Today, as part of kicking off the Official Blog Tour for Suzanne Young’s A Need So Beautiful, we bring you our exclusive Q&A with Suzanne. (We posted our review earlier today, too!) Tune in throughout the month of June to see all the blog tour participants — featuring their reviews, guest posts & interviews with Suzanne. And check out A Need So Beautiful, on sale June 21st!
I think we all want to believe we have a purpose; that we mean something to someone. And the idea that no one will remember we even existed would be painful, but them forgetting us while we’re still here? That’d be torture.
What’s the best part about writing all those sexy make-out scenes?
Imagining them. I picture my books like movies as I write, so the actors in my head had a great time. haha
What was the hardest scene in ANSB to write?
The Need with Warren, which I don’t want to spoil. But there were some Needs that were devastating to write—the sadness, the loss. But Warren’s story helped inspire the book, so I really put a lot behind that one.
Tell us about the decision to write a sequel … why go back to the story? What were the challenges of making this choice?
When the book was picked up, I had a long talk with my editor about the ending. I didn’t actually have to change much to decide on the sequel. We just realized there was still room for more stories of the Forgotten. The trick would be to write something new that wouldn’t just be a retelling of the first book.
Any plans for additional stories after A WANT SO WICKED?
Not in this series. But I do have a new series coming out Spring 2013 with Simon Pulse called THE PROGRAM. Look out for it!
If they made a Suzanne Young candle, what would it smell like?
Cherry Blossoms mixed with candy corn.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Your personal theme song?
The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
You’re on a deserted island and have to read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?
HOW TO BUILD A BOAT. But I might also bring along something by Sarah Dessen to lighten my mood.
Favorite book as a child?
As a teen I loved MY SWEET AUDRINA by VC Andrews.
If I told you it wouldn’t be secret anymore!
Thanks, Suzanne! Meanwhile, here’s more about A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL:
Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become–her mark on this earth, her very existence–is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny–no matter how dark the consequences.
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Suzanne Young currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she uses the rainy weather as an excuse to stay inside and write obsessively. After earning her degree in creative writing, Suzanne spent several years teaching middle school language arts in Arizona. Now she can be found at home chasing after her two children and writing novels for teens.
Suzanne is the author of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL coming Summer 2011 from Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins followed by its sequel in 2012. Suzanne has also published THE NAUGHTY LIST book series in 2010 with Razorbill/Penguin.
You can follow Suzanne on Facebook or Twitter–where she often writes embarrassing updates that she has to erase later.
Praise for ANSB:
“A clever and well-written fantasy. Whether Charlotte is an angel or a being less freighted by religious tradition is left up to the reader, but the dilemma of how we can make a lasting impression is a very human concern. Young offers an elegant solution that is well worth consideration.”
— BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)
“A gripping supernatural romance… An imaginative twist on the timeless battle between dark and light.”