Friday, September 16, 2011

"Spirit Stealer" by Sue Perkins

Today, my guest is Sue Perkins. She lives in the South Island of New Zealand. Her favorite genre is fantasy, and she has several adult fantasy romances published both in ebooks and paperback. She also has a few contemporary and historical romances published.

In October, Spirit Stealer, her first Middle Grade fantasy book, will be released by MuseItUp Publishing. Reva’s Quest, another book of the same genre, will be released in January 2012.

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I love reading and writing fantasy. The middle part of this book came to me full blown and was easy to write, but the rest took a little longer. The inspiration came from a need to keep providing entertaining books for Middle Grade children. It’s not exactly difficult to keep in the age group but it is something you have to keep in mind.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
From the original idea to acceptance by MuseItUp Publishing it took several years. Mainly because I got sidetracked into writing other books. Also I knew the beginning but the end of Spirit Stealer kept eluding me. I believe it was worth waiting for though.

Q) Can you talk about the story's evolution and publishing history?
Evolution, hmm. As mentioned above the middle evolved before the rest of the book. I entered the middle in a competition here in New Zealand but the comments were it was too short. Another competition with the same comment made me decide to spread the story a bit wider. I finished it about the same time as I discovered MuseItUp, and to my delight they accepted it.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More Middle Grade, more Young Adult but definitely fantasy. Reva’s Quest another Middle Grade fantasy will be published in January 2012 by MuseItUp. A Young Adult fantasy will come out the same month with another publisher. My adult fantasies will also keep appearing. At the moment I’m writing one of each age group.

Q) Where can readers find you?
Readers can find me on my blog or website. On the blog this month I will be hosting other authors who are taking part in this blog tour. Visit and lease a comment to be in to win an ebook of Spirit Stealer when it is released.

Spirit Stealer Excerpt

Dark eyes glared down at Tyler. He could see orange lights flickering in the bottomless pits of blackness. The huge gaping mouth loomed closer until it swamped his vision. He wanted to run, but at the same time, he couldn’t move. Sweat dripped into his eyes, blurring his vision. He blinked.

His sight cleared, and the front of the old building returned to normal. The dark eyes changed to large, windows reflecting the late afternoon sunlight. The gaping mouth resumed the shape of the open library door. Tyler glanced around to see if anyone had noticed him behaving so stupidly. No one nearby had paid him any attention. Mum kept telling him he had an over-active imagination, but the face on the library had seemed so real! He took a deep breath and walked into the building to the Chief Librarian’s desk.


Charlie said...

What an excellent excerpt, Sue. Spine chilling. Can't wait to read the book. I love a good scare!
C.K. Volnek

Marva Dasef said...

Sue: We're coiciding on our MG fantasy book releases. We'll definitely swap visit, eh?

Sue Perkins said...

Love to swap visits Marva. Thanks for the comments Charlie and thank you Pembroke for inviting me to your blog.

Emma Lane said...

Good luck, Sue!
Emma Lane

Heather Haven said...

I rarely read kids stories but this is fascinating and something I would love to read! Good writing is good writing. It transcends everything.

Larion aka Larriane Wills said...

took a little time to blog hop tonight and look what i found. now disappointed at all.

Michelle said...

I loved the except. Judging from it, I would say this is a upper MG title?

Congratulations. It sounds great! My son is getting a reader for Christmas. Spirit Stealer may just have to be pre-loaded on it!

Concilium, July 2012 by MuseItUp

Sue Perkins said...

Upper Middle Grade, hmm. I'd say from 11 years onwards Michelle. I believe it's scary but not nightmare scary, more tingly feeling.

Julie Jansen said...

Sounds like an excellent book. Great for my niece!