Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure by Suzanne Anderson

Welcome to Author Suzanne Anderson

I was born in Fort Lauderdale, attended the University of Michigan on an athletic scholarship for swimming and then worked on Wall Street. I left the bright lights of the big city fifteen years ago and traveled the world. I now live in the mountains of Colorado, where I pursue my dream of writing novels.

LINKS:
Website: http://www.suzanneanderson.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-Anderson-Author-Page/201662786512944
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INTERVIEW:
What is one book everyone should read?
The Bible. Cliche, I know. But it’s really true. If you are already a believer, it will deepen your faith. If you aren’t, it will inspire you to believe.
And if you simply have no interest in religion, you’ll be amazed that such beautiful literature, poetry, political and social guidelines can ever have been collected in one document and survived for thousands of years. And then you’ll inspired. Now that’s divine!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Haagen Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter. Temptation has a new name.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure is an inspirational story about the love between sisters, and for a child, that will make you cry and then fill your heart with hope.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes! I’m editing a children’s chapter book which will be out in April. Next is a women’s contemporary novel that will be out by this summer. I’m very excited about both books, and hope readers will be as well.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
After eight years on Wall Street, I wanted to do something that would leave a legacy, something that would be my small mark on the world. After spending just as many years writing, I can’t imagine anything I’d enjoy more. Hearing from someone who’s read Mrs. Tuesday, makes my day.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When I first received the paperback version of Mrs. Tuesday, I handed it to my mother and watched as she opened the book and found the dedication I’d written to her. We both had tears in our eyes.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Meryl Streep for both Natalie and Anna.
A young Natalie Portman for Mila.
Isn’t that just the ultimate fantasy for every writer?

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I read and fell in love with the Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. It was my first experience of falling into and becoming completely immersed in the world of someone’s imagination. It was magical.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The hauntingly sad Barber’s Adagio for Strings would be perfect.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never give up. Value the counsel of those more experienced or successful, but listen to your gut.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A writer. And a neurosurgeon. There are thousands of brain transplants waiting for me to begin medical school.

How did you know you should become an author?
I’m as passionate about writing as I was about competitive swimming growing up. Since I swam for eleven years, that feeling has become a litmus test. You have to really love swimming to get up at four in the morning and jump into a cold pool. And you have to really love writing to face a re-write again, and again, and again.

How do you react to a bad review?
I’ve actually learned from negative feedback I received about Mrs. Tuesday. I believe negative reviews can be helpful. If they’re constructive and sincere, they can provide the author with insight and perspective that she might not get being so close to the book.

Favorite places to travel?
Ultimate dream trip…an around the world cruise. Can you imagine being on a ship for six months straight?!

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
Alone with a stack of books I’ve got sitting on my nightstand, my journal, a roaring fire and a snowstorm dumping eight feet of snow outside my door, insuring that I won’t be disturbed. Can you tell that most of my fantasies involve sitting and reading?!

Print or Ebook?
Both! When ebooks first came out I thought I’d never be a convert. Then I discovered how great it is to read in bed from my ipad, without having to turn on the lights, especially on those nights when my insomnia wakes me at 2 A.M. and won’t let me sleep until 5 A.M. Being able to slip into a good book is wonderful.

When Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure was finally published as a paperback (it first came out as an ebook), being able to actually hold the book in my hands somehow made it feel more authentic. There’s still something magical about carrying a cherished book into a room, plopping down on the couch and snuggling in for a nice read.

Shoes or Sandals?
Neither. Cowboy boots. And snow boots. My idea of paradise is to live in snow ten months of the year. I can’t get enough of it. Of course, I live in sunny Colorado where we get to enjoy snow and sun!

Cats or Dog?
Dogs! I am the proud mamma of two 150 lb Newfoundland rescue dogs, Henry and George. They are the sweetest guys in the whole world. And then there’s my 6 lb terror, Coco, the Yorkie who rules us all.

Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook! I don’t know if this makes me an old ‘fuddy duddy’ ( that term sure does!) but Facebook is very visual, which I am as well, so it just feels more natural. Please stop by and ‘Friend’ me, I’d love to meet you!

Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for…
Hungary’s fragile alliance with Germany kept Natalie, a renowned children’s book author, and her family out of harm’s way for most of the war. Now as the Führer’s desperation grows during the waning years of the conflict, so does its threat. Natalie’s younger sister, Ilona, married a Jewish man, putting both her and her young daughter, Mila, in peril; Natalie’s twin sister, Anna, is losing her already tenuous hold on reality. As the streets of Budapest thrum with the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers, danger creeps to the doorstep where Natalie shields them all.
Ilona and her husband take the last two tickets to safety for themselves, abandoning Natalie to protect Anna and Mila from the encroaching danger. Anna’s paranoid explosion at a university where was once a professor, sparked by delusions over an imagined love triangle, threatens their only other chance for escape. Ultimately, Natalie is presented with a choice no one should ever have to make; which of her family will she save?
An inspirational story of faith and family, strength and weakness, and the ultimate triumph of love over hate. Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure demonstrates the power of faith to light even the most harrowing darkness.
… faith is the evidence of things not seen.

Read the Ebook for FREE until February 28th

Giveaway Details
1 Paperback Copy
1 Ebook Copy for those who missed out on the Free promotion
Open Internationally
Ends 3/19/12

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