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Saturday, 16 August 2014

AVA CONWAY/SUZANNE ROCK




AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Ava Conway/Suzanne rock




(Same Author Different Pen Names)

1,Tell us a little about yourself ?



I’m a stay at home mom who is addicted to reality television, strong coffee,
a fudge brownie sundae, and football. J Go Patriots!



2,How would you discribe your books?



I write under two pen names, but they both have similar themes. I like to write about people discovering themselves. As Ava Conway, I write coming of age stories (new adult) or mid-life epiphany stories (think How Stella Got her Groove Back or Eat, Pray, Love). As Suzanne Rock, that discovery is more of a sexual awakening.



3,What genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping
( if not already ) to explore new ventures? .



For seven years I wrote erotic romance as Suzanne Rock. Recently, I became burnt
out on sex scenes and wanted to challenge myself. HOLLOW is my first
mainstream new adult romance as Ava Conway.



4,Share with us a quote from one of your favourite characters in your books?



“Tell me Lucy, do you always play by the rules?” ~ Jayden



5, Is it hard to come up with new idea's and / or plot's?



Not really. I get ideas from reading books, watching television, reading magazines,
and people watching. Most of the time, I have more ideas than I do time to write.



6,What inspired you to write your first book?



This series is the movie “Girl, Interrupted” (starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie)
and Beautiful Disaster (by Jamie Maguire) all rolled into one.
The setting is Newton Heights Medical Institution, and follows a group
of young people in their early twenties as they pick up the pieces of their lives
and heal what is broken inside.



Ever see that reality show with Dr. Drew called “Celebrity Rehab?”
It’s kind of like that, but less focus on drugs and alcohol and more focus on romance.



 The inspiration for Lucy, the heroine, came from a news program I saw many years ago. I forget what show it was on. Anyway, the segment I was watching focused on freshmen at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – a local university) and the enormous pressure they were under to succeed. Many of these students had been raised believing that they had to be the best at everything they did. Failure was not an option. They were at the top of their class, volunteered countless hours in community service, played instruments at the professional level, and excelled at varsity sports. Basically, they were kept so busy that they were never allowed to learn who they were and grow. They did it all…and had never failed at anything. When they first started at MIT, some fell to number two or three at various college activities… and they considered themselves a failure. Eventually, the pressure to be number one began to take its toll. The television program talked about how many of these kids broke under such extreme pressure and entered severe depression. Some of them had to be institutionalized. All of them had to drop out of college to save their sanity.



 

7,Who is the easiest character to write for and Why? Hardest and why?



Lucy is the easiest because I can identify with her. Her mother was the hardest
because it was difficult to picture someone who was so self-centered.



8,Without giving anything away, what is/are your favourite scenes in your book(s)?



My favorite scenes is the first time Lucy and Jayden play croquet together.



9,Do you have any hobbies?



Hobbies, what’ that? Lol. I’m a mom to two kids, and I run a small business.
Free time, if I have any, is either dedicated to my husband or to reading a great book.






10,How did you come up with the title?



Hollow describes how Lucy is feeling in the beginning of the book.
She is emotionally drained. It hurts too much to feel.
Throughout the course of the book, she begins to fill this void and live again.






11,How much of the book is realistic? Are experiences based on someone you know,
or events in your own life?



Very realistic. I have both family and friends who have suffered from depression,
and one of my closest friends is a mental health professional.



12,What book are you reading now?



Breakable by Tamara Webber



13,Can you share a little of your current work with us?



Right now I’m working on edits for AT HIS SERVICE, a 4 part e-serial coming in
February 2015 from St. Martin’s press. This is a modern-day, erotic,
Downton Abbey story that follows the Perconti family,
a Hiltonesque family that owns a flagship hotel in Boston’s North End.
It has a very soap opera feel to it, which I think will lend itself well to the e-serial.


BY

LOUISE



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