Wednesday, July 1, 2015

INTERVIEW: Suzey Ingold's The Willow Weeps for Us (Summer Love Antho) plus #Giveaway!

Hello Suzey Ingold and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

You won a unicorn in a poker game (nice hand!) Do you use it for good or for evil?
For good! It’d be sacrilegious to use a unicorn for evil… Having said that, I’m awful at poker, so there’s a good chance if I’ve won it that it’s just a horse in disguise.

Is there a story you want to write desperately but you’re scared to try?
While I’m generally not the biggest science fiction fan, a part of me would love to write something set in space–some kind of intergalactic adventure, maybe with multiple dimensions. But with three elder brothers, two of whom are very much the sci-fi type, I would never get away with it because they’d be peering over my shoulder to correct me on why there can’t be a black hole there because of the relative, inter-dimensional space whatsit every ten seconds.

Sing us a little song.
In the mood for all his kissing
In the mood his crazy loving
In the mood what I was missing
It didn't take me long to say "I'm in the mood now”

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)
Jack can feel a few grains of sugar clinging to his bottom lip, remnants from the bowl of berries coated in sugar and milk that they have been sharing. The room is dimly lit now that the sun has moved to the other side of the house but he can still see Richard’s eyes on his mouth. Jack draws the tip of his tongue over the curve of his lower lip, gathering the sugar crystals and sucking them into his mouth. Richard swallows visibly, his Adam’s apple bobbing beneath his loose shirt collar. From out on the street there comes the sound of children hurtling past, a bicycle bell tinkling and the rush of rattling wheels. The footsteps follow and then fade away. And all the while, Richard does not take his eyes from Jack’s lips.
Richard lifts a hand and touches his thumb to the corner of Jack’s mouth, catching one stray sugar grain which he holds up for Jack to see, stuck to the pad of his thumb. “You missed a bit,” Richard murmurs.
Jack dips a finger into the bowl that is nothing more than sugary milk at this point and smears it over his mouth. He grins.

What is your current writing ambition?
To write stories I’m passionate about with characters I am proud of and plots that are realistic but with a slight sparkle of something fantastical. At this point in my life, that’s all I’m focusing on–I don’t want to get too caught up in the idea of “making it” as a writer just yet.

Would you ever consider quitting your EDJ to write fulltime?
Currently, my day job (as it were) is being a Linguistics student. I took a part-time year this past academic year for various reasons and having a little more time to myself to explore my creative interests was fantastic. But I’m ready to get back to it and finish up my undergraduate degree and then I guess we’ll see what the future holds from there!

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
I love to bake and I’m pretty good at it, too! My marbled chocolate brownies are to die for, if I do say so myself–or, at any rate, every time I make them, they seem to disappear pretty fast around my friends.

What story moment are you most proud of having written?
At this point in time, the opening to The Willows Weeps for Us because I think starting is always the hardest part of writing anything and the fact that I built up an opening that I liked enough to give me the momentum through to the end of that story means I must have done something right. There are dozens of stories I have started and never quite finished because I just couldn’t get them going right.

What literary quote describes you best?
I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.” – Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote

And finally, what kind of dachshund is the best kind of dachshund?
I’m highly allergic to anything with fur so no dachshunds for me, unfortunately.

*What inspired you to write The Willow Weeps for Us?
I’ve spent a lot of time in Cambridge because I have family there and it is very much a place that I feel you cannot walk through without imagining it in times gone by: the colleges with their old structures; the river and punting upon it, such an age-old tradition. It holds a sense of romance to me with those hints of nostalgia.

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book?
I’d like people to focus on the story between Jack and Richard, above and beyond the fact that everything must be secretive given the time period. This isn’t a story about having to sneak around unseen; this is a story about two young men and what they can find in the fleeting moments they have left.
*What are your hopes for this title?
Ideally, that people enjoy it, that people respond positively to it, and that people come away wanting to read more from me!
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Author Names: (See below)
Book Name: Summer Love
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Pages or Words: 276 pages
Categories: Please keep in mind that as an anthology, not all stories contain all elements listed.
Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Lesbian Romance, M/M Romance, Romance, Trans*, Young Adult, Collection
Publisher: Duet, a Young Adult imprint form Interlude Press
Cover Artist: BuckeyeGrrl Designs


Summer Love is the first collection of short stories published by Duet, the young adult imprint from Interlude Press. These short stories are about the emergence of young love of bonfires and beaches, of the magical in-between time when young lives step from one world to another, and about finding the courage to be who you really are, to follow your heart and live an authentic life. The contributing authors have written stories about both romantic and platonic love featuring characters who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, pansexual and queer/questioning. The authors also represent a spectrum of experience, identity and backgrounds.

