Today, I have Suvi Goldstein here with us to tell us more about herself. Suvi is the heroine in the Bending Willow Trilogy and has weathered a lot of storms. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions.
Suvi: No problem. I’m glad I could make it.
If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
Suvi: I could be happy just about anywhere. Boise, Idaho is nice because it’s small and the people are down-to-earth. If I wanted to live somewhere more exotic, Italy might do. I love all the pictures I’ve seen of Tuscany and the little towns near the Italian Alps.
Who’s your favorite author and why?
Suvi: That’s a hard one. I love reading and have so many favorites. Victor Hugo’s probably my favorite. I swear I’ve read Les Miserables at least a dozen times.
You have good taste. Who’s the most frightening character in a movie or book?
Suvi: Jack in The Shining. He reminds me of my ex-boyfriend, Mike. Makes me shiver just thinking about him.
Glad he’s ex-ed!
Suvi: Me too! He was a total psychopath.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Suvi: Going to the beach with my dad. We lived near Haifa, Israel when I was a girl. I remember chasing seagulls and searching for shells with him. He was awesome back then.
Do you have any pet peeves?
Suvi: Yes. Religious wackos, men, and cheerleaders.
Ha ha. You covered a lot there. Do you like to cook, and what’s your favorite food?
Suvi: I despise cooking. I ruin everything I try to make. As for favorite foods–probably tomatoes and cucumbers. It’s hard to ruin those. When I eat out, I love a good Schwarma.
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
Suvi: Truthfully, I usually skip breakfast. I’m notorious for waking late and racing to class or work.
What’s your favorite quote?
Suvi: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Victor Hugo—Les Mis (of course)
How do you relax?
Suvi: I find it soothing to mix colors and dab them all over a blank canvas. Usually I don’t know what I’m going to paint until I start throwing colors around. Out of chaos, I create beauty…it’s almost a spiritual experience.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Suvi: Don’t keep secrets. Have more trust and less fear. Stand up for yourself.
How about music? What spins your disc?
Suvi: My tastes aren’t mainstream. I love men’s quartets, like Il Divo. There’s something about how the different voices mesh together that makes me want to cry—another spiritual experience.
What candy bar would be your motto for life?
Suvi: Lemonheads. I know they’re not a candy bar, but they fit. I’ve been tossed a lot of lemons, yet I’ve persevered and refused to submit to the puckering influences around me. I’ve been damn tough and haven’t let those experiences sour me on life. And when I’ve moved past the bitter, there have been sweet moments to cherish—wonderful people I’ve met, incredible feelings I’ve experienced, and happiness I never imagined.
What book character do you connect with most?
Suvi: That’s easy. Fantine from Les Miserables. We both had idyllic childhoods, but one man ruined it all and there were nasty repercussions. Unlike poor Fantine though, I managed to survive.
You definitely have. Your example has inspired me to be a better person. Thanks again for taking part in this interview. It’s been fun getting to know you better.
Suvi: Thanks for having me. We’ll have to get together later for Schwarmas.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Suvi. She’s an amazing character. You can learn more about her in the Bending Willow Trilogy. The first book, Eyes of Light, is only 99 cents right now. [The new covers aren’t quite ready yet…but they’ll be uploaded soon] Enjoy your day!