A warm welcome to Canadian author, Suzanne de Montigny, who tells us the inspiration behind her lovely Tween book, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy. Who doesn’t love unicorns, and it’s on special offer at the moment!
The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy
A loud, hissing sound filled the air. The unicorns looked up, their eyes filled with horror.
Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But nothing compares to the danger when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley, and their leader discovers the healing power in the unicorns’ horns. Greedy and ruthless, Ishmael will stop at nothing in his pursuit of wealth – even the complete extinction of the herd. Azaria must find a way to outsmart Ishmael before it’s too late.
How the Story Came To Be
Believe it or not, this is a story I began when I was eleven-years-old. We had a writing project due at school and I got carried away. What was supposed to be a short story became a six chapter, eighteen-page, fully illustrated novella. I called it The Legend of the Unicorn. I got an A.
Later, somewhere in my teens, I began rewriting it in earnest, producing the first four chapters which I completely forgot about. Then one day, a few years ago, while cleaning the basement, I found it again in an old, dusty box full of my childhood things. Being in a hurry to get rid of what I thought was junk, I threw it into the recycling box. Then, two days later, I decided I should at least go and see what I wrote. By this time, the story had been rained upon, so I had to dry it out. When I read it, I was completely taken by surprise. “A psychic dinosaur?” I exclaimed. Five days later, I began writing it again, and two weeks after that, I had the first draft. In all, it took forty-one years to have it published!
I love that tale, Suzanne!
The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy is available from MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon UK and Amazon US. It’s on special offer just now, at $1.99. And please leave a comment, as Suzanne is kindly choosing someone to win a free copy of the ebook.
Here's the link to Suzanne's wonderful trailer:
I grew up in the small, but charming town of Chilliwack, B.C., Canada. As a child, I loved animals, particularly horses. Sadly, I never got my dream horse, and that’s probably why I wrote about unicorns. I was also a piano girl and worked very hard to eventually get my ARCT, which is the equivalent of a two-year college certificate in Canada.
Later, I studied music, earning a Master’s degree. I taught music in the public school system where I discovered I had a knack for storytelling. Kids loved my tales. Then when my father died, I was hit with hyperscribia, an intense need to write, but it didn’t stop at the speech I presented at his funeral. I kept writing and writing and have never stopped. I live in Burnaby, B.C. with my husband and two boys.