Monday, July 13, 2009

The Monday Muse: Interview with Suzanne Selfors


Today's Muse: Suzanne Selfors
Author of: Coffeehouse Angel (review here)
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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. 
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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!

39 comments:

Pam said...

I'm excited about a giveaway for this book. Even though I don't drink coffee, I love coffeehouses and this book sounds like such a great read!

B.A.M. Book Reviews said...

Awesome interview :) She seems really cool.

-Briana

Sunkissed said...

I agree vampires are so overdone :) Love your drink of choice yumm!! thanks for the rview

xoxox,
Rachel

Llehn said...

I love the insight into an author's mind!

Aicha! Aicha! said...

Someday, I'll be sure to set up a small but cozy coffee shop, and line the walls with loads of books!

I drink coffee, though I can't take espresso straight. I like it with milk and chocolate, and most especially with whipped cream and cinnamon :) oh my gosh, I just made myself want some latte ...

What a Girl Reads said...

I didn't know that Suzanne is Norwegian! That's so cool.
Look forward to read Coffeehouse Angel

The Real Katie said...

i love saving juliet!!

Wrighty said...

This sounds so good! We only have one coffeehouse around here so it's even more interesting. I can't wait to meet the secondary characters! Great interview, I really look forward to reading this one!

Fayeflame said...

Awesome interview. I'm so jealous She got 2 read Catching Fire(there's really going 2 B a 3rd book...?)

I read Saving Juliet, i really like it. I plan on reading Coffeehouse Angel soon.

Vanessa (whatvanessareads.wordpress.com) said...

Actually, I'm not into vampires at all... so I'm with you, Suzanne!

WordVore Prod said...

Vampires really are overdone>.<
And great interview...it was so much fun to read!

zane said...

Wow that looks fantastic!! find more Retro Furniture from Casamodern.

wdebo said...

Aw, she's read Catching Fire...I'm sooo jealous!!

ReggieWrites said...

Really awesome interview! I wish I could interview Suzanne Selfors!!!

Kristen said...

We share the same fav drink! Mmmm for nonfat lattes. Yum yum. Now I want to go to starbucks. She seems great and I can agree with anyone inspired by coffee!

Juju said...

What an awesome interview. I loved her answer to "angels or vampires". I agree with her.
:)

RagDollVampGirl said...

Wow!! Amazing Review!! Coffee Is Sooo Good! LOL! She Seems Like An Awesome Person! Love To Meet Her..

xoxo
Kaila

The Book Explorer said...

I agree with the Vampires thing. Love Twilight series, but am Team Jacob. (Because I prefer Pet Dogs to Pet Rocks) lol

Bianca said...

Great interview!
She's funny. "being undead just doesn't appeal to me. i know. whats wrong with me?"

Mona said...

lol I feel like I have a connection with coffee houses too. I love to read and write in starbucks all the time.If I could make my room a coffee house theme I would. I just love the title of this book because it is so unique and the cover so inviting! Love it even though I haven't read it. I would love to.

sharon54220 said...

I loved the interview. When I saw Suzanne's picture, I thought it was someone that I worked with. They look a lot alike.

sharon54220@gmail.com

KayLynn said...

This was a great interview, I've got to read more of her books.

Paradox said...

Awww.... that's too bad about the vampires. Though the Twilight-type gets old after a while. I like to see new takes on the vampire mythos. But angels are great too!

Esme said...

good interview-the whole vampire concept overdone-I was done with Anne Rice.

Alexa said...

I've never read one of Suzanne's books yet, but they sound like something I'd like. Awesome Interview!

adriennelizbth08 said...

Her new book sounds good and great interview!

etirv said...

So nice to meet Suzanne here! I asked author Emily Bryan what her least favorite genre is and she said vampires! You're not alone, Suzanne. Thanks for this interview!

Callie said...

I can definatly relate to not knowing what to do with my life.
Very insightful interview!

SerieslyReady said...

That was a nice quick interview. I haven't read any of her books, but plan to in the future.

Word Freak said...

Great interview!
I'm so like her, i like writing in coffeehouses and i want to own one in the future.

Megan said...

I love the interview. I am so excited for Coffee House Angel.

Simply Samantha said...

Awesomeeee!!

Emma said...

Awesome interview! Can't wait to read this.

Theresa said...

Great interview! I really want to read Coffee House Angel! Though I have to be honest, I'd pick vampires over angels anyday. lol I can't wait till her next book comes out. I'm sure it'll be great!

YA Book Reviews said...

Awesome interview! I really want to read Coffee House Angel, it looks so good!

BrittLit said...

Great questions. I always wanted to own a funky little cafe too!

~JoRdAn~ said...

Those were some great questions. I loved the fact that there is someone out there who isnt into vampires. Dont get me wrong I LOVE them, but after the whole twilight craze I kinda got bored with them. When I read Twilight, everyone was like what is that? It sounds dumb. Then when Breaking Dawn came out my entire school was reading the series and it was annoying. Anyways great interview!

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
weloveourdogs@juno.com

How funny that she is not into the undead but loves angels ;o)
Thanks for the interview

Anonymous said...

i loved your book i'm kinda hoping there will be a second one i wanna now more cause i feel like i'm kinda left hanging so i wanna know more about malcom and katrina :)