Friday, October 18, 2013

{Tour Stop} ALLUSIVE AFTERSHOCK by Susan Griscom—Author Interview + Giveaway

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Allusive Aftershock
by Susan Griscom


What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting, seventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.

But, Max–her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet–hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking.

When Max leaves her stranded in his parents’ wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict.

But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon B&N

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with Susan Griscom


LM: Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions! Can you start by telling us what inspired you to write Allusive Aftershock?

Susan: Thank you for having me today. Allusive Aftershock was originally just an outline I made from a writing challenge in an online writers group I belonged to back in the fall of 2010. The challenge was to write an outline that could be used during the NaNoWriMo contest that is held every November, which is writing a complete novel of 50,000 words or more during the month of November. We weren’t required to actually join in on the contest but I decided that since I went through the trouble of writing the outline, I would go ahead and enter. I completed the novel at 55,000 words within the thirty-day timeframe. The inspiration for the story line came from the many years of living in California and having firsthand experience of earthquakes. They are always frightening no matter how strong they are because you just never know when it will turn into something more than just a tremor.

LM: Was there a lot of research involved in writing Allusive Aftershock—with it having a natural disaster as a focal point and all?

Susan: Yes. Even though I have experienced earthquakes, I still had to research facts about epicenters and megathurst earthquakes and how they actually get triggered and function. I also had to research about more about wine barreling and tasting, which was fun research.

LM: How long did it take you to write the book?

Susan: It took thirty days to write the 55,000 word first draft, then another two years of on and off writing to add in the other 40,000 words it is currently at now.

LM: Can you share with us a favorite quote or scene from the book?

Susan: My favorite scene is the one I used for the cover where Courtland has to carry a sick and unconscious Adela out of the forest and away from an out-of-control wildfire. But my favorite quote is:

“Adela?”
I turned my face up toward his. “Yes?”
“Wanna kiss me?”

Of course I did.

LM: Entice us into reading Allusive Aftershock in five words or less!

Susan: Destruction, friendship, betrayal, and love.

LM: Are there any morals or messages you'd like readers to take away from Allusive Aftershock?

Susan: I guess the very last sentence in the book says sums it up a bit, but I don’t want to write that because it would give too much away. But I think the main message I’d like to express is that bullying is an intolerable act of cruelty and you should always be careful who you make enemies with, because you never know when you might need their help.

LM: Tell us how you "get in the mood" to write!

Susan: Well, it helps to open the document, that usually gets me going. Otherwise, it doesn’t take much after that.

LM: What do you enjoy doing when you aren't writing?

Susan: I love making banners and covers for other authors. I also make quilts when I get the chance. 

LM: What would you say is your guiltiest pleasure?

Susan: Being cozy somewhere reading.

LM: Is there anything you'd like to add? Anything you'd like to say to your readers?

Susan: Yes, I would love to thank each and every one of my readers for their support and the wonderful reviews Allusive Aftershock has been receiving. And thank you for the fantastic interview.

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Susan Griscom daydreams often. And sometimes her daydreams interfere with her daydreams not to mention real life. Because, let’s face it, her character’s lives are so much more exciting. Sometimes it’s young adult or new adult or just plain old mainstream fiction and sometimes it’s paranormal romance, where her playing field delves into a different milieu than the usual vampires and werewolves. Some day she might write about fangs and fur, but for now she prefers sticking to strong heroes and heroines confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and abilities beyond the norm, mixed with some steamy romance to get the blood boiling.

Susan lives in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California with her very romantic husband, her small yippy dog, Riley, and her humongous black cat, Saké. Her family consists of his and hers; four wonderful sons and one beautiful daughter, and seven grand angels. Susan loves when a story takes hold and pulls her into the fantasy, that’s magic.

You can visit Susan at http://susangriscom.com or email her at susangriscom1@gmail.com. She loves hearing from her fans.

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