Author Interview: Shades of the Future by Suzanne Lilly + Designer Sunglasses Giveaway

Welcome to Author Suzanne Lilly:

Suzanne Lilly is a writer at night and a teacher by day, which is why she’s known online as the TeacherWriter. Her articles and stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print. She writes light romance, young adult, and middle grade novels. When not busy with words, she enjoys swimming, hiking, reading, fine arts, and cooking. She lives in California with her family and furry friends and has yet to feel an earthquake.

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If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

The list could be much longer than five, but if I had to narrow it down, these are the ones I would most like to share a meal with.
  1. James Dean, the bad boy icon. He would add a spark to any dinner party.
  2. Anthony Hopkins. There’s something about his reserved manner that always intrigues me.
  3. Paul McCartney, because he’s another man I’ve always admired. He’s a terrific example of success over a lifetime of accomplishments. Plus, I love his music.
  4. Princess Diana. She was such a giving, loving person. I would ask her what really happened the night she died.
  5. Joan of Arc. Her story has always fascinated me.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

I actually have two favorite things. One is Monkey Bread, which is basically a cinnamon pull apart bundt cake. I love anything with cinnamon. My second is Egyptian Eggs. You cut a circle out of a piece of bread and put it in a pan. Crack an egg into the cut out and fry the egg inside the bread. Toast the circle of bread in the pan, too.
Night owl, or early bird?

Definitely an early bird. I get up just about the time when all the taggers are going to bed.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

I saw a review from a young teen. I was so happy to know she enjoyed it, and her comments made me realize I’d hit the spot for teen sensibilities. It made my day.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

Alice in Wonderland, and the sequel, Through the Looking Glass. I wanted two things Alice had. A nanny who be so lax as to let me fall down a rabbit hole, and a great adventure with a happy ending.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?

I wanted to be an astronaut and go to Mars. I had a map of Mars on my wall, and I had many of the features of the map memorized. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent dreaming about what I would do when I got to Mars. Yes, I’m a little odd at times. I blame it on my fascination with Ray Bradbury’s books.
Favorite Candy?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I ate my first one when I was eleven, and I thought the heavens had opened up and angels had touched my tastebuds. I adore peanut butter and chocolate.

When I was a girl, my family called me Grace. I couldn’t walk two steps without falling, stubbing my toes, or dropping something. It’s still debatable if I can walk without falling. I once sprained my ankle while walking in place during a workout. I also fell off an aerobic step and sprained my ankle. If you’re picking a sports team, pick me last.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

Seinfeld. It would be a story about everyday nothings.
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.

I get up at an unmentionable hour and answer email, Twitter, and other social media. Then I work out. After that, I write for about 45 minutes to an hour. I get ready for work and I’m out the door at 6:30. I teach 33 adorable fifth graders till 2:30. Then I race around to meetings until about 4:00. I go back to my classroom to get ready for the next day, and head home around 5:00. I get home at 6:00, cook dinner, feed the dog, clean the kitchen, and then relax with my husband. As you can plainly see, I have no life during the school year. On the weekends, I get to enjoy swimming, cooking, hiking, visiting friends and things like that. Summers are a blessing, because that’s when I get to travel and write all day. Now that’s a dream life.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

We popped open a bottle of Mumm’s sparkling wine. Ever since then, when I sign a contract, it’s our little celebration tradition.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?

Nora Roberts. Also Susan Elizabeth Phillips. (I can’t pick just one!)
Beach or Pool?

Shoes or Sandals?

Sandals. On the beach.
Any other books in the works?

My next book, Untellable, is about Aspen Dwyer, a young woman hiding from her past. She finds love and friendship in Honey Creek, but when her father is released from prison, and threatens her life, she has to decide if she should run again, or stay and fight for the people she loves. Untellable will be available from Turquoise Morning Press in February 2013.

Aspen Marie Dwyer has a secret to keep and she picks Honey Creek, Ohio as the perfect place to hide. Arriving on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a duffel bag containing her clothes and personal belongings, she walks to the Honey Creek Lake Lodge, to begin her summer job as a lifeguard. Four years earlier, Aspen witnessed her father murder her mother, and her testimony locked him away in prison. Before being taken out of the courtroom in shackles, he swore someday he would find her and kill her, too.

Local volunteer firefighter Colton Moraine is always up for a challenge, and Aspen is just what he needs to liven up his small town summer. Through driving lessons, picnics, and romantic kisses under the fireworks, the two fall in love. Aspen fatalistically knows their summer romance will end if Colton finds out her history. But not telling him tortures her, making her feel like a fraud.

When her father is granted parole, she can no longer keep her dark secret. She has to make a life changing decision. Will she continue to run and hide, or fight for the love she’s discovered with Colton in Honey Creek?

Thank you for having me on your blog today!

Shades of the Future:

What would you do if you could see your future? Would you accept it or would you change it?
Mariah Davis loves animals, running, and her hunk of a boyfriend, Kevin Creamer. Everything looks bright for her until the day she finds a pair of sunglasses that allow her to see the future. When she glimpses a disaster looming, she tries to avoid it but fails. She has a car accident that lands her in a wheelchair, smashing her hopes for a running scholarship to the veterinary program at Ohio State University. She pushes Kevin away, thinking he’ll want to end their relationship now that she can’t walk. Will she ever learn to trust and love again? She could search for an answer in the sunglasses. But she’s afraid what they reveal might destroy her.

Suzanne will be awarding pair of designer sunglasses to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US/Canada only).