Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Susanne Selfors, author of several YA and middle grade books. Her newest Young Adult book, MAD LOVE recently hit the book shelves and I am happy to inform you that I have an autographed copy to give away. So, sit back relax and take some time to get to know about MAD LOVE and it's author. Then enter my contest to win a signed copy of MAD LOVE.



RR: Hello Suzanne, and thank you for this interview. Last year I read COFFEHOUSE ANGEL and this year you have a new novel, MAD LOVE for YA readers to enjoy. Can you tell me what this new book is about?
SS: It's a dark romantic comedy about a teen girl named Alice Amorous whose mother is a famous romance writer. When her mother is secretly hospitalized for bi-polar disorder, Alice tries to write her mom's next romance novel, with the unsolicited help of a weird boy who claims to be Cupid. That's the plot in a nutshell. But what it's also about is Love in all its shapes and sizes.

RR: MAD LOVE is a story that is centered on Mental Illness i.e. Biopolar Disorder . What inspired you to write this particular story?
SS: Well, I wouldn't say that it's "centered" on mental illness. This is not an issues book. Bipolar disorder just happens to be one of the things that is complicating Alice's life. I have always been intrigued by manic and depressive behavior, having suffered from a bout of severe depression when I was in college and having grown up with a father who was very manic and who medicated with alcohol.

RR: Are you a fan of clam juice? and what made you decide that it was the drink of choice for your storyline?
SS: I don't know why I chose it. Just seemed weird.

RR: What kind of research did you have to prepare for MAD LOVE?
SS: I went back and read all I could about Cupid and Psyche. I also read a lot about bipolar disorder. When I wrote the first draft I was still calling it manic-depression, but that's the old term.

RR. Who was your favorite character in MAD LOVE and why?
SS:I often get attached to my secondary characters. I really like Archibald, the gay roommate. He's such a kind soul and he's the one who reminds Alice that we should never place more value on what other people think of us than on what we think of ourselves.

RR: What do you want your readers to take away from your book?
SS: Firstly, I hope they were entertained. That's the most important thing to me. I want my books to help people escape for a few hours, maybe laugh a little, enjoy the time. If there's a message drifting amongst the chapters it's this: That love in all its colors is always swirling around you, you just have to open your heart to it.

RR: What are you in the process of writing next?
SS:My next kids' book comes out in May and its called Smells Like Treasure. And I'm finishing up the first draft of my next YA book, out in 2012. It's a fairy tale.
RR: What is on your nightstand now?
SS:I'm reading a Finnish book called Year of the Hare.

RR: What is the best way for a reader to find you i.e. facebook/twitter/blog?
SS:Best way is through my website, www.suzanneselfors.com I love getting reader letters and try to answer each one. I'm on facebook too.

RR: Thank you, for this great interview and I hope to see you again. It has been a pleasure as always.
SS:You're welcome! Thank you!
CONTEST: Win a signed Hard Cover copy of MAD LOVE by Suzanne Selfors
This contest is open to the US entrants only and you must be ove 13 years of age with permission from your parents to receive contest prizes in the mail. All you have to do is fill out the contest form HERE. This contest is open until February 28th, 2011. Midnight PST.

7 comments on "Author Interview and Contest with Suzanne Selfors"

7 comments:

  1. Great interview! Mad Love sounds really good; I especially like the whole Cupid/Psyche link, very cool.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great interview and the synopsis is so original and sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Archibald sounds like a great character. I can't wait to read Mad Love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just finished reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL a few days ago - and Mad Love is on my TBR list! Thanks for a great interview!

    Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great interview! This sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun I love books surrounding even if its just a bit of mythology.

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Zombie Girrrl wrote:
February 16, 2011 at 5:27 AM

Great interview! Mad Love sounds really good; I especially like the whole Cupid/Psyche link, very cool.


7 comments:

  1. Great interview! Mad Love sounds really good; I especially like the whole Cupid/Psyche link, very cool.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great interview and the synopsis is so original and sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Archibald sounds like a great character. I can't wait to read Mad Love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just finished reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL a few days ago - and Mad Love is on my TBR list! Thanks for a great interview!

    Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great interview! This sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun I love books surrounding even if its just a bit of mythology.

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

♥ttlyoverit17♥♪ wrote:
February 16, 2011 at 5:37 AM

Great interview and the synopsis is so original and sounds great!


7 comments:

  1. Great interview! Mad Love sounds really good; I especially like the whole Cupid/Psyche link, very cool.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great interview and the synopsis is so original and sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Archibald sounds like a great character. I can't wait to read Mad Love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just finished reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL a few days ago - and Mad Love is on my TBR list! Thanks for a great interview!

    Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great interview! This sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun I love books surrounding even if its just a bit of mythology.

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Jessy wrote:
February 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Archibald sounds like a great character. I can't wait to read Mad Love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


7 comments:

  1. Great interview! Mad Love sounds really good; I especially like the whole Cupid/Psyche link, very cool.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great interview and the synopsis is so original and sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Archibald sounds like a great character. I can't wait to read Mad Love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just finished reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL a few days ago - and Mad Love is on my TBR list! Thanks for a great interview!

    Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great interview! This sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun I love books surrounding even if its just a bit of mythology.

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Sniffly Kitty wrote:
February 16, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I want to be entertained ^.^

Sniffly Kitty
Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books
Loving the Reviews Challenge


7 comments:

  1. Great interview! Mad Love sounds really good; I especially like the whole Cupid/Psyche link, very cool.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great interview and the synopsis is so original and sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Archibald sounds like a great character. I can't wait to read Mad Love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just finished reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL a few days ago - and Mad Love is on my TBR list! Thanks for a great interview!

    Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great interview! This sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun I love books surrounding even if its just a bit of mythology.

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

coffeelvnmom wrote:
February 16, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Just finished reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL a few days ago - and Mad Love is on my TBR list! Thanks for a great interview!

Jessica


7 comments:

  1. Great interview! Mad Love sounds really good; I especially like the whole Cupid/Psyche link, very cool.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great interview and the synopsis is so original and sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Archibald sounds like a great character. I can't wait to read Mad Love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just finished reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL a few days ago - and Mad Love is on my TBR list! Thanks for a great interview!

    Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great interview! This sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun I love books surrounding even if its just a bit of mythology.

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

Ren (All By MySHELF) wrote:
February 16, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Great interview! This sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway! ^_^


7 comments:

  1. Great interview! Mad Love sounds really good; I especially like the whole Cupid/Psyche link, very cool.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great interview and the synopsis is so original and sounds great!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Archibald sounds like a great character. I can't wait to read Mad Love. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just finished reading COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL a few days ago - and Mad Love is on my TBR list! Thanks for a great interview!

    Jessica

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great interview! This sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book sounds like a lot of fun I love books surrounding even if its just a bit of mythology.

    ReplyDelete

We would love to see what you have to say :)

BLHmistress wrote:
February 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

This book sounds like a lot of fun I love books surrounding even if its just a bit of mythology.


Post a Comment

We would love to see what you have to say :)

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

The Ravenous Readers

Grab Our Button

Email Twitter RSS Feed

Contact Us

We are avid readers from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG ADULT or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email us. We accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. We are also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check our review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. talesoftheravenousreader
(at)gmail(dot)com

Follow by Email

Followers

What Nancy is Reading

What Christy is Reading

Christy's Currently Reading


goodreads.com

Net Galley

Professional Reader

**GIVEAWAYS**

**GIVEAWAYS**
Click Here for All Current Giveaways

Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

We have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that we have failed to post, please let us know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.


SEPTEMBER


SCOTT WESTERFELD
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, September 26 @ 7pm

SCOTT WESTERFELD
Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
Tuesday, September 27 @7pm

LISA McMANN
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7pm

DAVID ARNOLD in conversation with JANDY NELSON

Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7pm

OCTOBER

LEIGH BARDUGO

Linden Tree Books in Lost Altos
Sunday, October 2 @ 4pm
(there are very specific rules for this event so please visit the link and check it out beforehand)

ANNE BISHOP
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Sunday, October 2 @ 7pm

MELISSA DE LA CRUZ

Kepler's hosted event at Redwood Shores Library
Wednesday, October 5 @ 7pm

RICHARD PECK
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Wednesday, October 5 @ 3pm

MICHAEL DI MARTINO in conversation with GENE LUEN YANG
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Monday, October 10 @ 7pm

LitQuake YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Panel: TIM FLOREEN, PARKER PEEVYHOUSE, TRICIA STIRLING, TRACI CHEE
The Sports Basement in San Francisco
Thursday, October 13 @ 7pm

MARGARET STOHL
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Friday, October 14 time TBA

KRISTEN CAST and P.C. CAST
Borderlands Books in San Francisco
Sunday, October 16 @ 3pm

MARIE LU
Mrs. Dalloway's North Branch of the Berkeley Public Library
Tuesday, October 18 @ 6:30

MATTHEW KIRBY
Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, October 18 @ 7pm

MARIE LU

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 19 @ 7pm

JENNIFER NIVEN, BRENNA YAVANOFF, TERESA TOTEN and KATHLEEN GLASGOW
A Great Good Place For Books
Friday, October 21 @ 7pm

RACHEL COHN & DAVID LEVITHAN

NYMBC event Books Inc. in San Francisco
Saturday, October 22 @ 2pm

JENNIFER NIVEN, BRENNA YAVANOFF, TERESA TOTEN and KATHLEEN GLASGOW

Hicklebees's in San Jose
Saturday, October 21 @ 7pm

NYMBC Presents: KIERSTEN WHITE, ARWEN ELYS DAYTON & JESSICA CLUESS
Books Inc. Laurel Village in San Francisco
Tuesday, October 25 @ 7pm

JAY KRISTOFF, AMIE KAUFMAN, KIERSTEN WHITE, ARWEN ELYS DAYTON & JESSICA CLUESS
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, October 26 @ 7pm

NOVEMBER

SJ KINCAID Book Launch for THE DIABOLIC

Hicklebee's in San Jose
Tuesday, November 1 @ 7pm

JAY ASHER

Rakestraw in Danville
Wednesday, November 2 @ 7pm

TARA SIM book launch for TIMEKEEPER
Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, November 2 @ 7pm

JAY ASHER
Copperfields's in Petaluma
Thursday, November 3 @ 7pm

KRISTEN-PAIGE MADONIA, TAMARA IRELAND STONE
Books Inc. in Palo Alto
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7pm

GORDON JACK

Kepler's in Menlo Park
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7pm

Rating System

♥♥♥♥♥ Love it! A must read

♥♥♥♥ Great, give it a try

♥♥♥ Okay, a decent read

♥♥ Meh, read at your own risk

Would not recommend

DNF=Did Not Finish

Book Tour Host

Blog Archive

Blog Stats

Blog Designer