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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Between Tweens - Middle-Grade Author Suzanne de Montigny

This is the last interview in the Between Tween mini blog hop. This week I've interviewed Suzanne de Montigny. I must apologize first because our internet is down, I'll put on bio at a later date. Thanks

1. Please give us an idea of what your story is about from your main character's perspective.
A loud, hissing sound 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 long was the process for this book, like how long from idea to finish did it take?
In all honesty, about forty years if you take into account that the story is based on a novella I wrote when I was in grade six. But once I began writing it again, it took me about four years before it was published. That’s because I was learning to write properly. Now it doesn’t take me anywhere near as long to finish a book.
3. Do you write in the mornings or evenings or whenever you like?
I write in the morning when my mind is fresh as a daisy. If I write continuously until my boys come home, I’m usually pretty exhausted and can’t think anymore. That’s when I take a nap.

4. Do you have an ambition to write a paper novel some day?
Absolutely! It’s challenging selling ebooks to middle grade kids. They still like paperbacks.

5. What do you like about MuseItUp Publishing?
All the care and attention I get from other authors. They’ve been such a great help. It’s so nice to be part of such a large family of authors.


  1. That must have been one incredible novella to be carried around since the sixth grade. Wow!

    1. Well, you know, Stephen, it had plenty of mistakes to be sure, but at the end of the story, you cared so much for that unicorn. I think that's why I always wanted to keep it.

  2. Suzanne, I'm so impressed that you not only kept, but eventually published a story started in your childhood. My brother and I started writing together as kids, but that stuff was pretty awful! At least, I think it was. We lost it long ago.

  3. Thanks so much for the between tweens blog hop. I've visited all of the authors' blogs today and discovered more about each one of you. I need to go back and catch up on the previous ones. It's fun to learn about fellow MIU authors. Suzanne I had no idea you had this story in your head for so long. So happy you were able to share it with readers through MuseItUp Publishing.