MFT Guest: Interview with Suzanne Young and a #Giveaway!

Today I have the fabulous Suzanne Young on the blog!  Suzanne is an author I know personally so I’m super excited to have her on for My Favorite Things!   A Need So Beautiful was a gorgeous story that breaks the mold for YA.  It has unique characters, unique story line and a unique relationship.  And it’s all brilliant! You can check out my rave review HERE.   A Need So Beautiful releases June 21st and I already have my copy on preorder.  At the end of this post you’ll get your own chance to win a signed copy!  But let’s get to it, shall we?

This is Avonlea (from The Eager Readers), myself and Suzanne at a booksigning (not sure which one, we’ve gone to a lot!).  I thought I had a better picture but I’m not finding it :(  

 When you think of your favorite things what are the first 10 things that come to mind?

In no particular order:
1. Candy corn
2. Popcorn
3. Family & Friends
4. Reese’s Pieces
6. Sleeping in
7. Diet Pepsi
8. Travel
9. Going to the movies
10. Cheese

What are your top 10 most favorite fictional characters?
I’m terrible at this! I have zero recall power!! Let me think just in terms of YA to cut it down…
1.      Dexter from This Lullaby
2.      Nick from The Demon’s Lexicon
3.      Dru from Strange Angels
4.      Blake from Flash Burnout
5.      Kit and Fancy from Slice of Cherry
6.      Jace from City of Bones
7.      Maggie Quinn from Hell Week
8.      Gemma from A Great and Terrible Beauty
9.      Peeta from The Hunger Games
10.  Donia from Wicked Lovely
What is your most favorite book of all time?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Who is your favorite character in one of your books?
Hm… How can I pick among my creations?? I think it might be Tessa from The Naughty List? She was just so darn fun to write!
And because I’m sure everyone is wondering (who doesn’t already know) what can we see from you in the future?  
I have the sequel A Want so Wicked coming out next summer. Yay! And then Spring 2013 I have a new series with Simon Pulse called The Program which is about a teen suicide epidemic and the cure that erases memories.
Thanks so much for being on!  I can’t wait for the world to get their hands on your newest book!  
Description of A Need So Beautiful:

We all want to be remembered. Charlotte’s destiny is to be Forgotten… 
Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger. 
But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become–her mark on this earth, her very existence–is in jeopardy of disappearing completely. 
Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny–no matter how dark the consequences.

The Trailer:

The Giveaway:
I’m giving away one ARC of A Need So Beautiful and it’s *signed* and I’ll even get it personalized for you!
Open to US/Canada only.
Must be 13 or older to Enter.

To Enter:
Tell us, what choice do you think you would make? Would you help others and be forgotten by all your loved ones, or would you rather not help and be remembered?  Remember to include contact info!

For the schedule and list of Giveaways for The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!

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  1. I’d like to say that I would help others and be forgotten. At least that’s what I hope I’d do. Tough question.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. That is just a really tough question. I’d probably help people but I’d be searching for a way around it. It’s interesting that it’s actually a “good” thing but it sounds like a drug.

    Thanks for the great interview. I loved the top 10 YA Fictional Characters question and answer!

    My email is

  3. I have this perpetual need to help others, but I usually want to be invisable at the same time. So I think I would probably help and be forgotten. But that’s easy to say when you’re not actually faced with that reality.


  4. I’d have to help the others. My loved ones would know they’re loved and if they needed help I hope my selflessness would lead them to have someone like me in their corner. It’s not about what we can do for ourselves, it’s about helping those in need. And I believe that good things come to those who give so much to help others.

    Loved the interview and thanks for the giveaway!


  5. It should all be about selflessness, not selfishness. We all have feelings, but I’d rather help those in need.

    Thank you very much, I’ve been hoping to get my hands on this book!


  6. I would probably choose to help others and be forgotten. It would be tough to be forgotten by everyone you love but at least you would be helping people.

    Thanks for the giveaway I’ve wanted to read this one for awhile :)


  7. I know the right answer is to help others and be forgotten…but I don’t know if I’m selfless enough to make that choice. I think I’d rather be remembered.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    thebookishtypereviews AT gmail DOT com

  8. Tough choices. If it means being forgotten by my loved ones, I would choose to be remembered. My reasoning is that if it means being forgetting by a loved ones, then who I am, the people who have shaped me would cease to exist. I would of course, try to help but hopefully find a loophole around it.


  9. I’d like to say that I would help others. But when faced with that reality, who knows if it’s true? I hope to have children one day, and I just can’t stomach the feeling of abandoning said kids. My mother did it to me, and I could never do it to another person. Tough choices.

