Friday, June 17, 2011

Blog Tour: Guest Post with Suzanne Young

I was really excited when asked to be a part of the Official ANSB blog tour because this was one of the books I was really looking forward to for 2011. And today, I have a short guest post from the author, Suzanne Young!

About Suzanne:
Suzanne Young currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she uses the rainy weather as an excuse to stay inside and write obsessively. After earning her degree in creative writing, Suzanne spent several years teaching middle school language arts in Arizona. Now she can be found at home chasing after her two children and writing novels for teens.

Suzanne is the author of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL coming June 2011 from Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins followed by its sequel in 2012. Suzanne has also published THE NAUGHTY LIST book series in 2010 with Razorbill/Penguin.

How do you go about changing into different writing gears for your books (i.e. The Naughty List being "girl empowered contemporary" and A Need So Beautiful being a "paranormal with romance")?

I consider myself a contemporary author, even though A Need so Beautiful has supernatural elements. It was definitely difficult at first, mostly because it required me to change up my style—adding more descriptions than I usually would. But I tried to stay true to the things I love which are characters and emotions. The first draft had very little supernatural happenings—it was the story of Charlotte and Harlin. But in each revision I added more mythology, more background, more Needs… It was actually a great learning experience.

Thanks, Suzanne for stopping by Novel Thoughts today! To check out the rest of the tour stops, CLICK HERE to go to the tour page.

A little more about A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL:
We all want to be remembered. Charlotte’s destiny is to be Forgotten…

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become–her mark on this earth, her very existence–is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny–no matter how dark the consequences.

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