Posted by sibelhodge on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Under: Author's Coffee Time
It's author's coffee time on my blog today, grab a latte and meet Suzanne Tyrpak...
Suzanne Tyrpak ran away from New York a long time ago to live in Colorado. Her debut novel is Vestal Virgin, suspense set in ancient Rome, available as a trade paperback and in all eformats. Her collection of nine short stories Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) is available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. J.A. Konrath calls it, “Pure comedic brilliance.” Her short story Downhill was first published in Arts Perspective Magazine. Rock Bottom is published in the Mota 9: Addiction anthology, available on Kindle. Her short story Ghost Plane was published by CrimeSpree Magazine. Venus Faded appears in the anthology Pronto! Writings from Rome (Triple Tree Publishing, 2002) along with notable authors including: Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Engstrom, Terry Brooks and John Saul. Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers awarded her first prize in the Colorado Gold Writing Contest, and Maui Writers awarded her third prize in the Rupert Hughes writing competition.
*New York Times bestselling author, Terry Brooks says about her writing: “...a writer of real talent...a promising new voice.”
*New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen says, “Suzanne Tyrpak weaves a spell that utterly enchants and delights. Her writing is pure magic.”
Hi Sibel, Thanks for inviting me. Great not having to go into the airport this morning! I’m usually up at 4am, so I can start checking in passengers by 5. This is luxury.
You're very welcome! Nice to have you here. So...Latte, cappuccino, regular? What’s your coffee time pleasure?
Double Latte, definitely. Don’t need any of that sweet stuff.
I'm toasting you back with mine. Yum! What flavour cookie would you like with that?
Is there any other flavor than chocolate? Preferably dark.
Oh, yes, you're a girl after my own heart! What’s your greatest writing achievement to date?
Finishing Vestal Virgin, my novel—and getting it published. It’s suspense, set in ancient Rome, and it involved a lot of research. Of course, when I was in Rome I drank cappuccino, but this Latte is delish.
Mine's pretty scrummy, too. Who is your heroine and why?
The heroine of my story is Elissa Rubria, a vestal virgin. Vestals were the most powerful women in ancient Rome. They were sworn to chastity on penalty of death, dedicated to tending the sacred fire, and they were in charge of legal documents. They also possessed mystical powers. What’s not to like?
I didn't know they were so powerful! Vestal Virgin sounds like a really interesting book and it's on my Kindle right now to be read! Which word best defines your writing?
What’s the most recent thing that made you laugh?
Jason Lett’s post on Kindleboards: Amanda Hocking nominated for the Nobel Prize.
The rate Amanda's flying these days it just might happen - ya never know! Which book is on your coffee table right now?
Two books: The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology
What was the name of your first pet?
Ruin. My father named our cat, Ruin, because she was fixed. My poor dad is still stuck in the Victorian era.
Aw, bless! think that's kind of a magical name! Who is your favourite character and why?
Nero. I write about him in Vestal Virgin. Why? Because he’s such an outrageous sociopath.
Ooh, I've met a few of those in my time! What’s your most embarrassing moment?
This? I don’t know, Sibel. I think you should read my collection of short stories for that, Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction). The stories are based on my own experience—pretty much one embarrassing moment after the other.
I've read it and I can totally relate to it. I even recognize some of the men in there - scary!
You can find out more about Suzanne on her blog.
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