8.08.2012

Suzanne Lazear Interview | Class of 2K12

Today I have author Suzanne Lazear, author of Innocent Darkness, here as part of my Class of 2K12 interview series! Innocent Darkness was officially released--TODAY! If you love steampunk, you'll want to go get yourself a copy of this book. :)


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and any hobbies you have?
I have a family and a day job. I like to craft, especially with my daughter, but I’m really bad at it, so I usually end up sewing with a glue gun or using things in ways they’re not intended. I like steampunk, though I’m no good at sewing. I did manage to make my own raygun.

What do you want readers to feel after reading your book?
I want them to fall in love with Steampunk! Hahaha, just kidding. I hope INNOCENT DARKNESS appeals not just those who like steampunk or faeries, but to anyone who enjoys a good dark fairytale. There’s action, romance, flying cars, and hot faery boys. I hope readers feel satisfied after reading it, yet look forward to book 2.

What was the hardest scene or chapter to write, and why?
Emotionally, many of the scenes at Findlay House, the boarding school Noli’s sent to after she crashes the flying car, were the hardest. Findlay is not a nice place, they literally turn “problem” girls into “proper” ladies by beating and torturing them. One particular scene when Noli’s being punished was particularly difficult because it’s a pretty horrid punishment and takes you to a dark place. But that act also serves as a turning point for the story. Noli finally realizes that she can’t stay at Findlay, no matter the repercussions, which leads her to ultimately make the wish that sends her tumbling into the Otherworld. Most of the treatments and punishments at Findlay are based on actual methods used during the Victorian era, as are the different “diagnosis” given to the girls. Being “willful” could land a young woman in reform school, or worse, an asylum, during that era. ~shudders~

What has been the most rewarding part of having your book published?
Seeing my name on the cover art. I’ve wanted to be a published author for a long time. The third grade is as far back as I can remember me having this goal, but it may go back even further. Also, I’ve gotten to meet so many wonderful people during my publishing journey.

And just for fun: Everyone has a bizarre hidden talent. Care to share yours?
Until fairly recently I was a competitive Irish Dancer—that was actually how I got into writing YA, the teens in my dance class made me do it. I finally stopped going to dance class because between the day job, deadlines, and my family, I just couldn’t do it. I miss dancing and I miss my “gurlz.”


Thank you so much for having me on.



Wow! Okay, two things we need pics/video of: the ray gun, and you dancing! (AmIright, readers?) ;) 
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. Congrats on the publication of Innocent Darkness!


Suzanne Lazear
About Suzanne Lazear

Suzanne Lazear writes Steampunk stories for adults and teens. Her Young Adult Steampunk dark fairytale "Innocent Darkness", book 1 of The Aether Chronicles, will be released from Flux in August of 2012. She always plays with swords, is never described as normal, and has been known to run with bustles. Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter, the hubby, a hermit crab, and two chickens.


Find Suzanne Here:  Website  /   Twitter  /   Facebook






Book cover of Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear
Wish. Love. Desire. Live.


In a Steampunk version of Victorian Los Angeles, Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock's hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer's eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. Her wish sends her tumbling into the Otherworld. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.


Purchase Innocent Darkness here:
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