Tuesday, 16 January 2007

Susan May Warren and the Reclaiming Nick Blog Tour

For those of you who have read my previous posts you know Susan May Warren is one of my "must read" authors so I am delighted to be part of a blog tour promoting her new book, Reclaiming Nick. This is the first book in Susie's Noble Legacy series, published by Tyndale and now available in the US. Those of us down under will have to enjoy a couple more months of anticipation!.

Back Cover Blurb:

Nick Noble hadn’t planned on being the prodigal son.
But when his father dies and leaves half the Silver Buckle—the Noble family ranch—to Nick’s former best friend, he returns home to face his mistakes . . . and to guarantee that the ranch stays in the Noble family.
Award-winning journalist Piper Sullivan believes Nick framed her brother for murder, and she’s determined to find justice. But following Nick to the Silver Buckle and posing as a ranch cook proves more challenging than she thinks. So does resisting his charming smile.
As Nick seeks to overturn his father’s will—and Piper digs for answers—family secrets surface that send Nick’s life into a tailspin. But there’s someone else who wants to take the Silver Buckle from the Noble family, and he’ll stop at nothing—even murder—to make it happen.

My copy has not quite made it across the Pacific Ocean yet so I am unable to include a review but check back soon. In the meantime, enjoy the following Q & A's with Susie:

Rel~20th Century Fox wants you to write a screenplay for Reclaiming Nick and you get to choose the actors - who are you going to pick?

Susie~What a fun question! Hmm, well, this is a great question:

For Nick, I’d cast Matthew Fox, because I love his role in Lost as the unwilling leader. He seems like a guy who would try and write old wrongs.

For Piper, I’d cast Erica Durance who plays Lois Lane on Smallville. She is savvy and confident but finds herself in way over her head time and again.

For Maggie, I’d cast Kathryn Hahn from Crossing Jordon. Maggie is a strong woman who feels things deeply and tries to hold everyone together.

For Cole, I’d cast Jerry O’Donnell, also from Crossing Jordan (You’re seeing my favorite shows). Jerry is a beta hero, we don’t’ realize he’s the hero until he suddenly comes out of the woodwork and saves the day. He’s the one behind the scenes who is committed to his life, his heroine, his task, regardless of the cost.

For Stefanie, I’d cast Evangeline Lilly, (again from Lost) only because she has to be strong and independent to run her own ranch for so many years and her long black hair reminds me of Stefanie Noble.

For Dutch, I’d cast Ed Harris, who always plays a quiet man with great wisdom.

I know you are a fan of The Princess Bride! Please give us your favourite line.......

Inconceivable! As you wish, and of course, “Anybody want a peanut?” Lately, however, it’s been “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”

What comes first for you - plot or characters?

I usually start with a gem of an idea for a plot, and then go to character, and I ask myself what kind of people might be involved in this kind of plot, who would be the most interesting characters. I often write about people I’d like to know, or professions I’d like to research, in settings I’d like to explore. And then I look at the local news which is rife with ideas, and pulled tidbits from there to jumpstart my imagination. I then ask my characters what would be the worst thing they could imagine happening, and then, of course, I make that happen!

Which of your female characters is most like you or which one would you like to be?

I have to answer that in two parts – the character who is most like me is, of course, Josey Berglund, in Everything’s coming up Josey. But Lacey Galloway, tough, resilient, willing to give her life for her child is who I would most like to be like. I think the best match of these questions, however, is Mona Reynolds, from Happily Ever After – bookstore owner and handy gal who follows her dreams.

How have you and the family adjusted to returning to the US and the cultural/philosophical differences between Russia and the US?

Being stateside, although wonderful for the conveniences, has made us miss Russian relationships. Russians are all about their friends, and think nothing of spending a lot of time together, eating and hanging out. I also miss the adventure of shopping in the market. I always felt like a sort of secret agent as I scoured the market for items I’d need, or interesting food items. Shopping was always a great adventure!!

Thanks so much Susie :)

Thank you so much Narelle, for letting me stop by and talk a little about Nick! Love the questions!


Anonymous said...

Nice interview!

Christine Lynxwiler said...

Wow, very insightful questions, Rel. Great answers, Susie. Thanks for sharing!

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