- Today, I’m interviewing Suzanne de
Montigny, author of The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy, the first of a
trilogy. Her novel is the pick of the week at Amazon and a top seller at
Muse It Up Publishing. Leave a comment here and you might win a free eBook of The Shadow of the Unicorn!
filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror.
Azaria, a unicorn
colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a
terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth,
the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But
nothing compares to the danger when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle
in the valley, and their leader discovers the healing power in the unicorns’
horns. Greedy and ruthless, Ishmael will stop at nothing in his pursuit of
wealth – even the complete extinction of the herd. Azaria must find a way to
outsmart Ishmael before it’s too late.
2. How did you pick the genre you write
for over 20 years. One day, I had five minutes left at the end of class and so
asked the kids, “Do you want to hear a story?” Hands shot up. And so I ducked
down behind the piano with lots of noise-making gadgets and I made up a tale on
the spot about a mysterious creature in a small town that was killing folks.
They loved it. After that, I had to tell stories at the end of every class. But
not just that class, all of my classes. It got to the point where kids would
stop my on the playground and ask for them. So how did I pick the genre I write
in? I didn’t. The kids did.
- What drew you to the subject of The
Shadow of the Unicorn?
grade six. I was a horse aficionado. I lived and breathed horses but never got
one. Unicorns were just another type of horse in my mind.
- What was the name of the first novel
you wrote? Did you try to publish it?
Unicorn. My mother talked about getting my unicorn novella published but I
didn’t think it was good enough. It was full of misspelled words, repetitions,
and had punctuation problems. But when you got to the end of it, you really
felt for the characters. I think that’s why I always kept it with me all my
life. It came to every apartment I ever lived in.
- How many rejections have you received?
got two rejections before being accepted.
- Why did you pick the publisher that
ultimately published your book?
because when I opened up the website, there was this wonderful banner of a
Pegasus. I thought, “Now these are the people who will love my unicorns.”
- If you could ask your readers one
question, what would it be?
(so I can change it).
- Tell me one thing about yourself that
very few people know?
know me personally, you’ll be privy to this, but on-line you can’t possibly
tell. I have a lazy eye and oh my, but that has caused me so much trouble all
my life. As a teacher, the kids were often confused, not knowing to whom I was
talking. As a teenager, I was given a really mean nickname by a nasty boy. It
spread. When I was really little, I couldn’t understand why there was a
crescent moon in my vision. It was my brain cancelling out most of what my left
eye saw. Anyway, that’s it. That’s my embarrassing thing.
- What do you consider your strengths in
terms of your writing?
good at carrying people away to another world. I paint a picture in people’s
minds with sights, sounds, and smells. I’m told too that I’m good at writing
- What’s your favorite thing about your
psychic dinosaur who survives the asteroid because he has a destiny to help the
unicorns survive. He’s a wonderful, selfless creature, sensitive, and very
- What did you enjoy most about writing
and improving it.
- What was the hardest scene to write?
hardest to write. I’m not really someone who likes a lot of action and so have
to work really hard at this.
- I’ve noticed half of your proceeds
goes to the Third World Eye Care Society. How did you come to that
of vision problems. I even had cataracts in my forties. Then last summer, I
developed a mysterious affliction. I was in Ireland and realized that I
couldn’t read the tourist signs. My vision was washed out at the focal point.
It got worse and worse until I could only read the newspaper with a magnifying
all sorts of specialists and all for free. Eventually the problem mostly
cleared up enough that I can read the paper again. But it got me to thinking
that there are all sorts of people in third world countries who can’t even
afford glasses. After talking to my ophthalmologist, I decided to give partial
proceeds to the Third World Eye Care Society, a group of doctors who travel to
underdeveloped nations carrying thousands of pairs of glasses and performing
surgery for free.
video of a young woman who was legally blind all her life until TWECS came. All
she needed was a strong pair of glasses to claim back her life. You can see it
Guaranteed it’ll make you cry.
school visits. I do a raffle. Anyone who brings in used eyeglasses gets their
name put in a draw to win a Shadow of the Unicorn t-shirt.
- So what’s next for you? What are you
working on now?
Unicorn series. In this story, a corrupt leader makes life miserable for the
unicorns and even creates a false god to frighten them into submission. Of
course, the unicorns are discovered again by the humans, endangering them. But
the best part of all, is they find Darius again!
- Where can we find Shadow of the
Publishing where it’s one of the top ten sellers!