    PrettyDeadlyReviews AT yahoo DOT com

  10. Ugh! That’s a hard answer. I’d probably rather be remembered. I’ve worked hard to find myself and I wouldn’t have an identity without being remembered. Hopefully as good memories.

    lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  11. I would help and be forgotten. I already have this need to help people no matter what it costs me, especially taking on their problems. Thank God I have a husband that reels me in from time to time. But unfettered, I would let it consume me.


  12. Cool interview, and really tough question. You do nice things to be remembered, right? But no one wants to be remembered as mean and selfish. And I don’t think you’re going to let us take the middle road and say “sort of help” are you?
    If I could, I wouldn’t help, but I would do my best not to hurt people. Isn’t that okay, too?

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  13. That is a hard question…I would want to be remembered. But when push comes to shove, I would probably help others and be forgotten.

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

  14. So tough. As much as I would like to be remembered, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself knowing I could have helped someone but didn’t.


  15. Tough question. I would choose to be forgotten, but try and leave things behind so that people could maybe remember…

    arallison at gmail dot com

  16. Thanks for the giveaway! I would want to help others and be forgotten by all my loved ones. Easy one. Help others or help myself? I’d rather be on the giving end.

    Miss Lauren

  17. Great interview. Love your top 10 things that come to mind. Going to the movies would have been my first one, then the smell of movie popcorn. Love the smell, I won’t eat it, but I will smell it. They use way too much salt :( I am making a note of your top 10 fictional characters because some I haven’t heard of :(

    Wow, what a question. But that isn’t hard to me, I would help and be forgotten. It shouldn’t be about you, it should be about those you care about.

    Thank you guys so much for this giveaway and interview. I have been hearing about this everywhere, can’t wait.

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. I couldn’t handle being forgotten…It is my personal goal in this lifetime that I will be remembered 200 years or more from now but people other than my family…

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  19. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson I have been dying to read and review this novel, you are soooo lucky you have a copy :) I would rather be forgotten and help others. It’s in my nature to prefer to help others (premed) and I never get anything from it except their gratitude (sometimes not even that). I just feel so much better at the end of the day knowin someone’s life is genuinely better (I know this sounds cliched, but it’s true for me and my life for now). I also have to admit that in a weird way, I much prefer anonymity. I prefer to be out of the spotlight, so being forgotten, even by family, doesn’t sound so bad. Thank you for this giveaway!

  20. Yes I would help others and be forgotten. That’s my nature to sacrifice myself. I’m not the type to look for recognition. It’s enough to know that someone is better off with my help.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  21. in the end it all comes down to that right…I think I’d choose to be forgotten and help, I wouldn’t like to be remembered as the one who didn’t help!


  22. I would help someone even if it meant I was forgotten. The only ones that would forget me that would really hurt are my kids, but knowing that I helped someone else would help with that. And knowing that they would have a mom to be proud of would help too.

    themgowl at gmail dot com

  23. Wow, i have no idea. The obvious choice would be to help people, but i don’t want to be forgotten. Then again, we will all be forgotten some day.

    aliciacald at gmail dot com

  24. I think I would rather do something and be forgotten than do nothing and be remembered. The reason is because people may remember me as a bad person or a good one. At least knowing that I did something and was forgotten means no one will bother thinking of me with their bias opinion.

  25. I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t help and be forgotten, but I wouldn’t say I would do it selflessly!
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  26. Ohmigosh, this is a tough decision. I would think that if I were to be remembered, it end in a bad way…but to know I left an imprint on the world, it would be okay to be forgotten…though I couldn’t imagine no one remembering me or that they love me or I love them.


    withinpages @ hotmail dot com

  27. I am so excited for The Program!! It sounds incredible and interesting and just wow. Great list of favorite things too. I’m a huge fan of Reese’s Pieces, but candy corn makes me sick if I eat too much (and I always eat too much). Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of your favorite things, Suzanne!

  28. Hmmm….a way deep question. I would much rather help others and be forgotten by my loved ones then be selfish and remembered.


  29. Very tough. Umm…I think I would help and be forgotten, I hope I would anyway. I think living with the knowledge that I had the ability to help people and was too selfish to use would be a very heavy weight.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    dani AT refractedlightreviews DOT com

  30. Such a painful situation, but I’d want to help others and be forgotten. At least I will have done something to make the world better.


    thewannabeknight at gmail dot com

  31. For me, I would help others and be forgotten by all my loved ones. I would feel terrible if I can’t do anything to help if I have the ability to!

    jadedlittlegirlx [at] gmail [dot] com

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