Beautiful Monsters

A campaign volunteer is assigned to assist his high school’s Gay Straight Alliance for the Pride Parade, forcing him to face the students he had previously avoided, and the truth about himself. 

Author: Rachel Davidson Leigh is a writer, educator, and small town native who tells stories she wishes she could have read as a teen. Beautiful Monsters is her first published work of fiction. She lives in Wisconsin with her family and two dogs who are spoiled out of their tiny minds.

The Willow Weeps for Us
Jack, the young son of a grocer, falls for a charming piano teacher at the dawn of World War II.

Author: Suzey Ingold is a writer, linguist and coffee addict, currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brought up in a household where children's books are quoted over the dinner table, literature has always had a strong influence on her life. She enjoys travelling, scented candles and brunch.

The Fire Eater’s Daughter
When a traveling carnival comes back to town, Ruth must choose between caring for her mother and a life with the beautiful and mysterious Constance, the fire eater’s daughter.

Author: Amy Stilgenbauer is a writer and aspiring archivist currently based in southeast Michigan. She is the author of the novelette series, Season of the Witch, as well as the Young Adult novel, The Legend of League Park. When she isn’t writing, Amy enjoys all things bergamot and tries to keep her cats away from her knitting.

Surface Tension
Logan just wants a summer where he can be anonymous and fit in without labels, but that all changes when he meets out-and-proud Dave at summer camp.

Author: Ella J. Ash is a lawyer by day and an author by night. She has been a writer in online fan communities since 2006. She also enjoys dance parties with her family and cooking experimental vegetarian cuisine. She lives in Toronto with her partner, three daughters and four tropical fish.

My Best Friend
In a letter to his best friend, a young gay man reminisces about their relationship.

Author: H.J. Coulter lives in Winnepeg, Canada, where she works as a respite worker and studies music, in hopes of one day becoming a musical therapist. My Best Friend is her professional writing debut.

What the Heart Wants
A young student discovers attraction and desire through her experience drawing figures in her summer art class.

Author: Naomi Tajedler was born and raised in Paris, where art has always been a part of her life—including painting, restoring books, and working in auctions. She started writing in online fan communities in 2009.

The Most Handsome
Carter, a Cape Cod boy who recently came out as transgender, meets and falls in love with a college student visiting for the summer.

Author: S.J. Martin lives with his partner and their cranky, rotund cat in Washington D.C. He’s a barista by day and a writer by night. He makes a mean cappuccino and lives for good coffee, good books, and good company. The Most Handsome is his first published story.

Something Like Freedom
A boy finds a safe space from which to imagine a new future after leaving his conservative parents’ home, thanks in part to a new friend.

Author: Caroline Hanlin is a full time statistician, a part time stage manager, and an avid sports fan. She currently resides in Boston, where she enjoys writing during her commute. Something Like Freedom is her first published short story.

On the Shore
A young woman retreats to her parents’ beach house to nurse a broken heart, but instead meets a vivacious girl who helps her find joy again.

Author: Rachel Blackburn is a writer, musician and librarian based in central Ohio. When free from work, she enjoys cuddling with her cats, drinking tea, and baking more cupcakes than necessary. On the Shore is her professional writing debut.

Excerpt: (From Beautiful Monsters)
Beautiful Monsters
By Rachel Davidson Leigh

“Glad to see you could join the party,” Terrence deadpans, pressing a rainbow bandana into André’s hand. André grabs a second bandana out of the bag, stuffs one in each of his back pockets, and then goes in for a third.
“Cody was checking out the parade route,” André replies, in a smooth lie. “It turns out we’re still walking six blocks through absolutely nothing and then calling it a day.” Terrence laughs, and, as he turns away, André presses a handkerchief into Cody’s hand. “Use it wisely,” he whispers into Cody’s ear. “You’re one of us now.”
One of us. He’s never been part of an “us.” Cody stares down at the lines on the handkerchief and then at the two patches of color on the back of André’s jeans as he walks toward the arriving cars.
Cody expects panic, but it doesn’t come. Maybe he isn’t ready to be Gay with a capital G, but if “us” can mean being one of these idiots, then maybe he’s ready to have people of his own. As he watches the sharp sway of André’s hips, the heat rising up his neck doesn’t feel like fear. It feels like... clarity, as though the run put everything in perspective and now he can’t stop seeing André in crisp, dazzling color.
Someone presses a sign into his hand and guides him toward the parade staging area with the rest of the crew. Once again, he can’t hear himself think over the din, but it’s different now. At the meeting, and for years before that in the hallways, he felt like an invader locked out by a wall of sound, and now he’s somehow wandered inside.

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  1. Thank you so much for having me! :)

    1. Thank YOU for coming!! Please stop back ANY time, Suzey <3

  2. What a great interview Suzy. I love the interviews on this blog because they are always so unique