MFT Q&A and Giveaway with Suzanne McLeod!

Happy Monday, gang! I’d like to start the week off with a Q&A with the lovely Suzanne McLeod, author of the Spellcrackers series! Also up for grabs is a copy of The Cold Kiss of Death (Spellcrackers 2) to one lucky winner (see giveaway details at the bottom of this post)

*Don’t forget to check out the My Favorite Things Event Schedule for all the fun stuff coming up, as well as anything you might have missed!

Welcome back to the blog, Suzanne! As always, it’s a pleasure to have you here! I thought that this time, we’d do a fun little Q&A!

Thanks so much for asking me back, Kristin! It’s always huge fun to be interrogated . . . er, answer your fab questions! *g*

What is something that you love to see in a good book?

Exciting, proactive characters I can root for (or admire/hate if they’re the villains of the piece *g*), interesting and imaginative worldbuilding, and a great well-put together plot with lots of action that gets my heart pounding!

What makes you toss a book aside in frustration?

Hm, characters who don’t act/react believably, but instead are just marionettes to the book’s plot, (she says, looking around the authorial glass house she’s sitting in, and hoping her own characters don’t ever do anything so stupid).

What is one of the most daring things you’ve ever done?

Bungee jumped off the Eiffel Tower . . . err, no wait, I used the lift instead as I’m afraid of heights. Oh, I know! I raced a swarm of zombies through a burned out town to rescue . . . err, no wait, I was running away, and it was only an anxiety dream anyway. Darn it! You’ve caught me out . . . I’m just too much the scaredy cat to do anything daring.

What’s one of the most embarrassing things you’ve ever done (that you’ll admit to)?

Well, there was this one time which I call: ‘how to make yourself look stupid in one easy lesson’. I was at an event and a very lovely person asked me to sign one of my books for him. Now, I had been introduced to this gentleman earlier, but sadly, my ability to remember names is akin to carrying water in a sieve. But instead of doing the really smart thing, and owning up I couldn’t remember, I thought I’d be a super-dooper clever-clogs author! So, working on the assumption (and y’know what they say about assuming things *sigh*) that a lot of names sound the same, but can have a variety of spellings, I asked him how he spelled his. Turns out he was called Tom! *sends more apologies to Tom* *cringes*

Quick! What’s something that makes you laugh out loud?

Friends! (The TV show) I love it! And the repeats often have me in stitches with the anticipation of what I know is coming next .

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Reading! I know, why should I feel guilty about it (after all, I can sort of call it work now *g*), but I do . . . especially when I’m reading instead of getting on with the job I’m supposed to be doing. *gives massive laundry pile the evil eye* (All those years of reading books under school desks during lessons, and reading by torchlight under the bedclothes have obviously scarred me for life!)

What’s one of the best films you’ve seen recently?

Ah, I don’t watch a lot of films, so not so much the best, as the last one I watched, which was the ‘Book of Eli’ with Denzel Washington (an actor I’ve always admired). I enjoyed the film, though not as much as I hoped I would. I felt it had some plot holes, and I wasn’t enamored of the twist, but it did leave me with a lasting impression of the great post-apocalyptic landscape/atmosphere that pervaded the movie.

If Spellcrackers made it to the big screen, who would you like to see as Genny?

A young Tilda Swinton! I think she has that otherworldly look about her, and I loved her as the White Witch in Narnia, and as the angel in Constantine 😀

Is there anything you’d like to share about upcoming projects or events?

I have a short prequel story coming out in August in ‘Home Improvement: Undead Edition’ – by the wonderful editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner. The Story is called ‘Full-Scale Demolition’ and is the tale of all that goes wrong when Genny takes a job evicting pixies from a posh renovation project. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I’m really thrilled my little story is keeping literary company with some of my favourite authors in such a fantastic anthology.

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*Giveaway is for one copy of The Cold Kiss of Death (Spellcrackers 2) to one winner.
*To enter: Please leave a comment for Suzanne, with a way to contact you!
*Open INTERNATIONALLY (wherever The Book Depository ships)
*Must be 18 to enter
*Giveaway Ends July 5th, 2011


  1. great interview! thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

  2. So you never raced a swarm of zombies? Awww … then again it's better you're an author than a zombie killer 😉 !

    danaan at gmx dot at

  3. This is a new series for me, I would love to read it.

  4. Great review and interview. I actually just heard about this series yesterday and here you are writing about it. Must mean I need to pick the books up, lol.
    j-9-books (At) hotmail (dot) com

  5. I don't think reading is a guilty pleasure….lol…well maybe it is..I can't really function at all without it.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  6. I haven't read these series before but seems interesting!
    I love Friends too LOL that TV show never bores me!!


