Monday’s Friend: Suzanne de Montigny (2)

Fellow Muser Suzanne de Montigny are doing a blog swap today – she’s visiting me here on my blog, and I’m over on hers.

Welcome back to Imaginary Friends, Suzanne!

SONY DSCSJT: When did you first know you were destined to be a writer?

SDM: I didn’t. It was just something that kind of happened. I taught elementary music for 20 years, and I used to tell kids stories the last five minutes of class. Then, one day I started writing them down.

SJT:  When it comes to your writing projects, would you describe yourself as a meticulous planner, or a ‘seat-of-the-pantser’?

SDM:  Definitely a pantser. All I have in mind when I write is that I want the story to lead here or there. What happens in between is usually a surprise to me. I often times say that writing a novel is like reading a really good book, except that you’re writing it.

SJT:  Are you a cat person or a dog person?

SDM:  Definitely a dog person. We have a wonderful bichon frisé named Buddy. Here’s a picture.


 SJT:  That is a very cute pup. Tell us about your forthcoming book A TOWN BEWITCHED.

SDM:  It’s a story about a child prodigy in classical violin growing up in a small town. Her best friend is a girl adopted from China into a white family. The two girls are bullied endlessly. Here’s the blurb:

It’s tough for Kira, growing up in the small town of Hope as a child prodigy in classical violin, and especially when her dad just died. But when Kate McDonough, the red-haired fiddler, appears out of nowhere and bewitches the town with her mysterious Celtic music, only Kira seems to know who’s been vandalizing the town, leaving dead and gutted birds as a calling card.

Town Bewitched Banner (2)SJT:  How did the character of Kira the child prodigy come to you?

SDM:  We had just been to fiddling camp and were absolutely on fire for fiddling. We’d walk around the house playing our fiddles for hours on end. Then I thought, suppose what happened to us, happened to an entire town, only there was something really wrong with the fiddler. I began writing, and a strange thing happened. Real people from the camp began walking into my novel. Kira was one of them. The real Kira is a real honest to goodness child prodigy in violin.

SJT:  When is this book going to be available?

SDM:  Sometime after I begin submitting it to publishers. But in the meantime, the second of my ‘Shadow of the Unicorn’ series is scheduled to be released in Feb., 2015. Here’s the blurb.

shadow of the unicornWill Ulysees find the truth before disaster strikes?

 How did the Legacy of Azaria transform to a world of fear it has with the unicorns barely existing hidden in the depths of the forest? Why is Icharus, the Great Stallion, so cruel and ruthless? And who is Jaresh, the powerful being no one’s ever seen who takes away their powers? Angry, the young colt, Ulysees and his friend Téo rebel, following an abandoned trail where they’re discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must make an exodus. But Ulysees discovers there’s more danger then just humans when he meets a giant creature who warns them of impending doom…

SJT:  What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

SDM:  Spend time with my family, play the fiddle, snowboard, that sort of thing.

Thank you, Suzanne, for stopping by once more!

To learn more about Suzanne and her books, visit her website.  The first book in the ‘Shadow of the Unicorn’ series is available from the MuseItUp online book store, and all good e-book retailers.


2 comments so far

  1. J.Q. Rose on

    And there’s that cute Buddy again. Good to know more about you, Suzanne. I would love to learn to play the violin. Our school never had orchestra, so I was delighted one of my daughters chose to learn to play the viola.Love the sound of that stringed beauty. Your red headed fiddler sounds like a very interestng character. Have fun with your story. Best wishes!

  2. suzanne de montigny on

    Thanks, JQ. Buddy’s a wonderful dog who is headed for the beauty parlour tomorrow. I’m sure he won’t be too happy about that. I can’t get enough of the violin. It’s the most wonderful instrument in the world.

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