Why give people roses when you can give them books (and chocolate!) for Valentine's Day? Mad Love is a book about a girl who meets a boy name Errol. He claims to be Cupid and wants her to write about his tragic love story with Psyche. As the story unfolds, she begins to hear Errol's voice in her head. In the end, she must figure out whether she's going crazy like her mother did or if Errol may just be the real deal.
To help bring back the spirit of love (even if it's mad) and books, please welcome Suzanne Selfors to Addicted 2 Novels.
1. How would you describe Mad Love to someone who has never heard of it?
It's a dark romantic comedy about a teen girl named Alice whose mother is a famous, mentally-ill romance writer. When her mother is secretly hospitalized, Alice tries to write her mother's next novel, with the unsolicited help of a boy who claims to be Cupid. It's weird. It's funny. It's sad. It's hopeful. It's about love in all its many shapes and sizes.
2. What inspired you to write Mad Love?
I love Greek and Roman mythology and had just finished Coffeehouse Angel, in which I reinvented Hermes. I really wanted to create a story for Cupid. Also, I'm in this writing group with two romance writers and I wanted to poke fun at the stereotypes they have to deal with, while revealing some truths about how difficult it is to write romance.
3. If someone were to ask you for a soundtrack to Mad Love, which bands and songs would you pick?
I had two songs in mind. Cupid by Sam Cooke. Love that song. And at the end of the book I'd want someone to do an acoustic rendition of This Little Light of Mine. If you read the book, you'll get this reference.
4. Are there any snacks you must have when writing?
I always need something hot to drink. Usually it's a nonfat latte, sometimes it's Earl Grey Tea. I do enjoy a poppyseed muffin.
5. Are you currently working on any other projects?
You bet. I'm always working on the next book. Coming in May 2011 is Smells Like Treasure, the sequel to my kids book, Smells Like Dog. I really love this series. And I'm working on the first draft of my next teen novel, a super secret project that I'm not yet ready to reveal. But I will say this - it's a fairytale.
6. And, because Valentine's Day is around the corner, what do you love most about Valentine's Day?
I'm a chocoholic! Dark! Lots of it! I can't get enough.
Special thanks to Suzanne Selfors for taking the time to answer a few questions for me, and to Kate at Bloomsbury for putting all this together.
Mad Love on Goodreads
Suzanne Selfor's website