Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Suze Reese. Suze is the author of ExtraNormal.
Keep reading to learn more about the ExtraNormal book tour, and win prizes. Grand Prize includes an ExtraNormal book bag stuffed with a Kindle, signed
copy of ExtraNormal by Suze Reese, EN t-shirt, 5 signed EN bookmarks,
and $20 Amazon Gift Card!
EJ: When did you begin writing?
I'm pretty sure I was taking notes in the womb. "Mom was crying
again today. She says she's tired of being bloated, whatever that is." I
got great grades in school, not because I was smart, but because I
could pretty much write my way through anything. I was in my early
twenties when I decided to try writing a novel. It took about 5 years
and kind of stunk. It had good elements, but I hadn't learned about
story structure, which is an entirely different skill set from writing.
EJ: What brought you to the paranormal genre?
That's one of my favorite questions. It was a college science
class. Science was something I avoided like the plague. But eventually
they informed me that I would not graduate without at least one science
credit. So I picked the most interesting-sounding one I could find:
Evolution. And while the professor went on about the evolutional changes
on our world, I daydreamed about a world that started out just like
ours but evolved differently. By the end ExtraNormal was born. I did get
an A in the class, so I guess I didn't daydream too much.
EJ: If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?
Well, this talent probably isn't cool enough to make it into a
paranormal book, but if I were forced to pick just one I'd have to grab
the house-cleaning nose twitch from Bewitched. (If you could see the
room I'm sitting in you'd tell me to go for it.)
EJ: Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.
I've been told it's unique from what's out there right now. It's a
fairly complex story and yet doesn't take itself too seriously. There
is what I hope a good balance of intrigue, romance, action, and humor.
It takes a look at humans from an outsider's perspective, which I think
gives readers a lot to consider.There are so many things we take for
granted that Mira is just discovering--our food, our technology, our
social situations. I've been told over and over that it sticks with the
reader. They think about it when they put it down. In fact, yesterday I
had lunch with a close friend who had just read an ARC of ExtraNormal.
In fact we were meeting so I could pick it up from her. And mid-way
through lunch she says, "I've just got to tell you. Three or our times
during our chat I've had the thought that I need to tell you about this
amazing book I just read. And then I go 'Oh that's right, she wrote
it.'" Plus Jesse is very hot.
EJ: If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?
I didn't want to have a set image as I developed my characters,
so I've tried not to "type cast" them. But my son tells me that Mira as
she's depicted on my cover looks like Selena Gomez. And while I think
she's a versatile actress, she's a little too short for my Mira. I think
I'd have to pick Jessica Alba. She has the right look, has Mira's hint
of sophistication, and as a bonus has had some sci-fi and paranormal
roles. For Jesse I'm thinking Zac Efron. He'd have to dye his hair, but
his eyes and smile are perfect. Orlando Bloom is my hands-down pick for
Everett, who is supposed be the embodiment of the perfect male specimen.
And maybe that's just my opinion of Orlando, but there you go. He is a
little old to play a 17-year-old. In fact probably all of them are. But
we're talking fantasy casting here, so I'll let Hollywood worry about
the age problem.
ExtraNormal (ExtraNormal #1) by Suze Reese
Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Except that she
knows how to harness electro-magnetic energy to communicate without
words. And she's really, really far from home. Her assignment as an
emissary to Earth sounds fairly simple: blend in, observe, and stay away
from the planet’s primitive males. But after she finds one mysterious
boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes the real reason
she's supposed to keep her distance: mates from her world can die if
separated. But a series of serious accidents make it clear that someone
wants to force her return. Mira decides her only hope is to uncover the
truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen
for this assignment—before the agency discovers her secret and sends her
Thank you Suze for joining us here today at From the Shadows!
To learn more about Suze Reese and her books, please visit her website.
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