Today I'm super excited to welcome author Susanne Winnacker back to the blog as part of the promotional tour for Defector, the second book in her paranormal young adult series. I absolutely LOVED last year's Impostor, it was one of those books that just grabbed me from page one and wouldn't let go, so I jumped at the chance to be a part of the tour (begging may also have been involved). I had the opportunity to ask Susanne a couple of questions about Tessa, Alec and company, so I hope you all enjoy the interview. Don't forget to check out the bottom of the post too for all the details on a fabulous giveaway!
If you had Tessa’s ability to take on the appearance of anyone with whom you came in contact, who’s the first person you’d “try on” (so to speak) and what do you think their reaction would be to seeing another version of themselves?
I would love to be a man for a day. Maybe my husband. I think he’d be surprised, or maybe not. He knows me after all... ;)
Let’s say Tessa, who’s still learning the ropes and is only sent on her second mission ever in Defector, is granted physical training time with any character from fiction, TV or film. Whom would she most like to learn from?
Hannibal Lecter. After all, who would be better to teach her everything there is to know about psychopaths and sociopaths.
If Tessa was able to sit down with you and ask you any question she wanted about why you wrote the events in her life the way you have, what question would you be most afraid to answer?
Why I didn’t give her a loving family. Tessa wants nothing more than parents that care about her. I guess she wouldn’t be too happy with me for depriving her of a family.
If you had the opportunity to interview the author or character of your choosing, what would you most want to know?
I would love to talk to J.K. Rowling, though I’m not sure if you could call it interview. I probably wouldn’t get many words out. But I’d love to talk to her about how she handles negative reviews and expectations.
You suddenly find yourself recruited by the FEA and will now be working with the Variants on their missions. Which character do you think those in charge would pair you with to offset any weaknesses that exist in the two of you?
Maybe Tanner. I’m impatient and want to plan everything in advance. He’s funny and lighthearted and doesn’t take himself too seriously. I think he would help me to be more relaxed. And I would remind him of our job. hehe
What would Tessa say the events of Defector have taught her about herself? About Alec?
That she’s strong and can rely on herself. About Alec...well, THAT would be quite spoilery. Let’s just say that appearances can be deceiving.
In this second book Tessa learns that a number of people in her life are keeping secrets from her. What’s one small thing she’s never told anyone?
There are many things in Tessa’s past she’d rather not talk or think about, but one thing she never told anyone is that the first time her mother brought home a new boyfriend Tessa was excited because she thought he would make them a real family. But she quickly learned that the men in her mother’s life weren’t interested in family life.
Thanks so much for stopping by Susanne!
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(releases June 26th from Razorbill)
Tessa has finally made peace with her life as a Variant. She and long-time love Alec are officially a couple, and for the first time, she has everything she wants.
But the air is tense at FEA headquarters. An agent has disappeared, and rogue variant organization Abel’s Army is likely the culprit.
When Tessa is summoned for her second mission, she is unexpectedly launched into a massive conspiracy. Her best friend Holly is kidnapped and Tessa knows it was meant to be her. But who is after her? And more importantly, why?
When the FEA’s efforts to rescue Holly don’t yield any results, Tessa takes matters into her own hands. Desperate to save her friend and uncover the mystery behind Abel’s Army, Tessa launches her own investigation—but nothing could prepare her for what she finds. Everyone in her life is harboring secrets: Alec, her estranged mother, even the father she never knew.
The truth will take her out on the road and out of her comfort zone, with danger lurking everywhere. Summoning all of her courage and strength, Tessa must decide who can be trusted and what is worth fighting for—even if it means going against the life she thought she wanted. Her final decision will leave readers breathless.
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Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, a dog that looks like a sheep and three bunnies that have destroyed every piece of furniture she's ever owned in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals. When she isn't writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.
She blogs for The League of Extraordinary Writers.
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