Seven Seeds of Summer by Chantal Gadoury

Chantal Gadoury is young author who currently lives in a small town in Delaware with her two cats, Theo and Harper and her boyfriend, Robert. Chantal likes anything Disney, plays a mean game of Disney trivia, enjoys painting, and has a interest in British History. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues that love of writing today. As a recent college graduate from Susquehanna University, with a degree in Creative Writing, this is her first book.

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Seven Seeds of Summer follows the story of Summer, a college art student who has grown up in a house full of Greek mythology and legends. Summer grew up with a love for the darkest of all Gods: Hades, which caused tension between her and her mother. Summer comes home to Point Judith, Rhode Island, to find a mysterious figure on their family beach. The figure comes to her with questions about a familiar myth of her childhood: of Persephone and Hades. He proceeds to tell her of a new version of the story with a different ending that Summer never knew; an ending that includes herself.

A trip to Greece leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of the strange figure whom she had met before. He takes her on a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, to the lowest point of Greece where his lair awaits: The Underworld. Determined to find out the secret of herself and her piece in the story, Summer goes with him, and tries to make herself at home in his world.

Summer has to decide to follow her heart or follow the same footsteps of the mysterious woman in her past life.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
The story of Summer and Hades came to me in the middle of the night one night. I had just presented a story-board of a different novel that I was thinking about writing in the present Novel Class I was enrolled in, at Susquehanna University. It hadn’t gone as well as I had wanted, and knew that I needed to come up with a novel idea that I could write, wanted to write - and might actually become a book in the end. I never envisioned Seven Seeds of Summer actually becoming a published novel. I’ve grown up with retellings of Fairy Tales, and really love reading them - and I wanted to do the same thing. I remembered reading the Myth in High School, and realized not a lot of people have written about Hades and Persephone. It would be something fresh and new - and I jumped on it!

Q) How long did it take you to write?
It took me a little over 4 years. I started in my Junior year of college and often, sat on the story for periods of time. I’d be inspired and write, and then sometimes, I just wouldn’t be. I finally made the decision, with a lot of encouragement, to finish it - and here we are!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love expressing the pent up feelings that I have - expressing parts of myself that I might be able to in my real day-to-day life. I can escape into another person and live certain things, say certain things that I’d never be able to do as just Chantal. I love developing characters and building a setting. Writing is an escape for me, to be someone else, to do things I normally wouldn’t do, and to be able to come back to myself and my world whenever I want.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Editing. Period. Hands down - editing. I hate editing. I hate having to go over things again and again and again. I hate when you’re trying to write something and it just doesn’t come out as fluidly or as descriptive as you imagine in your mind. I often find myself frustrated when someone might say to me, “I just can’t see the place or person,” and I stare at the page like, “But I can see it!” It’s just one of those things that I struggle with as a writer.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I think it would have been amazing to be Walt Disney for the day. To have a huge empire the way that he did (and still does), and to be able to go to work, knowing that you’re going to the most Magical Place on Earth? Yes please. Sign me up for that. He impacted so many lives, (mine included.) It would have been a wondrous thing to be him, to experience at least the way he thought, the way he created and the way he dreamed.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Fruit. And I’d say it’s probably like 3 weeks old. Ew, I know. I gotta just throw it away.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Hopefully piles of books. Piles and Piles of Books. At least I can say that in the near-future, Seven Seeds of Summer will be an Audiobook! That is something that readers, at least, can expect from me very soon!

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