Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Spider Brains by Susan Wingate

Welcome to Author Susan Wingate

No. 1 Amazon Bestselling, Award-winning author, SUSAN WINGATE, is co-host of the very popular talk radio show, DIALOGUE: BETWEEN THE LINES.

Susan has written ten novels, two short story collections, a few plays, one screenplay and tons of poems. Her novels DROWNING and BOBBY’S DINER have received rave reviews and multiple awards.

Susan’s pseudonyms include, Myah Lin (literary fiction) and JJ Adams (noir mystery).

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
SPIDER BRAINS will make you want to be a kinder person.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Why, yes. Yes, there is. The theme song for SPIDER BRAINS would be “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.” In fact, the eBook has the link to one of the best rap renditions of “Itsy-Bitsy” I’ve ever heard.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
When I was in the second grade, I decided I wanted to become an ichthyologist. Get a dictionary or encyclopedia and look it up. Then, around the same time I changed that because I didn’t live around water. So, I decided that I wanted to become a veterinarian instead. As you can see, both professions are so much like being a writer! Pfft. NOT!

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Okay. This is a first. I’ve never been asked this question before. Hmm. Well, maybe the actor I would like see play me might be Sandra Bullock. And, why? Because she has similar physical traits as I do. But also, because she’s a spectacular actress. She can be very funny and as we have seen in the movie “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” she can be very serious too. Plus, I just love her.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
I have a huge list but here are some amazing authors that come to mind right away:
• Kurt Vonnegut
• W Somerset Maugham
• Ernest Hemingway
• Woody Allen
• Ian McEwan
• Zora Neale Hurston
• Elizabeth George
• Scott Turow
• Jonathan Safran Foer
• Meg Cabot
• Lauren Weisberger
• Jack Kerouac
• Joan Didion
…to name a few.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
That we must learn from our struggles. My friend Kitty Sorgen said this just yesterday. Instead of seeing trouble and strife as roadblocks, we must see them as things to learn from. And, if anyone has ever seen the hilarious movie “Burn After Reading” that point is made crystal clear at the end.

Hidden talent?
I can talk to animals. Much the way Dr. Doolittle does. Shh… don’t tell anyone. It’s a secret between me and the critters. And, now, you too, Kathy.

How do you react to a bad review?
I drop to the floor, flop onto my side, paddle my legs in a circle spinning and screaming, “Die! Die! Die!” Then I go out to the firepit and burn a piece of under clothing. Just kidding. I try not to read bad reviews and when I do happen onto one, I figure that everyone deserves the right to their opinion.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

Favorite places to travel?
I love France. Anywhere in France–Paris to the South of France–it’s all beautiful there.

Writer a Haiku about your book
Whenever you smash
A defenseless sweet spider

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
I think I would like to co-author a book with Elizabeth George. The reason being that we work very similarly. Plus, I would learn a ton from that woman. She’s awesome.

Thank you so much, Kathy. This has been an awesome interview.
-Susan Wingate.

Spider Brains
“Simply put, Susan Wingate is a master of the written word. …a heart-warming tale full of wit and intrigue: a nod to Kafka’s Metamorphosis in a quirky blend with The Princess Diaries. There are laugh out loud moments with the teenage protagonist, Susie Speider, whose voice was well executed and credible. But there are also moments that tug at the heartstrings and even bring a tear to the eye, as we see Susie’s angst when she faces pain from the past, as well as redemption through the relationship with her mother. Whether or not you’re a fan of YA literature, you’ll love SPIDER BRAINS. But don’t expect anything ordinary!” ~from award-winning, no. 1 Amazon & no. 1 Barnes & Noble bestseller, Joshua Graham (author of “Darkroom” (Howard Books) and “Beyond Justice”)

After her father’s death last year and, now, in the throes of a gnarly teacher’s whim as she thinks ahead to college, a small black arachnid bites fifteen-year-old Susie Speider gets bit on the finger and sends her nights into fantastical dreams about taking revenge on a teacher–a one Ms. Morlson–who, ultimately, holds Susie’s college aspirations in the sweaty palm of her cold calloused hand. But, after Susie figures out the dreams are real, she ups the ante and visits the teacher regularly but… as the spider. And, oh, by the way! Who is that boy spider munching on flies, hiding over there in the corner?

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Spider Brains
Open to US & Canada
Ends 7/16/12

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