1)WHY DO YOU TELL STORIES?

Because there is no better way to take a break from reality than by diving
into a new and different world with colourful characters spawned from my
own imagination. I tell stories because the process is cathartic and the
end result is something I love sharing with others, offering readers
entertainment and escapism, and if I manage to provoke discussion, elicit
emotion and to get people thinking a little differently about the
world then that's great too.

2)GIVE THE AUDIENCE ONE PIECE OF WRITING OR STORYTELLING ADVICE:

Be authentic and stay true to your characters. Some stories will require
opening a vein but don't be afraid of digging that deep. Some stories will
hurt to write, and they should.

3) TELL US, WHY WE SHOULD READ YOUR BOOK

Hm, because I like to think my book is a little different from the usual YA
fair. I think LGBT and minority characters deserve a greater place in genre
fiction, particularly science fiction, so I'm quite proud of the fact
that *Obscura
Burning *features a bisexual protagonist who's in love with a Latino boy
and Navajo girl. *Obscura Burning *doesn't shy away from darker themes
either and I'm so happy my editor and publisher, Etopia Press, never asked
me to censor the content. That said, the story is dark and does include
self-harm, abuse and alcoholism so it's not a book for everyone.

4) RECOMMEND A BOOK, COMIC BOOK, FILM, OR GAME: SOMETHING WITH GREAT
STORY. GO!

Wow, so many! Yikes. This is cruel, making me pick just one. I think I'd
have to recommend a little known Belgium made film starring Jared Leto.
It's called *Mr Nobody *and is one of the most fantastic movies I've ever
seen, melding various story lines into a coherent whole that all stems from
a little boy's inability to make a life altering decision. It's an amazing
film and if I could one day write a book telling a story as intricate and
astounding as this film's then I will feel truly satisfied. Here's the
trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU_aIfityBQ

Info about the author:
I'm a YA author with a penchant for the dark and strange. I primarily write speculative fiction but enjoy literary writing as well. I occasionally delve into adult genres too.

I'm a musician and have a Master's degree in music, but I prefer writing strange stories, baking peanut butter cupcakes and playing with my shiba inu. 

I'm repped by Jordy Albert of the Booker Albert Agency.

Her links:
website: http://suzannevanrooyen.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5306442.Suzanne_van_Rooyen

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