FRIDAY SF & FANTASY – The West Woods
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The West Woods
by Suzy Vadori
Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Evil Alter Ego Press
Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.
Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.
As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for. If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.
The Fountain on Goodreads (The West Woods is the prequel)
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
- I’ve always been a writer. I like the challenge of choosing the words. Later, I enjoyed making the words evoke feelings. I always knew I would write books, but it wasn’t until I was on maternity leave with my third child that I finally sat down and finished the manuscript for The Fountain.
What genres do you write in?
- I write for Young Adults, though because my books have both romance and mystery in them, they are read by all ages, which has been lots of fun.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
- The world of Young Adult books has changed so much in the last decade and it’s exciting to be able to be a part of the new fiction. Teen fiction now challenges so much about the world in creative ways. I write books I think my own kids will find exciting.
How did you break into the field?
- After my first novel was complete, I looked around to find a Young Adult writing community in Calgary, Alberta, where I live to figure out where to go next. I didn’t find what I was looking for with Young Adult writers, but I started volunteering with a multi-genre festival called When Words Collide. At the time, they put on 2-3 hours of Young Adult programming during the festival annually. I accepted the honor of becoming the Program Manager for Middle Grade/Young Adult, and five years later we’ve grown this part of the festival to thirty hours of programming during the weekend that the festival is held. I now have the community of authors I’d been looking for, and I am proud to have been part of building this amazing, supportive crew.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
- No matter what it is that I’m writing, I like to keep the readers guessing. If you think the plot is going to zig, it’ll probably zag. I find life is like that, and I like thinking about what would happen if everything wasn’t as it seems.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
- I love hearing from readers who’ve connected in some way with my books.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
- I move at a warp speed pace in life, which I love. Publishing is an industry that doesn’t move like that, and I have to make an effort to accept the pace. I suppose it’s therapeutic for me to slow down every now and again. Also, time is a story’s best friend. As much as I’d like my writing to tick along as efficiently as everything else in my life, the writing and editing always gets better with time, as your mind works out the kinks in the plot. There is nothing better than coming back to a manuscript after stepping away for a month or two.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
- Do it! And do it your way. There are many different models of how to make a living as a writer. I haven’t met two authors who have structured their careers in exactly the same way. Build your writing career the way that will work best for you, and don’t let others tell you that you can’t. There’s room for all of us.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
- I love Young Adult novels. I like to read as many as I can to keep perspective on what’s out there and how the genre is changing. I also beta read for many friends and colleagues in different genres, which is lots of fun. I love reading books written by authors I know personally. Their books give a window into the way their minds work, which is always neat, no matter what genre they write. If there’s nothing in my “I’ve promised to read” pile (which is rare), then I choose either historical fiction for pure enjoyment, or the latest best seller, to try to understand what about it captured folks’ attention.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
- I like to set goals, and am always working on something new. I have my Sommelier’s license (wine connoisseur), run half marathons and do triathlons. I love to cook, and rarely follow a recipe or make the same thing twice.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
- You can find me on my website, suzyvadori.wordpress.com, Twitter/@vadoris, Facebook/Suzy Vadori Author, Instagram/Suzy Vadori Author
About the Author
Suzy Vadori is an Operations executive by day, Writer by night. The Fountain is her debut novel for Young Adults. Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers’ community, service as Program Manager for Young Adult at When Words Collide (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three kids.
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