Today's Muse: Suzanne Selfors
Author of: Coffeehouse Angel (review here)
Bookworm: Welcome, Suzanne! Let's start off with this question: how did you get the idea for the story? What inspired you?
Suzanne: I spend a lot of time in coffeehouses, writing. And I've always wanted to own one, a real funky one with great music and retro furniture and changing art exhibits. So one day, while I took a moment and looked up from my laptop, Katrina popped into my head. I called her "coffeehouse girl" and couldn't get her out of my mind. I knew that I had to write a story about her. That's how it often happens with me. I'll see a character first.
Bookworm: How are you and Katrina alike, and how are you different?
Suzanne: Katrina and I are a lot alike. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life for a very long time. I drifted from interest to interest. I didn't have an actual "closet of failure" but you should see my basement! And Katrina and I are both Norwegian. The people who surround her are very much like people from my own family.
We are different in that I've never actually met an angel. Or, at least, I don't think I have.
Bookworm: What would you wish for if you had a magical coffee bean?
Suzanne: Well, peace for the world would be the wish but quite honestly, at this very moment in time, I'd love it if someone would finish writing my next book. I'm stuck and it's driving me crazy.
Bookworm: Favorite coffee drink?
Suzanne: Single tall nonfat latte is what I drink most every day.
Bookworm: Who was your favorite character in the book to write?
Suzanne: I always have fun with my secondary characters. Like the old men who hang out in the coffeehouse. But I have to admit that I got attached to Ratcatcher. I'd like to write a picture book about her.
Bookworm: Is there a sequel for Coffeehouse Angel in the works?
Suzanne: No sequel planned at this point, but it's always a possibility. I'll have another teen novel coming out next year, I just have to finish writing it. It's another girl-meets-"otherworldly"-guy kind of story, but that's all I'm saying.
Bookworm: Angels or vampires?
Suzanne: Am I the only person in the world who's not into vampires? Being undead just doesn't appeal to me. I know. What's wrong with me?
Bookworm: I kind of agree! What YA book have you recently read and loved?
Suzanne: Ooooh, loved, loved, loved Catching Fire. Hate it that I have to wait a whole year for the third book.
Bookworm: What are your plans for this summer?
Suzanne: I'm writing like crazy, but I get three weeks in August to play. Yeah! We're going to Canada to spend time at a lake resort, bike ride, horseback ride, and I hope to laze around and read some good books.
Thanks so much, Suzanne! Coffeehouse Angel comes out on July 21, but watch out for a contest coming here first! (Details to be posted tomorrow). Suzanne's trying to get in touch with the model on the cover of Coffeehouse Angel, so if anyone knows who she is, please get in touch with Suzanne. Contact info is on her gorgeous website here!