Welcome to Author Sue Bursztynski
Sue Bursztynski lives in a beachside suburb of Melbourne, Australia. She has written ten books for children and teens, slushes for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, writes short fantastical fiction for adults as well as teens. This has been published in Mythic Resonance, Worlds Next Door, Trust Me! and Trust Me Too, Andromeda Spaceways and many others. Her day job is teacher-librarian in a state secondary school where she is only one of two YA novelists on staff.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Past, because the future looks pretty scary. But only for a visit. I really wouldn’t want to live in the more exciting periods of history.
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Heinrich Schliemann, the original Indiana Jones, who discovered Troy. He stuck to his dreams, no matter who told him it was just a fairy tale. And he gave us something to dream about, as a result. When you think about it, it’s not a bad philosophy for a writer to follow!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m working on a novel set in the same universe as this one, a generation or two earlier. If you’re curious, I’ve done a reading from my manuscript on YouTube, under ” Sue Bursztynski reads her fiction” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9EoxK6UJ0A . Right now I’m writing a lot of short fiction and have been in four anthologies in the last few months.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
My Skype author visit to a school on the other side of the country. The kids were great and we all had a lot of fun. And I didn’t have to leave my library office!
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world which would it be?
I’d love to live in Tolkien’s world. Probably I’d live in Rivendell because of the library and the relaxed atmosphere. It would be like being in an artist’s colony or writer’s retreat, permanently. I’d get a lot of writing done there.
What is your dream cast for your book?
As it’s a dream cast and age doesn’t matter, I’ll have Viggo Mortensen or Sean Bean as my werewolf knight, Geraint, Jamie Bell as my hero, Etienne, John Rhys Davies as my villain, the Baron, Cate Blanchett as Sylvie, the knight’s early love.I’m still casting the rest of the roles.:-)
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I’d say,”You’re a writer if you write. If you don’t, then you’re not. So just write; the rest will follow.”
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
If I had to live away from the Internet, hot running water and spaceflight, I’d go for one of the more laid-back civilisations – a bull leaper in Crete, a lady in Etruria, a scribe in Egypt. There’s a whole Egyptian text about why you wouldn’t want to be anything but a scribe. 🙂 I would choose one of these because they were laid-back places to live, women had rights and they washed! Or maybe Harappa in India, where they had plumbing…
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Aphrodite. She has a lot of fun and unlike the more violent gods, she can get revenge by making people fall in love with the wrong person. I’d enjoy that. 😉
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
The closest is my hero, Etienne. Like me, he’s short and he isn’t great at fighting( I used to be in the SCA, a mediaeval re-enactment society, so I know what I’m saying!), but he uses his brain and he’ll do anything for those he cares about. And he has a weird sense of humour, which he needs to help him cope with the disaster in which he has found himself.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I can’t WAIT to see the movie of The Hobbit! Tolkien has been my bedside reading ad rereading for years. And I love his Dwarves and Bilbo, a nice ordinary guy dragged kicking and screaming out of his comfort zone. I think it’s been well cast too.
What was your favorite children’s book?
The Silver Brumby series by Elyne Mitchell, a bunch of novels about wild horses in the Australian Snowy Mountains. Hey, I was a normal little girl! I loved horses.
How do you react to a bad review?
I sigh and remind myself that you can’t please everyone. As a reviewer myself I know how subjective it is, and how easy it is to click one star on Goodreads when you’re in a bad mood – and I’ve seen Lord Of The Rings get one star there! Subjective, as I said. But you know what? This subjectiveness is probably a good thing, because people find their way to the sites of reviewers with their own taste and know that they’ll enjoy what that reviewer does. And I want people to enjoy my book, not to say,”Hey, that got a good review and I hated it!” Mind you, I’d rather that they don’t hate it! 🙂
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I took friends and family to the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne for its famous afternoon tea. It’s a gorgeous art deco hotel that serves a bottomless cup of tea or coffee and an amazing range of baked goodies and sandwiches, but first they give you a glass of champagne and we drank to my book.
Write a Haiku about your book.
Autumn leaves fall soon,
My lord then in wolfskin trapped,
Wolfborn by Sue Bursztynski
Break the curse or howl forever.
Etienne, son of a lord in the kingdom of Armorique, goes to train as a knight with Geraint of Lucanne. Geraint is brave and kind, a good teacher and master – but he has a secret that he has kept from his family. He is bisclavret, a born werewolf. When Geraint is betrayed, Etienne must ally with the local wise-woman and her daughter, themselves bisclavret, to save his lord. But time is running out. If Geraint’s enemies have their way, Geraint will soon be trapped in his wolf form.
And Etienne has his own secret. The decisions he makes will change his life forever . . .
Inspired by a medieval romance, this engaging novel forces us to question everything we thought we knew about werewolves.
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