Tuesday, March 31, 2015

{Tour Stop} I HEART ROBOT by Suzanne van Rooyen—Author Interview + Giveaway

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I Heart Robot
by Suzanne van Rooyen

Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won't belittle her musical aspirations.

Q-I-99 aka 'Quinn' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power.

Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart?

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Sci-fi
Publisher: Month9Books
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with Suzanne van Rooyen


LM: What inspired you to write I Heart Robot?

Suzanne: A single idea really, that of a girl unwittingly falling in love with a robot. The rest of the story germinated from that 'what if' and was influenced by many things like a certain scene from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Asimov's I, Robot collection, and my own personal experiences as a musician.

LM: What was your favorite part about Tyri's character?

Suzanne: Her indomitable spirit. This is a girl who knows what she wants and won't let other people get her down. Even though she lacks the emotional support from her family and friends, she still pursues her dream of being a professional violinist. That takes some serious willpower when you're only 16 and feel alone in your dream.

LM: Was there anything particularly challenging about writing I Heart Robot?

Suzanne: Writing from an android's perspective. I had to constantly check that Quinn hadn't drawn breath or felt butterflies in his stomach or had any other human reactions to things. As human as he was, he was still a machine and I sometimes forgot that when I got caught up in the plot.

LM: Do you listen to music while you write? Any particular song/artist that inspired you while writing this book?

Suzanne: Yes! Always. This book was drafted almost entirely to the music of Beethoven, Scriabin, Dvorak and Chopin. Later, during revisions and edits, I listened to the exquisite music of Olafur Arnalds. I also made character-specific playlists which included songs from artists like Fever Ray, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Gary Numan, and Link Park.

LM: Give us a glimpse into your book—share one of your favorite quotes or scenes from the story!

Suzanne: This is difficult to do without giving away any spoilers, but one of my favourite scenes involves my android Quinn and his frenemy Kit. They're in a cemetery at sunrise and it's a really poignant moment.

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Suzanne: Wall climbing, which often results in sore fingers not conducive for typing at the keyboard. I also enjoy spending time outdoors with my shiba inu, Lego, be it jogging, hiking through the forest or relaxing in the park with a good book (in summer of course). Other non-writing activities include watching TV shows like Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones, playing Kerbal Space Program, and attempting to teach myself to play guitar.

LM: If you could meet any person, living or dead, who would it be?

Suzanne: Wow, so many choices! I'd love to meet so many different people for so many different reasons, but I guess I'd have to say Neil Gaiman. He inspired me to become a writer and his works continue to inspire and challenge me to become a better writer. I also imagine he'd be marvelous dinner company, especially if Amanda Palmer were able to make it as well.

LM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

Suzanne: Hm, perhaps that as a child I was a member of a stage arts academy and had a regular gig on a pretty well known South African TV show. My face appeared in the opening sequence of that show for years!

LM: Thank you so much for answering my questions today! Is there anything you'd like to add; anything you'd like to say to your readers?

Suzanne: Yes. A huge thank you to all my readers! Without you, I wouldn't be able to write these books, so thank you to everyone who buys my books and reads my words. I appreciate it more than you will ever know.

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Suzanne is a tattooed storyteller from South Africa. She currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.

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