MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SUZY VADORI
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
I’m Suzy Vadori, and I write Young Adult Fantasy.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The Fountain Series is about a boarding school in New England, where a well-meaning founder leaves a magical fountain to grant students’ wishes.
The idea for this premise started while I was on maternity leave with my third child. As parents, it struck me that we want our children to have everything they want in life, just like the founder of the boarding school I created in this series wants for these students. With unlimited power to change the past, present and future, the students at St. Augustus school need to be careful what they wish for…
Was it always meant to become a series?
I always intended to write three books in the series, in different time periods, from different points of view. In The Fountain, Ava wishes rival Courtney had never existed. Book 2 in the series (The West Woods) takes us back a year, to experience Courtney’s journey, and her experiences with the magic of the school – how she became the person you meet in The Fountain, who deserved to get wished away.
Book 3 (Wall of Wishes) will pick up where The Fountain left off, and follow the students as they together have to stop the West Woods from being destroyed.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Let me preface this by saying that anything I do related to my books and writing, I consider a step in the right direction. This includes public speaking, school visits, marketing, events etc., that support the books I have published, and my writing path in general.
Writing new material comes in waves for me. When I’m working on a first draft, I try to write every day, for as long as I can block out from the responsibilities in other areas of my life. I carve out as many hours as I can, and aim to hit 1,000 new words an hour for that rough draft. Our household is busy, so I write anywhere I can – early mornings at the kitchen table, coffee shop, hallway of an arena or gym, or late nights on the couch, in front of the TV. As soon as I finish writing the words that come easily to me on a given day, I try to move onto other activities, and try again the next day, or the day after that, to see what’s been brewing in my sub-conscious.
When I’m editing a project, I work on it around the clock, listening to drafts read to me by Siri as I drive my family to their activities, or staying up late, editing until my eyes burn. I find the deeper I can stay in the manuscript at that point, the clearer everything becomes.
In between projects, while waiting for feedback from betas, editors, or potential agents, I try to give myself a few weeks to catch up on the business aspects of my writing – marketing, selling and scheduling events. As many of us know, writing a book is just the beginning. I enjoy the variety in my schedule.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes. I’ve just finished the beta draft of the first book of a new series, currently titled The South Star. I’m really excited about this series, which is set in a modern-day Europe, if the Industrial Revolution had never happened, because… magic.
I will also be wrapping up The Fountain Series in 2019, with WALL OF WISHES, book 3 in this boarding school Trilogy.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
My kids help me come up with many of the names in my books, which they love. In The Fountain Series, I used some of the most popular names of today’s tweens and teens, because I wanted the characters to feel like their friends. It’s awesome to talk to a reader who’s thrilled that their name is in one of my books.
My latest series is completely fantastical, so the names are more obscure, and crafted with care. In it, there is a complex political system of magic keepers, whose names all mean variations of gift.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
It may sound cliché, but talking with readers of my books, young and old, gets me fired up.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I am early days on my writing journey, with two novels out, and two more in the pipeline for this year. In 10 years, I hope I’ll have found my groove, and can help other writers find their paths as well. The writing community aspect will always be central to my writing life.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I love anything math related.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read them, but try not to take them too seriously. Reviews help us see what’s resonating with, or not working, for our readers. If there’s a trend over several reviews – good or bad – I take note and try to build on the feedback for my next project.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I like most things about it, though the pace of traditional publishing always surprises me. I think every time I write a book, I should be able to do it faster, and every step of the process should somehow be more efficient. In the end, it takes as long as it takes, and my books are usually better, for it.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing both energizes and exhausts me, in the best way possible.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I owe any successes I’ve achieved to my writing community, and I’m eternally grateful. The publishing industry is moving so fast that any one of us can’t possibly keep track of all the changes. Sharing information with other writers over coffee, on social media or via regular writers’ groups allows us to stay on top of trends and find new ways to communicate with our readers.
What I learn from my colleagues encourages me to try new things with my writing process, my characters, and my marketing. For that reason, I’m an open book about my experiences on this journey. I hope what I share about my own journey will help and inspire others.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️