Blog Tour: Susane Colasanti & Contest
Today I’m hosting the fabulous Susane Colasanti on the second stop of her Something Like Fate Tour! As part of the tour I have a special guest post with Susane and a mini interview. Something Like Fate will be hitting shelves May 4, 2010!
Best friends Lani and Erin couldn’t be more different. Lani’s reserved and thoughtful; Erin’s bubbly and outgoing. Lani likes to do her own thing; Erin prefers an entourage. There’s no possible way they could be interested in the same guy.
So when Erin starts dating Jason, Lani can’t believe she feels such a deep connection with him—and it may be mutual. The more Lani fights it, the more certain she feels that it’s her fate to be with Jason. But what do you do when the love of your life is the one person you can’t have
Today’s Guest Post Topic is Dream Analysis (You can check out Topic 1: Astrology at Presenting Lenore)
I had a dream journal back in high school. Every morning when I woke up, I’d write down everything I could remember about my dream. I couldn’t remember too much at first. Each dream took up a page at most. But after a while, I started remembering a lot more. My descriptions became crazy detailed. Then I started remembering two dreams I had the night before, or even three. It got intense. I had a book that explained what your dreams meant and I would analyze the symbolism of everything. Writing about my dreams got so involved that I’d miss the bus. Yep, I took the bus all through high school. Everyone else had a car by junior year. I’ve never had a car. I hardly even remember how to drive. Anyway. The dream journal thing just got mad complicated and it would take like over an hour to write down everything and dreams were kind of taking over my life. Eventually, I had to let the journal go.
P.S. Readers often ask if I ever use experiences from real life in my books. I do. If you’ve read Take Me There, this whole dream journal thing might sound familiar.
Have you ever experienced something that could only be described as fate?
Totally. A few years after I moved to New York, I was getting on the subway at a time when I normally wouldn’t be on the subway. It wasn’t even my usual subway line. A few stops later, an old friend who’s never even lived here got onto my same exact subway car! He was randomly visiting for the day. We were able to reconnect because of several choices I’d made (e.g. getting on the subway when I did, choosing that car, looking up from my book so I’d notice him), but I believe those choices were influenced by fate. Little things like that happen all the time. Thinking about someone and then they call a second later. Waking up from a dream about two people to find that they both emailed me while I was sleeping, even though neither of them ever emails me. Writing an unusual word and then hearing someone say it on NPR just as I’m typing the last letter. And on and on. These kinds of things happen so frequently now that when my friend told me she and her new boyfriend had the same birthday, I was like of course. If we’re open to the Energy, we become more attuned to forces like fate that connect all of us on a subconscious level.
If you could travel into the future, what event of your life would you want to see before it happens?
At first I was going to say that I’d want to see my death (for reassurance that I’ll live a long, healthy life), but that would freak me out way too much. I’m not crazy about the idea of time travel. As we all know from Back to the Future, time travel comes with dire consequences. You have no idea what kind of butterfly effect you’d have just from an innocent peek into the past or future. So I think I would have to pass on that opportunity.
What was the easiest thing about writing Something Like Fate? The hardest?
I always love finding ways to fit in the quirky details that hopefully make my characters feel more real. Character development is an awesome ride. As I’m writing a new book, my characters reveal more of themselves to me. I have a lot of fun getting to know the layers of their personality and showing my readers exactly who they are. The hardest part was probably resolving the story lines without tying up everything with a big red bow. The big red bow is such a lie. Like, what, every problem the main character has is going to be realistically resolved by the end of the story? I don’t think so. That said, there needs to be a resolution that naturally evolves in a positive way. I like to end my books on an uplifting note without clarifying exactly what’s going to happen after the last page. It was a challenge to resolve the main story line and subplots without it looking like everyone’s problems magically vanished within the last five pages. Hopefully, I ended the book in a way that did not seem wildly unrealistic.
Thanks Susan for that great interview!
You can also read the first Three Chapters of Something Like Fate at this Susane Colasanti Sampler!
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Dates of Susane’s “offline” tour: http://windowlight.livejournal.com/2010/04/02/
I have a signed finished copy of Something Like Fate for one lucky winner! Since this prize is being provided by the publisher, this contest is open to US/Canada only.
Official Contest information:
- to enter, please fill out the form below
- entrants must be 13 years of age or older
- contest deadline is May 4, 2010
- contest open US/Canada