Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman

Welcome to Author Michael Sussman

Michael Sussman is the author of Crashing Eden, a YA fantasy/paranormal novel, and Otto Grows Down, a children’s picture book featuring illustrations by Scott Magoon.


Dr. Sussman is a clinical psychologist and has also published two books for mental health professionals. He’s the author of A Curious Calling: Unconscious Motivations for Practicing Psychotherapy and the editor of A Perilous Calling: The Hazards of Psychotherapy Practice.

Dr. Sussman resides in the Boston area with his son, Ollie.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d travel into the future, because I’m dying to know whether humanity self-destructs or manages to evolve into a more peaceful, cooperative species.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Living: Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart, Meryl Streep, Jane Goodall, and Stephen Hawking
Deceased: Socrates, Buddha, Jesus, Shakespeare, and Albert Einstein.

What is one book everyone should read?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. (And Crashing Eden!)

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because it’s unique and is full of suspense, humor, drama, and astonishment.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working with a fabulous British illustrator on a comical adventure story in verse, titled The Great Gogglemog. I hope to start another novel this summer.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Because it’s so magical and you’d never know what might happen next.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Join a writer’s critique group! Don’t rely on feedback from family and friends.

What is your favorite Quote?
Two favorites:
“If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?”
Thomas Henry Huxley
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
An astronomer.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Dostoyevsky, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf, J.D. Salinger, Steinbeck, Nabokov, Vonnegut, Updike, Tom Robbins, Ann Patchett, Robert Parker, and Christopher Moore.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I think that there are aspects of myself in all my characters. Consciously or unwittingly, I definitely put a lot of myself into my protagonist, Joss Kazdan.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
Writing a picture book that takes place in reverse time. It’s called Otto Grows Down, and is illustrated by Scott Magoon.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
“Don’t listen to advice.” Of course, I had to ignore it.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, so I’m really looking forward to “Dark Shadows.”

Favorite smell?
Fifteen years ago, I lost much of my sense of smell. What I miss the most is the scent of the sea.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am from the future.

Crashing Eden

For one boy and his friends, the path to Paradise comes at a cost—one they may not be prepared to pay.When a biking accident leaves 17-year-old Joss Kazdan with the ability to hear things others can’t, reality as he knows it begins to unravel.A world of legends exists beyond the ordinary life he’s always known, and he is transported to the same Paradisehe’s studying in World Mythology. But the strange gets even stranger when his new friends build a device that delivers people through the gates of the Garden of Eden.Now Samael, the Creator God, is furious. As Samael rains down his apocalyptic devastation on the ecstasy-seeking teens, Joss and his companions must find a way to appease Samael—or the world will be destroyed forever.

Giveaway Details 
1 copy of Crashing Eden
Paperback to US only or Ebook Internationally
Ends 5/27

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