giveaway.

February 9, 2011 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Ammy Belle said...

Thanks for the interview! Great job! And wonderful contest! Please enter me! apereiraorama[at]gmail[dot]com

February 9, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

wow loved the questions!!
please enter me!


February 9, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Great contest :) Email: janestoryblog@hotmail.com

I don't know if I'd ever get any work done in a coffee shop. Also, I think I'd go broke. If I wasn't a fancy coffee drinker, I might be able to do it... but as it is, I'd be spending way too much money on coffee.

Also... hooray for Jacob fans!


February 10, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger D.L. said...

Mad Love looks very interesting- some one once told me that the best humor come out of dark events.

Please count me in for Coffeehouse Angel!

February 10, 2011 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Kelly M said...

Sounds like a fun book.. Thanks for sharing Amy...

Kelly M

February 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger angie said...

I would love to be entered. I am a follower.
Thanks for the giveaway!

February 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Cathy W said...

Please enter me.
I'm a follower
cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

February 12, 2011 at 3:52 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

This sounds great! I'd love to be entered. I'm a follower.

meredithfl at gmail dot com

February 12, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

February 15, 2011 at 9:58 AM  

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