Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Zephram Tales by Leslie Susskind

Welcome to Author Leslie Susskind

Although I’m new to the “book” author business (I’ve written tons of advertising over the years), I have loved reading since I conquered “Meet George Washington,” in kindergarten, and I have loved writing since I got a gold star in 6th grade on a sonnet I wrote!
(However, reading it many years later, I think I got the gold star more because I managed to handwrite it in pen without any mistakes than because of its literary awesomeness!)
Being very shy growing up, the stories I read offered me wonderful playmates and fantastic worlds in which to lose myself. I hope my children’s stories, such as “The Zehpram Tales,” will bring the same contentment to everyone who reads them.
I have stacks of notebooks, paper scraps, post-it notes, even napkins on which I jot down ideas as they pop into my head. I can’t wait to share them with you here as they become available.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would travel to the past and hopefully I would land in a Jane Austin or Georgette Heyer novel setting.

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A pad of paper, a pencil and a pillow.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Although they are fantasy middle grade books about a magical kindgom, the books really celebrate children’s non-magical ingenuity.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I am currently working on the third Zephram Tale, Wednesday when the Rock Field Rang and finishing up another book, The Abercrombie Family Business.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I was very shy when I was growing up and I found so much joy in reading that it made me want to write my own stories and share them with others.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
A mom who personally emailed me to tell me her son wanted to know when The Tale of Time Warp Tuesday was coming out.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
There were several, depending on how old I was.  I really loved The Chronicals of Prydain (Lloyd Alexander) and Moonraker’s Bride by Madeleine Brent  and April Lady by Georgette Heyer… when I was much younger, I loved Ozma of Oz.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Hestia, because she stands for hearth and home.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I always wanted to be a writer.  I’ve spent many years in marketing, writing tv commercials and other advertising and now I’m finally writing books.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
There’s a little bit of me or what I wanted to be growing up in each of my Royal Quadruplets:  Tom is the oldest (like I was) and feels responsible for everyone; Lizzie loves to sing and is more shy (like I was); Ned and Nell are very outgoing (like I wish I could have been) and I admire their spunk and personality!

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

Hidden talent?
Singing (I used to sing opera!)

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I’m really looking forward to Mark of Athena, The Iron Prince, The Crimson Crown and Girl of Nightmares

How do you react to a bad review?
I cry.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
This is pretty boring:  central air conditioning for my house!

Which authors have influence you most how?
The way Georgette Heyer used humor and dialogue in her regency novels really influenced my writing style.

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Wake up; get my daughters up and off to school; feed the cats; get ready for work; go to work (my day job in advertising); check my sales stats; work on Wednesday when the Rock Field Rang or plan book marketing over lunch; work; leave work and take daughters to activites and work on projects in car or building; late dinner (or dinner on the go);  watch a little tv with my husband, read, go to bed. And then it starts again!

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
My family went out to dinner.

Regular or Diet? Coke or Pepsi?
Diet Pepsi

The Month of Zephram Mondays

In the Kingdom of Zephram, everyone is magical – everyone except for the Royal Quadruplets: Tom, Lizzie, Ned and Nell. It’s tough to be different, even if you are a prince or a princess. And Tom, Lizzie, Ned and Nell are treated differently by everyone in the kingdom! 

But when evil Prince Persius takes over the kingdom, it’s the non-magical Tom, Lizzie, Ned and Nell who are the only ones left to try and save the day. Through their funny and challenging adventures they and those around them come to a better appreciation of the children’s skills – and the big difference you can make by being different!

The Tale of Time Warp Tuesday

In the second of The Zephram Tales (after ‘The Month of Zephram Mondays’), Tom, Lizzie, Ned and Nell, the Royal Quadruplets and non-magical Heroes of the magical Kingdom of Zephram, have settled back into their same old boring routines after the excitement of saving Zephram and the rest of the world from evil Prince Persius.

Then, suddenly, the children realize why everything is so incredibly boring: it’s because everyone’s repeating the same day, over and over again!

Tom, Lizzie, Ned and Nell are the only ones who know what’s happening, and it looks like they’re the only ones who can do anything about it. But why has it happened? How are four non-magical children going to start the magical world turning again? And what will they find out about themselves in the process?

Giveaway Details
2 winners will each receive a copy of both of Leslie’s books
Open to US & Canada
Ends 9/14/12

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