  7. Great interview and the series looks really good. No bunjee jumping for me either, because I too have a fear of heights.

  8. I enjoyed the interview, it was fun. The Spellcrackers series sounds fantastic and I'm looking forward to getting started on this one.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  9. You find the most intriguing books. Thank you for the interview and chance to win the giveaway.


  10. I cannot wait to read your short story (and I love the short story collections that Charlaine Harris does).

  11. Sounds like a great read

  12. Offbeat Vagabond

    Great interview. I couldn't agree more about what would make you frustrated with a book. I have come across that too. They do things that make you go, "Really? What the hell was that?" LOL! Book of Eli could have been better, true, but it wasn't bad. I watched it more than once, that is a good sign, usually 🙂 Thank you for the great interview and giveaway, made me smile.

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. Suzanne Thanks for the giveaway. Your books sound really good. Please enter me in contest.

  14. Loved the interview. I have my fingers crossed.

  15. I would love to read and review this book too! I love the cover 🙂 edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  16. Great interview and the series looks really good.

  17. Come on ! You have to try something once in your life. How about parasailing from the Grand Canyon ?

    That sounds like fun.

    Thanks for the interview and for the giveaway.
    Appreciate you opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  18. Jessica ( frellathon )

    Good interview and I really love the cover for The Sweet Scent Of Blood.


  19. Lol, reading can be quite the guilty pleasure. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway! 😀

    catarina_romeira at hotmail dot com

  20. Reading can be a guilty pleasure…especially if you have to smuggle books in the house because everybody is worried structural integrity of the building may be compromised :)but it's not, is it?…one more book can't hurt, right? ;):)


  21. Great Interview :)! My guilty pleasure is without a doubt reading as well. This sounds like a great series I'll have to checkout.

    pams00 @

  22. Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations)

    I have been wanting to read these.


  23. I laugh when I watch Friends, too, so I get your humor! lol Thanks for a great giveaway:)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  24. Being chased by zombies in a dream can be very scary! I really should get book 2 as I enjoyed the first book.


  25. If Spellcrackers made it to the big screen, you could have Alex O' Loughlin as Finn. 🙂

  26. Patricia's Particularity

    After reading your review on this novel I must read this series! Thank you so much for this giveaway! I can't wait to start reading this series. Sounds amazing!!


  27. I finally made it in!

    And I just have to say, I'll bet you'll never forget Tom again.

    I'm laughing with you. Honest. It's happened to me too!

  28. Sofija Kapranova

    I am very interested in reading this series!

  29. BooksforCompany

    I haven't ever liked 'Friends' how bad is that! I know most people love it
    Book of Eli is good, very strange and a big ending!
    thanks for the giveaway
    booksforcompany @

  30. hedgerhousehold

    Great interview. Looking forward to reading the book.
    thanks for the giveaway
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  31. Linda: By the Book

    Poor Tom. Well at least she learned an important lesson.
    Reading is my guilty pleasure. I never have time to read, but I do it anyway. Under the covers where my roommate can't see is the perfect place.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  32. melissasmeanderings

    Love Friends too!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mk261274 at gmail dot com

  33. I love watching reruns also. They get better each time you watch them.

    GFC: Candice
    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. Is it just me or does the Suzanne kind of look like the model on the cover?? weird lol

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  35. Interesting interview 🙂 I am currently watching Friends reruns – it is really great show.

    franalokas (at) yahoo (dot) com

  36. I loved the interview. Great questions!!

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    elfdrop AT gmail DOT com

  37. I feel guilty when I read story books instead of reference books during the exam period.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  38. I also hate books with stupid, unrealistic characters (and I'm sure your's are great). Thanks for the giveaway!


  39. I can't wait to read Home Improvement: Undead Edition!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  40. I havent read the books yet but they sound awesome and you are interesting!

  41. Stella (Ex Libris)

    Thank you for the visual aid Suzanne by mentioning you could imagine Tilda Swinton as Genny, I'm always curious to know who authors could accept portraying their beloved characters 🙂

    ps: I agree with all your criteria for what makes a book a great one, they are a must!

    Thank you for the interesting interview and the great questions, and for the wonderful giveaway too! 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  42. Great interview. I have been looking forward to reading her books for a while now.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  43. I discovered a new author today and your book looks great 🙂


  44. Friends is still one of my favorite shows – I randomly pull out my box sets and watch!

    The book sounds great!

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  45. Suzanne McLeod

    Many thanks to everyone who came by and read. I had a lot of fun reading your comments, and great that you all enjoyed my answers! *g* Good luck all in the giveaway! Thanks again to Kristin for having me over 😀

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